Last post on Apr 15, 2010 at 3:18 PM
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Audi A3, Future Vehicle, Sedan, Wagon
#23 of 52 Re: a couple minor things I'd Like To See in the A3 [go4dave]
Jun 07, 2008 (7:36 pm)
The A3 was my second choice when I bought a new car a couple of months ago. Your post made me feel even better about my TSX -- excellent before, better now.
#24 of 52 Re: a couple minor things I'd Like To See in the A3 [cdnpinhead]
Jun 07, 2008 (8:12 pm)
Ahh,, i've never driven the TSX...... and you have to understand,,, i LOVE my car,,,, it's fun to drive. those 11 things i mentioned are just minor things,, that i would like to see them change, or upgrade you might say. But, i truly, believe,, that i am going to move to the RS4 AVANTA WAGON QUATTRO. It's equiped with all of the above, but of course that's in Europe. It is 5 inches longer then my A3, and 4 inches wider,, so the golf clubs will fit. With the 4.2L V-8... it's gonna be my next ride. But, that will be 2011 or 2012. Anyway, i hope you didn't take my "wish" list of things that could be refined wrong. My Audi Rocks, but i'm glad your happy with your TSX.
#25 of 52 Flaws with the A3
Jun 18, 2008 (8:25 am)
I'm in agreement with the many of the eleven issues listed in the post above.
However, it's easy to dim and lower the red LED interior light output, there's a dimmer rotating dial/switch right next to the headlight knob left of the steering wheel.
Most agreed on the A/C sucking. The AC is undersized, and might work in a Mini Cooper, but the A3 is no Mini Cooper size wise. Whenever it gets over 95 degrees, you can forget about the AC getting cold air out before 15 minutes are up. If you are on a longer drive, it should kick in after that..... that is WAY TOO long.
Also, if it gets over 100 degrees, then it seems overpowered, and My interior is not black, and my exterior is not black... not good.
The Leather seats should be complete leather, and not just "surfaces."
They should let you get an S-line in cloth with DSG with the nice 3 spoke leather wrapped steering wheel with shift paddles.
I don't know why the cloth models had to come with the ugly steering wheel with the softer suspension.
#26 of 52 Re: Flaws with the A3 [andres3]
Jun 18, 2008 (12:09 pm)
I never looked at the S-line,, when i bought mine,, those had not come out yet.. Now that they are out,, i don't want to look,, until i am ready to buy again.
Regarding the Rotating knob,, for dimming the LEDs,, that knob,, only dims the white light that illuminates the face of the gauges, It doesn't dim,, the digital numbers, or displays in red. If you sit in your car at night, and rotate the knob,, all the way down,, to the lowest setting, the gauges will go dark. Yet the displays, stay the same, i can't make the displays go dark,, and on a long drive,, in the desert,,, with no other lights other then my own car....... the reflection inside my windows,, and the strain my eyes sucks. I wish,, i could choose the color,,, if i can't dim them,, i could change the color,, then,,, my eyes would not be so exhausted.
Jun 19, 2008 (8:47 am)
I have only been driving my 2006 A3 for a about a week, but I love the 2.0T engine. I like it much better than the 225hp V6 I had in my 2003 530i that I traded in for the A3. At the top of my wish list would be a TDI engine. I had a 2004 Jetta TDI and loved the low end torque in the 100hp 1.9TDI. I have not driven the new Jetta with the 140HP TDI but I would think that engine would work well in the A3. I think the new A3 and the new Jetta will be pretty close in weight so I think the engine can get the A3 where it needs to go. 236lbs of torque will do it fine in my estimation. I know you have to drive at least 50,000 miles to get your investment back because of the additional cost of the diesel engine but I love the performance and fuel economy. I am very interested to see who brings a 4 banger diesel to the US first, BMW or Audi (if ever).
#28 of 52 Re: A TDI [nomowhale]
Jun 19, 2008 (10:11 am)
Wow! Congrats on the A3,, and an '06 as well, that's what i have. To be honest, and straight up,,, you'll be so thankful you did. 2 things you NEED to do. You'll get better gas mileage,,, and better performance. #1 APR 91 octane flash, #2 Cold Air Intake. The first one,, got to APR website and find a dealer in your area,,, then contact them,,, it takes about 20-30mins,,, and its the best investment for your 2.0T. then, the second, do some research,, and see which you like best... i choose the Neuspeed Pro-Flo Intake, with Race Extension, and i added a GREEN Air Filter, and HYDRO SHIELD. Once you do some research, that will make sense. Since my car needs to run 91 Octane from the factory, (if you run less, there are some funny little characteristics it starts to do) my mileage went up 2.3 miles per gallon. I didn't learn about the APR flash,, until i had 11,000 miles on my car,,, and with every tank of gas,, i checked the mileage. So,, you'll love these upgrades. Have fun!!!!
#29 of 52 Re: A TDI [go4dave]
Jun 19, 2008 (11:57 am)
Thanks for the info. I will definitely take a look. What kind of gas mileage are you getting with your car now?
#30 of 52 Gas Mileage
Jun 19, 2008 (12:04 pm)
I get a pretty consistent with my driving style (aggressive) 25 miles per gallon in mixed driving.
#31 of 52 Re: A TDI [nomowhale]
Jun 19, 2008 (12:40 pm)
"I like it much better than the 225hp V6 I had in my 2003 530i that I traded in for the A3."
I'll bet you $10,000 that your 530i did not have a 225hp V6. In fact, to the best of my knowledge, BMW has never (and hopefully will never) build a V6 engine of any size or power rating.
#32 of 52 Re: Gas Mileage [andres3]
Jun 19, 2008 (1:25 pm)
my driving is very aggressive (Las Vegas, has horrible traffic) and with nowhere to really go on the open highway,, it's all stop and GO LIKE HELL!! Anyway, for the first 11,000 miles,,, i got 21.8 mpg in the summer,, (avg temp 107 degrees F) the rest of the year, i got 22.5 mpg. After the Cold Air Intake and APR Flash, (same drive to work) the first summer i got 23.9mpg, and 24.8 mpg the rest of the year. Now this summer,, as gas prices are going up,,,, i think the fuel makers are cheating us on Octane, and quality (also, with the new % of alcohol allowed) my car is getting about 23.5 mpg (but it's been really windy, and HOT so far this summer) But i still believe,, they are Raping us on Quality of fuel at the pumps.