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Audi A3 / S3 Reliability

You won't find Audi A3 / S3 reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots. So you can tell how much the Audi A3 / S3 truly differs from competing car models in reliability.

These stats are promptly updated four times a year, to much more closely track Audi A3 / S3 reliability as the cars age. Others tell you how reliable the Audi A3 / S3 was a year ago, when the cars were a year younger and had 12,000 fewer miles on them. Only TrueDelta tells you how reliable the Audi A3 / S3 has been recently.

Audi A3 / S3 Reliability:
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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Audi A3 / S3

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Audi A3 / S3

Audi A3 / S3 Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2007 4dr Hatch turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
The car is build like a tank.
2006 4dr Hatch turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
In 2006 the car was offered with 4 years free maintenance.
2006 4dr Hatch turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed automated manual FWD
At 158k miles it's been fairly reliable, but has had continous issues, non of them cheap. In no particular order: Radiator water pump - 2 timing belt ribbed belt idler wheel bearings both rear wheel bearings both rear window lifts interior material cracking, ie arm rests, center console both sunroof sun shades broken center console latch broken windows switch failures craked engine cober/air box - terrible design! cylinder head replaced - porous casting leaking coolant hatch lock switch stop light switch
2006 4dr Hatch turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed automated manual FWD
No problems
Audi A3 / S3 Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2013 4dr Hatch turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed automated manual FWD
Not so much. It's been in the shop for various reasons 35 days in the first year of ownership. So far both front axles have been replaced, several tires, various other suspension/steering bits, and a few rattles. One of the windows auto up/down feature broke then fixed itself. The same window will on occasion roll itself back down.
2008 4dr Hatch turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed automated manual FWD
From what I read and hear from Audi owners, these are not cheap to maintain, and the maintenance is a little too frequent.
2007 4dr Hatch 250-horsepower 3.2L V6
6-speed automated manual AWD
There seems to be a steady parade of high dollar systematic issues with Audi vehicles. Every vehicle has maintenance issues, but this Audi has had design problems (sunshade, roof trim, ign coil, roof trim, HID bulbs).
2006 4dr Hatch turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
Audi has a reputation for selling maintenance-intensive cars and having owned several VWs I was not looking to Audi for being the most trouble-free option.
2006 4dr Hatch turbocharged 105hp 1.9L I4 Diesel
5-speed manual FWD
Audi is not listed in car makers reliability top 10. They are known to have various problems, definitely not the choice to go for if reliability is your top priority.