Last post on Oct 25, 2012 at 10:11 AM
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Audi A3, Car Buying, Sedan, Wagon
#40 of 44 Re: A3 shift paddle failure (non) warranty issue [andres3]
May 23, 2009 (3:17 pm)
I test drove a used 08 because the dealer did not have any 09's at the time. I did not hear the noise in the 08 because the sales rep and I were talking the whole time. I did like the way it drove and called another dealer and did the deal on the phone and just picked it up after the dealing was done. I should have drove the one I bought, but I didn't. It had 5 miles on it when I bought it. I am going to go test drive a couple of other A3's and see if they make the same noise. I just wish Audi would replace the exhaust system.
Jun 02, 2009 (6:02 pm)
I've got an '09 A3 2.0T DSG with everything except quattro and nav. I couldn't be happier. Just had the first service done at 8000kms and couldn't think of a single thing to complain about. Even my dealer experience has been exemplary.
The A3 is a very deceptive car ... small enough to make darting in and out of inner-city traffic and squeezing into tight parking spaces easy, but heavy enough--and with a sufficiently airy cabin--that you feel like you're in a much larger car on the freeway. I also like the fact that, although it's small, it's very well equipped and nicely appointed. When you spend a lot of time stuck in traffic, you really appreciate a good interior, some toys and a nice sound system.
Fuel economy has averaged mid 20s (miles per American gallon) in mixed, but spirited driving. On the highway I've maxed at 30 (with cruise control on 75mph). The Continental tires have been quiet and the fronts showed no signs of wear when they got rotated during the first service. That surprised me a bit, considering how difficult it is to take off from a standing start using any amount of throttle without hearing from them.
The only way I can see to improve this car would be to add the quattro system, which would help avoid the inevitable torque steer of a high-powered front-wheel driver. But despite owing AWD Subies and Audis in the past, since my A3's primary function is as a city car, I just couldn't justify the extra expense.
Aug 29, 2012 (5:58 pm)
Well its no longer quite new -- it has almost 12k miles on it.
The faster I drive the better gas mileage I get -- highway I average over 32mpg (not quite the
same as a diesel) -- and that is with a quatro. (I used to get 20 max on my 97 A4 2.8 quatro).
Car handles great, accelerates great.
1 - Its now consuming 1.5quarts oil every 5k miles. dealer says I should feel lucky its not using 1 quart per 1700 miles which is the manufacturer spec -- I have a hard time believing this ... As a courtesy deal fills up my oil when the light comes on!
2 - At highway speeds I could hear a noise rushing noise coming from the driver window area.
after repeated attempts to fix it, the noise now has become a whistling sound. Dealer first
said I should increase the radio volume (which did not overshadow the noise). We are now
replacing the mirror assembly for the 2nd time.
3 - climate control works weird when AC is enabled and outside temp is less than inside setting.
#43 of 44 Re: 2012 A3 2.0T [schlagloch]
Sep 02, 2012 (9:13 am)
I have a hard time believing this ... As a courtesy deal fills up my oil when the light comes on!
Do not wait till the oil light comes on!!! That is abuse. I believe it only comes on when you are two full quarts low!
Check your oil, the dipstick tells you if your .1 to 1.0 quart low. Add as required. These are High Performance vehicles, do not neglect.
#44 of 44 2013 A3 TDI premium plus
Oct 25, 2012 (10:11 am)
After several years i bought this A3 TDI.Its my first diesel as well. I love it, i thought 140hp may not be sufficient and with the whole family uphill/downhill drives into the Sierra went well effortlessly. i beleive the high-torque compensates for it
i have few questions if anyone can guide me
(1) while in S or D when it approaches to a stop it kind of jerks(as if i am applying breaks harlly). all i'm doing is just ease the foot of the gas pedal. is this normal?
i tried with the s-tronic "+" and "-" as a test to drive around and the results are the same
(2) is there an option to set the Navigation(map screen) as the default or like a home-page when the ignition is on, also how can i eject the DVD out of the navigation to play my normal cd's?
(3) is there a 3M/clear-bra pre-cut protection for Just Head-lights?
(4) the Audi-site and the sticker says 17" 10 spoke design for all premium-plus model, but i have only a 5 spoke wheel. i have not called in the dealer yet and i do not want to embarrass myself before verifying the info
(5) which brand ULS Disel is good for this vehicle, is there any particular brand that is consistently performs better
(6) also i wanted a all-weather floor mats, but i got a black carpeted one (which is un-opened /un-packed), would anyone be interested in?