... 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.
Engine, handling, BRAKES, looks, gearbox, overall performance, comfort (in front), utility of hatchback design.
Fuel economy, spotty reliability, wheel hop, comfort (in back).
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.
2006 Audi A3 Wagon 3.2 quattro 4dr Wagon AWD (3.2L 6cyl 6A)
I love the car, however, at 7500 miles I complained about tire noise. The dealer's response was to replace the tires. I felt that this answer was inadequate. Am I supposed to replace my tires every 7500 miles? Audi obviously knows about the problem on the A3 but refuses to do anything about it. This has soured me on the car. I will never buy another Audi.
Compact size, good handling, good performance with the 3.2 quattro
I needed a decent mileage, daily commuter that I could live with. Looked at domestic and Japanese offerings - settled on an 06' A3, 2.0T, DSG, 25,000 miles for $19k. The hatch layout provides extra room when I need it. This car is fun, fun, fun. Don't know how I ever lived without DSG trans. My 1st Audi and handles awesome. Had a 09' S4 convertible loaner during last service w/o DSG and couldn't wait to get mine back. Both front and back armrest latches have broken and there was a turbo problem - handled under warranty with loaner. The little problems are worth the fun factor for me!
DSG trans, 2.0T engine and good looks, cool dash, great mileage
This 06 A3 has been described to me as over engineered. When the car works well--95% of the time it is fantastic. When the a/c compressor went, it took 3 visits to the dealer with them telling that nothing was wrong, until I went crazy and an exec got into the car and told the service manager I was right. The radio switches stations on its own randomly--Audi says it's my imagination and I should buy my own aftermarket replacement etc.....I really don't know if the collection just has bad service or Audi USA is not consumer friendly --as they blame each other. 4 or 5 other thing have gone wrong over 21,000 miles. Not horrible, but not top reliability. It's a fight to get the dealer to fix it?
GREAT drive train, comfort and handling. I'm 6'1", 250lbs and very comfortable in the car on long trips when I get 33 mpg and enjoy the great handling.
Better Audi customer service; troubleshoot and improve electrical system in the testing process, not on the cars you sell. The Japanese customer service is far superior. I've enjoyed lexus, bmw, toyota, but this car is both practical and fun to drive. Limited back seat useability.