I LOVE this car its a 2002 so the MK1 model, I've had her for over a year now with no major problems.This is one of the best cars I have owned and I've owned a few!!! The best thing is the that being a TDI its cheap to tax, has great mpg and also cheap insurance. All this without losing any handling and power. She moves when asked and is just as happy to cruise steady along the motorway.Downside and its a minor one that has driven me mad is the poor quality cup holder which as given up the ghost !
I have had my A3 now for just over 2 years and it was bought new (although it is a company car)
I have done over 73000 miles in this car in this short space of time but am very impressed by the reliability and sturdiness of it. This is the first time I have owned an Audi and I would not hesitate to own another.
This car is not overloaded with gadgets but I think the bigest disadvantage with it is the amount of motor oil it drinks, I seem to get through a couple of litres with every 700 miles or so, Audi have told me this is quite normal!!!
There is plenty of boot space for a small family hatch and its comfortable to drive. I don't have any upgrades on my audi as I couldn't afford to get them and the expense of this car is it's biggest disadvantage but then I guess you get what you pay for!
My car ownership has been largely split between Rover and Audi.
I love the history of Audi and the cars they have created from the great Auto unions upto to the R8.
But the quality of the cars I have used have been dire. Infact i struggle to find a good thing to say about there normal models.
So the A3? Mine has a head gasket failure at 50k. All the trim is falling off. Oh, a wheel bearing is on its way out to.
And dont try to work on one. I can see why it cost so much to take one to a garrage. I have done some work on them myself and they are awful.
And not only is the engine apparently unreliable its a bit flat in 1600 form.
There are good bits, The way its put together is impressive. Its all very sturdy and cost no object.
The chassis feels rigid to. But that said for a car of these dimensions i found the handling a bit unpredicatable. It feels responsive but start to lean on it and it gives you little idea of when the understeer is to be swapped with oversteer. If you lean on it i recomend avoiding using the ESP. This not only useless but dangerous in the dry. In ice or the wet it swings the other way and can keep the car pointing where you want it to!
AND WHY do they have to make the doors weigh 3 tons and swing shut on you? Both me and my partner have many bruises from where the stupid doors have attacked us.
Firm ride considering inconsitent handling
Poor economy considering lack of performance
plastic bits prone to dropping off
Dont use the jack, its dangerous.
Very difficult to work on.
Rigid shell, midly uprated dampers give acceptable handling
I like the steering wheel, good hadling position.
Materials, fastners, general assembly is superb
Wont rust like my Rover is!
I took delivery of my new Audi A3 back in May 2001 and there hasn't been a single day when I wished I had got the BMW instead !!. My Audi is a company car but I would happily have spent the 19k out of my own pocket to own such a sport sexy sassy looking car. I opted for the A3 3dr TDi 90 but opted for loads of extras (pearlescent paint, air conditioning, nicer alloy wheels & 6 CD player in boot) as this was cheaper than opting for the model where most of this was standard (not quite sure how this worked but thats'company cars for you). The best feature about this car is the LongLife service, which all new audi's can participate in. This basically means that new audis' use a higher grade oil (Diesel VW506 00 or 506 01) which means that the car can be driven for longer between servicing, and when serviced this is on a variable service interval basis instead of the every 10,000 miles that other cars require. The car is fitted with new technology which means that the service intervals are tailored to your individual means i.e it depends on how you drive and the way you use your car. The onboard system will establish the right time for the service and tell you on the dasboard display. My car for example has currently done approx 15,000 miles and does not need servicing for another 7,700 miles. This LongLife service and the use of a higher grade oil cuts down on the number of times your car needs servicing and as mine is 10 months old and hasn't yet had a service I can only agree. The only downside to this is that the oil is slightly more expensive then the usual diesel oil and the only people who manufacture it is Castrol and the only people who appear to stock it are Audi garages or larger Castrol garages. (Don't bother trying to find such oil in Halfords as they don't stock it and they told me such grade of oil didn't exist!) Overall I love my Audi A3. Its combined mpg is approx 57.60 and its
C02 g/km emmissions are 132.00 or 18%. Which means as a company car it is very cheap tax wise. My monthly tax charge for this year is #91 a month but in 2004/2005 it will drop to only #59 a month. Cheap or what. Things to like about this car: sexy looking get 6J x 15 alloy wheels and it will look even better ! Roomy and extremely comfortable. Standard seats are snug and you don't find yourself with a numb bum after long drives. Have to admit not sure what the back of the car is like as I have never been in it. Plently of storage space - usual pockets in the doors and little drawers under both the front seats. Glove compartment still a good size despite the front passanger airbag. Air conditioning a must - quickly heats and cools the car as desired. You also get two keys with your new car and they will automatically program themselves with the air conditioning preference of that key owner, and it will turn it up or down as soon as your turn on the ignition. Feels safe to drive, handles the road extemely well and is feels at home both motorway and town driving. Easy to park (don't bother getting the extra of the rear sensors) when you look in your rear view mirror and see the rear windscreen wiper that is basically where the car ends. So reverse parking is a easy peasy. Things to dislike about this car: to be truthful there is nothing I hate about this car just a few things that could have been better. In the 3 door model, the doors are obviously longer than normal but due to the side impact bars are alot heavier than what I was use to. Just be careful when opening the doors that you still hold onto them otherwise you can find yourself hitting the car next to you. Boot space isn't great - to get a baby buggy in you have to put it corner to corner. But I have managed to get 2 large suitcases in it which I was pleasantly surprised at! There is no where to put a mobile hands free kit.
There is not free space around the handbrake area and there is no space by the glove compartment either. But in order to keep it looking good it has to be cleaned reguarly ! Alloy wheels only look good is gleaming. Despite these little niggles I love my car, I could have got a Ford Focus for a lot cheaper but hey who wants a ford when you can have an Audi. I know it is only a badge but at the end of the day it is worth it. My favourite part is lulling the boy racers into a false sense of security. There has been many a boy racer in his Vauxhall Nova or Mini metro wanting to burn me off at the lights, and for a couple of seconds he will be winning but when the turbo kicks in you will leave them for dead ! They might be alot of money but it will be money well spent.
The Kingfisher Blue A3 1.8T on my drive has now done 64,000 miles. It has been mechanically 100% reliable, and even now I feel that its really only just "run in". There have been some problems though. First was the drivers seat, after almost exactley 2 years it failed to lock down after being tilted forwards. The Audi dealer said without even looking at it, that he knew what the problem was, it seems that A3's have a recognised seat problem. The other is that the rear wiper packed up at 62,000 miles. Again this is a common A3 problem. That said it never ceases to give driving pleasure. Its fast, safe and reliable and suprisingly economical, I average 35mpg even with my lead foot.
Audi enjoys a world-wide reputation as one of the leading premium car makers. At the leading edge of luxury car design. First with new ideas and new technology. Setting trends with landmark models. With the A3, Audi has again led the way with genuine prestige car standards in a compact three to five door saloon with all the charisma, quality, and safety taken for granted in the top class. Compact in exterior dimensions it loses nothing in character or comfort. The A3 offers the same distinctive values that make every Audi unique. Powerful and refined engines, sporty performance and dynamic handling, elegant stylish lines and a deep down quality that you can see and feel everywhere. Although the A3 occupies less road than most other Audi models, ingenious space engineering means that inside you could be forgiven for thinking that you were in a much larger car. The same thing goes for the fittings and furnishings. High quality materials throughout, cleaver detailing and generous luxury equipment make it plain that this is a premium car. A typical Audi from top to bottom. And, of course, there is the choice you expect from Audi. A choice of engines and performance from 1.6 litres right up to a 140 mph turbocharged quattro model, a pair of ultra economical direct injection turbodiesels and 5 speed manual or intelligent automatic transmissions. And a choice of sport or Special Equipment versions to add even more character to an exceptionally well equipped standard version. The Audi A3. Every inch an Audi.
The Audi A3 is the spiritual successor to the Golf. The Audi badge has all the right upmarket connotations, though its price might put a few people off. It’s no out-and-out beauty either, but its stocky, rounded looks work. The 1.6-litre version offers 99bhp, but the 1.8, five-valve-per-cylinder version is more eager to play. There’s plenty of power low down, but it does its best work from 4,000rpm; after that it stays smooth all the way to the red line. The gear change is excellent too; the gear lever as slick and quick as you’ll ever need. It gives a firm but comfy ride and the steering is a big improvement over the vague feel of the Audi A4. If you’re going to be stuck in traffic then the Audi is the place to be. Not only is the seat height adjustable, but the steering wheel is adjustable for reach and rake. The seats are well-bolstered, providing loads of support, especially at the base of your back. The dash is clear but stylishly curvy. Getting into the back is easy, thanks to the front seat which moves completely out of the way, and once in there two average-sized adults should feel pretty comfortable, despite the limited leg room. There’s a decent-sized boot too, so luggage will fit without too many problems. The top-of-the-range A3 is the best hot hatch on the block. Our advice is to beg, borrow or steal the extra cash to buy one.
Well, as most people who have these cars probably, I had one of these as a company car for about 18months, and was just sooooo impressed! I went along to the showroom to look at the A4s, and quickly saw a bright yellow A3 there, that was loads cheaper, and so could get loads more for my money! So, I went for a A3 1.8 Turbo Sport, with air-con and cd. It arrived and straight away I realised that the 1.8 T came with a few suprise extras, such as remote locking (not standard at the time!) and a Sub-Woofer in the boot (huh!)... Driving the A3 is a pleasure, the driving position is spot on perfect, the performance is extremely good whilst maintaining great economy, as it's still only an 1800cc engine! It is very practicle with a massive boot and passenger space, so easily competes with the A4 for attention! It is however extremely expensive for what you get compared to others in the same league, but then nothing can compare, as the Audi comes with such supreme build quality that everything else rattles and shakes, whilst the Audi is very quiet and refined. It doesn't handle like a racing car which is a shame, but then it's built for safety and it does feel very safe. Highly recommended!
Are you looking for a quality car with exceptional speed then look no further. The Audi A3 1.8T is by far the best car I have ever owned. The interior just oozes quality, with height and reach adjusting seats and steering wheel, climate control, computer information system, and excellent safety features. The best part is the power of the turbo especially on the motorway, when being hassled by some idiot in a supposedly hot hatch just put your foot down on the accelerator and you won’t see them for dust. Unlike some other cars, the smoothness with which the turbo kicks in leaves you relaxed and comfortable. Looking at the car from the outside gives you no indication of its superb power. The build quality is excellent. On the three door the ingenious easy entry system to the rear seats is hassle free. Boot space is very good the rear seats fold down easily for those awkward items. The fuel economy is very good I manage to get 30miles per gallon combined motorway and around town. The only gripe I have is that the seats could be slightly softer for long journey comfort but then again it is a sport model. With a 20,000 mile service interval and comprehensive 3 year warranty and the sound of the deep quality thud as you close the door, I would certainly recommend that anyone looking for a small exec, that is a true drivers car need look no further than the A3 1.8T.
The Audi A3 is the smallest in Audi’s product range until the arrival of the A2 later this year. A handsome car from all angles, the 3 door looks slightly sharper than its 5 door sibling does although both certainly lead their class in terms of looks. I’ve been running a 3 door 1.9 turbo diesel recently; in terms of refinement, the engine is extremely refined and redlines at 4,500 rpm, if you listen carefully, you can just about hear the whistle as the turbo kicks in. As expected, this motor is punchy and the A3 accelerates swiftly and cleanly, there is no snatchiness from the clutch or gearbox and the clutch is light. Brakes are slightly over-servo-ed, which takes some getting used to. The first few times, you may find yourself pulling up too soon, you'll quickly find the bite of brakes however Build quality, as you might imagine is superb, this car has no rattles or squeaks; in turn the finish is top drawer. Opting for low profile alloys certainly firm up the handling but it takes a very badly worn road to upset this car, find a big pot hole however, and your spine will feel it. As a word of caution, accessing the rear in the 3 door can be difficult at times, rear leg room is limited and even though the seat moves well out of the way, when getting in the back, you may have to shuffle a bit to get in – watch your knees when the front seat is pushed back. So, Audi have produced a cracking car that is refined, drives well and beautifully made; the downside to all this of course is the price. A fully loaded A3 1.9 Tdi lists at £24,000. Do not pay this. Dealers are giving away big discounts, mainly due to the large number of cars being directly imported from the continent. Haggle. Alternatively, import a car from the continent – but make sure it is British spec. You can expect residuals to be at the top end of this car category.