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Audi A3 II (8P) 2003-2012 – reviews, typical faults

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Audi A3 II (8P) – The common opinion about the second version of the A3 is better than the actual quality of the compact Audi. All because of the palette of not very successful engines.

  • Years of production: 2003-2012
  • Engines: benz. 1.4-3.2 (102-340 hp), diesels 1.6-2.0 (90-170 hp)
  • Versions: htb 3d, 5d, cab
  • Length / wheelbase:  421-429 / 258 cm,  width / height:  177 / 142-143 cm,  luggage compartment:  htb 350-1100 l, cab 260-675 l

Audi A3 II (8P) – BODY FUNCTIONALITY

In addition to the 3-door hatchback, Audi offered the Sportback 7 cm longer and a Cabriolet. All of them have perfectly fitted body elements (unequal spacing proves the result of the past) and perfectly finished interiors. A wide list of options allowed the personalization of the A3. It’s hard to find two identical copies on the secondary market.

Audi A3 II (8P) – ENGINES

Currently, the 1.6 TDI diesel (2009-2013) is the best choice. Even the best 1.9 TDI (BKC or BJB codes) are usually already heavily worn. On the other hand, the 2.0 TDI, in particular with unit injectors, but also improved with common rail (since 2008), is not free from serious shortcomings. The simple and well-functioning 1.6 8V engine is also not ideal. In many cars, it burns large amounts of oil. The same problem, but connected with the poor durability of the timing chain and the build-up of carbon deposits in the intake, also has 1.8 / 2.0 TFSI units from the EA888 family. These inconveniences also apply to 1.2 / 1.4 TFSI units to a lesser extent.

Audi A3 II (8P) – EMERGENCY

Serious failures are limited to the engines and their accessories.

Audi A3 II (8P) – COSTS

A well-kept A3 is not cheap. Compensation is low prices of spare parts.

WORTH KNOWING

  • The 6-speed S-Tronic (trade name DSG) has longer-lasting clutches than the 7-speed, designed for weaker engines.
  • The Quattro drive in the A3 and other Audi with transverse engines has the rear axle attached via the Haldex clutch.
  • The top version of the RS3 (2011-2012) with the five-cylinder 2.5 TFSI engine holds the price. You will not be able to find a car for less than 100,000. zloty.

THE MOST POPULAR DRIVE UNITS – TECHNICAL DATA

ENGINE1.4 TFSI1.6 8V1.6 FSI1.8 TFSI2.0 FSI2.0 TFSI3.2 VR61.6 TDI CR1.9 TDI PD2.0 TDI PD
Capacity1390 cm³1595 cm³1598 cm³1798 cm³1984 cm³1984 cm³3189 cm³1598 cm³1896 cm³1968 cm³
Powerpetrol turbopetrolpetrolpetrol turbopetrolpetrol turbopetrolturbodieselturbodieselturbodiesel
Torque125 hp102 KM115 hp160 hp150 hp265 hp250 KM90 KM105 hp140 hp
Torque200 Nm148 Nm155 Nm250 Nm200 Nm350 Nm320 Nm230 Nm250 Nm320 Nm
Acceleration 0-100 km / h9.3 seconds11.7 seconds10.9 seconds7.6 seconds11.2 s5.7 s6.5 seconds12.9 seconds11.4 s9.5 seconds
Speed203 km / h185 km / h196 km / h222 km / h211 km / h250 km / h250 km / h180 km / h187 km / h207 km / h
Average consumption fuel6.0 l / 100 km6.7 l / 100 km6.5 l / 100 km6.7 l / 100 km6.9 l / 100 km9.1 l / 100 km10.6 l / 100 km4.5 l / 100 km5.0 l / 100 km5.5 l / 100 km

MODEL HISTORY

2003 – the 3-door Audi A3 II makes its debut
2004 – the offer is supplemented by the 5-door Sportback
2005 – modernization – the 3-door version receives a large grill (the so-called single frame)
2006 – sport S3 Quattro (2.0, 265 hp)
2008 – driving the Cabriolet version
2013 – end of production, the premiere of A3 III (8V)

TYPICAL DEFECTS AND REPAIR COSTS

  • Weak 1.9 TDI Diesel – Bushings On engines marked BXE or BLS, the bushing can rotate, damaging the engine.
  • Oil Excessive Burning by TFSI Engines – The problem affects 1.8 / 2.0 units of the EA888 family (from 2007). Less often – 1.2 / 1.4 TFSI.
  • Heads and unit injectors in the 2.0 TDI – The spectrum of expensive diesel breakdowns in the 2.0 TDI PD is wide. Even the oil pump fails.
  • Worn timing chain of TFSI engines. – Poor tensioner and oil changes, even every 30 thousand. km are taking their toll on the string.

ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES

+  Exemplary exterior and interior design.
+  Still high prestige of the model.
+  Good handling and high driving comfort.
+  Cheap and readily available replacements.

  Many problematic engine versions.
  Unattractive configurations of cheap cars.
 It is  easy to find a “mine” prepared for trade with a turned counter.

WORTH BUYING

We recommend the 1.6 TDI diesel with a proven history and the 1.6 8V gasoline engines (for LPG) and 2.0 TFSI with a timing belt (EA113).

WATCH OUT FOR

“Deals”. They do not exist for this model. 2.0 TDI PD diesel. Poorly equipped cars – better buy a cheaper Golf V.

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