Audi S3 Buying Guide

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Audi S3 Buying Guide

as we get a lot of people coming on here about what to look out for buying an S3 I’ve decided to a thread, hopefully to added to the section. Please feel to add comments/additions to the guide which i the edit into this post. I’ve done as a starting point im sure still more to be added so feel free to assist your comments

First of refer to the FAQ sticky’s these a lot of information about tuning, specs, and other mods: 3-FAQ-STICKIES -***********

The S3 come in 2 types, pre and post facelift, pre is 1999 to 2001 (x reg) some x reg are facelift model this be confirmed) facelift is to 2003. There are 3 engine the 1st is a 210 PS (153kW; 207 hp) APY fitted to all 1999 to models, from 2001 the S3 available with a 210 PS (154 kW; AMK or 225 PS (165 kW; 222 hp) BAM engine choice.

Not all models are 225bhp, and no prefacelift is 225 (unless it has had an engine transplant) a lot of advertise S3 as 225 models when not. They all remap to the figure, and the difference between is minor: 8T-Info-Sheet engines had variable valve (AMK BAM) although it is the APY might have mechanical VVT and the engines have electronic VVT The engine provides a maximum 280 Nm of torque, most of which is from 2200 through to rpm (Thank you to finesse for additional information)

Standard Spec of S3:

electric with one touch, electric door mirrors, pop out rear remote central locking, digital climate control and air heated winscreen washer full closure alarm and sunroof can be closed by remote, can be opened) and immobliser, self xenon headlights with washers, fog lights, interior (front and rear reading and front cabin lights) lights behing sun visors, lights in doors, driver screen and trip computer and computer. electric recaro seats, 2 rear head black headlining, piano trim, haldex controlled 4 drive, ESP standard from onwards (TBC) ABS, avus alloy wheels 225 45 17 tyres, spare wheel saver type) hazard triangle and tool kit. (TBC) leather or half interior. fitted carpet mats, S3 sports leather wheel, grey coloured with white needles and red background. 1999 spec S3 sometimes has an analog clock on the from 200 this was a digital and date display. concert unit (tape) and 6 disc mounted cd changer, 6 speakers and sub in boot in pre face lift


electric sunroof, dip rear view mirror can be retro fitted), heated cruise control (this can be fitted), rear parking 18inc RS4 style alloys with 225 40 18 tyres (as fitted to the TT) centre arm rest, bose system. 3rd rear head ambiant lighting (can be fitted) multifunction steering Aluminium mirrors. On face models different stereos offered and sat nav was available due to revision of the console.

Unique to S3 (over

Body Panels:

Front and bumpers, front wings and panels are flared, twin exhaust, larger rear lower door trims.

Larger K04 Turbo, twin strut brace (very models maynot have bigger 312mm front ventilated rear discs, suspension, wider track

facelift differences:

External: one headlamps, the indicator unit is to the main headlamp on facelift The rear tail lights are red clear upper sections on the pre facelift are all red (facelift rear are a straight swap if you wish to There are slight diffences the wing mirrors too, and the gate trim above the plate is flush. new S3 badge

Internal: centre console double din stereo or sat nav available, control panal revised single screen, heated contol moved onto control panel. Cup holder to upper section of centre and hazard lights esp button (smaller) air vent controls revised design on steering and gear knob, minor to clocks, the S3 badge appears the rev counter (is under the speedo on also S3 badge has been to new design. Stereos available on the lift are a single cd head a 6 cd double din head unit, sat nav may be availble TBC) Facelift have a 3 button remote (prefacelift is 2 button), the 3rd button the boot to be opened. The facelift gas struts are 2 stage (TBC)


Every 10k (12 months): oil and oil

Every 20k: 10k+ air pollen filter, Haldex be 40k)

Every 40k: spark plugs, fuel Haldex oil and filter

Every cambelt and tensioner, aux bet. Its is that the water pump be (a metal impeller version is which resloves the issue of the impeller breaking)

Every 2 brake fluid

Audi now a standard service price which is reasonable considering its the dealer:

Common faults:

rust roof rails, this be covered by audi warrenty but dont always make on it but it is still something that you to look out for:

xenon headlights pointing to the this will normally be the sensors mounted to the near suspension front and rear or the within the headlamp (if its the motor it only effects one light)

window clips (more needed here)

Audi S3

snapped the ends of the springs can shear off age (i’ve had 3 of mine break so

ARB collars breaking off, the … up to the mounting bush, the bar has to be replace (good time to fit items).

Back up battery for stops holding charge, can lead to your car alarm off. A sign to this is 3 from the rear passenger of the car. The alarm siren has to be although there is a write up on the battery (further info The alarm siren has been and a minor mod is required to fit (this only be on prefacelift models)

sensor behind pedal: can fail over time, its to replace and audi have the part to so it might be less on facelift models

Clutch sensor behind this can fail over and lead to the car over reving the clutch is pedal is depressed

pedal: a plastic part of the prone to failure (link for repair guide)

concert unit volume control: over time (it is related to the of time you change volume) only provide you with the 2 of the volume settings, this can not be the whole head unit replacement.

DIS … pixels, time lines can be lost on the information screen, theres is a fix but it is at your own risk

DV failing, the item may fail over the forge 007 is a popular after option.

Coil packs: are known to fail, I think the has been revised so once they dont tend to again (TBC)

Breather vacum pipes: some of cars are now over 10 years old and time and heat cycles the pipes split.

Clutch/clutch cylinder: this is not so much a fault but with age and milage needs to be considered. My slave let go at 103k, the slave cylinder the gear box to be removed to replace, on my clutch needed replacing due to the and wear, my fly wheel also replacing but this is not always the If you slave cylinder does you’ll probably have to the clutch due to hydralic fluid into the clutch itself.

So the advise here is if your your clutch spend a bit and have the slave cylinder at the same time. Also that tyhe clutch may replacing on an S3 with over on the clock (if its not been replaced). if this is an indication of the slave failing but my clutch pedal was before it broke, its now very

Thermostat can fail with and indication that its gone is the gauge on the dash not reaching and at 90. If your temp gauge to be erratic this could be a that the temp sender has Both are cheap to replace.

level sensor. Over these can fail, the annoying is you have to replace the header as the sensor is built into it. It can be cleaned.

Sign thats its on starting the car the DIS will indicate low even though its not, the warning will disappear 20-30 seconds. Its also checking the cabling to the switch as can come lose from its

Last edited by mk1chopper; 7th 2010 at 21:33 .

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