Last post on Dec 10, 2012 at 8:43 AM
You are in the Audi A3
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Audi A3, Sedan, Wagon
#3 of 7 Re: Audi A3 - what model and accessories? [nospam1]
Dec 24, 2006 (10:25 am)
Thanks for the excellent response nospam! And howdy neighbor, I live in the East Bay and work in Oakland.
I had my A4 in for service at Livermore Audi last month and we were looking around the showroom while we waited for my car to be brought around. I got the same pitch you did about the DSG transmission. Our SUV is the first automatic transmission vehicle since my 1981 Toyota Tercel, other than my hubby's pickup trucks for work. it replaced a Ford Explorer with a 5 speed manual, which replaced a manual Isuzu Trooper. It's a very comfortable car to drive, but it took me awhile to get used to not having a clutch and not being able to shift, which I happen to love. I COULD adapt to an all automatic household, but I really don't want to! At the time we got the MDX in 2002 we were considering the Audi allroad and BMW SUV simply because I could get a manual transmission, but the additional 10 grand in price, and the much less interior space were turnoffs. Still, I went kicking and screaming into an automatic, LOL!
Of course the first thing we did was to fold down those rear seats, so I'm aware that they don't go completely flat. I think it's good enough, and there wouldn't be that many times I'd need to carry them both in my car. It's a little disappointing, but I've crammed my 160 pounds of dog into the backseat of my Audi for a vet visit a couple of times, so it HAS to be better than that! I've also been interested in the Mini Cooper, and a couple of other little sporty cars that would be totally inappropriate for the dogs, but I like the idea of having a car I CAN transport them in if necessary that's still fast, sporty, and fun to drive. I know a Subaru would work, or those ubiquitious VWs you mentioned, but that would feel like a step down after driving an A4 for almost 9 years. Also considering the Avant, but that's much bigger, and so much more station wagon looking than the A3, a bit of a turnoff. It would be more practical though. I also like that there aren't that many A3s out there yet, I've only seen a couple.
Definitely getting the premium package, leather seats all the way! Still debating on the open sky system, but I'm really leaning towards it. I'll probably go check out some cars on the dealer's lot in the heat of summer and see how they are.
Thanks again, you've been very helpful!
#4 of 7 A3 2.0 vs 3.2
Jan 05, 2007 (9:27 pm)
Buying A3 this month, can't commit: 2.0 or 3.2.
Dear Experts, please share your pros and cons.
Note: my current car is Subary Legacy Outback
#5 of 7 Re: A3 2.0 vs 3.2 [ilar]
Jan 05, 2007 (9:49 pm)
Edmunds and C&D have writeups of both A3's.
If you value handling/flat cornering most, 3.2 or 2.0 S-line are for you.
Jan 08, 2007 (10:58 am)
One other brief note:
At LA Auto show, Audi representatives claimed the 3.2 could be ordered with a "regular" suspension (a rep pawed through an option book to make this claim).
Yet, AudiUSA web site "Ask Audi" claimed only S-Line suspension is available for 3.2.
Not sure what caused the discrepancy but suspect the Auto show reps were wrong.
#7 of 7 Six disk CD changer A3/A4
Dec 10, 2012 (8:43 am)
Personally I was impressed by Six disk CD changer A3/A4
You control the music with this CD changer. Your factory-installed radio operates the CD player, you select the disc and track you want with the touch of a button.