Audi S3 buying guide - Audi S3 specification and costs

How much to pay for an Audi S3 and how much it'll cost to run

What to pay

You occasionally see an early high-mileage S3 for as little as £10,000, but £12k-13k is a more realistic budget for an ’07/’08 car with average to above-average miles and a solid service history. If you can stretch to £15k you’ll have a wide choice of ’08/’09 cars with all the desirable options, such as nappa silk leather, S-design alloys and RS4-style seats. £20k buys a top-spec 2011 car.

Specification

EngineIn-line 4-cyl, 1984cc, turbo
Power261bhp @ 6000rpm
Torque258lb ft @ 2500-5000rpm
TransmissionSix-speed manual (S-tronic option from 2008), four-wheel drive
Tyres255/40 R18
Weight (kerb)1455kg (three-door model)
Power-to-weight182bhp/ton
0-60mph (tested)5.6sec
Top speed (limited)155mph
Price when new£26,995 (January 2007)

Audi S3 parts prices

(Prices from autops.co.uk. Tyre price from blackcircles.com. All prices include VAT but exclude fitting charges)

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Tyres (each) £102.39 (Continental ContiSportContact 5)Front pads (set) £106.72Front discs (pair) £228.48Damper (front) £83.56Exhaust downpipe (incl cat) £814.62Exhaust centre section/back box £626.77Clutch kit £276.78Dual mass flywheel £475Clutch release bearing £80.74Spark plugs (set) £64.80

Audi S3 servicing

(Prices from www.autops.co.uk, including VAT)

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Service intervals at 10,000 miles or one year, whichever soonerOil change service £190Interim service incl brake fluid/Haldex oil £290Full service £515Cambelt/water pump service £580DSG gearbox service £160

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