2008 Audi A3 Consumer Review: Not worth the money

2008 Audi A3 - Consumer Review

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2.0T Wagon (2.0L 4-cyl. Turbo 6-speed Automatic)

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Not worth the money
By Mike on


2008 Audi A3 2.0T 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)


Needed a hatchback for our big dog. At least got that goal accomplished. Other than that: short gear ratios (2,500 rpm at 60mph) ruin the gas mileage. No fun at all on highway / interstate. What is the point putting the GTI gearbox (built for 16 year olds) in an Audi? Same audience? Car seems to have some kind of slope sensor. Transmission doesn't shift up when going up hill. Car runs uphill at 3,000 rpm and need shift manually i.o. to save gas. DSG transmission is nice but hypersensitive. It's a roller coaster ride when car is cold. A/C has a mind of it's own and takes a scientist to operate. Blower keeps changing speed. No homelink. No self-contained sun visor upgrade available.

Worst Features

Longer gear ratios for smooth riding and better gas mileage. Simplify a/c operation. Storage in rear doors. Homelink. Lower seat lips for easier entry. Provide cheaper replacement wipers. $100+ apiece is a (bad) joke.
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