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looking to buy an A3 but omg, the rust

Old 05-21-2013, 12:38 AM
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I looked at 3 A3s today and they all had rust. All 2006 or 2007 and roughly 150000 km.

The rust is on the bottom part of the doors. One Audi was bubbling pretty bad. I took a picture of the rust to ask Audi and other body shops how much its going to cost but I imagine a tonne because they have to take off the door, sand it, prime it, and repaint it.

I will post a picture later but are all A3 plagued like this? Does anyone else have rust after owning one for a few years? Did you repair it?

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Old 05-21-2013, 09:26 AM
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My 2008 isn't showing any signs of rust. No aftermarket rust proofing. Nova Scotia is hard on cars to. Honda actually tests their rust resistance here in real life trials.
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Old 05-21-2013, 10:54 AM
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Sorry, I meant 2007. I've done some research on this and the earlier models 2006/2007 are plagued with rust problems because the door was designed poorly. Apparently water gets in and doesn't drain, so the rust problems appear on these cars in the same place. What happens is the water rusts the bolts that hold the door together and the rust s preads to the door. You have to go to Audi Canada, submit a case and they take a few week considering whether or not you are eligible for door replacements.

Purchasing an Audi seems like a looming task

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Old 05-27-2013, 07:13 AM
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I took saw a few 2006s with the same problem.
I ended up with a flawless 2011.
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Yea my06 was rusted on all 4 doors, seems to be a design flaw on their part. 12 year corrosion warranty is in full play with those kinds of problems...

But I she's still a beaut!!
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Originally Posted by ryanmackk View Post
I looked at 3 A3s today and they all had rust. All 2006 or 2007 and roughly 150000 km.

The rust is on the bottom part of the doors. One Audi was bubbling pretty bad. I took a picture of the rust to ask Audi and other body shops how much its going to cost but I imagine a tonne because they have to take off the door, sand it, prime it, and repaint it.

I will post a picture later but are all A3 plagued like this? Does anyone else have rust after owning one for a few years? Did you repair it?
I have a 2011 a3 quattro from new -IT is rusting everywhere-don't buy it or at least rust proof it every year even though rust warranty will be voided.
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Originally Posted by benvecsernyes View Post
I have a 2011 a3 quattro from new -IT is rusting everywhere-don't buy it or at least rust proof it every year even though rust warranty will be voided.
My 2008 has never been undercoated or treated with Krown or Rustproof. The only rust is on the rockers just behind the front wheels and it's just surface rust.
I live in Halifax where they use a ton of salt on the roads.
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