Bought a used one that had 100 K.
Owned for 3 days and I am impressed.
First I regretted of having bought such a small car (low ceiling) but, the rear seats are actually roomier than many other compact cars. Price was about half of the cheaper new compact cars, so I am saving quite a lot. Perhaps I will end up using up all these savings repairing this car. But, the car is so lovely that I don't mind doing that.
1. Acceleration and handling.
2. Good interior and smart features
3. Exterior shape
4. Audi parts are not expensive at the dealer. ( For those who like to fix themselves, this is a very good news.)
1. Low ceiling. Claustrophobic.
2. Bad driver's seat design. Difficult to enter the car.
3. Fragile back seat cup holder.
4. Gas mileage not good in 2015 standard.
5. A/C operation is idiotic.
I bought the 2007 Audi A3 used. It was a 1 owner car with 68k miles on it. The car was clean and beautiful! I drove it for 4 months before I traded it in and lost 5k on the trade in deal alone. The AC system failed, and it caused the motor to over heat. Saved the motor, but I had to replace the entire AC system. Cost me $1700 bucks! The rear power window broke. Window went down and never came back up. Cost me $450.
The glass top sun roofs are a great idea until you see how HOT the inside of the car gets from the sun beaming down on it. I live in the south and that little car was never "cool" inside. The cup holders are a joke, you cant fit more than 1 drink period!
Fun to drive, peppy and GREAT on gas milage. Still was not worth all the trouble though.
Some serious window TENT on the sunroofs. Cup holders that would actually hold more than a cup. Center colsole should not have to go ALL the way up before it can go back down again. Better electrical systems!
Although my Audi A3 is fun to drive and handles well, I am extremely disappointed by the frequency and cost of repairs, and cost of maintenance.
My 2007 A3 has only 79k miles but I have spent about $4,000 in repairs in maintence in the past two years.
That is inexcusable and not something I expected from a supposedly high end auto manufacturer.
Actively looking for a new car.
drivability and handling
Audi needs to have better workmanship, fewer defective parts (AC compressor went in 2 years, other parts followed), and better quality of service.
As a 40 year old driver, i have had alot of vehicles, mostly American, some Asian. I purchased a 1 owner 80,000 mile 2007 A3 2.0T. It is the best car i have ever owned. for those of you driving arround in American or Japanese cars...you are really missing out on "real driving" this entry level Audi runs circles around the big 3's flagship cars. Fun to drive, reliable, quick, and Quality, Quality, Quality. I will now only consider European cars. And Audi is the best bang for your buck in quality, luxury, style and covers every need. At 80,000
now 95,000 miles it is mistaken for brand new by people on the street. No problums doing 50-70 miles 7 days a week. I LOVE THIS CAR!!
Really comfortable, controls are really driver friendly, everything is right at your finger tips.
Other brands heated seats are on or off. Audi gives you 6 yes 6 settings. Open sky roof is awsome. evrything is smooth and presise.
if i had to add something it would be a turbo boost gage. other than that, Audi covered everything!
Ibis White, S-Line Black Leather Interior with 6- speed Manual Transmission. Amazing looking car - inside and out - received many compliments - even from people in other cars and pedestrians! Fun to drive, although steering will be nicer if stiffer at higher speeds. Great handling - have driven very well defensively in the crazy traffic in LA. Navigation with the knob takes too long and needs time to learn - although the DVD update makes it very accurate and quick. Good power for a 4 cylinder engine! Luxury car - can be expensive to maintain and repair if out of warranty
Well-designed interior. All controls and buttons are easily accessible. Blinker handle can be tapped with pinkie finger with hand on steering wheel - blinks for 2-3 seconds for quick lane changes. Great Bose sound system - adjusts and equalizes music according to road noise
Make better latches for Open Sky screens. Stabilize the Open Sky System so less noisy on hot days. Use better factory-installed tires.