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    Registered Member One Ring
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    Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

    Advice on Buying a Used A3 - Total Audi Newcomer

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    Hello All,

    I've never owned an Audi before, but i'm a long time admirer. I'm now ready to get into a used A3 and i'm looking for any and all advice, tips, tricks regarding the A3. Best engines, model years, common issues etc. Specifically i'm looking at '08, '09, '10 models (all my budget allows for, anything newer is probably not an option).

    All advice is welcome, as I'm relatively uneducated about these cars and I'd like to be as informed as possible.

    Thanks in advance!

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    Senior Member Two Rings Dad A3's Avatar
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    Dec 24 2011
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    My Garage
    2012 Audi A3, 2006 Audi A3, 2017 Touareg, 86 VFR 750
    Bergen Co. NJ USA

    Look for 2009 or newer, commonly referred to as the facelift"
    Things to look for timing chain tensioner, they are crap and can be upgraded.
    Water pumps leak, mine was done under warranty.
    Currently at 42K miles and those are the only issues.


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