What should I look for in a used Audi A3 sports?
As with any used convertible, check the footwells for any sign of water damage and the roof for leaks. Also check the large alloy wheels for any signs of kerb damage. There have been a number of issues relating to rattles from the 1.4 TFSI engine, so listen carefully for any noises from the turbocharger. In diesels, the diesel particulate filter warning light has been known to illuminate, although the fix of driving the car on the open road for a few minutes is usually enough to turn it off.
What are the most common problems with a used Audi A3 sports?
The only major issues with the A3 Cabriolet seem to concern the roof. There have been one or two reported problems with the motor that activates the roof, as well as issues relating to wear and tear of the roof fabric itself.
There have also been reports of problems with the sat-nav screen, which rises out of the dashboard and can creak in use. Water pumps have also been reported to leak. The A3 Cabriolet also rated below average for headlight bulb failure.
Is a used Audi A3 sports reliable?
Unusually, the A3 Cabriolet, in common with other Audis, has a higher share of reported problems than the average car in this class. In addition, Audi as a brand finished some way down the list in our most recent reliability survey. However, the A3 has been around for a while and its major components are shared with many other Volkswagen, Seat and Skoda models, so it should be easy to source the parts and, if you seek out a trusted independent dealer, not unduly expensive to repair.
Like most Audis, the A3 Cabriolet comes with a three-year warranty as standard, which is limited to 60,000 miles. Audi does offer four and five-year extended warranties at reasonable prices but, again, their mileages are capped at, respectively, 75,000 and 90,000 miles.