About Audi A3
As Audi's entry-level model for the North American market, Audi A3 has been built by the German automobile manufacturer Audi AG, part of the Volkswagen Group since 1996 as a compact car/small family car. Originally introduced in the European market in 1996, marking Audi's return to the production of smaller cars following the demise of the Audi 50 in 1978, A3 was not available in the United States until 2006. Competing against the Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 and BMW 230, A3 has won many awards and accolades such as World Car of the Year, What Car? Magazine's Car of the Year and Small Family Car of the Year, etc. and it even won FIA European Rallycross Championship. Now, A3 is in its second generation for North American market.
The first-generation Audi A3 was produced from 2006 to 2012 based on the Volkswagen Group A platform, sharing with Audi TT, Volkswagen Golf, Volkswagen Caddy, and Volkswagen Touran. It was offered in only one body style, 4-door hatchback but came in 2.0T and 3.2 Quattro trim levels. During this generation, Audi A3 was powered by a 2.0 L turbocharged I4 rated at 200 hp or a 3.2 L V6 producing 250 hp as well as a 2.0 L diesel-powered engine (TDI) with 140 hp. And these engines sent power through 6-speed manual and 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmissions (S tronic) to front wheels or four wheels. The current A3 was unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show and is sold in two body styles, 4-door sedan and 2-door convertible. A3 now comes in three trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige and it gets power from 2.0 L turbocharged I4 making 186-220 hp. And power is sent to front wheels or four wheels through 7-speed, dual-clutch automatic or 6-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Audi A3 Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
Offering up to the lofty standard design and materials, composed and comfortable ride, quiet cabin, superb fuel economy, Audi A3 has been a classy alternative to mainstream compacts yet still budget-friendly. If you want to have your perfect A3 serve you longer, then these common problems on it deserve your attention:
First, according to the car repair statistics site CarComplaints.com, engine failure is the worst and most common problem on Audi A3. The sooner you solve this problem, your vehicle is safer since it decides how long the vehicle could last. These typical symptoms of engine failure are helpful for those A3 owners without any knowledge background about working principle of automobiles. Generally speaking, it often has symptoms such as whining, squealing, or rattling from the engine when in operation; then the engine performance will also decrease soon so that it may misfire, stall and even suffer from starting issues. Finally, the vehicle will also lose power when acceleration and consume excessive oil. The Check Engine Light will also come on to warn you to inspect the A3 spark plug, engine control module, oxygen sensors, fuel pump, valve cover gasket and throttle body immediately.
Second, transmission failure is another horrible issue on Audi A3 as most drivers have no idea about working principle of automobiles, which make them lose the best timing to solve this issue in time. And due to lack of enough knowledge, many A3 owners overlooked this issue and what it could bring. In fact, drivability problem is mainly caused by it; apart from that, you can hear clunking or grinding noises from beneath the vehicle; then there will be leaking transmission fluids on the ground; after a while, the indicator will not match the gear; vehicle may start in another gear or not go into any gear at all; transmission slips and surges. All these could be attributed to the A3 transmission assembly, automatic transmission filter, automatic transmission shifter, shift cable, and transfer case seal.
To maintain your Audi A3's overall excellent quality, you should attach enough importance to routine maintenance on vulnerable auto parts. On your A3, please maintain the seat belt, windshield wiper, wiper blade, fog light, headlight, antenna and cabin air filter routinely for a safe and comfortable ride.
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