Advice on buying an Audi

iordanis

New Member
Hello new to the forum here. Im thinking of buying a used Audi. I have seen a really nice 2017 model with 47k km on the clock. It has the 1.0 engine with the 115hp. So i wanted to ask, whats the reliability on these cars-engines. Is it going to last ?
 

tigerhonaker

Registered User
Sorry OP I don't have any advise but ..................




Terry
 

S32B

Registered User
Hello new to the forum here. Im thinking of buying a used Audi. I have seen a really nice 2017 model with 47k km on the clock. It has the 1.0 engine with the 115hp. So i wanted to ask, whats the reliability on these cars-engines. Is it going to last ?
Where are you buying it from a main dealership or other source? If you get one that is not 3 years old you can extend the warranty for peace of mind as long as it's been serviced as and when it should have been.

Welcome btw :)
 

Bigjase88

Registered User
At that mileage i would imagine it would be trouble free. Might be quite an uninspiring drive with the 1.0l tsi though.
 

iordanis

New Member
Its from a used car dealership, not an Audi one. Just used cars hahah. I dont really care about the performance because i mainly drive around town. The main concern is that if a such a "premium" car is reliable ahhaha. Dont want to buy one and then have troubles with it...
 

Bigjase88

Registered User
Its from a used car dealership, not an Audi one. Just used cars hahah. I dont really care about the performance because i mainly drive around town. The main concern is that if a such a "premium" car is reliable ahhaha. Dont want to buy one and then have troubles with it...
If you do a lot of town driving i would highly recommend the s-tronic auto gearbox.
 

Joxh

Registered User
Nah i dont really like the Auto gearboxes. I prefer the manuals.
If you're concerned about reliability you'd be better with the auto. Had lots of problems with the manual A3 8V and since swapping to an s tronic I've had no problems at all.
 

Bigjase88

Registered User
Once you go auto you don’t go back.

sooner or later we will all drive auto’s and manuals will be a thing of the past. Once we go electric (auto only)

my missus is doing her driving test in an auto cause there’s not much point learning manual imo
 

iordanis

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Yea oh well. But i kinda prefer the manual hahah its personal taste i guess. But what about the engine is it reliable ?
 

Damo S

Registered User
why are you going for a 1.0 litre? If its for economy reasons then unless you drive it like a granny you are unlikely to get great returns. The reason being is the base engine is underpowered so it will be using the turbo a lot and then the economy will go out the window. It wont be bad don't get me wrong but it might not be what you hope for. A mate of mine had a 1.0 ecoboost ford which claimed 60mpg but he was getting more like 40. That said, he was one of those drivers who is constantly on and off the accelerator so the thing would have spent half its life spooling the turbo so I'm not surprised.
For poodling around town they are great, but if that's not most of your driving it might be better to go for a slightly bigger engine version.
 

iordanis

New Member
why are you going for a 1.0 litre? If its for economy reasons then unless you drive it like a granny you are unlikely to get great returns. The reason being is the base engine is underpowered so it will be using the turbo a lot and then the economy will go out the window. It wont be bad don't get me wrong but it might not be what you hope for. A mate of mine had a 1.0 ecoboost ford which claimed 60mpg but he was getting more like 40. That said, he was one of those drivers who is constantly on and off the accelerator so the thing would have spent half its life spooling the turbo so I'm not surprised.
For poodling around town they are great, but if that's not most of your driving it might be better to go for a slightly bigger engine version.
Look its not so much about fuel economy . The problem is that i cant find many used A3's with the 1.5 petrol engine.Only i seem to find 1.6 TDI which doenst interest me because i dont do so many miles.And i also find 1.0 TFSI with the 116 hp. Dont know as i said i dont really care much about the performance , im more interested in the reliability. I guess the 1.5 is also reliable as the 1.0 ? Or not ?
 

Bigjase88

Registered User
Look its not so much about fuel economy . The problem is that i cant find many used A3's with the 1.5 petrol engine.Only i seem to find 1.6 TDI which doenst interest me because i dont do so many miles.And i also find 1.0 TFSI with the 116 hp. Dont know as i said i dont really care much about the performance , im more interested in the reliability. I guess the 1.5 is also reliable as the 1.0 ? Or not ?
Stay well clear of the 1.5 tsi. It is a fundamentally flawed engine. Just google 1,5 tsi kangaroo
 

Bigjase88

Registered User
Oh didnt know about that. So the 1.0 engine is a better choice ?
Better choice than the 1.5 tsi kangaroo edition. I had a 1.5tsi leon fr 2018 from new and got rid of it a couple months back for an a3 2.0tdi, was an awful thing to drive and the “fix” they claim for it does not work.
 

Matt Titanium

Registered User
Hmm so the 1.0 little turbo engine is a safer choice nice. Anything to point out about that engine ?

It only has three cylinders. :search:
The engine does seem a bit small for the size of car so could be a little more stressed than a larger engine, but I haven't heard horror stories of early failure. Are there many around with 100k miles on the clock?
With you all the way in your choice of a manual gearbox.:friends:
 

iordanis

New Member
No idea haven’t drove one.

i believe it is a 3 cylinder engine so will sound a bit funky. Thats about it.
I can live with the sound i guess.Fair enough haha. Anyone who has a 1.0 engine can answer to the post ? Also if anyone knows about general issues for the car. for example electronics ?
 

iordanis

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It only has three cylinders. :search:
The engine does seem a bit small for the size of car so could be a little more stressed than a larger engine, but I haven't heard horror stories of early failure. Are there many around with 100k miles on the clock?
With you all the way in your choice of a manual gearbox.:friends:
I dont really do many motorway miles so i guess i will be fine ? Thanks mate haha gotta love some manual gearboxes
 

CanadaA3wales

Canadian living in South Wales - Audi A3 8V 150BHP
I dont think you will find anyone who has the 1.0 engine on here, I have not seen anyone tallking about it anyway.
If its just city driving only and its just to collect groceries and kids then it will probably be ok, it would even be ok on the motorway as well,
BUT..... Dont count on taking over other cars which can be dangerous if you need to move quickly, and the car will just be OK

Do you really want to spend all that money on a car that is just... OK ?

But you may not car about power or speed or drivablity, it seems you are buying this just to get from A to B which is fine.
 

iordanis

New Member
I dont think you will find anyone who has the 1.0 engine on here, I have not seen anyone tallking about it anyway.
If its just city driving only and its just to collect groceries and kids then it will probably be ok, it would even be ok on the motorway as well,
BUT..... Dont count on taking over other cars which can be dangerous if you need to move quickly, and the car will just be OK

Do you really want to spend all that money on a car that is just... OK ?

But you may not car about power or speed or drivablity, it seems you are buying this just to get from A to B which is fine.
Well yea i kinda love the A3 as a car from a young age.Well i could afford the 1.5 with the 150hp but i really struggle to find reliability posts about this engine also. Dont know im kinda divided between the two of them
 

Bigjase88

Registered User
Well yea i kinda love the A3 as a car from a young age.Well i could afford the 1.5 with the 150hp but i really struggle to find reliability posts about this engine also. Dont know im kinda divided between the two of them
Why don’t you look for a 1.4 TFSI, it’s the predecessor to the 1.5 TSI and the better of the 2 engines.
 

CanadaA3wales

Canadian living in South Wales - Audi A3 8V 150BHP
Oh if your in Greece then yeah the 1.0 will be great due to some of the narrow streets and roads.
Thought you were from the UK, Sorry
I wish I could find a 2.0tdi Auto when I was looking, I would consider a Auto especially where you are based.
 

iordanis

New Member
Oh if your in Greece then yeah the 1.0 will be great due to some of the narrow streets and roads.
Thought you were from the UK, Sorry
I wish I could find a 2.0tdi Auto when I was looking, I would consider a Auto especially where you are based.
Haha yea we kinda have small rounds here. Not for high speeds. Umm im 23-24 years old. I kinda like to have a "connection" with the car so i prefer the manuals. Also im planning to keep the car for some years so the auto might need more money down the road for maintenance
 

Damo S

Registered User
Hmm so the 1.0 little turbo engine is a safer choice nice. Anything to point out about that engine ?

Turbo charged engines by their very nature or more complex and there is more to go wrong. If you want something that will last a long time and is likely to be more reliable then don't get a turbo charged engine, get a normally aspirated one.

We have a 1.0 litre seat Ibiza (2016 plate) that my kids drive and I use some times. Its the non turbo version so 79bhp. Its a bit slow but is a great little car to drive in terms of handling and feel, more fun than the A3 I would say. The 3 cylinder engine sounds different but it doesn't sound bad in any way. Id be very happy driving that car day to day if it had a more powerful engine.
 

iordanis

New Member
Turbo charged engines by their very nature or more complex and there is more to go wrong. If you want something that will last a long time and is likely to be more reliable then don't get a turbo charged engine, get a normally aspirated one.

We have a 1.0 litre seat Ibiza (2016 plate) that my kids drive and I use some times. Its the non turbo version so 79bhp. Its a bit slow but is a great little car to drive in terms of handling and feel, more fun than the A3 I would say. The 3 cylinder engine sounds different but it doesn't sound bad in any way. Id be very happy driving that car day to day if it had a more powerful engine.
Well yes but all Audi a3 are turbocharged so what can you do about it? Haha
 

iordanis

New Member
So guys what engine should I look for...I'm kinda torn between the 1.0 and the 1.5. I'm leaning more to the 1.0 but I dont know. What puts me off in the 1.5 is the reports for the kangaroo effect.
 

S32B

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