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Great car when it runs
By helloworld on 09/05/10 13:00 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2006 Audi A3 2.0T 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

Review

Had A3 2.0T 6MT Sports package. Very fun to drive, but very unreliable. Over 4 and 1/2 years of owing it at 45000 miles, I had window sensor issues, hutch lock system replaced, ignition coil failed 3 times, cannot keep alignment more than 6 months, coolant start leaking, center console for rear broke off, temperature sensor failed. Dealer in MA will charge each inspection $110 even it is nothing more than error code download and same task. Start costing me a lot to own it. I finally got rid of it
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
So much for German Engineering
By Juanp on 03/22/10 07:30 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2006 Audi A3 2.0T 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

Review

It seems that Germans have not discovered aluminum. All the interior design is in plastic with silly parts that break and are not covered by the warranty. Of course, the crooks from the dealer will charge $1000 for any stupid part and make you wait for a week to get it. I used the back seat arm rest once and it broke; I plugged an ipod in the cigarette lighter and it broke; the two moon light roof hatches broke; the bolt that holds the spare tire broke, etc. In addition, the car gets a check engine light every six months. As another reviewer noted, I had to change the Pirelli tires at 10k miles because they were really noisy. Finally, the dealers are pretty bad (but that's another post)
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Nearly 4 years in...
By AW on 01/04/10 07:48 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2006 Audi A3 2.0T 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

Review

... and just passed 65,000 miles. Still love driving the car. Clutch still good. So far, failures are: a/c compressor, turbo valve, psgr lock button and radiator gave way at 52,000 miles; the last one really got me bent 'cause the car was just out of warranty. Now have check engine light on, but car is running fine. Coded as fuel cap leak, so not worried. Car is on third set of tires. Original pirellis VERY noisy when worn, got zeons then yokahamas. Zeons good but wore out in about 5 minutes, yokahamas are a good compromise.
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Reliability is terrible
By jopsomer on 10/26/09 16:27 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2006 Audi A3 2.0T 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

Review

I've had an Audi A3 2006 and it's been nothing but trouble, with numerous repair visits to the dealer (covered by warranty until recently). The problem areas have been the fuel injection system and various electronic components. Just in the last 6 months, I've been to the dealer 7 times. If you like to spend time in the waiting room of your dealership, this is the car for you. Otherwise, there are much better (and cheaper) choices out there.
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Very VERY Disappointed
By Baz Naz on 05/04/09 12:34 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2006 Audi A3 2.0T 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

Review

I was excited to finally own an Audi. At first the car was fun to drive then things started to go wrong at around 12,000 miles. First the diaphragm for the turbo. Then the DSM Transmission failed. Had to get towed. After my dealer rebuilt the transmission the car lurches into gear never a smooth take off. Last week the entire cam shaft had to be replaced because the lobes on the shaft that drive the fuel pump worn completely through the follower and into the pump itself. Check engine light comes on constantly. Engine uses 1 quart of oil every 4,000 miles. Sun roof cover has been broken 3 times since I got the car and now is fixed with a temporary paper clip. Ugghhh!
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2006 A3 2.0T Manuel
By Bob W on 02/14/09 07:58 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2006 Audi A3 2.0T 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

Review

Bought new, love this car. Had a VW Jetta 1.8 T, loved that also but this is much better. Great all season vehicle snow/rain no problem all season. Perelli P6 stick like glue and wear like iron. Just changed at 45K. Plenty of room for golf clubs and pull cart in rear without folding down rear seats. Vehicle has been very reliable. Handles like it's on rails. Would definitely consider buying another next year!!!
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Dissapoinment
By a3sfca on 11/15/08 10:10 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2006 Audi A3 2.0T 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

Review

The reliability has been terrible. Back in shop over and over again in the past six months. The warranty and the extended warranty has been useless. Always pondering what will break next. Not fun when you are driving a seven year old around.
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Never Again
By DavidK45 on 08/27/08 22:26 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2006 Audi A3 2.0T 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

Review

The 2.0 liter turbo jerks a lot and gas mileage is average. Rides great on the highway but too "loose" in the city. I have had several problems with my car and am just glad it is under warranty (though a new battery is not covered). My battery completely died after two years. The clip for the sunshade on the Open Sky system broke (as is common) and was replaced by a non-matching black clip (interior is grey). At 21,500 miles, my manual transmission broke where 1st gear and reverse did not work. My car is currently in the shop (over one week now) and Audi is going to replace the transmission since they are afraid the problem could spread to the other gears if they rebuild it.
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What a Gem
By Larry Marks on 06/20/08 22:18 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2006 Audi A3 2.0T 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

Review

I traded in my 2003 530i for a certified pre-owned A3 with 36,275 miles on it. I couldn't be happier. It is a phenomenal vehicle, and all for under 30k. It all starts with the engine. The 2.0T is a great powerplant, and I love the short throws on my 6 speed manual transmission. The low end torque really gets the car going. The steering is very responsive and the ride is very stable. It is such a blast to drive. It is a coin flip between this A3 and a 323i as the best driving cars I have ever owned. The quality of the interior build is much better than the BMWs I have just come out of (a 323i then 530i). The fuel economy is not bad (25mpg for me) for such a fun car to drive
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A3 is a great car!
By dan on 12/19/06 09:12 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2006 Audi A3 2.0T 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

Review

The A3 is a cross between the TT and A4 Avant. The 2-liter turbo scoots, car handles well and the wagon design is practical. Interior design is a beauty, with brushed aluminum trim included with the premium group. And you don't see A3s coming and going all the time on the roads. It's almost a well-kept secret.
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