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Audi A3, Future Vehicle, Sedan, Wagon
#13 of 52 Re: . [dhamilton]
Dec 23, 2006 (10:50 am)
I'm not suggesting that the A3 isn't well sorted, because it's not. In fact, it is one of the nicest FWD rigs that I've ever driven. That said, as the A3 can already be had in AWD trim, it's not a stretch to think that it can also be built as a RWD vehicle. Right, wrong or otherwise, it is my belief that an A3 with a RWD layout would be a more balanced car at the limit than the current FWD offering, and more fun to drive to boot.
Regarding the RWD cars that you'd rank as less desirable than the A3: Hmmm, I'm with ya on the Lexus thing, no contest. That said, I really like virtually every E-Class since the introduction of the W210, the E320 Bluetec in particular. Of course I like the MB for FAR different reasons compared to the A3.
Dec 24, 2006 (3:54 pm)
I'll take a minor exception to the Lexus ban. Let's say any current Lexus: I took the only one worth owning. Ever. IMNSHO of course.
And, of course, once they started down the path of driving fun, they abandoned it at the first opportunity.
A3 as a FWDer is spanking good, but still a FWDer. Pass. As an AWDer, it interests greatly, but is still not RWD, and is heavy with the 3.2. As an S3, I could perhaps forget about the drivetrain layout.
Yes, I'm almost certain I could...
BTW, Merry Christmas everyone!
#15 of 52 Can I convert Premium to Sports suspension?
Dec 24, 2006 (5:14 pm)
I just bought the A3 07 Premium package.
I love this car, handles great, good pickup and gas mileage.
My only concern is the steering feels a bit vague when you are driving straight and speeds 60 -70 mph. I feel I need to do some minor corrections to keep it straight. Would making the suspension more sporty like:
1. Stifer shocks and springs
2. Stronger stabilizer bars front and rear
3. Lower suspension ( I am reading from A4 specs sport suspension)
fix this little annoyance?
Thanks for your inputs.
#16 of 52 Re: Can I convert Premium to Sports suspension? [agis]
Dec 24, 2006 (7:29 pm)
rlsedition posted this in the Audi AE 3 suspension thread. He found this solution quite acceptable;
"There is a good solution to ride quality, even with the Sport package A3. It KONI FSDs, with a unique design that favors ride just as much as improved handling. A car with FSDs feels like you just "took the edges off" road imperfections like tar strips and coarse pavement. You can even pair them with Eibach Pro-Kit lowering springs for an improved appearance."
Sounds like these are even better than the Audi Sport dampers.
Dec 24, 2006 (10:22 pm)
I usually don't hear people describe Audi's as nervous. BMW's, yeah, Audi's rarely if ever.
#18 of 52 Re: Changes You'd Like To See in the A3 [pf_flyer]
Nov 21, 2007 (10:45 am)
Europe already has the 2.0 Turbo Diesel 170HP and the 2.0 Turbo 200HP with Quattro AWD. Audi USA just decided not to bring these options to the US. I think the Quattro 2.0T would be the most compelling addition to the US range. The 3.2 is way too expensive for this car. The A3 remains a niche car in the US. I don't think it's sales have been very good over here for whatever reason, so it seems unlikely that Audi will broaden the range.
So you might think that the Europeans have it all, but they also sell the A3 with an anemic 102HP 1.6 motor. How sad.
#19 of 52 Re: Turbocharged 3.2 V6 with 300+ HP [kurtamaxxxguy]
Nov 21, 2007 (11:32 am)
Actually the S3 is cheaper than the A3 3.2 Quattro S-Line Fastback in Europe, which is the equivalent to the top of the line A3 available in the US. Not $50K. However the S3 only appears to come in the 2 door hatchback shape, which is very popular in Europe, and non-existant in the US.
#20 of 52 2009 is on order ... sort of
Jun 02, 2008 (6:45 am)
Things that I would have liked to have seen:
a) A diesel motor option.
b) Some exterior color that's NOT on the VW GTI list.
Currently, the Azure Blue that's supposed to be available for 09 is on a "delayed introduction". No word yet as to what its ETA might be, so we might cancel the order...can save $5K if we buy a GTI, or a 2008 left-over.
c) Cloth interior
My wife finds cloth seats warmer in winter, but the 2009's come standard with leather. No word yet on how much the sticker price is going to jump; my guess is around $1500.
d) Ability to get Xenon HID's without getting soaked with other 'buy extra' optional packages.
These typically include a package that includes a sunroof, but due to medical issues, a sunroof is a liability for us.
e) Heated outside mirrors aren't standard equipment, but should be. When you look at the options list, they cost $1000 to add ($700 cold weather package, which requires the $300 convenience pkg) - - yet they are standard equipment at Audi UK.
FWIW, these sorts of "you must get A if you want B" rules for optional equipment make some sense on a car that's being leased, but there's no accommodation if you're buying the car outright. And if you look at the UK market, the amount of mix-and-match customization is amazing in comparison to the USA.
Maybe I'll check out the US wiring harness and if compatible, go buy a pair of Audi's electrically folding heated mirrors that they sell in the UK to be refitted on my A3...I doubt that as a 'repair part' they could cost substantially more than $500 per side.
#21 of 52 I'd also like to see...
Jun 02, 2008 (7:06 am)
1) A full leather option on the 2.0T models. Currently the 2.0T leather option only includes leather in the middle seating surfaces, the bolter faces are made out of vinyl and they have a tendency to crack.
2) The "Valve-Lift" version of the new TSI motor, this feature allows the engine to put out more power and torque than the base motor, and apparently gets better fuel economy to boot.
3) Eliminate the need for the Open Sky system when ordering other options.
#22 of 52 a couple minor things I'd Like To See in the A3
Jun 07, 2008 (5:00 pm)
First,, i'd like at least position DRIVER seat memory. The thing i hate the most, (it happened this morning) i took my car down,, to get a really good cleaning, detail and wax. The guy hands me back the keys, i give him a tip (they do a great job, everytime) i go to sit down,, but my seat,,, is as far forward, and UP as it can go. I crack my head on the door jam. I'd like to be able to move it back to that position, i worked so hard to find for around town driving. Position 2 is for those longer drives to far away cities, and then, position 3 is either for winter coat, or i'm sleepy, so i need to stay awake for a few more miles.
Second, change. The "trunk", the "boot", the "hatch, the "freakin cargo hold", whatever you want to call it, should be 4" (100mm) wider, so, a set of golf clubs can rest sideways in the back,,, and without having to put the seat down,, to haul a set of clubs. Or worse yet, you cannot haul 4 guys, and 4 sets of golf clubs, because the golf clubs, will not lay sideways in the car. Now you have to fold the back seat down, and you can barely get 3 sets of clubs into that space, to take the driver and 2 friends out golfing.
Third. I like the switch blade key fob thing, But, they need to recess the button, I have poked, to many holes in my pockets,,, because,, the stupid key flips out inside my pocket,, when i am working, and pokes through the pocket liner. Recess the key button,, or make it a slide out, like a USB flash drive.
Forth, WHY can't i DIM the damn RED led dash, and center console. (plus, don't get me started on that stupid ORANGE "passenger airbag is off" in the middle of the center console) I feel like,, i can tan,, after driving to Los Angeles and back at night. The RED led, is nice,, but it gives off so much extra light,, i completely, shut done my rheostat on the analog gauages,, and still there is more then enough bleed of RED led,, that airplanes follow me.
Fifth, convenince power, up near the dash somewhere. And maybe a couple of actual circuits in the fuse panel (switched and unswitched) that can have a fuse popped into and then plugged into on the back side of the fuse panel. Because,, we all seem to run wires ourselves,, but,, the whole piggy back off the fuse on the front side is pretty ghetto.
Sixth,, a way to remove the front grill without having to destroy it,, or remove the entire front clip to get to the grill.
Seventh, a passage,, with groment from the factory,, from engine compartment through the firewall,, to the passenger compart,, near the fuse panel. Most of us DIYers have to hunt,, poke,, drilll, press and prode,, to get wires into there,,, for our projects.
Eight, the small sun visor above the rear view mirror. That seems to break,, not stay up after a while. Should actually be part of the rear view,,, and be a slide up (like the inside of the sun visor) or a roll-up (like it is now) only going the other direction. Anyway, it should be part of the mirror,, and be strong enough,, for those of us,, who want to us a radar detector,, to be able to use it as a point to clip to, or slide our mount on to or into it.
Nine, the rear cargo area,, should have a proper rubber mat,, like the nice rubber mats, that come for the drivers and passengers. The plastic crap,, with the 2" lip,, that they sell it CRAP huge piece of SH(*&T. and why the stupid LIP,,, everytime, i put my golf clubs in the car,,, it bends the dumb thing down,, and now,, it's all tweeked outa' whack.
Ten, better A/C,,, the air conditioning sucks,,,, but,, i do live in Vegas,, and at 120 degrees,,, it is HOT. But,, my old FORD pick-up ,, will freeze your ass outa the cab,,, in mid summer going to a job site. My A3,,, won't get the nipples hard on a crack whore in mid-winter.
Eleven, Bigger/Better/ crossed drilled BRAKES, we all would like more horsepower,, i would like more TORQUE,,, but i also,, want to be able to stop. This is a great car,, and it's FUN TO DRIVE,,, it needs 14" rotors in the front,, so,, you can lock it down,, when stupid people,, cut you off.
well,, that's what i have for you.