The Most Common S3 Problem

We've pulled together a list of the most widespread problems that S3 owners have to deal with.

Start-Stop Defects

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There are multiple problems with Audi's start-stop technology that outweigh the modest fuel efficiency gains. Owners complain that the system will shut off the power steering and brake systems at dangerous times and cause the accelerat The …

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What S3 Owners Complain About

Sometimes it helps just to tally up the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are. Use this information to learn about troublespots or to run for the hills.

Worst Topics

Worst Years

S3 Generations

Generations are groups of model years where few, if any, changes were made to the vehicle which means their model years tend to break in similar ways. The S3 has 1 generation available in North American markets.

By the Numbers

  1. 2 complaints

    Running tally of owner grievances filed to CarComplaints.com.

  2. 376 service bulletins

    Documenting the process of troubleshooting common problems.

  3. 2 recall campaigns

    Time-sensitive, free repairs for widespread safety problems.

Timeline of Recent S3 News