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2008 Audi A3 repairs by problem area

Engine (35%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (8%)

Brakes and Traction Control (3%)

Suspension and Steering (5%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (31%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (14%)

Other (4%)

Chart based on 208 repairs.
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2008 Audi A3 repair cost distribution

$2500+ (1%)

$1000 - $2499 (7%)

$500 - $999 (13%)

$100 - $499 (26%)

< $100 (53%)

Chart based on 149 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2008 Audi A3

Engine not specified

Audi A3 in Connecticut, United States
Feb 2016 - Jul 2016
May 2016

130400 mi

US $1750
Check engine light - trips limp mode: lean fuel - replaced high pressure fuel pump, cam follower, PVC valve, in-tank fuel pump,etc. not resolved replaced purge valve for air conditioning, recharged unit; 
Jul 2016

134000 mi

US $750
Leak in exhaust flex pipe. Replaced exhaust down pipe, interim exhaust pipe and catalytic converter with after market high performance system (APR Brand). 
Audi A3 in Tennessee, United States
Nov 2011 - Dec 2011
Dec 2011

57000 mi
massive oil consumption 

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2008 Audi A3 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Audi A3 in California, United States
Oct 2010 - Mar 2013
Jan 2011

56600 mi
CEL, determined to be O2 sensor, backordered. O2 sensor came in, installed and normal. 
Dec 2011

52000 mi
Tire pressure sensors inaccurately reporting low pressure. 
Jun 2012

64000 mi
EPC indicator on dash 
Jan 2013

86000 mi

US $85
Strange noise when engaging clutch. Replaced clutch disc, pressure plate, throw out bearing, hydraulic fluid. 
Mar 2013

86000 mi
EPC indicator on dash never successfully addressed. 
Audi A3 in California, United States
Jul 2015 - Sep 2017
Dec 2015

73000 mi

US $400
Bad cam shaft, damage to cylinder, injection rail assembly. Identified as defective from the factory, replaced by dealership free of charge.  Vacuum hoses needed replacing, paid roughly $400 for that. 
Aug 2016

80000 mi

US $100
Drivers side window motor, cabling, and assembly broke and needed to be replaced 
Dec 2016

84000 mi

US $800
Rear shocks not functioning properly, started cupping the tires & giving uneven radial wear pattern. Replaced w/ aftermarket H&R Sport Cup springs and shocks all around. New tires as well but those weren't included in reported price total. 
Apr 2017

88000 mi
Replaced steering wheel airbag due to recall notice. 
Audi A3 in New Jersey, United States
Apr 2012 - Sep 2014
Mar 2013

44000 mi

US $450
Thermostat for fan blower 12v charger fuse replaced 
Audi A3 in Ontario, Canada
Mar 2012 - Jun 2015
Oct 2012

37700 mi

C $100
Oil leak. Leaking fuel injectors. Performed carbon cleaning for intake ports & valves. Replaced all four fuel injectors, spark plugs, intake manifold. 
Mar 2013

42780 mi
Complained of creaking noise from clutch (for third time). Had to demonstrate for them to acknowledge. Was told that the problem was with the clutch. Reported immediately after buying CPO car, but they did not agree to cover under warranty 
Jul 2014

53000 mi

C $600
Leaking drive shafts needed to be replaced. 
Dec 2014

55800 mi
Clutch had to be replaced due to noise from throw-out bearing. Engine was misfiring after start on very cold mornings, until it warms up. Spark plugs and coils were replaced, but the problem still occurs on cold mornings. 
Feb 2015

57120 mi

C $400
Engine was misfiring for several minutes on very cold mornings, until the engine warmed up. Replaced fuel filter. 
Audi A3 in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2011 - Sep 2017
Aug 2011

62780 mi
Cam follower replaced 
Mar 2012

68820 mi
Faulty timing belt roller, squeaking at cold start. Dealer replaced roller and a new timing belt because the broken roller caused damage. 
Feb 2013

74560 mi

C $165
Brake failure occurred, i was not able to stop and my pedal sunk to the floor. Dealer says "Brakes are within spec" I still have to pump the breaks occasionally. All pads and rotors <40%. I am going to do brake all around in the summer. 
Jul 2013

78420 mi

C $21
"Coolant Low" warning came on and the reservoir was empty. Last Service this fluid was not checked at the dealership. Pressure test was done and everything was deemed OK. Dealer refilled the reservoir at my expense. Running FINE! 
Apr 2014

83480 mi

C $600
Radiator leak and hose replacement. Rear wheel bearing replacement, both left and right humming badly. 280$ 
Jan 2015

83540 mi

C $35
Oil dipstick broke, crumbled and the o-ring was gone. The car didn't run right... 
Dec 2015

100440 mi

C $500
Loud slapping noise on cold start indicative of worn out cam chain timing tensioner. Replaced: -Cam Timing Chain -Cam Chain Tensioner - Camshaft Adjuster Bolt - HPFP O-Ring - Cam Follower - Valve Cover Gasket - PCV Gasket - Cam Cover Gasket 
Mar 2016

101060 mi

C $280
Rear shocks absorbers both left and right blew.... replaced with bilsteins B8 shocks. 
Apr 2016

101560 mi

C $170
Broken thermostat causing cooling system malfunction (Stuck Open) I replaced the following: -Coolant G13 -Thermostat + hardware -2x Coolant Temp Sensors 
Jun 2016

104160 mi

C $1000
G65 AC Pressure sensor broken. The plug actually blew off the connector and the refrigerant leaked threw the sensor body out of actual connector itself..... Both left and right outer tie rods replaced. Front shocks, shock mounts / bearings replaced. Stabilizer bars, control arms (changed to aluminum), control arm bushings, ball joints both left and right, rear shock mounts, 
Apr 2017

106640 mi

C $1300
Pads, Rotors all around, along with new brake lines and both rear callipers. New Clutch disc, pressure plate and flywheel. The clutch started to slip under power so it was just wear not mechanical failure. New master cylinder, original internally leaked and failed. Fuel Filter Replacement 
Audi A3 in Ontario, Canada
Mar 2011 - Aug 2015
May 2011

25820 mi
Roof trim was not flush and was a bit loose. Dealer ordered parts and trim now is tight and lies flush.  
Jul 2011

26660 mi
I noticed that the left rubber bumper that prevents my hatch from rattling had fallen off. Audi ordered a replacement assembly and installed it. Handled as a no-charge warranty item. 
Nov 2012

37480 mi

C $75
Had to replace lost rear tow hook door that must have fallen off the car. Dealer had trouble matching paint colour. Required custom paint. 
Jun 2013

44020 mi

C $100
A valve leaked all of the refrigerant in my AC. Mot of the AC system needed to be replaced (the compressor and more). Would have been very expensive but the car was under extended warranty. Car radio would turn itself off periodically (maybe once per hour). Tapping the on button turned it on. Mostly just annoying. They said the problem was related to the ignition switch (which was replaced). Time will tell if it worked. The driver's window switch failed to open the window periodically... usually when it was very hot in the car. The customer service rep was able to reproduce the problem and installed a new switch. 
Oct 2013

45140 mi
The driver's windows switch continues to fail when it is hot inside the car (after being parked in the sun). Problem could not be replicated by service attendant. No charge for diagnostic, but problem isn't resolved either. 
Sep 2014

52700 mi

C $1511
Engine was missing. After a few hours of diagnosis they said the engine had carbon buildup. They walnut blasted the carbon, replaced plugs, oil and a gasket. During a routine checkup, dealer found a damaged exhaust clamp. It was replaced. 
Audi A3 in Florida, United States
Oct 2010 - Apr 2011
Jan 2010

19000 mi
replaced faulty high pressure sensor 
Audi A3 in Missouri, United States
Oct 2012 - Nov 2012
Nov 2012

45000 mi
Poor fuel mileage in cold weather 
Audi A3 in California, United States
Jan 2008 - Sep 2014
Mar 2009

25000 mi
Car died on freeway in morning. Was low pressure fuel sensor that went bad according to dealer. Timing belt was also faulty causing brushing noise which needed to be replaced. Dealer replaced timing belt and low fuel pressure sensor. 
Jun 2009

26000 mi

US $100
After maintenance trip at 25k + Tire rotation and balance, car had an alignment issue (pulled to the right when not holding wheel, and wheel centered car pulled to right). Dealer did 4 wheel alignment, told tracks straight, does not. Took to outside shop for alignment issue as confidence for dealer was VERY low. Shop quoted alignment to fix issue, aligned and told it should track straight, STILL has same issue. Shop is now unresponsive... 
Jul 2010

45300 mi
Power loss after 45k server. Took back to dealer and found faults in LPFP (low pressure fuel pump) and turbo diverter valve. Both replaced under warranty. 
Jun 2013

85000 mi

US $50
Engine throwing codes for "thrust sensor". Thrust sensor is a low pressure fuel sensore located on the high pressure fuel pump. Sensor is an easily replaceable item that costs about $50. After replacement the codes are gone. 
Audi A3 in Connecticut, United States
Nov 2007 - Jul 2014
Feb 2010

50000 mi
Wiring harness replaced in engine bay, causing ESP malfunction to display. Was told that problem was not with ESP but with throttle body harness, dealer was aware of tsb for this problem, but I was not given the number. 
Nov 2010

67000 mi

US $900
misfire cyl 1, fuel injector replaced, intake valves cleaned with chemical treatment 
Mar 2011

74000 mi

US $1000
Timing belt started squeaking. Belt replaced, waterpump replaced, serpentine belt replaced, cam seals, tensioner, related parts replaced. 
Jun 2012

102000 mi

US $275
diverter valve replaced, turbo underboost fault code 
Audi A3 in Georgia, United States
Jan 2016 - Mar 2017
Feb 2017

156000 mi

US $300
Pads, rotors, flush. 

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2008 Audi A3 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4 6-speed automated manual FWD

Audi A3 in Victoria, Australia
Nov 2011 - Apr 2013
Jan 2013 Convenience electronics unit replaced. Fortunately I had an extended warranty, would have been $1700 (Australian). 
Apr 2013

21700 mi

A $500
battery needed replacing, had to pay hundreds for diagnostic too 
Audi A3 in New Jersey, United States
Apr 2011 - Aug 2012
Apr 2012

35000 mi
Complete ac failure 
Aug 2012

35000 mi
AC failure 
Audi A3 in Pennsylvania, United States
Jan 2012 - Mar 2015
Apr 2012

45000 mi
Rear calipers were sticking and caused abnormally high rear pad wear TSB to resolve Fuel Pressure issue Jerking and slipping in the transmission, found recall for the mechatronic. They could not do the mechatronic at the time until they did some kind of diagnostic.  Replaced mechatronic. 
Audi A3 in California, United States
Jan 2015 - Mar 2015
Jan 2015

91000 mi

US $1100
Outer CV boots were split Water got into rear wiper motor 
Audi A3 in New Brunswick, Canada
Jul 2016 - Aug 2016
Jul 2016

41540 mi

C $40
Windshield Washer Fluid leaking - Tube under Washer fluid tank replaced, tube worn out due to constant rubbing against front bumber. Engine Light - P2181 Cooling System Performance Code - Coolant was low, was not verified/topped up during last service with dealer. Coolant refilled to proper level. 
Aug 2016

41540 mi

C $550
Steering Controls, Paddle Shifters and Horn stopped working - Replaced ClockSpring behind airbag. DSG would Shift down to 4th or 2nd gear in D Mode (Normal) and would not shift back up until you switch to manual mode and back to D mode - Rear Wheel Speed sensor and rear wheel bearing was replaced. DSG Transmission would behave erratically, not engaging right away in reverse. Battery was bad and mechatronics in DSG Transmission requires a lot of power and proper voltage. Exhaust was louder - Exhaust Collar replaced 
Audi A3 in New Mexico, United States
- Jun 2008
Jun 2008

11000 mi
Squeaky window. 
Audi A3 in Pennsylvania, United States
Sep 2013 - Mar 2017
Aug 2015

130000 mi

US $400
Thermostat replaced, also had cam follower and oil change done. 
Audi A3 in Alabama, United States
Feb 2015 - Sep 2017
Feb 2015

96000 mi

US $366
Fuel injector in cylinder three was throwing a random misfire. Dealer replaced injector (warranty) and cleaned valves (the latter covered by the owner). 
Mar 2015

98000 mi

US $415
Noticed outer CV boot was torn. Mechanic attempted to replace the boot but suggested replacing the whole CV joint. 
Mar 2016

120000 mi

US $1
AC High Pressure Switch leaked, causing A/C to not function. Switch was replaced and A/C was recharged. 
Jul 2016

140 mi

US $10
Rear portion (shell) of driver's seat separated. Resolved issue with epoxy. The latch on the armrest lid broke. 
May 2017

145000 mi

US $30
Fan on the back of the AC unit threw fault codes. Replaced fan and cleared codes. Codes have yet to return. 
Audi A3 in Alberta, Canada
Jun 2014 - Oct 2015
Feb 2015

63240 mi

C $1273
Wheel bearing needed replacing 
Mar 2015

64480 mi
Transmission computer replaced. Covered by manufacturer because of a warranty extension provided for S tronic transmission. 
Audi A3 in Washington, United States
Apr 2014 - Oct 2017
Mar 2015

48000 mi

US $20
Cental lock wire broke between door and body 
Feb 2016

51900 mi

US $300
Thermostat replaced 
May 2017

57000 mi

US $110
Replaced right axle and cv joints 
Audi A3 in California, United States
Jul 2014 - Sep 2017
Oct 2016

54000 mi

US $190
The center armrest/console latch broke, requiring replacement of the entire armrest at a cost of $190. The part was installed at the dealer at no charge. 
Audi A3 in Illinois, United States
Sep 2013 - Apr 2017
Jun 2015

94000 mi

US $500
Traction control sensor in right front wheel malfunctioned, needed to be replaced. 
Audi A3 in Wisconsin, United States
Jun 2011 - Jan 2015
Jul 2011

56000 mi
Air Bag light on dash came on. Whole car was stripped and wiring checked, no problem found. Given option of replacing entire wiring harness system. Declined, had service light reset and problem did not return. 
Sep 2011

59000 mi

US $750
Same problem as in July 2011. Air Bag light on dash came on. Wiring for the rear side air bags was replaced. 
Feb 2014

93000 mi

US $436
Thermostat replaced. Required 3.7 labor hours and $60 in parts. 
Audi A3 in New Hampshire, United States
Jul 2008 - Jul 2015
Oct 2010

46000 mi

US $190
DSG mechatronic campaign. 90 percent prophylactic. I had only experienced a few episodes of un-smooth clutching at low speeds, but figured a free upgrade was not to be left lying in the road. 
Mar 2013

86000 mi
Open updates 17D9, 24T3, 24T4 
Jul 2015

120000 mi

US $1100
non-functioning keyless door locks (not repaired) 
Audi A3 in California, United States
Aug 2008 - Dec 2014
Jun 2010

19000 mi
brake light 
Audi A3 in California, United States
Apr 2009 - Jan 2015
Dec 2010

41000 mi
Taillight bulb burnt out, replaced at dealership. 
Mar 2012

61000 mi

US $450
Seat back came unglued. 
Nov 2012

69900 mi

US $1800
Misfire due to carbon deposits on intake valves. Decarb needed. Replace injector #2. Intake manifold sensor failure. Intake replaced. 
Jan 2014

74800 mi
Blower motor ceased to function, turns out the bearings around which the fan spins were seized by rust. Will require replacement. 
Apr 2014

94700 mi

US $150
Armrest cover broke, had to be replaced. Passenger sun visor clip broke, was replaced. 
Jun 2014

98000 mi

US $500
Carbon Buildup required cleaning; fuel injectors leaking, so all 4 replaced. Blower motor replacement. 
Audi A3 in California, United States
Mar 2008 - Mar 2010
Jun 2008

2000 mi
Heard rotational noise, dealer couldn't find, problem has not returned. so far so good. 
Mar 2009

15000 mi
Open skye clunking noise. Said it might be roof clips which they replaced, but clearly the dealer did not attempt to identify the problem fore they made an assumption and replaced parts. 
Audi A3 in Ontario, Canada
Mar 2007 - Mar 2010
Nov 2007

3100 mi
Radio replaced. 
Jan 2008

4340 mi
rear sway bar loose 
May 2008

8680 mi
Loose fuel line rattle. 
Audi A3 in Ohio, United States
Jan 2008 - Sep 2017
Dec 2008

2000 mi
After delivery, I noticed a scratch (about half-inch in length) on front hood driver's side that gouged thru the finish level of paint. Scratch was touched up and buffed but area was not repainted. Since it was so small, I let this imperfection go. 
Dec 2009

6000 mi
Small rattle in sky roof. Lubed with silicone spray and added felt to front liner whch elimiated rattle. 
Jul 2010

9000 mi
roof trim needed clip replacements -- came loose in track 
Oct 2010

9200 mi
The exterior roof rail molding (ftor on d&p sides) separated again and had to be replaced and reinstalled in a more secure manner The edge of the displaced molding had scratched the paint on the back hatch so it had to be refinished as wel 
Audi A3 in Arizona, United States
Jan 2008 - Jun 2017
Feb 2008

5000 mi
Oxygen sensor failed. 
Aug 2009

20000 mi

US $112
DSG Mechatronics unit bad, car undrivable 
Oct 2009

20200 mi
Bad Mechatronics unit. Crankcase breather valve replaced. 
Oct 2010

28000 mi
TPMS Error in DIS, intermittent sensor failure, could not duplicate, reset MIL... 
Apr 2011

30000 mi
Airbag light on, diagnosed drive seat belt malfunction, parts ordered. Parts came in and drivers seat belt replaced 
Mar 2012

36000 mi

US $50
Drivers side rear door would not lock nor would the window operate. Broken wires in drivers side front door. Replaced broken "stone guard" that was rattling on the rear suspension. Probably a bad plastic design, which would explain why Audi redesigned them. When I first got my car they rattled. The fix was to tighten them up. 
Nov 2013

48000 mi

US $250
Rear driver's side door lock would not lock or unlock, no alarm. Several wires in flexible bellows in drivers door from frame frayed and damaged. Replaced complete harness since previous repair on individual wires failed... 
Feb 2014

50000 mi

US $250
Passenger door lock intermittent. Replaced door lock assembly. 
Jun 2015

65000 mi

US $150
The dreaded diverter valve,06H145710DKT4, parts and labor. Replaced all 4 TPMS, original in-service date of August, 2007. 
Jan 2017

30300 mi

US $275
Left out CV boot replaced 
Audi A3 in North Carolina, United States
Jan 2008 - Sep 2017
Aug 2011

54000 mi

US $400
AC would run for 15 minutes and then die. Diagnosis: both radiator fans dead. Replaced, out of warranty. Air bag light came on. Fault of air bag parts. 
Dec 2013

95000 mi

US $4300
Seal broke; seal replaced, system recharged. Fuel pump/cam follower failed. All replaced. 
Jun 2016

126000 mi

US $500
cylinder head worn causing misfire, replaced (along with plugs) 
Audi A3 in California, United States
Jul 2011 - Mar 2017
Aug 2012

61000 mi

US $85
Coil pack went out. 
Jan 2013

51700 mi

US $85
Stereo unit was draining the battery, took a long time to diagnose and a new stereo was needed, took time to order. They also keep the car for 3 days to make sure nothing else is draining the battery. 
Jun 2014

91000 mi
Replaced spark plugs. Cleaned out carbon in the intake and replaced injector. 
Jun 2015

101000 mi
Turbo cutoff valve 
Oct 2015

106700 mi

US $1000
Water pump and timing belt replaced. Water pump had failed. 
Audi A3 in Texas, United States
Jun 2009 - Sep 2014
Jul 2009

14000 mi
Key Switch was replaced due to electric locks going on/off at slow speeds.  Roof molding popped out of position so they added more clips to keep them in position. 
Jun 2010

29000 mi
The fan blower motor was loud and inefficient.  The rear part of the drivers seat became detached from (glue). This is the second time in <1 year. Fuse blown for the Cigarette lighter - second time in < 1 year for no apparent reason. 
Sep 2010

32000 mi
Replaced the Tektronik Unit (Sensors and Valve Circuit Board) in the transmission with an updated version - a psuedo recall for specific years, models and manufactured dates. Works much better now. 
Feb 2011

39900 mi
Front driver's side window switch was intermittant. 
Jul 2011

48000 mi
Replaced Water Pump - Coolant alarm came on and was leaking coolant An air hose was disconnected or loose. Check Engine Light came on 5 miles after Water Pump repair. 
Aug 2011

49000 mi
Faulty Intake Manifold - replaced Faulty Driver's Window Switch. Window will not go down. 
Sep 2011

49000 mi
Noise emanating from AC interior blower fan due to binding fan - replaced 
Aug 2013

79000 mi
2 Rear tail light bulbs were burnt out 
Oct 2013

80700 mi
Rear seat armrest would not open/come down due to a faulty mechanical latch - replaced armrest. 
Nov 2013

82000 mi

US $85
Sliding sunshade on rear moon-roof would not clip to stay closed. 
Mar 2014

87000 mi

US $85
Coolant pump leaking - replaced pump. This is the second coolant pump replacement on this car (first at 35,000 miles). 
Jul 2014

92000 mi
Sliding sunshade on front moon-roof would not stay latched/closed due to faulty clasp. 
Audi A3 in California, United States
Sep 2013 - Sep 2014
Sep 2014

85000 mi
Oil leak 
Audi A3 in New Mexico, United States
Feb 2008 - Mar 2010
Jul 2009

21000 mi
passenger side rain gutter molding was loose 
Sep 2009

26000 mi
passenger side rain gutter popped out and bent..caused a chip in the trunk the dealer painted 
Audi A3 in Texas, United States
Feb 2009 - Jun 2013
Oct 2009

27000 mi
Airbag light on and horn stopped working. Their was a lose wire in the steering wheel that was repaired. They also fixed my child safety lock on the driver side left back door (it was permanently on) Driver side (left) back window stuck a few inches down - had to replace window motor. 
Jul 2012

47200 mi

US $70
whistling sound with pressure loss Fuel pressure sensor replacement 
Audi A3 in South Carolina, United States
Mar 2009 - Aug 2011
May 2009

11000 mi
The CD player in the radio failed and would not eject the CDs. I received a new radio and the old one was removed and sent to Germany. Over there the CDs were removed and returned to me about a month later.  
Nov 2009

16000 mi
New ignition switch to correct some problems with the console lights and radio. Also caused the door locks to lock and unlock for no reason.  
Aug 2010

23000 mi
Recall for malfunctioning mechatronic unit in DSG transmission that caused poor drivability. Had noticed problem for some time prior to the recall. 
Audi A3 in Texas, United States
Jan 2010 - Mar 2014
Sep 2011

47000 mi

US $200
Wiper fluid leak, hoses replaced. Volume issues with radio. 
Apr 2012

55000 mi
PCV Valve Armrest latch broken. 

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2008 Audi A3 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 170hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 6-speed manual AWD

Audi A3 in Italy
Dec 2012 - Jun 2013
Apr 2013

117560 mi
starter motor and electronic sensor 

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2008 Audi A3 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 105hp 1.9L I4 Diesel 5-speed manual FWD

Audi A3 in Romania
Aug 2010 - Sep 2017
Jun 2011

89280 mi
Cam belt (timing belt), water pump and alternator belt replacement. 
Apr 2015

96820 mi
Bad differential pressure sensor for the DPF (Diesel) 
Dec 2015

100440 mi

$1
The exhaust pipe clamp got weakened by rust & broke, causing the exhaust pipe to rattle against the body, right under the gear stick. 

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2008 Audi A3 4dr Hatch

250-horsepower 3.2L V6 6-speed automated manual AWD

Audi A3 in New York, United States
Feb 2012 - Apr 2017
Jul 2015

120500 mi

US $85
Accessory belt shredded. 
Sep 2015

123000 mi
Accessory belt installed two months before failed. 
Feb 2016

127000 mi

US $300
Wiring harness from master window/door lock pad on driver's door failed at door; could not operate windows. 
Jul 2016

132300 mi

US $700
Failed A/C blower motor Hood would "pop" but couldn't unlatch and open 
Mar 2017

142000 mi

US $575
Drivers window switch failed Accessory belt and tensioner failed 
Audi A3 in Texas, United States
Dec 2008 - Sep 2017
Jan 2008

100 mi
Roof trim pieces came loose (popping up in rear), damaged hatch spoiler. Repaired under warranty. 
Sep 2008

4000 mi
Steering wheel buttons (all but the horn) stopped working. Backlit buttons on the wheel were dark as well. Fixed under warranty. 
Jul 2010

11000 mi
Roof rack rails are normally covered by clip-in strips. This is the third time, in three years, that those clips failed and the strips poked up. They replaced the clips and it's now as it's supposed to be. We'll see if it lasts. Roof rack rails are normally covered by clip-in strips. This is the third time, in three years, that those clips failed and the strips poked up. They replaced the clips and it's now as it's supposed to be. We'll see if it lasts. 
Jun 2011

14000 mi
Air conditioning went from perfect to totally dead in minutes. Diagnosis was a failed "high pressure switch" which leaked out all the coolant. They replaced the switch, recharged the system, and it's now working fine. 
Jul 2013

20200 mi

US $300
Rear sunroof shade had broken latch. Had to replace the whole shade. (Price is mostly labor charges.) 
Aug 2014

25000 mi
Engine idle speed is all over the place. Sometimes 600rpm. Sometimes 1100rpm. Took it in for a look. They thought they just had to do something to clean it out. Repair didn't work, so heading back again for round 2. Faulty sensor? Maybe. 
Nov 2014

27300 mi
Engine idle speed still all over the place. They reset the computer. No change. They suggested replacing the throttle body, with no confidence that it might fix anything, so we skipped the repair. 
Dec 2015

30000 mi

US $230
Turns out, replacing a burnt-out Xenon bulb on an Audi is several hours of labor. They have to remove the front bumper! 
Jan 2017

28000 mi

US $150
Windshield washer fluid bottle was cracked. Replaced. Surprisingly expensive. 
Aug 2017

34000 mi
Rear bulb burned out, easily fixed. Front HID headlight: Turns out there's one light source and a motorized door thing that switches the light from low to high-beams. That door thing is broken. My shop tried and failed to source a compatible part and ultimately didn't charge me. The passenger headlight remains "stuck" in low-beam mode, won't do high-beam. 
Audi A3 in Connecticut, United States
Jan 2008 - Jan 2015
Aug 2013

35700 mi

US $1500
Rear Differential blew and was replaced 
Audi A3 in Washington, United States
Aug 2014 - Jun 2017
Dec 2015

72000 mi

US $800
Four brakes and rotors replaced. One brake wear indicator replaced 

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2008 Audi A3 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 265hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual AWD

Audi A3 in New South Wales, Australia
Aug 2010 - Jun 2012
Mar 2011

19840 mi
Cigarette lighter/acc socket not working - dealer fixed using replacement fuse Noise at idle from under drivers seat - dealer said they couldn't find the issue but it was evident when I started the car after service. 
Nov 2011

25420 mi
AC high pressure sensor faulty - parts ordered. Original Audi dealer needs to update extended warranty details before repair can proceed. 
Dec 2011

27900 mi
AC high pressure sensor faulty - part replaced under warranty Centre console clip broken - console lid needs replacing. Parts ordered but waiting on delivery Fixed four rattles throughout car 
Apr 2012

32240 mi

A $700
Wheel bearing was faulty - replaced under extended warranty. Extended warranty didn't pay for wheel alignment. Brake carrier faulty - replaced 
Jun 2012

32240 mi
The new console clip wasn't ever installed. The dealer later told me that it wouldn't be fixed under warranty, and would cost about $400! So I decided to just live with the broken clip. 

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