I have owned Audi A3 since the introduction of the new model in Australia in August 2004. We were super satisfied and happy with the dynamics, looks - road appearance and the most important the feeling you get inside the car.
The cabin feel and quality are unsurpassable - top notch. Had to sell the car but bought 2000model 1.8t A3 which was fun to drive but lacked the elegance of the new model.
Finally we bought the Sportback 2.0TDI - another fantastic vehicle - no problems at all for over 1 year, has done 70000km, diesel in Australia is more expensive than petrol (even 98 octane ) but the city-freway economy is fantastic - 1 petrol tank will take you for as far as 1250km - what a nice feeling! Audi's are the best and relatively affordable car!
The drive (even though not as sharp as BMW) and the cabin luxury +the "4rings" = 'the' combination!
After much anticipation our A3 TDI Sport arrived in May 2005. We were certainly not let down by the promise as this car was a joy to drive and own. The engine unit was a good one although only wish the pull away in 1st could be a bit smoother - It seemed to want to pull away and then immediately be placed into 2nd gear. It also can sound quite agricultural especially in the cold mornings. Build quality is superb, only slight annoyance was the front centre armrest, which meant applying the handbrake properly was difficult when down. In the two years we owned the A3 we managed to cover 45,000 miles, which meant we had to change early. The car was very economical on long distance drives - We managed to drive from Brighton to Belfast on one tank of diesel (at 60 mph). We had no mechanical problems and only needed to visit the dealership twice for servicing in two years. Boot was good size for suitcases and rear seats folded down easily to provide adequate room for transporting large objects. 3 door can be difficult to access back seats in confined parking spaces especially with small baby. Sportback is more practical. Driving position was good and all dials well laid out - Would recommend opting for steering wheel with controls!
A worth while investment and a bit more special than a VW Golf
I bought this car new in september 2004 from my local audi dealer. This car has most definately been the best car I have ever owned!! The build quality is excellent, I have not suffered any technical problems and it has never let me down in 37000 miles of running. LIkes: power delivery, fuel consumption 47mpg lifetime average and the DSG gearbox is great. My only complaint I have about this car is that recently whilst washing the inside of the door shuts i discovered that the bottoms of the doors were the moulding screws to is RUSTING quite badly! the initial response from the dealer was a loud "WHAT" when i explained what was wrong. I booked it in at audi dealer and was told by the inspector from VAG that he is coming across this regularly. I also pointed out a couple of marks what appeared to be small stone chips - these turned out to be a fault that occours in the zinc application process at the factory & was told they will rust as well if left! The car was repaired but the process that audi have put in place is a botch. I pushed for the doors to be replaced which was refused which iam very disapointed about as we were planning to keep the car for at least another 2 years as a second car. We are presently looking to trade the car in for a Merc ML but are very reluctant to part with the car as it has been so damn good.
Purchased car in September 2003. It had a rattle under the bonnet which Newton Abbot cured while I waited. The horn failed, replaced FOC. Finaly all four tyres were found to be cracked and would not balance. Audi were (very)not interested. However Dunlop were terrific. I bought four new tyres, they examined the faulty ones and gave me over 50% back though I had done 18,000 miles. I am still on the replacenments. Will stick with Dunlop.(45,000 miles) In January 2008 an emission light stuck on. £450 later car fixed. Loan car provided. Thought about changing it but couldn't afford an A4 so decided to take a warranty and save money. Great car to drive, overtaking is a doddle, with av. 52mpg over 4 1/2 years. Interior unmarked and Audi Swindon excellent, Head Office dreadful. Don't like? Doesn't cope with our rotten roads and I feel every bump and pothole.Two door is a pain but didn't make the five door.
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