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Great car--lousy service
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By bob52r
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2006 Audi A3 2.0T 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)


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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?


Best Features

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.


Worst Features

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.


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Very VERY Disappointed
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By Baz Naz
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2006 Audi A3 2.0T 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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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!


Best Features

Handling, when the car runs properly.


Worst Features

Transmission reliability. Reliability of interior items. Reduce the oil consumption.


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2006 A3 2.0T Manuel
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By Bob W
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2006 Audi A3 2.0T 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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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!!!


Best Features

Open glass roof. Mileage 27 to 28 mpg mix of hwy and street. Reliability.


Worst Features

Shorter throws on 6 speed manual and add 25 hp.


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Dissapoinment
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By a3sfca
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2006 Audi A3 2.0T 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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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.


Best Features

Fun to drive when it works.


Worst Features

Auomatic window controls are pealing, fog light covers break easily, suspension rough.


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Never Again
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By DavidK45
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2006 Audi A3 2.0T 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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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.


Best Features

Good torque at low rpm


Worst Features

A/C could be better, transmission, smoother engine, better sunshade protection on Open Sky system, better dealer network (Santa Monica is terrible)


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