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Audi A3 1.9 TDI Sport (130ps) 5d (2001/51)

Audi A3 1.9 TDI Sport (130ps) 5d (2001/51) - Owner Review

Vague steering, good riding quality for a Sport model.
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Audi A3 (96-03)

Value

3 out of 5

Overpriced in relation to other VAG models.

Costs

4 out of 5

Servicing expensive but parts sensibly priced.

Driving

4 out of 5

Vague steering, good riding quality for a Sport model.

Performance

4 out of 5

130bhp PD diesel has very good torque characteristics and therefore effortless to drive.

Reliability

1 out of 5

Doesn't live up to its image i.e. noisy gearbox 35 to 40mph (6 speed gearbox feature) and turbo over-boost problems due to sticking variable nozzle mechanism on turbo.

Image

4 out of 5

Perceived higher than deserved.

Comfort

4 out of 5

Quiet (considering it's a diesel) and relaxing to drive.

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Insurance group: 27

Security

4 out of 5

Good.

Service

2 out of 5

Dealer support adequate.

Problems

Bodywork
-

Engine
Sticking variable nozzle mechanism on turbo causing turbo over-boost at > 95mph and inconsistent torque delivery at lower speeds

Gearbox
Gearbox whine at 35 to 40mph from final drive area at light and closed accelerator positions.

Other
Creaks and rattles from the facia end plates, condensation in headlights.

Ownership

Did you buy the car new?
Yes

Would you buy the same model again?
No

Did you buy from the same manufacturer again?
No