I bought the A3 as a "spare" car alongside an S4 Cabriolet, and couldn't be happier. I suddenly find myself letting the wife drive the convertible so I can get a zippy little hatch for the city! Gorgeous inside and out, responsive, mileage almost as good as my son's Civic coupe, great handling, that transmission.
DSG Open Sky Stereo Non S-Line Body Kit (was at the dealer) Rarity Unassuming Performance
2006 Audi A3 3.2 quattro 4dr Wagon AWD (3.2L 6cyl 6A)
This car is a 4wheel Quattro BLAST! I considered the Subaru WRX as another fast mini-wagon, but after comparing the 2, the Audi made the Subaru seem cheap and tinny. The DSG (direct shift gearbox) is amazingly smooth and snappy as any manual transmission shifter can do on their own.
Speed, handling, leather interior, acceleration, cornering, Quattro stickiness, hi-speed passing ability, Open-Sky sunroof, and the Sport Mode of the DSG. The acceleration of this rocket is fantastic.
Fix the crappy sun screen latch on the front Open Sky sunroof. It broke on the 3rd use. But that's all...
Less than 1yr old. I've ran into every problem imagineable. Let me list all the problems i've had: 1) Locking mechanism: rear locks stopped locking, dont know how or what I did to them (maybe nothing?). 2) Alarm engaging: days later, alarm stopped. Service guy told me to manually lock (you do not pay for a pseudo luxury car to manually lock your car). 3) Moon roof malfunction: the mesh screen would get stuck, I took it back 3 times. 3rd time due to me running over a curb cuz I was pulling so hard. 4)Sun visor & tail light: went out in 6 months. 5) foglight grill: flew off on freeway. $100 something to replace. 6) airbag malfunction. 7) speakers: front ones went out, they said it was my fault for loose wire.
The looks and glances I received for having this car last April as a pre- release.
Audi needs to fix all the kinks. First year model, and first year introduced = too many problems.
Car was great until around 7300 miles; then I heard a noise that sounded like an aircraft turbine engine. Took it to the dealer, who determined it was the transmission, but said they would have to notify Audi to determine what work could be done. Took Audi 6 days to decide to replace the transmission, which had to be shipped from Germany. It appears that if the dealer hadn't contacted Audi to pressure them to make a decision, Audi would still be deciding what action, if any, they were going to take. So, 2 weeks after problem surfaced I finally got the car back. Now I'm concerned about the reliability of the DSG transmission. Didn't get any help from Audi Customer Relations Advocate either!
Faster response from Audi concerning warranty issues.