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2011 Audi A3 Diesel - Consumer Reviews

2011 Audi A3 Diesel

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2.0 TDI Premium 2.0L 4-cyl. Turbo Diesel 6-speed Automated Manual - (9 reviews )

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A3 TDI review - Edmonds doesn't offer option
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By civil westman
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2011 Audi A3 Diesel 2.0 TDI Premium 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM)


Review

What a disappointment! OK for 21/2 years 15K miles, then problems began. 18 months of a slow coolant leak which dealer could not find. Had to keep a gallon of coolant with me at all times. Finally, after warranty expired, the dealer replaced the water pump to cure the problem. Wanted to charge me for it. After pointing out that it had been in three times over the past 18 months, they decided it was under warranty. Now with 55K miles, the waste gate regulation valve on the turbo has failed, along with a pressure line to the turbo (I previously owned a Jetta TDI, given to my son, whose turbo failed at 46K miles - this failure occurred after I had bought the Audi). So far, up to about $1500 in repairs on a car with has lost 20% of its value due to the emissions shenanigans. I am waiting to see if Audi will offer to buy it back. A recent court settlement calls for them to buy back the older TDI's on the road and "repair" (read destroy the good mileage) the newer ones. Needless to say, THIS IS MY LAST VW/AUDI PRODUCT.


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Fun car not disapointed
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By jax2
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2011 Audi A3 Diesel 2.0 TDI Premium 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM)


Review

Bought it used with 33K miles and have put another 12K since then. Love the ride, handling, very fun car on my painful 1 hour commute to work every day. Since it's more sporty suspension is a bit stiff so not the couch comfort but that's how German cars are. It does lack some options you would think should be in an Audi; auto dimming mirrors, memory seats, passenger power seats but doesn't bother me personally. Slight turbo lag in taking off but you can shift to manual mode and it picks up right away. Can't beat the mileage, 36 daily -41 highway.


Best Features

HID lights with LED, gas mileage, versatility of a hatch but performance of a small sporty car


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All owners MUST have an extended warranty!!
4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By vection
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2011 Audi A3 Diesel 2.0 TDI Premium 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM)


Review

I was so excited to buy this car. It looks great, gets above average gas mileage and I thought it was going to be dependable...I was absolutely incorrect and it has cost me a significant amount of money! The warranty expired at 50k, which is when the major system began to fail. First it was the motor in the seat...not a huge deal, but it was expensive. Next the A/C compressor failed, an issue that Audi is aware of and has issued a service advisory about, but without a warranty, one that I had to pay for. Finally the Turbo charger failed. At this rate it will have all new parts before it hits 60k. This car is crap and Audi should be ashamed that they built it.


Best Features

Its a nice looking car. The TDI Premium comes with a basic version of just about everything. Cruise control, power everything, nice wheels and all glass roof.


Worst Features

The tire cover in the back will crack in half if you put any weight back there. Its a 4 door, but can hardly hold more than 3 average sized people, if you get someone to lay sideways in the back. The TDI premium plus does not come with any interior lights...just 2 massive headlamps in the front, a rear light in the back and one in the glove-box.


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Reliability Issues
17 of 17 people found this review helpful
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By a3owner1
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2011 Audi A3 Diesel 2.0 TDI Premium 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM)


Review

I have owned for 2 years and put 55K miles on my A3 TDI.
Bought car for performance and great MPG - commute is 100 miles per day.
With 500 miles left on warranty Mechatronics unit went - first time had issues was 25K miles and dealer did software update. (it's roughly$3,200 repair if out of warranty).
At 54K miles EGR valve clogged with ash - ($800 repair & AUDI offered no help)

I called AudiUSA and got nowhere.
DO NOT BUY this car for MPG savings, you'll give it all back in repairs. Overall nice car but, I also own 2 Toyotas and I'm spoiled by the fact that they don't break...I had always heard that Audi/VW reliability issues were a problem, definitely some buyer's remorse on A3


Best Features

Handling and performance, 37 MPG average is great


Worst Features

Car should have 100K mile warranty, AC unit doesn't cool car very well, lights should be auto on-off


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Outstanding Performance
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By gyowell
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2011 Audi A3 Diesel 2.0 TDI Premium 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM)


Review

So far, I am very satisfied with my new Audi A3 Diesel. The performance is really exceptional. It accelerates smoothly and corners very well. I am very happy with the build quality.


Best Features

The diesel engine delivers exceptional power and the fuel economy is outstanding! The blue tooth mobile phone connection was extremely easy to set up. Exterior and interior styling and finishing is excellent.


Worst Features

At the same time, I bought my wife the Audi Q5 and the Navigation system is slightly different. Also, the iPod connection should have been located in a more convenient spot (perhaps between the two front seats), and sometimes it cannot find the iPod. It just says "Unsupported Device". I also think the front passenger seat should have power adjustments.


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