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#16 of 44 Alaskan A3 Owner
Mar 02, 2007 (10:11 pm)
Just bought a '07 'Brilliant Red' A3 3.2 S line Quattro, S tronic, open sky, cold weather and tech packages. The dealer put blizzaks on it and the AWD sticks to the road through all kinds of ice, and the cabin heats up really fast. Being in Alaska, I want to get the vehicle winterized, but Audi doesn't have a freeze plug (headbolt heater, block heater, lots of names). Does anyone know if there is another option for keeping the engine block from freezing? I'd rather not make this a 'summer only' vehicle, it's way too much fun to keep in the garage.
Oh, and the sound system is great for being factory.
#17 of 44 Re: Alaskan A3 Owner [snospydr]
Mar 03, 2007 (12:13 pm)
Congrats on your new purchase!
Mar 03, 2007 (1:54 pm)
I bought a demo with 5k miles on it from the Audi dealership in Dallas That was my biggest mistake. First off, I love the Audi A3 performance, speed, looks, and feel. I wish I would have gotten a couple of add'l features, like the sunroof nad some of the features that are now standard on the '07, mostly tech. stuff-odometer, radio upgrades, etc. Mine is a sport package with the DSG.
Although I love the DSG, I wonder sometimes if the takeoff's are better in the manual, and just love having a 6 speed stick(traded in a new Civic Si). This car makes me feel like I am driving a 4 dr hatch Si, with a turbo, of course.
1) the Audi dealership has been diffcult to work with from the sales person, to almost all of the service people.
2) I have had to get it serviced/repaired twice, really three times since the Audi dealership didn't fix the problem correctly the first time, so I turned around after about 30 miles of driving it afer it was supposedly fixed, to get them to fix it the right way!
3)gas milage has been far from expected until lately. My mixed driving figures have averaged 21-22, with 23 being my best; and almost exclusive hwy driving I recently got 30 and 31 off the last two tanks(obviously, not a negative), but have 13k miles on it now, and should not be still in the break in phase.
In addition the the repair comments, I am driving an A4 quattro as a loaner car, and even though i get lots of compliments on it(looks great in black) it is not near as fast or fun to drive as the A3!!!
#19 of 44 Just bought certified pre-owned A3 2.0T
Dec 21, 2007 (6:22 pm)
I just bought a red A3 2.0T w- DSG, S-line/cold-weather packages. Got a tremendous deal on a certified pre-owned 2007 with 10k miles.
Been driving it for 3 days now, and I LOVE THIS CAR. The combination of power/handling/luxury/nimbleness/safety/fuel-economy is amazing- I love every moment behind the wheel. The 2.0T is a terrific combination of power/torque/fuel-economy for that size car. I also autocross, and am looking forward to springtime with this car-- I've screwed around braking/downshifting into 90-degree corners at high speeds, and the DSG is spectacular. I spent over a day and a half at Bob Bondurant just learning heel-toe downshifting, and this DSG is like cheating. The perfect transmission for daily commutes in stop-and-go grind + weekends at the autocross.
Road feel and cornering with the S-line package is tremendous. Sport suspension setup and 225/45/17's combine for excellent cornering and extremely solid feel at highway speeds. Behind the wheel, the car feels more like a sport coupe than a hatchback. I have two sons, ages 2 & 3, and car seats fit fine in the back. Triple 5-star crash scores and IIHS top-safety pick make me not think twice about putting the little guys in there.
In summary, I couldn't be more pleased with this car. It's such a joy to drive.
#20 of 44 Re: Just bought certified pre-owned A3 2.0T [jtford]
Dec 22, 2007 (1:29 pm)
Thanks for the post.
It's nice to get at least two posts on this board in any given eight-month period.
Glad to hear you're enjoying your car.
#21 of 44 Just purchased my 2nd A3
Mar 05, 2008 (6:34 pm)
I love both cars, both 6 speed and red/black. Purchased in Rhode Island.
The cars have alignment/camber design flaw, the first I purchsed new, 2 sets of tires eaten up within 23,000 miles, the dealer could not correct the cause of wear.
The dealer offered to prorate the second set towards a 3rd. I traded.
The 2nd an S-line with open sky system, I purchased used with 10,600 miles, the dealer tec says it is ready for 2 new front tires, rotate them and they're all dust.
The dealer is unresponsive to replacing them. I thought certified meant something?
The loaner, a 2008 A3, with 1800 miles already has the wear, visibly and audiably, which has always been the issue, that and the telegraphing vibration up through the steering column and through the floor and petals.
#22 of 44 Re: Just purchased my 2nd A3 [aphrodite74]
Mar 05, 2008 (7:08 pm)
I read on another A3 thread that the only cars that exhibit premature tire wear are shod with All-Season Pirelli P6s. There are a number of reports by folks who've opted to chuck the factory rubber in favor of Continental ContiProContacts or Michelin Primacy MXV4s that suggest that their tire woes have been cured.
#23 of 44 Re: Just purchased my 2nd A3 [shipo]
Mar 06, 2008 (6:49 am)
I plan to attack the dealership today, and will explore the Continental route.
A dealer I went to for a second opinion explained they have this problem on TTs
and they ajust camber to tires flat to the road surface, this they claim has satisfied their customers.
My dealer would not vary from Audi specs.
#24 of 44 Re: Just purchased my 2nd A3 [aphrodite74]
Mar 06, 2008 (8:05 am)
I take it by your response that you do have the Pirelli P6s currently on your car. Yes, no?