Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Audi RS3 hatchback?
This is a performance car, so check for obvious signs of misuse, including black smoke from the exhaust, the steering wheel not sitting straight and kerbed alloys. Check the bodywork very carefully for dings and dents picked up in car parks, and check the underside of the car for any damage it might have picked up going off road.
Reported problems with the RS3 are few, and owners seem happy with their cars. However, one or two reports exist of owners who have had very expensive issues with the engine, so as mentioned it’s worth buying a car with a full service history to it. Other issues centre around non-engine electrics, most of which on newer cars were fixed under warranty and speedily.
Audi as a brand finished in a disappointing 15th place out of 37 manufacturers in our most recent reliability survey. The RS3 didn’t feature as a standalone model, but its sibling the A3 finished high up in the family car class.
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