2nd Generation (2006—2012) A3 Problems

A3 owners with a 2006—2012 model year have the most problems with the engine (46%), transmission (38%), and the fuel system (23%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Vehicle Hesitating as Though Not Firing Properly 2 complaints at an average of 29,205 miles in the 2009 Audi A3.
  2. Dimming Headlights 1 complaints at an average of 100 miles in the 2009 Audi A3.
  3. Mechatronic Stopped Working 1 complaints at an average of 25,080 miles in the 2010 Audi A3.

What A3 Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Audi model years.

Watch out for the 2004 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2012 0 0 353 0.0
2011 1 0 357 0.41
2010 2 0 351 1.25
2009 6 0 248 2.61
2008 0 0 211 0.0
2007 1 0 191 0.46
2006 3 0 188 0.84
2005 0 0 99 0.0
2004 6 0 22 2.65
2003 0 0 18 0.0

Watch out for these common problems

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