by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on October 20, 2015
Matt replaced the tire on his trip, but replacing a tire on a Sunday meant taking what you could get. This meant a Nitto Motivo instead of the original Continental ProContact TX that suffered the puncture. We decided to replace two tires instead of just the one odd one based on warnings in the Audi's owner's manual. Simply put, having tires with different tread depths can adversely affect the Quattro all-wheel drive system and possibly damage the car.
by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor @ 16,933 miles on October 2, 2015
One of the most groan-inducing experiences of car ownership is seeing the check engine light illuminated in the instrument panel. Unfortunately, one of these beauties popped up recently in our 2015 Audi A3. I wanted to get out from behind my desk for a few minutes, so I volunteered to make the run.
I didn't notice any odd behavior from the car (and I've spent a bit of time in it) during my drive to Santa Monica Audi for a diagnostic check.
by Matt Jones, Senior Editor on September 16, 2015
While driving to my brother's wedding in the Bay Area this past Saturday, I blew a tire in our long-term 2015 Audi A3.
The good news is that I was only about 100 yards away from my destination when I heard the "BLAM!" that threatened to put a damper on what promised to be an awesome weekend.
The new Mr. and Mrs. Jones picked a beautiful restaurant in Oakland's beautiful waterfront Jack London Square to exchange vows. But Embarcadero West, the street leading into the parking lot, isn't nearly as beautiful nor is it in the best condition. I was doing about 20 mph when I hit a pothole and boom: damaged sidewall city.
June 30, 2015
When we last left our 2015 Audi A3, the injured sedan was sitting at the only Audi dealer in Idaho. We had accidently run over a hidden stump just off the road, tore the A3's plastic oil pan and dumped its contents all over the grass. We had it towed to Audi Boise on a Saturday, where it sat over the weekend awaiting inspection on Monday.
Our team continued home but someone still needed to retrieve the car after the repairs. I volunteered and flew out on a Wednesday evening, the same day the work was completed.
June 24, 2015
Our 2015 Audi A3 sedan suffered the ride of shame on the back of a tow truck in Boise, Idaho after suffering damage at the precise moment we arrived at our destination. We were extremely fortunate, however. The nearest Audi dealer was only three miles away.
Even better fortune? Audi Boise is the only Audi dealer in all of Idaho, and their service department was open on this Saturday afternoon. According to Travis, the service manager, the next closest Audi dealers are in Portland, Oregon (429 miles) and Salt Lake City, Utah (345 miles).
I called Audi Roadside Assistance and waited for a flatbed to arrive while the other guys looked at our new long-term acquisition, paid the seller his cash, and retrieved the tires from the Audi's trunk so they could go have them installed.
Oh, right. You want to know what happened.
May 1, 2015
Volkswagen is recalling more than 6,000 vehicles for possible fuel-pump failure, and some 2015 Audi A3 models are included in that sweep.
In its recall summary, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that "improper nickel plating of the components within the fuel pump may result in the fuel pump failing. If the fuel pump fails, the vehicle will not start, or if the engine is running, it will stop and the vehicle will stall, increasing the risk of a crash."
February 2, 2015
A few hundred miles before our 2015 Audi A3 cleared 5,000 miles the car started providing notifications in the gauge cluster display that a service would soon be due. This would be our A3's first service and includes an oil change and tire rotation. Audi pays for the first service, too. I booked an appointment at my local dealership, Audi Fresno.