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At least the OP didn't go for an Audi.. in my office, I have had two colleagues with A3's from 2010 with the dreaded 2.0 engine.

One of the cars has spent 8 months this year at the workshop trying to figure out an electrical problem
The second one had its owner stranded on the German autobahn this morning due to engine shutdown (!!!!)

I can't help but feel satisfied as an owner of a "Fix It Again, Tony"
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dreaded 2.0 engine.
DERV or the TFSi?
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To answer a much earlier question- clutch and gearbox went. Shouldn't have happened at 68000
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Always thought the gearbox on the 2.4 was bombproof, clearly not.
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Always thought the gearbox on the 2.4 was bombproof, clearly not.
Don't see them fail very often, they're probably more reliable than any other box in the Alfa range. I've changed one in 2yrs up at Penrith, although it was a spectacular failure as it threw its diff straight through the side of the casing!
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Shame it went, loved that car. Think I was just unlucky and starting the think the car may have had hidden history. Nonetheless I am enjoying the 3 series, even if I now am invisible on the road.
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:Sad face, thing is though, on my 1.9 the service records show gear box rebuild around 65k and new clutch at 75. So not far off yours.
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TFSI. Apparently this engine is a bombshell... Heard from several friends/colleagues about issues with it. (not into VAG's myself so not sure...)

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:Sad face, thing is though, on my 1.9 the service records show gear box rebuild around 65k and new clutch at 75. So not far off yours.
But the 1.9 gearbox is infamous for failures - the 2.4. is not, and therefore surprising, even though maybe not unheard of.
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TFSI. Apparently this engine is a bombshell... Heard from several friends/colleagues about issues with it. (not into VAG's myself so not sure...)
Wasn't aware of that, though heard you had to change the cambelt ahead of time.
Did consider an A5, and I think they ditched the 2.0 for the 1.8 on later models. Perhaps they knew there was a problem, though I thought at the time it was because of efficiency/emissions.
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A 996 is a car I've always fancied. As above, it'd have to be a sorted one. I take very little notice of what is said by none owners.

If you want to know how good or bad are car is then find the appropriate forum and read. That's partly how I ended up with a dreaded unreliable Alfa
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I don't wish to fuel a VAG/BMW knocking thread BUT, I took a pal to pick his car up from his local garage, on the rams a 57 plate Merc with 74k on the clock. the list of repairs required for the MOT was eye watering. I asked the owner of the place what he thought of Mercs, his answer was unprintable. Made me smile, we all have an opinion I suppose.
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I don't wish to fuel a VAG/BMW knocking thread BUT, I took a pal to pick his car up from his local garage, on the rams a 57 plate Merc with 74k on the clock. the list of repairs required for the MOT was eye watering. I asked the owner of the place what he thought of Mercs, his answer was unprintable. Made me smile, we all have an opinion I suppose.
I serviced my father in law's 3yr old, 30k mile Defender about 6 months ago - list of failures as long as your arm, it was only just due its first MOT too.

He ended up taking it back to the main dealer he'd bought it from a few months prior and they did it all under warranty - the copy of the paperwork they showed him gave a retail cost for the repairs at just under 6k.
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Those old Mercs from around the mid-noughties had a reputation for being poor quality.
I'd imagine things must have improved since, but I've no way of knowing.
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