Used Car of the Day: 2012 Audi A3

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Yes, we're featuring yet another wagon in this slot. We're automotive journalists, what can we say?

This one is a 2012 Audi A3 Premium Plus S-Line with the DSG automatic transmission.


There are 96K miles on the clock, and this black-on-black car has no sunroof. The plugs are new, and so are the brake components -- and the brakes include Stoptech cross-drilled rotors and pads. The car has just passed state inspection in New Jersey.

The audio unit is a Kenwood model that includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. There is light cosmetic damage to the exterior but the seller claims the cabin is in good shape.

The asking price is $10,500 and you can click here to see the listing.

Wagons, man. Wagons.

[Images: Seller]

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • FreedMike FreedMike on Mar 16, 2023

    As used first-gen A3s go, this is a nice example. But a) it's FWD, not Quattro, and b) used Audis aren't unreliable per se, but they cost a lot to maintain and fix. Go in with your eyes open.

    (And, no, this isn't a wagon - it's a hatch.)



  • Fred Fred on Mar 16, 2023

    I sold my 2007 A3 at about 100k miles, because I was moving to California and wanted to buy a new car before I moved out there, and the expensive timing belt change was due at 120,000

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