11-20-1999, 08:37 AM
I have recently read in a German magazine that the stability problem, which forced Audi to recall all TT's, will also affect TT Roadsters as well as S3's. The magazine claims, that all parts that cause the instability problem by TT, need to be replaced in S3's as well.
Well, as I own a new S3, this article raised many questions in my mind. As I haven't read anywhere else that S3's have to be recalled as well, I want to know if there is such a fact. Does anybody has an idea?
<center><img src="http://www.vwaudi-club.no/pics/member/are/S3-suszq-front.jpg"></center><p>Yes. The problem is with the Haldex clutch common to both S3 and TT. The culprit is a software bug in the control program.
Don't brake hard when you are driving over 70mph in a sharp curve, or the Haldex will get into an error mode which may cause the rear wheels to brake unintensionally causing the car to spin tail first!!!
This problem is beeing worked on by Haldex. (A simple chip replacement wil fix the problem).
Haldex is also looking into adding a bigger oil tank/ Oil cooler which is needed when tuning the S3 past 330 hp.<ul><li><a href="http://www.vwaudi-club.no/pics/member/are/suzyq_mtm.html">Suzy Q; Imola yellow Audi S3 MTM</a></li></ul>
12-16-1999, 06:10 PM
Thank you for the kind reply. I collected most German and some British magazines, which tested the S3 and they all agree that S3 communicates with its driver much more than the TT. They claim, that you get a better feeling of the limits of the car - when it is going to loose the back or the front. Still, the problem is there as you mentioned and we all have to wait.
Meanwhile Audi Turkey claims that everything is in order. I think they will apologize soon. Please keep me informed if you hear more. By the way, your car looks great!!!
'00 Black S3