About Audi S3
Also known as a hot hatch version of the Audi A3 small family car, Audi S3 has been built by the high-performance subsidiary company Audi Sport GmbH, for the German automobile manufacturer Audi AG part of the Volkswagen Group since 2014 as a small sports car. Originally introduced as high-performance of Audi A3 entry-level subcompact, S3 slots blow the four-door S4 and S6 sedans and S7 hatchback model. Competing against the Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA45, Cadillac ATS-V and BMW M3, S3 has won Top Gear Australia's Best Hatchback award in 2008. Now, S3 is in its second generation.
Although Audi S3 (8L and 8P) was available in European during A3's first and second generation, it was not available in the United States until the current third-generation A3 sedan as a sporty S3 variant. Built based on the Volkswagen Group's MQB platform, S3 is offered in only one body style, 4-door sedan but it comes in two trim levels: Premium Plus and Prestige. S3 gets a long list of standard features including 18-inch wheels, summer performance tires, keyless ignition and entry, front and rear parking sensors, selectable driving settings (Audi Drive Select), LED headlights, automatic wipers, a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, power front sport seats, driver-seat memory settings, leather upholstery and 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks. Now, S3 is powered by a turbocharged 2.0 L inline 4-cylinder engine rated at 292 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque and this engine sends power through a 6-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission to four wheels.
Audi S3 Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
Offering incredible driving experience, stunning handling, near-perfect steering, and superior comfort, Audi S3 is definitely a perfect choice for car enthusiasts who need luxurious sports sedan. But as the accumulation of mileage, you should be careful as these common problems will find your S3:
First, according to professional car repair statistics site repairpal.com, engine failure ranks first among all other issues on Audi S3. I believe every driver knows that the engine, as the power soul of a vehicle, is of vital importance to vehicle performance and life expectancy. Therefore, you had better learn about how to diagnose and solve it as soon as possible according to these recognizable and simple symptoms provided by experienced S3 repairmen. It often starts with sounds from the engine; if left ignored, the engine will have performance issues such as misfiring, stalling or hard starting and even inability to start; before the vehicle breaks down completely, you will also notice a decrease in power, acceleration and fuel efficiency. The most obvious sign would be the illuminated Check Engine Light. All these could be attributed to the S3 spark plug, air filter, oxygen sensor, fuel pump, oil filter, drive belt, timing belt, valve cover gasket and engine control module.
Second, as a vehicle like Audi S3 pursuing high speed and high performance, a top-notch braking system should be a basic feature. But on Audi S3, the braking system seems to be rather vulnerable and braking failure becomes a common problem on it based on drivers. In case it results in a worse situation and even brings about irreversible results such as fatal car accidents, these typical symptoms of braking failure should be helpful for you. Normally, it often manifests as noisy and poorly responded brakes, pulsating brake pedal when being in operation, braking fluids may also leak on the ground. Gradually, the rear brakes may get locked, especially on the wet surface and the parking brake could not hold the vehicle properly. And once both the Brake Warning Light and Parking Brake Light come on, you should start to inspect if the S3 brake pad, brake rotor, brake disc, brake drum, brake caliper, brake line, parking brake cable and brake proportioning valve are in right order.
To take your Audi S3's overall quality into consideration, you need to maintain some vulnerable auto parts on it. S3 seat belt, windshield wiper, wiper blade, antenna, fog light, headlight, and cabin air filter should be on routine maintenance list as they all play important roles in creating safe and comfortable driving environment but they are exposed to harsh working condition all the time.
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