Written on: 28/04/2013
My third audi A3 after a 1.6 then 1.8SE. I love my car. I drive it like I hate it, and it responds to me. I put the best Goodyear tyres on it and have total confidence in the car for corners, wet weather and snow, etc. Mine came with an awesome BOSE sound system, and I had cruise control retrofitted. Handy for M25 roadwork speed limits! My only issue was that the EML came on and suggested on hook up that it had a thermostat valve open (reported 27 times) and the cat needs replacing reported... (read more)
Written on: 21/11/2012 by ritapatel11
Car bought as an approved used car from Northampton Audi (Audi A3 2litre diesel). 2 years later car doesnt start. Taken to local specialist who diagnose that the dashboard had failed which was replaced. However they were unable to reprogramme the car as the chassis number of the car and ECU dont match. Car taken to approved Audi garage who confirm this problem. Not having done any work on the car prior to the fault where did this ECU come from? ECU replaced at our cost. However then unable... (read more)
Written on: 28/08/2012
2011 Audi A3 TFSI- bought brand new 1. water pump goes on 17000 km 2. gearbox gone on 19000 km This car has spent more time in the repair shop than on the road.Stay away from Audi as an alarming number of people are experiencing these very same problems. Great looking cars, unfortunately unsafe to drive. (read more)
Written on: 29/04/2012
when i got my audi iwas very pleased with the car i have even talked my friends into buying one but if i knew that the power steering couild just pack up on you wile driving apparantly audi have had a lot of problems with this it is electronic and it looses its memory and costs a lot of money to repair because you have to replace not only the steering rack but also the electronic part i think audi should have replaced these my wife was driving the car at the time if she had not been turning... (read more)
Written on: 17/12/2010
Audi A3 2.0 fsi tiptronic.This was my first car, very eye-catching and performs like a dream when it is running. COrners exeptionally well and has power when you need it. It is not very fuel efficient,as it only gets 10km per litre on the open road and 9km per litre in urban areas. I had mechanical problems from 300km on the clock. Aircon pump broke and was replaced twice.The dealership put in an A4 aircon the third time. Gearbox broke on 50000km's and had to be replaced.as i am writing... (read more)
Written on: 29/11/2010
Electrical fault nightmare - BEWARE! If it can go wrong it will and it will cost you from bulbs blowing to ECU failure! (read more)
Written on: 26/11/2010
I was happy with my a3 (2,0 fsi tiptronic) until i came up against gear problem. The problem was mechatronic apart and changing this cost me overall 2,500 euros. I was dissapointed when i realized that i'm not the only one having this problem so many audi owner, having stronic gear, also having trouble with the same problem. Lucky audi owners who is in guaranty repairs without charge but since my audi 6 years old i'm not among them. Finally i lose my desire against audi and honestly not... (read more)
Written on: 02/06/2010 by redmanphil (3 reviews written)
We love our A3. The build quality is stunning, and not a creak/squeak to be heard.....even in a 7 year old car. Still looks brand new inside.
We went for the petrol engine in the end. We are trying to do our bit for the environment so nearly went for the TDI version. Thankfully this 150bhp engine will return 42mpg easily. We even see high 40;s on long runs to the seaside. Also the less servicing and oil changes of a petrol engine appealed to us.
I originally wanted a 5dr version, but wasn't... (read more)
Written on: 13/09/2008
EXCELLENT CAR - everything is great: the handling is amazing, great speed and so nice to drive, comfortable. (read more)
Written on: 14/01/2008
I have had my A3 2.0 FSi sport for 4 months. It's a 53 ref, but only had 25k miles on the clock and was clearly in mint condition when I bought it from an Audi dealer. Although it's been back to the dealer when the Emissions light came on, this was fixed on the same day and was covered under the approved used programme. I test drove quite a few cars in the range and felt the A3 was worth the extra money to the VW, Honda, etc. and particularly with the optional extras that came with it. The... (read more)
Written on: 25/09/2007 by jackmcd
The Audi A3 is a great car, got it off an Audi dealer. Never let me down, economical and fast. I have owned BMW'S Merc's and the interior of the Audi puts them all to shame. Especially good when clad in leather and Alcantara. Great handling too. (read more)
Written on: 27/11/2005 by Colin R (1 review written)
Overall I am impressed with the Audi A3 2.0 FSi. On looks alone you could stare at it for hours. Having been a 6 cylinder BMW owner I do miss the turbine smoothness of a straight 6 however the FSI unit is good when worked. The 6 speed box takes some getting used to and I've never got myself in so many wrong gears before. As for the suspension, all I can say is that it's work in progress!!!. Did anyone from Audi actually test the A3 on anything other than a snooker table?. (read more)
Written on: 26/10/2005 by jimf (1 review written)
I've had my Audi A3 2.0 FSi for 2 years now, and I can recommend it. I find it comfortable on long journeys, and it has a big car feel about it (I previously had A4's). The performance is adequate but not startling, and you need to use the gears a lot to get any sort of acceleration at motorway speeds. However, I really wish I'd gone for the 2.0 litre turbo diesel, which gives comparable performance with good fuel economy. I've had problems with the windscreen wipers suddenly failing,... (read more)
Written on: 16/07/2004 by logarcy
Tiptronic changes mounted on the drivewheel and the computer showing real time fuel economy and exterior temperature are great details. The Audi A3 2.0 FSi has a 6 cd changer on dashboard, sport seats and climatronic are excellent features. Excellent personal car for business. (read more)
Written on: 28/06/2004 by pmcnamar
This is now my second Audi A3 2.0 FSI Sport Car and I had a 2.0 FSI SE for a couple of months also. I changed a new Celica for the first A3, and was impressed with the quality and finish, but not the performance.
After 3 months, the steering failed on the A3 (on the road - scary). That car also used large amounts of very expensive oil. The engine was good, very economical and smooth (must have been all that oil then). The Sports suspension is very firm, to the point that on a B-road... (read more)
Written on: 25/05/2004 by john a3 (1 review written)
The new Audi A3 SE is stunning inside and out. I am disappointed that some build quality faults were not found by Audi quality control checks at the factory, or at the dealer.
My main concern is that I find the suspension far too firm. Strangely enough it's OK (just) over bumps, but annoyingly skittish and bumpy over relatively smooth surfaces.
I wonder if I have the optional extra sports suspension by mistake(and how do I check?), or was this standard on the 2.0 FSI SE when my March 2004... (read more)
Written on: 03/07/2003 by Paul.
Having owned several BMW cars, the Audi A3 test drive was a pleasant suprise. The new Audi A3 looks and drives better than the BMW compact. The engine does not sound as good as the 318ti engine and the gearbox is not as good but the steering is better as is the handling (in my opinion).
There are some nice touches, like cup holders (not on BMW) and the indicator switch gives a three blink signal when you push it half way which is great for lane change signals.
Ordered for delivery in... (read more)
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