Last post on Nov 13, 2012 at 10:41 AM
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Audi A3, Wagon
#2240 of 2296 Re: Audi A3 Diesel coming for the USA ?? [dino001]
Sep 11, 2008 (2:50 pm)
I couldn't agree with you more. The car is overpriced. The head of the Audi Dealers Association in the US said the car is not moving because it is priced 10% too high. Sales of the A3 are very weak this year. My car was a 2006 pre-owned so I didn't get killed. I was offered a 2008 base model at $2000 under invoice but I decided to go with the fully loaded pre-owned. If they bring the diesel and hold the line on price increases maybe the car will sell better. There are not many cars that are exact competition. The Mini really is not--different target market. I wanted the Mini but with two young kids and car seats it was a no go. I think the Volvo C30 is the only other luxury hatchback in direct competition with the A3. Bottom line--if you have $37K to spend I would definitely get the BMW.
#2241 of 2296 AUDI A3 2.0T
Sep 13, 2008 (6:24 am)
Is everybody who would like one, having as much trouble as us in ordering an A3 2.0T w/6 sp. manual and Sport Package? Audi America continually refuses to accept the order as apparently one or more items in the package is in short supply.
Why will they not accept the order and activate it when the parts are available?
#2242 of 2296 Re: AUDI A3 2.0T [f8u1e]
Sep 13, 2008 (7:06 am)
Is it Audi of America or just your local dealer?
#2243 of 2296 Re: AUDI A3 2.0T [dino001]
Sep 13, 2008 (7:48 am)
The local dealer - Harper Audi, Knoxville, TN - tells me that Audi America will not accept an order that includes PPS - Sport Package with sport seats, sport suspension and 18" wheels w/225/40 performance tires. I have also been in DIRECT contact with "Malcolm", a Customer CARE advocate at Audi, who is telling me much the same thing. I would appreciate any help as I have been trying to get this car ordered since early June when the prices and option packages were announced.
#2244 of 2296 Re: AUDI A3 2.0T [f8u1e]
Sep 13, 2008 (8:38 am)
They have probably stopped producing '08 models and started changing the factories over to the '09 specs. Have you tried ordering an '09 specced the way you want?
#2245 of 2296 Re: AUDI A3 2.0T [andys120]
Sep 13, 2008 (10:13 am)
The order is for a 2009 model and I have been trying to get it approved since June!
#2246 of 2296 Re: Audi A3 Diesel coming for the USA ?? [nomowhale]
Sep 13, 2008 (10:58 am)
My understanding from several dealers that there is not enough stock of A3s in the US as Audi is sending the A3 to more profitable markets. They are selling everyone they have. I guess it depends on the market.
#2247 of 2296 Re: AUDI A3 2.0T [f8u1e]
Oct 06, 2008 (5:38 pm)
It's not the sports package problem but the wheels associated with them. I was told that the wheels for PPS and PDH are unvailable until further notice. Whether you can choose different wheels and still get those packages remain to be seen. Whether Audi will substitute the wheels in those packages are also remain to be seen.
#2248 of 2296 Re: Audi A3 Diesel coming for the USA ?? [reality2]
Oct 17, 2008 (1:49 pm)
I heard the same thing. So which is true--overpriced or no supply? I am not sure. One thing I do know is that it is a great car. I wish I could get my hands on the TDI version. If what I read is true maybe late in 2009.
#2249 of 2296 Re: Audi A3 Diesel coming for the USA ?? [nomowhale]
Oct 18, 2008 (9:34 am)
I think it's a rare case of both. Overpriced, as they won't sell nearly as many as they might have hoped, but no supply as since they realize their sales will not be great at this price, they don't send many at the first place.
They probably gave up on idea of large sales (or at least those close to say they A4 model) already long time ago and are not very motivated to lower the price as it would hurt their bottom line. If they believe they can sell it profitably somewhere else, I don't blame them.
Similarly to BMW, Audi has a rhomboid sales model, rather than pyramid, where their largest volumes are created by far with midrange A4 and A6, not low-end A3. I don't think they believed in that car here, but decided to try anyway. US small car market is simply too hard for many. We want rock bottom sticker price, all the features, low financing and cash back on top.