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What's the best engine for an 8P?

matt_g02 Jan 11, 2020

  1. matt_g02

    matt_g02 New Member

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    I've been looking at getting an A3 8P as my second car, but from what I've heard and seen, picking an engine seems to be a bit of a minefield, I'm currently looking at the regular 1.6 non TFSI or FSI. I'm also looking at 1.2-1.4's but I'm not sure which is the best option. I'm unable to go above 1.6 due to insurance and I'm not considering a diesel as I will rarely travel further than 10 miles. I'm looking for the 2008 face-lift variant in manual. Apologies if this thread has been made many times before.
     
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  3. tcardio

    tcardio Well-Known Member

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    2nd car and reliable and bulletproof that will last well into 300k then the one and only 24v VR6!!!!!!
     
  4. matt_g02

    matt_g02 New Member

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    I mentioned it being 1.6L or below, the VR6 is wayyyyyyyyy out of my insurance budget.
     
  5. tcardio

    tcardio Well-Known Member

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    yeah i know BUT I LOVE THAT ENGINE. good luck with search and post pics once purchased. Insurance is a minefield
     
  6. A3_J0RD4N

    A3_J0RD4N New Member

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    Go for the 1.4 TSI, great engine and good amount of power for the size
     
  7. samisnake

    samisnake Active Member

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    1.4 out of those 3. My a3 has that engine, can't fault it. Decent power for engine size, quiet, can move when pushed.

    Driven loads of 1.2tsi polos on zipcar, not a bad engine in a small car. Have to rev it quite a bit to get it up to speeds though, so not sure how it'd be in an a3 sized car. Not very refined, a lot more noisier than the 1.4.

    1.6, i didn't consider at all. Older engine with timing belt (other 2 have a chain). Roughly same power as the 1.2.
     
  8. Bryant1998

    Bryant1998 Active Member

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    Have you looked at getting a 1.8T quattro 8L?
    I know it’s bigger engine size than you want but I’d guess seeing as they’re around 20 years old you’d probably get cheap insurance for them?
     
  9. matt_g02

    matt_g02 New Member

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    Seems that the 1.4 TFSI is also a little too expensive on insurance unfortunately, which is a shame because I always hear good things about that engine. The 1.9 and 2.0 litre diesels seem to be cheaper on insurance, so I'm now considering one of those, would they be okay if I took it out on the motorway a couple times a month to regen the DPF? Or is it just not recommended for me?
     
  10. Matt268uk

    Matt268uk A3 Sportback VCDS Map User Team Phantom Audi A3

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    If your're considering a diesel look at the 2.0 common rail over the PD. My mileage has significantly reduced over the last couple of years and my '09 2.0 common rail hasn't caused me any problems at all. Like you said i just take it for a run up the dual carriageway from time to time.
     
  11. matt_g02

    matt_g02 New Member

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    Avoiding PD engines like the plague, thanks for the info!
     
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  13. SootySport

    SootySport Well-Known Member Team Silver

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    Sweet spot for a derv is the 2006 2.0 BKD engine, no DPF or oil pump problems. No idea of insurance cost for you but worth asking your broker.
     
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  14. aqibi2000

    aqibi2000 Active Member

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    This.

    And no timing chain problems as per the vast majority of Petrol VAG engines
     
  15. Kayobong

    Kayobong Well-Known Member TFSI Owners Group Golf GTI DSG

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    What’s wrong with the 1.9PD it’s one of the most reliable VAG engines. Most reliable car I owned was a 1.9 PD 09 A3
     
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  16. aqibi2000

    aqibi2000 Active Member

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    1.9 in the MK4 Golf and A3 8L yes

    not the 1.9 used in 8P
     
  17. Nessy

    Nessy VW + Audi mad

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    I own the A3 once owned by SootySport and went for the 2006 2.0 BKD for exactly the reasons he specifies, a chain-driven oil pump (so no oil pump balance-shaft catastrophe waiting to happen like on the A4 etc) and no DPF.
    I bought it just over 3 1/2 years ago at just over 110K miles and is now on 188K, although I do pamper it (oil & filter every 9K, air & diesel filter every 20K).
    The engine has never given me a moments trouble , I’d have another BKD (well maintained) in a heartbeat .
     
  18. SootySport

    SootySport Well-Known Member Team Silver

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    Yeah, you look after the old girl:yes:
     
  19. Nessy

    Nessy VW + Audi mad

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    I do try!
     

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