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Audi A3 1.8 T Sport 3d (1996/P)

Audi A3 1.8 T Sport 3d (1996/P) - Owner Review

Nice, smooth power delivery. Quite often leaves wide-boys in their BMWs/Mercs standing! Handling secure, but not sharp.
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Audi A3 (96-03)

Value

5 out of 5

Classier. Better specification and materials than a Golf, yet second-hand values are very similar. The Audi badge makes all the difference in the car park too!

Costs

3 out of 5

Can be expensive to fix. Look for Audi specialists other then franchised dealers when getting things fixed, you'll save a fortune. Yet things rarely go wrong anyway.

Driving

4 out of 5

Nice, smooth power delivery. Quite often leaves wide-boys in their BMWs/Mercs standing! Handling secure, but not sharp.

Performance

4 out of 5

Quick, yet not manic. Really flies on the motorway. Get traction control if you like traffic-light racing! Otherwise you'll just sit there with the wheels spinning!

Reliability

4 out of 5

I've heard of problems with the ABS system on these models. Can be very expensive to fix. Otherwise, these cars are faultless. Everything is bolted together solidly.

Image

4 out of 5

Getting a bit old now, but still look classy and sporty. Audi seems to have a better image than the (wide boy) BMW and the (old man) Merc.

Comfort

4 out of 5

Get heated leather! Bose stereo isn't up to much, so don't pay extra for it. Climate control is superb and hardly affects economy. I'm 6' 2" and have no problems with comfort in this car.

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Security

4 out of 5

Thatcham approved alarm/immobilisor with visable LEDs on the doors. Seems good enough to me.

Service

5 out of 5

Whitehouse Aylesford and Dartford are superb. Very helpful and accodating. Always get a free Audi courtesy car when being serviced or in the unlikely event of repairs!

Problems

Bodywork
Solid panels and trim. Just the odd stone chip and car park scar on rear bumper.

Engine
ABS warning light came on for a few weeks, then went off before I had a chance to get it fixed. :o)

Gearbox
Solid and slick.

Other
Driver's seat rattles. Common problem apparently.

Ownership

Did you buy the car new?
No

Would you buy the same model again?
Yes

Did you buy from the same manufacturer again?
Yes