2009 Audi A3 Wagon 2.0T quattro 4dr Wagon AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
Grandson took out his first loan to buy this car just before graduating.Dealer mechanic says,"got just 1 thing to fix on the engine. The dealership says "we'll pay a $1000 , you pay a $1000.Ok, did that. Drove the car for an half hour or so, light comes on again. Found a bit of oil leaking, not much, not even on the floor. The last two months the car has been in the shop more than on the road,& his money has ran out & he's 3 payments in to the bank. The last visit to the Audi dealer tells him to offload the car, it needs a new engine. There were metal shavings in the oil pan when drained? 90,000 miles, & $10,000 later ,he's screwed! Still owes the bank the money, can't drive the car, & still has his first years college to pay for! Hell of a lesson to learn! They say German engineering is the best?
Akin to what another reviewer described - the A3 is a great driving car, too much fun (as evidenced by multiple speeding tickets).
But... I've gotten to know my service dealer a little too well.
Driver's seat fell apart - warranty-covered fix. Fuse box melted - warranty covered that. It's a turbocharged car, so you have to replace the spark plugs every 30k mi. It didn't help that the injector coil also went out on me. Ugh. Now at 80k miles, the engine light is going on, and there's no identifiable reason. The engine was cleaned out (pistons), various valves and manifolds were replaced, yet after $900 in repairs, it's still messed up with the engine light brightening my interior lighting. The 25k/50k/75k services at the dealer ran about $500-$700. Oil changes run $100. Premium fuel. No off-dealer maintenance shop will replace the transmission fluid as that's Audi special.
My next car will be a Mazda - all the same driving fun, with less costly repairs.
Just after warranty, the manifold went bad. The injectors went bad. After five years of ownership the main engine seal and the oil separator went bad ($2,000) and the fuse housing under the hood melted ($675). I have been driving for 32 years and I have gotten bad gasoline with this car twice. Never before in 32 years has that occurred. The car is over engineered and too temperamental. VW's I've owned were also unreliable. If you have plenty of money and time to spend at the shop, you may consider this a fun car.
Love the exterior design.
A little cramped inside.
Audi/VW needs to finally fix their habitual electrical problems as well as other recurring issues.
I bought my 09 A3(2.0T w/S-tronic) in July 2012, with 51k miles, now has 81k miles. MPG has actually gotten better, and I routinely get over 30 commuting to work(22 miles one way). Had to replace the electronic throttle, but other than that, I've spent $2.5k on regular maintenance--tune up, oil changes, brakes, tires. The seatbacks came unglued, so i simply super-glued them back together, with no issues. The armrest also came undone, but to replace the top portion, it will cost me $200, so that will also be super-glued back. I will consider the 2015 A3 when it arrives, though i'll also be cross-shopping with the Volvo V60(soon to arrive), and the new GTI.
comfortable ride, good acceleration, cargo space, decent stock stereo, which i'll soon be upgrading.
i hate(and i rarely use that word) the s-tronic!!!!!!! hate it!!!!!! it's best described as "herky-jerky". the extra-terrestrial shifting in the old Maserati Quattroporte has nothing on this crappy transmission! it jerks from 1st to 2nd, 2nd to 3rd, and then when you are braking, it downshifts with a jerking action. and don't be in traffic....you have to time it just right so that it doesn't jerk on you, as if you were driving your first manual tranny car! why couldn't they have just gone with the tiptronic??? if this behaves the same way in the 2015 A3, i'll be trading this sucker in for the Volvo!