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    Established Member Two Rings Trema13's Avatar
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    02' audi a4,00' bmw 323

    Are the a3's good or do they have the same problems the a4's have

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    Are the a3's good, i am looking at an 09 a3 quattro and was curious if they had the oil consumption issues, timing tensioner issues that the a4's have. Thank you

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    The oil consumption on my 2012 A3 is about 3/4 liter per 6000km more or less.

    I had the tensioner replaced preventatively because I read horror stories about a3's and golf's with that engine. Not sure how common it is but I didn't want to take any chances.

    So far no real issues with the car aside from the carbon build up that had to be cleaned at 100k km.
    Last edited by lafa3ro; 12-06-2018 at 08:45 PM.

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

    I have a 2012 A3, same oil consumption as lafa3ro. I replaced the tensioner and water pump as preventative measures.
    No other issues. I also have a 2006 A3 which has required normal maintenance through 102,000 miles.
    Best of luck.


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