2001 Audi S3 quattro 1.8L turbo from France

Summary:

Good GT compact car

Faults:

2 ignition coils at 62,684 km (known issue).

Distress signal control module at 111,238 km.

Battery at 130,000 km (3 years 1/2).

Mass air flow sensor at 144,945 km (known issue - clean it may be!!)

Intake flap sensor at 176,628 km + something linked to Haldex (quattro).

Turbo secondary electrical water pump gone at 196,245 km.

Anti roll bar at 208,537 km (??).

Front left transmission axle at 209,758 km.

Some hoses for oil fumes recirculation at 228,600 km.

A 3rd ignition coil at 264,115 km.

Battery at 264,542 km.

Brake rotors + front left transmission axle + rear brake calipers + parking brake cable at 264,542 km (jeez).

One Xenon bulb at around 270,000 km.

Some hoses for oil fumes recirculation at 294,766 km.

Front right transmission axle at 299,387 km.

Pre-cat oxygen sensor + thermostat + 4 ignition coils at 304,200 km.

2 vacuum hoses (to the brake booster) at 305,000km.

General Comments:

The car is well equipped, it is nice looking and quite comfortable (for a car having a sports suspension).

Fuel economy is not bad for 210 HP and a heavy transmission (quattro) at around 9 liters per 100 km (26 MPG).

The car is not a rocket, but it is good in general, feels more like a GT car.

All the young people who buy them and boost the power (easy) start all of a sudden to blow parts; clutch, engine, gearbox... So keep it stockish and you will go over 300,000 km!!

Some parts were replaced, but not so many in fact. If you consider that quattro transmissions, turbo, exhaust systems, etc are from the factory, I think Audi did a good job here. Of course some other Audis will have more problems, but you never know... My BMW 525TDSA was not very good to be honest, same for my MB 300SE... so Audi is really OK I guess.

In any case, get yourself a VAG COM, because you will need it to read the fault codes!

One thing, quattro is great! Even on mud you cannot lose grip, even at full throttle!!! Launch start on mud is fun (but useless...). Crash tests are also good on the A3/S3 model, so you feel quite safe.

Another thing, Audi dealers are not all good, and in my case they completely forgot to do the oil changes on the quattro!!! This is really stupid, because they invented it, but can't maintain it!?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th January, 2012

2001 Audi S3 1.8 20V turbo petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Summary:

Quick enough, stylish, unique, but potentially expensive to fix if you have a major issue

Faults:

The clutch pedal broke at approximately 71,000 KMs, this is apparently a common fault with the car, and was replaced fairly cheaply, and apparently with a superior part that did not break as easily.

Also, rust started to appear on the roof rails, another very common issue, but Audi fixed it as the paint work has a 10 year guarantee.

General Comments:

When I was looking for a car my check list was 1) 4 cylinder turbo, and 2) all wheel drive, which for the money I was spending, meant either a WRX, Lancer or S3. I went the S3 for something different, and I also feel that it's a better looking car than the other options.

The performance was good; not great, as it's a heavy car, but solid. Highway driving was brilliant with the 6 speed manual, and the suspension was brilliant on good roads and holds well through corners, but not very pleasant on Adelaide's bumpy roads.

The interior was a great place to be; leather everything, and excellent quality plastics.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th January, 2011

2001 Audi S3 from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Power is nothing without control, and the S3 has it all

Faults:

I've only owned the S3 for 3 months, and the only problem is that when I shut the drivers door, it still tells me it's open. This happens when it feels like it, and seems to happen more when the weather is warmer. Sometimes I have to shut the door several times, and if I'm on the outside it has to be shut properly in order for the interior light to go out, and more importantly, the alarm to be set. Will get it fixed at the next service, at a cost, but I'm wondered if it was something I might be able to sort out myself.

General Comments:

The 6 year old S3 is a great car and feels expensive. The leather is nice and the car still smells new. It handles well and the power is smooth.

My previous car was an Impreza which had similar performance and handling, but a crazy insurance premium. The S3 came in at exactly half, and I didn't have to have a tracker device fitted either.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th October, 2007