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Audi A3 S3 quattro 3d (1999/V)

Audi A3 S3 quattro 3d (1999/V) - Owner Review

A reassuring drive - But no real driver involvement. Steering lacks feel.
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Audi A3 (96-03)

Value

3 out of 5

You get a very high standard specification. An expensive used buy compared to some of the competition.

Costs

2 out of 5

Increased with the mileage - Servicing is pricey, even at specialists.

Driving

4 out of 5

A reassuring drive - But no real driver involvement. Steering lacks feel.

Performance

4 out of 5

Good top end performance, mid -range could be better. My car seeing over 150mph on the autobahn.

Reliability

4 out of 5

Variable - Much due to high mileage. These cars are NOT permanent 4-wheel drive and my 'Haldex' unit (transfer box) failed. The car was still useable-Minus Quattro!

Image

4 out of 5

Divided between younger 'petrol heads' who love it and others who see a body-kitted, old shape A3.Subtle performance, depending on the colour you choose!

Comfort

5 out of 5

A very comfortable driving environment, great tactile surfaces and quality switchgear. BMW cannot compete at 3 Series level.

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Insurance group: 33

Security

4 out of 5

Never had any problems - Not an obvious target.

Service

4 out of 5

Expensive for a Golf-based car. Buy and service from a good independent specialist.

Problems

Bodywork
-

Engine
-

Gearbox
Rear 'Haldex' unit failed - Replaced by used item from a TT. Audi require over £2k for this part. This is an uncommon failure.

Other
Electrical parts - Brake light assembly fails and clutch slave cylinder broke. Both repaired by main dealer.

Ownership

Did you buy the car new?
No

Would you buy the same model again?
No

Did you buy from the same manufacturer again?
Yes