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Audi A3, Wagon
#2205 of 2296 Re: Drove two A3s today... [andres3]
Jan 11, 2008 (12:35 pm)
"Interesting your already in the market for a new Audi A3! I can see why, as I and others, including CR ranked it as one of the most very satisfying owner experiences with any vehicle."
Already? Uhhh, my current car has 154,000 miles on it. While it has been the model of reliability, it is getting a little long in the tooth.
"One thing... if you don't like to put your hands where they are "supposed" to be on the steering wheel (where the paddles work just great in their current placement), then just use the up/down DSG shifter handle where your "stick shift" is always located (it's similar to constantly shifting between 1 and 2 manually, only w/o the 3rd pedal)."
Ain't nothing similar about it; with an extended "H" pattern shifter, I can "feel" what gear I'm in and I can "feel" what the tranny is doing, not so with a DSG.
"Second thing... I believe the DSG has "learned programming" to learn your style of driving and conform to it, whether that be hard or soft, although it obviously can't know what your current mood is and whether that changes often. However, I believe the DSG is generally aggressive (medium hard but smooth) and ultra fast with it's shifts in D mode, but in S mode it goes into madman lightning fast mode (seems to me; maybe subjective)."
Adaptive software not withstanding, the transmission simply cannot know how I want my shifts executed from one moment to the next, and until there is a neural pathway between my brain and the tranny, there's no way for it to be able to adjust on the fly like that. The fact is, the DSG is a very good automatic, but it is a very poor substitute for a manual gearbox.
"On another note, I think you and others had tested the GTI to compare it to the A3 when they both first came out in 2005/06, and noticed that the GTI had a higher riding height and was much softer with greater lean, roll, and all those other bad things. The suspension from VW just wasn't as sophisticated in tuning as the Audi. Did you know that VW has lowered the ride height of the 2008 GTI's by 10 mm? That might bring it into feeling more like the A3, but I haven't driven one yet; have you?"
Hmmm, you must have me confused with someone else; the last GTI that I was in was something like 1984.
#2206 of 2296 33,000 Mile Report on 2006 A3
Feb 07, 2008 (11:19 pm)
My Audi A3 Sport Package with DSG has now been owned by me for just under 2 years. I have accumulated lots of mileage in these 23 months, and have reached past 33K miles already.
I have to say, this car appears to be performing excellently, and flawlessly. The car seems bulletproof. I haven't discovered any problems, and have had no hassles or reliablility concerns. I haven't got my "warranties" monies worth, unless of course you consider getting a trouble-free car a "bonus." I haven't had to use the warranty since dealing with issues that occurred at delivery. This has been by far, the most flawless and reliable new car I have ever owned, and I've owned both Dodge and Honda.
The Dodge was a POS lemon all the way through and through; every part of it. The Honda was great and had stellar durability, but had it's share of warranty issues (none mechanical other than tranny).
I'm still happy and loving the A3 I got. I'm still consistently getting 25 MPG in mixed driving with my lead foot and need to go 80+ when I can on the freeway. The only think I regret is settling for the light gray interior; I had wanted a beige interior.
I think Audi should include those fancy adaptive Xenon lights as standard from now on to boost sales, and bring back free Audi Care Maintenance.
Also, I think Audi should go ahead and bring on the S3 similar to the TTS's specs I hope.
#2207 of 2296 Thinking of buying 2006 Audi A3
Mar 04, 2008 (7:44 pm)
i was looking for a new car, something with style and good mileage. After looking at lot of cars i came across A3. this seems to be a perfect fit. The average consumer reviews are very good. I saw a 2006 A3 today with sports package for a decent price. Then i came across this forum (http://townhall-talk.edmunds.com/direct/view/.f0ee004 ) about the transmission issues with DSG on A3. The experiences posted there will deter almost anyone from buying this car. Now i am really confused, if the tranny problem is as severe and common as posted by so many A3 drivers. Since i see a lot of A3 owners posting here, i really would like to see some feedback from you guys. Has anyone experienced the problems with DSG going haywire while downshifting, or problems with clutch going out?
#2208 of 2296 Re: Thinking of buying 2006 Audi A3 [activex111]
Mar 05, 2008 (6:15 am)
I've had my 2006 A3 2L Turbo with premium package for 22 months and 23,000 miles. I am extremely happy with the car's performance and reliability. Not one mechanical or electrical problem, not one rattle or squeak. It remains exciting to drive with great acceleration and handling, and the DSG has been trouble free and lots of fun. It was so impressive on the test drive, I switched after 20 years of driving a manual transmission.
The only issue that I have had was the tires: Pirelli P6 225/45R17: good traction, short wear life, very loud. It wasn't till I was ready to replace them that I determined they are rated for mud and snow, so open lugs are noisy. Car is as quiet as can be now that I have Continental ProContacts. You probably won't have these Pirelli's on the Sport Package.
Good luck with your decision.
#2209 of 2296 Euro delivery of 2009 A3?
Mar 21, 2008 (1:46 pm)
Been awhile since I've really been active on Edmunds. Wife is thinking about an A3 and if I heard correctly, isn't Audi now offering a European delivery program (finally)?
In either case, was wondering if anyone knows when 2009 production is going to start...looks like 2008 was into the USA by roughly August, so I was wondering if we could do a May/June order for July/August pickup of an '09.
Mar 21, 2008 (3:34 pm)
I took at test drive in the A3 yesterday. What a little car. Well, not so little, since I am now driving a MINI. The husband has an M3 BMW and a BMW touring wagon , so I looked at the 328i Sport Wagon, all pretty expensive, even the used ones.
I failed to measure the inside size of the back (of the A3) when the rear seats are down. Does anyone have one and know the size? I have driven E-type Jags, Porsche and Z3 BMW in the past, have gotten older, but still want the performance the A3 seems to have. Have never had an Audi. I will read the opinions here, looks like a great place to become more knowledgable on the pros and cons of this machine.
Mar 25, 2008 (2:02 pm)
I don't have one (yet?), but I do plan on hitting a dealership soon for a deep review, plus I did take a look in the back of one at the NYC Auto Show 2 days ago...the A3 is on my wife's short list to be her 3rd Audi.
Eyeballing the car, I was pleasantly surprised by how deep the trunk was (seats up); it looked to be almost as deep as my wife's 2000 A4.
I do understand your question, as I've been frustrated over the years with "Tech Specs" on hatchbacks that don't understand the concept of reporting both the Seats Up and Seats Down volumes.
Its specs say "19.5 cu. ft.", but they also have the A4 is listed at 13.4 and the A4 Avant at 27.8.
My guess is that these volumes could all be realistic (and "Seats Up") if you load all the way up to the ceiling. Not all that practical, granted.
I had had a Saab 900 years ago and its ratings were 24 and 48. My current ride of a Mercedes C-Coupe offers a similar rough doubling of volume when the seats are dropped, although its smaller overall, so its around 14 to 25ish. I would expect that the A3 is going to be pretty similar to my C-Coupe and be probably be around 13 with seats up (and nothing blocking the rear visibility), and in the 25 neighborhood when it is 'stuff it to the gills' time.
BTW, I know firsthand that an 8x10 chinese carpet can be squeezed into a C-Coupe (hatch closed) *with* a cooperative Spouse riding in the back seat behind the driver
#2212 of 2296 Re: mountainmists [mountainmists]
Mar 25, 2008 (2:43 pm)
I can't tell you the exact dimensions, but I've found the back of my A3 to be quite ample and useful. The trunk lip is low for easy access, and there are nice nets, hooks and tie downs for packages and storage. It does have convenient 60-40 split rear seats, however, the rear seats don't fold completely flat. I've even transported 8 foot lengths of lumber through the armrest pass through, but honestly, I got this car specifically to accommodate my 60 lb. dog. With the hatch cover removed, she fits in nicely and has room to move around. Friends say she looks like she's in a "gun turret"!
The A3's rear is a bit smaller than my old Jetta wagon, but not appreciably enough that I've ever noticed.
I'm extremely pleased with my '06 A3 - it's a great blend of performance, luxury and practicality. Not one problem, not one squeak in 24k miles.
(BTW, my final choices were the Mini Cooper S and the A3 - both great cars. Love the Mini, but the A3's been more practical.)
#2213 of 2296 Re: mountainmists [dyen]
Mar 26, 2008 (3:36 pm)
Have gone the route of practical, vans, wagons (years ago). As the driveway has always been full of cars, even the years that people haulers were needed, I would have a little 2 seater something. At this time in life I am trying to combine practical with fun. The A3 just might fill the bill on this. Getting attached to cars is something I do and my little red MINI will be somewhat hard to part with. BUT the ride of the AUDI was fun. My little dog has a seat of her own in the MINI, but did not take to the convertible, too much wind! So I think your dog must be a scream in her turret. Noting you mentioned the Jetta, I have been reading about the new Jetta SportWagen. But no specs on it. I looked at the inside appointments in the VW , while nice, it did not quite have the feel and look (but good for the difference in price probably). After test driving the A3 we had our heads turned. Thank you for information, will be checking it out in person, makes no sense to me why it can not be easy to list this along with all the other things. Makes me wonder if they are not too proud of the size, so avoid printing it!
#2214 of 2296 Sirius Satellite Radio
Mar 28, 2008 (12:40 pm)
Hello all. I just picked up a new 2008 a3. The literature on the car states that it is wired for sirius satelliet radio but the dealer says I would have to pay $500 to have it added as an option. This is hard to understand. I had sirius put into my old car for a lot less and that car wasn't "wired for sirius". Is there a less expensive way to get sirius?