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Audi A3 (1996 - 2003)


Complete coverage for your vehicle

Written from hands-on experience gained from the complete strip-down and rebuild of a Audi A3, Haynes can help you understand, care for and repair your Audi A3. We do it ourselves to help you do-it-yourself, and whatever your mechanical ability, the practical step-by-step explanations, linked to over 900 photos, will help you get the job done right. Regular servicing and maintenance of your Audi A3 can help maintain its resale value, save you money, and make it safer to drive.

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What's covered: 

Hatchback, including special/limited editions.
Petrol: 1.6 litre (1595cc) and 1.8 litre (1781cc) inc. turbo Turbo-Diesel: 1.9 litre (1896cc)


Does NOT cover Quattro, S3, models with Tiptronic transmission or new A3 range introduced June 2003.

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270 x 210mm


The Audi A3 is a luxury hatchback that spans three generations, from 1996 to the present day. Early models were three-door-only, but second- and third-generation versions were available with five doors as well. Engines range from 1.6 and 2.0 litre petrol engines, and also 1.6, 1.9 and 2.0 litre diesel engines, with SOHC 8v or DOHC 16v cylinder heads. A wide range of standard and optional equipment is available, including power steering, air conditioning, remote central locking, electric windows, electronic engine immobiliser and supplemental restraint systems. At Haynes, we have an extensive range of Audi repair manuals and online maintenance procedures available for professional mechanics and DIY car enthusiasts. Our Audi A3 repair manuals are here to help you through every stage of servicing or fixing your car.