Having owned the A3 2.0 FSI for now 10 months from new, it has gone back to the garage 10 times. Faults I have experienced on this car are:
1. Clutch Foot Rest Replacement (had not been secured and was rattling) 2. Dashboard needed to be refitted (approx. 2 inches lower on right hand side) 3. Driver Information System Giving Incorrect Readings and needed to be reset 4. Splashback on fuel filling (cannot be rectified - have to hold fuel nozzle upside down) 5. Oil Level Warning Light faulty and needed to be replaced 6. Stereo Faulty (Sound disappearing intermittently) - took 6 visits to fix 7. Driver Side door handle fell off 8. Loose cable inside cabin needed to be secured 9. Windscreen Wiper failure doing 70 mph on A1 in heavy downpour 10. Complete Power failure doing 70mph on A34
So in summary, while the car drives extremely well, it has been an inconvenient car to own and on 2 occasions highly dangerous. Poor all round.
Exellent car in every way, exept for poor visibility when reversing.
I traded in my Audi A4 2.0 for a smaller more econmoical model this summer.
As I was tied to Audi Finance, I decided to opt for the new variant Audi A3. I had intended to trade down to an A2 but found the transition too hard to stomach. Hence ended up buying a 2.0 FSi 3dr in Toucan Yellow. I was attracted to this car as it stood out in a crowd and has extremely low milage (slightly over 2k on purchase).
The addition of a rear spolier, nice ABT alloys, light pack, 6 CD interchanger, alloy gear stick, heated seat etc tempted me to this car.
All in all I'm very pleased with my purchase, on hind sight I should have waited to see how the new VW Golf GTI faired before buying another Audi.
I recieved car in Nov 04 special edition with CD.
The boot is smaller than I thought it would be; I cant get golf clubs and trolley in boot visibility to rear is impaired due to rear head rests and large C pillar.
The car drives excellently, it's very quiet. Quality is far better than previously owned Golfs.
I would recommend it but if you can afford it go for the diesel.
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