Good car but not without its problems
I owned the car for just over 3 years, this is because the warranty was only for 3 years and I didn't trust it mechanically.
I had the 4 door 1.4L turbo petrol base model in DSG. If I had my time again I would have opted for the manual. The DSG never left me stranded but it was frequently an issue after about 12 months of owning the car. It would make very unusual sounds in cold weather. It had unusual clutch behavior at times for no apparent reason. It was great on an open road, but around town, it was frustratingly unrefined.
Sometimes the h...ill hold wouldn't engage, you'd roll back like in a manual, hit the accelerator to stop from rolling back and the car would lunge forward. When you would then hit the brakes to stop from hitting the car in front of you the engine would cut out making you look like a learner driver, which leads me onto my next point. I understand the reason behind the stop/start system, there is a button to disengage it, but this would reset when you turned the car off. There needs to be an option to turn it off permanently. This is one feature my current car does not have that I do not miss. It may have been ok in the manual but in the DSG it was an absolute nuisance. The back seats and the boot are essentially completely useless if you're taller than 5'5", like sitting almost completely upright and never carry more than a mid-sized suitcase in the boot. The engineers were having a laugh when they fitted a seatbelt to the middle seat which not even a small child would be able to use if the other 2 back seats were occupied. You need a large sum of money when you take it to get serviced. The cheapest service I had was $450, the average was around $900.
Love my little buzz box!
I do min 700km a week in my A1. It is great on fuel, super zippy and very stylish. I not only use it on tarred roads but also on dirt roads and it performs perfectly. It has nearly 100,000kms on it and I havent had a single problem with it yet.
Excellent performance - excellent on fuel. Recently had a barrel problem on the steering wheel and Audi fixed it without hesitation. Have had to replace a broken windscreen previously - after 6 months from new, was more than $1,000 but covered by insurance. Transmission is a gem and much better than our A3. Would have no hesitation in getting another A1.
worst car ever!
Had my audi a1 attraction 1.4 ltrs s tronic for 2.5 yrs bought brand new and it broke down 2 times in 5 days and now it is about to break down again. First time EPC light came on and audi parramatta " fixed" the issue due to sensor light. Picked up my car the next day then it broke down as epc light again. .artarmon fixed the valve parts and the water pump and all replaced under warranty. Oh parramatta was trying to find a loophole to void the warranty by blaming me for servicing my car 35k above and they are also trying to point the blame on t...he service centre where i took my car for 2nd service. Anyways all faults were parts faulty ones manufacturers stuff.. after i picked up my car from artarmon audi on the way home the coolant red light is coming up and oh boy.. one would think that these mechanics should be doing their job properly by checking those little things..coolant level etc..i probably have called road assisyance 20+ more in the span of 10 days.. anyways yesterday my car seems to lack that powerful force of wind that pushes it when i drive.. that force is gone! When i accelerate it doesnt seem to do the speed and after dricing 60 kms or more on sustained 70km speed.. my car throttled/grindrd/shaked and it felt like it was about to break down snd my engine will fall apart. Seems like once EPC problem is on all other problems come out .. one by one.. what a rubbish german product.
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