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Hi All,

Currently a long time A3 owner and been given the opportunity to purchase a 2014 RSQ3 with very low mileage.
Have don't a fair bit of research and looks to be a great little car, however a number of professional review are a little critical.

Just want to hear actual owners thoughts about buying what is a 7 year old performance car?

Any idea what sort of price is reasonable for a sub 20,000 mile car.

Many thanks,

P.

P.S. I have a 3 year old, therefore need to fit car seat in the back. I'm under 5 foot 9, will I have issues with it?
 

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Welcome to the Club PTSC, there are many RSQ3 owners here - I'm on my 3rd 2015, 2016 and now 2020.

The RSQ3 is regarded as one of Audi's best kept secrets. When they were introduced the motoring press didn't really 'get the concept' of an RSQ3. An ultra-high performance, extremely practical road vehicle, when back in 2014 there was nothing to compare it with.

Sub 20,000 miles. Look at the front brake discs - there is a limit of 1mm wear off each face, if there are big lips on the outer edges then you'd be wise to verify the mileage. Discs with big lips need replacement at £575 a pair. Little or no visible lips, change the disc pads to EBC Redstuffs (about £200) and that will save you a expensive repair bill at around 30,000 miles.

6 years/20,000 miles it will need a set of spark plugs - around £200 a set, made by Beru.

From experience it seems wise, around the 20,000 mile mark to remove the Haldex pump in the back axle and check that the filter gauze is clean. Then normal service recommendation is just changing the oil after 3 years - it doesn't dodge an expensive repair bill.

The RSQ3 ownership experience is good, it will make you smile every time you drive it. It will gobble fuel, especially around town, low 20s or less, low 30s on a longer run. Tyres last about 18,000 a set...it isn't economic motoring, what price is fun?
 

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The 8U RSQ3 evolved over its 3 year lifespan and included a noticeable face-lift halfway through with a slightly restyled front end, led lights and dynamic rear indicators. Also a 30bhp power hike which did knock 0.5s off the 0-60.
That's not to say a nicely looked after 310 model isn't a good purchase as it is. They are a rare sight on the roads and do get a lot of admiring glances
Its not a cheap car to run if you do a lot of miles but there will be lots of smiles to make up for it.
Only you can decide if its right for you, but good opportunities don't come around too often!
 

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Gents,
many thanks for that feedback reassuring feedback.
Good to know there is an active community out there for help and support!

You mentioned that RSQ3's are not the cheapest cars to run, not surprising given their performance credentials, however do you think a 2014 model will require considerably more investment due to its age. I haven't found any evidence to support the notion the RSQ3's develop more issues over time, on the contrary it appears that they are more reliable than many other small SUV's / cars in the market.

@RSQ3John - you raised a concern that the low mileage may need further verification. I checked the MOT data online an it seems to be inline with the info provide. Is it possible that it may have been faked?!? This car apparently has a full service record with the local Audi garage/dealership. I'm assuming that they would not mess around, or am I being naive?

When it comes to servicing, what the general consensus for RSQ3's, best to take it the local audi dealership or ok to have it serviced outside?

Apologies if some of the above questions seems a little odd or obvious, I've been out of the UK for many years and car ownership in the middle east is handled very differently!

Any thoughts of the potential value of at 2014 RSQ3? I dont want to be ripped off :)

Cheers,

Paddy
 

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OK Paddy, RSQ3s are rare - Audi shifted less than 900 2014-2017. The 8U Q3 platform is solid and reliable, spend some time here looking at the threads and you'll see recurrent problems are rare. In truth compared with many vehicles it isn't 'waaay more complicated than it needs to be' and that tends to lead to robust reliability. The amazing 5 pot engine absolutely dominates the ownership experience.

Mileage - great, low mileage examples are not unusual, bought as toys, 2nd cars mostly and rarely as company vehicles. My 2016 Performance was just shy of 3 years old with 15k on the clock. If all the service history was in the dealer network or Audi/VW specialist independents then installing the MyAudi app on your phone should make it visible.

Servicing - at 7 years, I'd opt for a good independent. Value - tricky. Looking on Autotrader 2014 and in the 20k+ mileage bracket you'll be north of £23k I guess. Do you know the specification - what options it has?

Bose
Pano roof
Tech pack - that's the HDD sat nav with a SIM slot between the SD car readers - are desirable options.
 

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OK Paddy, RSQ3s are rare - Audi shifted less than 900 2014-2017. The 8U Q3 platform is solid and reliable, spend some time here looking at the threads and you'll see recurrent problems are rare. In truth compared with many vehicles it isn't 'waaay more complicated than it needs to be' and that tends to lead to robust reliability. The amazing 5 pot engine absolutely dominates the ownership experience.

Mileage - great, low mileage examples are not unusual, bought as toys, 2nd cars mostly and rarely as company vehicles. My 2016 Performance was just shy of 3 years old with 15k on the clock. If all the service history was in the dealer network or Audi/VW specialist independents then installing the MyAudi app on your phone should make it visible.

Servicing - at 7 years, I'd opt for a good independent. Value - tricky. Looking on Autotrader 2014 and in the 20k+ mileage bracket you'll be north of £23k I guess. Do you know the specification - what options it has?

Bose
Pano roof
Tech pack - that's the HDD sat nav with a SIM slot between the SD car readers - are desirable options.

Hi John,
Input much appreciated!
Options list:

Navigation system
Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
Phone prep-Bluetooth interface
Bose surround sound
Hill-hold assist
Audi music interface
Door mirror-electric folding & heated
High-beam assist

FSI Quattro 5dr S Tronic

Coming from Middle East, cars are rarely custom ordered mainly due to the long lead delivery times involved. Therefore all RS model cars come pretty much fully loaded. For this reason the above options list seems a little sparse to me even though it might be considered pretty good. Having a hard time getting my head around the idea that a £40k+ RS Audi doesn't come with electric seats adjustment?

Was on Auto trader earlier today, notice a fair number of 2014-2105 reg cars with 60k+ mileage and lots of 2020 cars with very low mileage (almost new). Strangely enough very few models from 2016-2019. Seems as if this was the peak period for the RSQ3 and owners have held on to their cars??

Cheers!

P.
 

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Reasonable spec - they all had Navigation, the base version is SD card based, lower resolution screen. Functional, just, There are alternatives that you may wish to discover that would add Android Auto/Apple Car Play. The Bose is well worth having, astonishingly good - will have included an Interior Light Pack too - was standard with the upgraded music. The 2015-2017 Facelift FL RSQ3s seem rarer..but they are all rare and people keep them, practical cars that do the 0-60 sprint sub 5 seconds for RSQ3 money are rare. It's only when you drive one that you realise that are soooo much quicker in normal day-to-day driving (not trying) than just about everything else on the road - and the 5 pot howl is very addictive.
 

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The original RSQ3 was made and sold between 2013 and 2016, you may see the odd 2017 (i haven't) but they will just be late registered ones. Production then stopped until the new model RSQ3 was released in 2019
As John said the Bose is awesome. I had B&O in my 2 previous Audis and its definitely better, maybe just better cabin acoustics, but it sounds great.
Its not a well optioned car but that doesn't mean its not a nice one, depends what's important to you!
 

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Hi PTSC

You can see from my sig I have the 2014 model... Just approaching 20months ownership and currently 24k on the clock with mine so there are low milers out there even approaching 7 years.
I purchased mine at nearly 5yrs with 11k on the clock... Was an elderly gent who pottered to M&S each week, hence the extremely low miles.

Ownership, nothing "out of the blue" has bitten me as yet, and just got back from a 650mile trip working in Plymouth, solid as a rock still. Still haven't seen another RS on the road in nearly 2 years of ownership!

Just check the service history as already mentioned... Also check the make of tyres on it, they should be P-Zeros as standard or thereabouts. Audi threw budgets all round on mine which for a performance car caused me more hassle as they didn't last 2mins and needed to be replaced all round. (inner bulges on 2 of the side walls)

I use a good Indy service for mine at this age who still has access to dealer service netork, same parts used but a **** of a lot cheaper labour!

Good luck in the hunt, well worth it imo!
 

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OK Paddy, RSQ3s are rare - Audi shifted less than 900 2014-2017. The 8U Q3 platform is solid and reliable, spend some time here looking at the threads and you'll see recurrent problems are rare. In truth compared with many vehicles it isn't 'waaay more complicated than it needs to be' and that tends to lead to robust reliability. The amazing 5 pot engine absolutely dominates the ownership experience.

Mileage - great, low mileage examples are not unusual, bought as toys, 2nd cars mostly and rarely as company vehicles. My 2016 Performance was just shy of 3 years old with 15k on the clock. If all the service history was in the dealer network or Audi/VW specialist independents then installing the MyAudi app on your phone should make it visible.

Servicing - at 7 years, I'd opt for a good independent. Value - tricky. Looking on Autotrader 2014 and in the 20k+ mileage bracket you'll be north of £23k I guess. Do you know the specification - what options it has?

Bose
Pano roof
Tech pack - that's the HDD sat nav with a SIM slot between the SD car readers - are desirable options.
Hi John,

Sorry to keep pestering you about my possible RSQ3 purchase!

As previously mentioned, I have a 3 year old. I've done a considerable amount of research however have not been able to find out if the 2014 model is sufficiently large enough to fit in a car seat into the back while maintaining a reasonable driver or passenger seat position.

I don't know if you are a family man with kids, however given you many years experience of the RSQ3's can you comment on the size of the 2014 vs the newer versions and if you think they can compare with the slightly larger Q5.

I saw one review that weird said they Q3 was better at taking a rear facing car seat than the similar aged Q5 as result of a different front console design. I'm finding this a little hard to believe?

Any thoughts on the above welcome. As you can seem I'm trying to be able to justify the RSQ3 purchase and the one thing holding me back is the concern that the car is not big enough to accommodate comfortably a car seat.

Cheers,

P
 

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The original RSQ3 was made and sold between 2013 and 2016, you may see the odd 2017 (i haven't) but they will just be late registered ones. Production then stopped until the new model RSQ3 was released in 2019
As John said the Bose is awesome. I had B&O in my 2 previous Audis and its definitely better, maybe just better cabin acoustics, but it sounds great.
Its not a well optioned car but that doesn't mean its not a nice one, depends what's important to you!
Hi Ju,

Many thanks for that info, it explains the reason for the lack of 2018/19 model RSQ3's!!
As a 2014 owner, very interested to get your input on the question of internal dimensions as posted below to John.

Cheers,
P
 

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I've come from a 2015 SQ5 to a 2016 RSQ3 and the space inside is notably smaller.
My son is 22 and doesn't require a car seat anymore lol so I can't offer experience on that although I honestly can't see it being a problem there is plenty room upfront.
There's a little less legroom behind, the biggest thing you notice is its narrower. As a result the seats feel a little narrower than the Q5 but not a lot.
I think the biggest problem you might have is the size of the boot if you need to carry a lot of "baby stuff" around, it's neither wide or deep
 

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Hi Paddy

I've proved to be about as fertile as my cars - so no family, has been fun practising though :devilish:

The Q3, is in all essence a school run wagon. They have child seat mounting points for the rear seats...you'll be fine. As Ju has indicated already the boot isn't massive - the subwoofer for the Bose and the battery are both under the boot floor - there is some storage space in there though.


Dimensions here:

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Hi Paddy, and welcome to this great forum I can’t be much help to you with your potential new car as I don’t even own an ordinary Q3 yet 😂 but your fears about the milage should be fine you say you checked the MOT history and the milage ties in with the history of the vehicle.
This is assuming you checked the MOT,s on line which was the official government website www.gov.uk, good luck with the purchase.
 
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