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Audi A3, Wagon
#2257 of 2296 Re: Audi A3 Diesel coming for the USA ?? [dino001]
Jan 30, 2009 (2:38 pm)
I own and audi A3 tdi and over here in england they are not bottom of the range but and incredibly high priced mid range car due to the fact our fuel is overpriced. I have read complaints about fuel on this web site let me tell you lot over there you have no idea i travel about 50k a day and an average weeks fuel costs me about 15
dollars how does that compare with you
#2258 of 2296 Can I add convenience package to my A3?
Feb 21, 2009 (11:42 am)
Just bought a 2008 A3 a few weeks ago. I am really missing the features of the convenience package, such as auto lights and the auto dimming rear view mirror with compass. Does anyone know if it is possible to have this installed now that I own the car (in essence, after the fact)?
#2260 of 2296 New 2010 Audi TDI
Feb 27, 2009 (2:36 pm)
Anyone have any information on how the weight is affected between the 2.0T and 2.0TDI and the 3.0TDI vs. the 3.2 V6?
Does the TDI add significant weight?
#2261 of 2296 This forum needs Revival
May 13, 2009 (2:10 pm)
#2262 of 2296 Re: This forum needs Revival [andres3]
May 25, 2009 (7:37 pm)
Word. It makes it awefully difficult to buy a car when no one is talking about it.
Most likely this is a combination of dealer availability and the economy.
Those who would buy one, can't find one, those who would want one (or any new car in general) cannot afford an A3.
#2263 of 2296 My A3 Experience
May 26, 2009 (3:51 am)
I have an 08 A3 2.0T 6sp manual. White, S Line , Sky Roof . I love the car at 11,900 miles, a little over 10 months old. I regularly find people looking at it when I return to the parking lot from errands. When I valet it, I get tons of compliments. It is not a popular car here. The dealers seem to push the A4.
I had considered a Mini Cooper S, BMW 3XI Wagon and I even looked at the VW GTI. The Mini was just too small for my needs and the ride a little unforgiving on the local roads where I live ( Long Island NY). I liked the BMW but my perception was that the gas mileage would not be as good as the A3 and a manual transmission was hard to come by. Plus it was a good $10K more. This was going to be a second car for me and I had it in my mind I wanted the sporty feel of the manual transmission. The VW was not as "luxiourious" as the A3, the warranty in 08 was not as good ( I think they may have changed it for 09) and the flavor of the A3 was a little more mature and elegant while just as sporty.
The car is a great fun yet extremely comfortable for highway cruising. Very solid at high speed, car feels heavy but very agile. Plenty of power, great reving engine and handling. Since I am enjoying the car so much my gas mileage is not what it could be. I can't hold myself back from accelerating into turns and whipping around curves, especially when I am driving alone. It is capable of getting over 32mpg on the highway, I just counteract all the highway economy with pure joy of tooling around. It is almost as easy to park as a mini cooper but I can fit 3 passengers comfortably and I have plenty of trunk space.
Complaints? Yes but I can live with them. My tires are Conti's , they are suspossed to be quieter than the Pirellis. I feel they are fine on good pavement but when you drive on older concrete they can be noisy. I addressed it with the dealer and they told me it was normal for this car. The tires are wearing well. I wish the trunk/hatch were just a DROP larger or that the rear seats folded perfectly flat so I could put my dog crate in the rear. I would have 15K on the car if I could use it as much as I would like. Lastly, in a perfect world I would have awd instead of front wheel only so that on those snowy snowy days I could drive this car instead of my SUV. The handling in the snow is adequate but I live on a steep hill and the low profile tires ( even if they are all season) don't just cut it.
My overall experience has been wonderful and I highly recommend this car for enthusiasts who want performance without paying BMW prices. Happy Driving!
#2264 of 2296 Re: Drove two A3s today... [andres3]
Jun 18, 2009 (6:53 pm)
I am considering the A3 and I have an 85 lb labrador. Has anyone carried a dog this size around and is there sufficient room?
#2265 of 2296 Re: Drove two A3s today... [mtown75]
Jun 19, 2009 (3:28 am)
I have a male golden and the Audi A3. If you plan to let him ride in the back seat there is more than enough room for a large dog. If you were planning on using a crate it will be a tight fit. I tried to put my crate in the hatch with the rear seats down and it was a very tight fit. Its a great car though!
Jun 24, 2009 (7:04 pm)
I own an 2008 2.0T A3 S-Line in bright black and noticed the small retangular cover plate on the lower right side of the bumper is missing. I was told this is an access port to the electical system when the car is towed.
Does anybody know where I can get this replacement part?
I have searched the web several times w/o success.