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#1 of 44 New A3 Owners - Give Us Your Report!
by PFFlyer@Edmunds HOST
Oct 16, 2006 (5:53 am)
Congratulations on your new A3! Post your first impressions of your new ride here.
#2 of 44 Another excited A3 owner
Feb 13, 2006 (10:15 pm)
Thanks everyone for the info.
I just picked up my A3 2.0 DSG, lava grey.
The Bose sound system is better than the one I had
on my mercedes C320. This is the funnest car to
drive I have ever had. Already made a trip to Costco.
Very practical. I feel like it's the best little
secret. Hardly see any on the road, but it is a blast.
#3 of 44 Re: Another excited A3 owner [joemale]
Feb 15, 2006 (7:35 pm)
Yes I know what you mean- everyone with other small luxo cars don't know what they're missing.
Mine's in Moro Blue.
(Actually, my son said he saw one that looked exactly like mine on the road .)
#4 of 44 Hooked us
Feb 25, 2006 (12:08 pm)
Add one more to the sales for February!
2.0, DSG, Lava grey, cloth interior.
The to Quattro or not to Quattro decision delayed us for a long time (we're in Minnesota) [actually - the 3.2Q outpriced us - this was more a to-Subaru or not-to-Quattro-Audi question]. In the end, decided to jump in, and keep our old Subaru for the bad snows.
No open-sky, so we won't have to deal with the latch
#5 of 44 just picked up my 2006 a3 3.2!!
Mar 19, 2006 (2:36 pm)
I've been researching a car for a year or so and finally settled on a dark grey 2006 a3 3.2 with 18" wheels, nav, open sky. i was worried the 18" tires would look too pimped out. They don't -- they look great. Just did a six hour highway drive and some city driving. I can say, without hesitation, this is an amazing car. The power is there when you need it, the cabin feels perfect, and the handling is quite good. I've had a bmw 3 series sports coupe for 5 years and still getting adjusted to the awd. It's better than I expected. I haven't really opened it up yet though. Waiting to put some more miles on it.
Does anyone know how many miles you need to drive before it's ok to open up the engine? I've been given varying advice on this. The dealer said i didn't need to wait. Any thoughts?
#6 of 44 Re: just picked up my 2006 a3 3.2!! [jpw380]
Mar 20, 2006 (7:31 am)
RTFM. I believe you are supposed to take it real easy until 600 miles and then slowly start pushing it harder until 1000 miles when you can go full throttle and top out the RPMs. Most advice also says to vary the RPMs during break-in. I.E. Don't cruise the highway at a set gear and RPM level, switch gears once in a while if not changing speeds.
#7 of 44 Re: just picked up my 2006 a3 3.2!! [misterjj]
Mar 20, 2006 (11:43 am)
I also think other related components need to be broken in, such as the brakes…but others such as windshield wipers can be cranked to full from the get go
#8 of 44 new a3 owner
Apr 29, 2006 (7:42 pm)
Damn I'm glad I got got this car!!
Had it for two weeks and enjoyed every minute of it.
Here's a recent experience: got held up on the way to work the other day by an idiot in a Land Cruiser who pulled into the left lane in front of me, immediately dropped to 55 mph and sat there not passing anyone. After a minute or two I got pissed off, dropped into fourth and zipped round this guy on the right (yeah, bad me). Up into fifth and sixth, foot flat, enjoying the car pulling like hell. I backed off when I looked down and saw the speedo indicating 120mph. oops. The point of this is how effortlessly (and quickly) the car gathers speed; especially considering its "compact" status. It's quiet and very quick and I seriously need to grow up. It's got me driving like I'm 17 again (I'm 42).
The torque delivery is amazing, practically zero turbo lag (a real contrast to my WRX, which I beat like a dusty rug!!) and real push from WAY down the rev. range. And zero torque steer too.....great handling from the base package, gorgeous wheels, pretty good stereo. Just a great ride.
I have a red 2.0 with a six speed m.t., by the way.
Kudos to Audi - they really got this one right.
Oh, and the dealership was a pleasure to do business with -thank you to Barry and the other folks I dealt with at Anchor Audi in Lynbrook, NY.
#9 of 44 Re: new a3 owner [awrepo]
May 03, 2006 (1:21 pm)
Just got my A3 eight days ago - 2.0T with the DSG, Premium and winter packages. Thoroughly enjoying it. You're right on about the torque. Strong from even low RPMs.
Just one question, awrepo: Do you have a storage compartment under the driver's seat? There's one under the passenger seat that flips out, but there's a gaping hole under the driver's seat. It looks unfinished, like someone forgot to put it in. The dealer told me that the A3 driver's side doesn't get the storage compartment. Thanks!
#10 of 44 Re: new a3 owner [dyen]
May 03, 2006 (5:36 pm)
no storage under the drivers seat on mine. Still loving the ride. Thinking about chipping it.....any suggestions about what needs to be done and whether it's worth it?