Fantastic little zippy, fun, stylish and economical car
My car is a 2010 Audi A3 8P S-line 6 speed manual.
- Very stylish and good quality finish. As you enter the car, it feels like 2x more than what it's actually worth. The doors are notchy and very solid feel.
- Choice of 6 speed manual transmission. This is a must for me because it helps me feel in control of the safe (hence more safe) and could easily get much better fuel economy via engine braking. I average 7-8L/100km
- Small yet big. Sportback shape with 4 doors and still decent room in the boot. I've seen crossover SUVs with smaller ...
Purchased in January 2018 for A$10,500.00.
I bought this car second hand from BMW Doncaster which had done approx 30,000kms. Immediately after their 3 months warranty had to have wires replaced at Audi Burwood - cost $700 Now at 59,000kms I had to replace the transmission at a cost of $3,500 (not done by Audi as they want $5,000+), new brakes as they cannot be machined and now a problem with driver's door lock actuator. My daughter had a Hyundai which had done175,000 kms and my husband a Lexus with none of these problems. What is wrong with this so called perfect German car? I have noticed that Audi never respond to these written problems.
I bought an Audi A3 last year. Since I bought it, I had to change the clutch, radiator, breaks and the battery. Complete lemon.
Consider if you want to buy a good European car and bad European car.
And be careful when dealing with the VW group. Dodgy company. Just think about the emission scam and cheating on consumers, not too long ago.
Audi A3 Problems
My Audi A3 Cabriolet has done 59,000 kms and has been driven carefully. The first problem was so called "gold plated wires" being broken - Audi fixed this problem for approx $700. Now at 59,000 kms my transmission has gone and it will cost approx $4,000. Audi has had a recall on transmissions but not my car's model. When compared to my husband's Lexus which has done 98,000 kms (no problems so far) the Audi is an expensive car with many problems. I would not purchase any Audi again.
- A3 8P.II (2008-2013)
- Verified purchase
Good performance car with lot of luxury only Oil consumption can be concern
Nice car with Turbo, Car has very good pickup and comfortable with 5 people. Very good and soundproof cabin on freeway driving and Bose speakers are best for music with 6 CD changer and 2 SD card for whole collection.
Only concern is topping up oil few times between service interval, and DSG issue recall. Otherwise happy with the car.
Very disappointing reliability on parts other than the engine (which surprisingly hasn't had anything go wrong) everything else however… hmmm
First the good points:
- The quality of the build inside and out is second to none- Audi are well known for that.
- the engine is impressive and sounds excellent
- it looks good
- excellent sound system and comfort
and the bad points
- reliability of parts: ...
A3 2010 problem
Major starting issue since new. Stalls on first start then is fine until next day- same issue. Also new engine as for unknown reason flogged out bores in block after 15000klm. New gear box after about 10000klm. In the workshop about 12 times in 2 years. Very disappointed on the car reliability.
Major starting issues since new and still the problem has not been found. Not from the lack of trying by audi.
Love this car - enjoyable and easy to drive, zippy turbo, impressive
2013 model - first Audi I've had (now have 2). Unlike the other reviewer, I haven't owned a beamer or merc to compare it to, but those cars are far, far more expensive and I would expect them to be in another league to the A3. Many other convertibles have backseats, but you cannot sit in them if you have legs. Fits larger people in the front seats comfortably, and at 170cms I can also sit in the back. It fits 2 kids boosters in the back seats with room to do up the seat belts. So it is a 4 seat convertible, not a 2 seater with the back seat onl...y useable to store luggage. I'm happy with the level of interior spec and presentation. TO DRIVE: really easy to drive, zippy, turbo changes gears smoothly and nice puff sort of sound. Instruments easy enough to use. We installed a ZENEC sound system into ours as the original did not have bluetooth. This fully works with all the audi steering wheel controls, so is recommended as an option if you need to. Responsive steering, good road grip and fun. BOOT: Many, many convertibles that we looked at take up nearly ALL the space in the boot when the roof is down. Really check this feature in all the convertibles you look at. The A3 has good space in the boot and can fit 4 school bags, or lots of shopping bags and would also fit a collapsible stroller in it. I don't think it would fit one of those massive prams though. ROOF: In the front seats, even with the windows up, there is a breeze in your hair at speed, which is more than we had in the Mazda MX5 we owned previously. In the back seat, it's quite exposed and windy with the roof down for adults. Kids still are breezy as well, more so than the front seats. The roof can be operated up/down at up to 30km/h, and is relatively quick. Our roof has the sound insulation option, which is very effective for a quiet ride and recommended. There is a bit of spray around the sides when cleaning the windscreen with the roof down. Otherwise it goes over the top. COMFORT: The seats are very comfortable, but another reviewer said, the cup holders in the front centre console are weird and impractical. Audi - pls fix this as it's a bad feature. You have to lift up the console to put a drink in it, which then gets in the way of your elbow when you're driving. The console arm rest also seems to be a bit too high. The glove box space is adequate. The floor room for your legs is adequate. It doesn't have a setting to raise the seat up or down, only back or forward with a lumbar support setting. The parking sensors work consistently and it's easy to get to know how far each type of beep is (getting in and out of the car when you first get it).
An entertaining drive.
Bought 1.8 in Aug 2010. Great to drive. Very zippy. Enough room for a couple of grandkids. Speedy roof actin enables traffic light roof lowering/raising. Had to be towed to dealer when transmission control unit failed. Apparently a not uncommon problem. Was fixed under warranty with a few day's delay waiting for part.
Compact, very responsive, very fast folding roof.
Failure of transmission control unit.
Not bad but not great...
This was the first Audi I have had and I won't be buying another one. I have been very spoilt with mainly BMWs and Mercedes but wanted a little car that looked cute but wasn't expensive. The car is very zippy which is great and is very easy to drive. The interior is very cheap when compared to my experience with BMW and Mercedes. Wires are poking out of the bottom and up the sides of the window which i have to tuck back in each morning and my arm rest top starting lifting about 4 weeks after purchase. At this point 9 months old I am considering...trading and buying a Mercedes again. This is not great for a brand new car and has turned me off Audi forever. zippy, looks cute, inexpensive when compared to others in the market Cheap, plasticky interior, awkward drink holder under arm rest
Excellent car. Best I've had which is nice
I've now had this car for almost 2 years and it's been great. The 1.4ltr turbo engine is very economical (I get about 720km's to the tank in city driving) but has great pull when you need it. The only exception is passing or when you're at higher speeds as you do get a bit of turbo lag (what would you expect from a 1.4!), but once you do it always has something to give. The DSG transmission is also excellent with very smooth changes through the 7 gears. Every so often you do get the low speed take off shudder which has been reported in many VW/...Audi DSG's but I've experienced it maybe once every few months. Comfort level and equipment is great with everything working as you would expect from an Audi. As my first one and moving from a peugeot 306 which I loved. I would have no hesitation in buying another Audi (if/when I can afford one!). Servicing costs are what you would expect. About $600-1000 once a year. Very reliable, engine and transmission is very efficient with great performance. Very occasionally there is a shudder when taking off from the S-tronic transmission
Audi A3 TDI
Pros: Engine, gearbox, handling, leather seats, Audi Concert Stero, ride quality, dynamics, room, quality, Fuel consumption, Brakes, Climate control.
Cons: Hard to keep clean (espically wheels), Cost of parts and thats it!
I love my Audi A3. It is the best car I have ever owned. A wiper clip broke when it was being washed and I had to get a new wiper which cost $50 because its a euro style wiper. I get 4.5L per 100kms and 1200km out of one tank. It is quicker than Alfa's, BMW's and my neighbors Mercedes E-Class. It is a real classy car that...ozzes quality and refinment. I get looks where ever I go. The stero won a sound off against many other steros. 12 speakers and a Subwoofer. I love the seats in leather, very comfy, It handles like a dream and has great dynamics. I Love it!!!!! I recomend it to anyone who is looking for a new car!
Finish and function is the small car benchmark. Having said that it doesn't represent great value, and the price of options are eye watering. Air conditioning is marginal for Australian conditions, and the compressors fail .... not a matter of if, but when. The range of safety features are excellent, but 4 star Euro NCAP is only average these days, but it is a high 4 star score. Running costs are high, and beare the 90,000km, 4 year cam belt changes
Represents the high water mark for standard of finish. Great brakes, gearchange, Classy engines,...
The cons I have written are small things that are easy to live with. Overall this is a fantastic car and is fair value for a prestige car. Early model 6 spd DSG transmissions had some issues, but the new 7 spd seems fault free.
Bought the 1.8TFSI in Jan 2010. Very refined car. Engine performance is astonishing for a 1.8. Build quality is excellent. Looks are great but that's individual taste. Handling superb as well.
Egg gas smell at time, have to raise the arm rest to use the cup holder which is annoying, and road noise at speed on a highway seems higher than most Jap cars. Also the doors are so tight. Brake pad dust on front wheel rims too.
Questions & Answers
I just bought a 2nd hand 2009 A3 & the gearbox thumps into gear, has rev'ed like in neutral, when in reverse, got stuck in particular gears & wouldn't change, repeatedly surges forward, backs off, surges forward, backs off when rolling forward slowly in gear, hard to park close to a wall as you don't know when it's going to surge forward. Anyone experience this?
No, mine is perfectly fine and doesn't do this. Yours has a major problem. If bought off a dealer I'd have an inspection and have them identify the problem then take back under warranty.
Was the car serviced regularly including gearbox? Sounds like the previous owner may have skipped some maintenance there, either gearbox oil (this was an expensive service even in japanese cars that some japanese car owners also skipped), or slipping clutch (it is a manual gearbox after all, just with a robotic clutch)... If you bought from dealer then you should take it back or get it fixed under the used car warranty (at least some cost could be recouped). Too bad if private sale, that could be the reason the previous owner sold the car.... Didnt it do those stuff when you test drive it prior the purchase?
Don't know how this forum reply works. I can't answer you individually. I'll assume you both get the same reply.
Anne-Marie, thanks for response. No, I bought it privately. Ha, my fault for not getting an inspection.
Ryan, Car serviced by Audi every 10K instead of 15K. No mention of gearbox oil needing changing. Receipts claim they check it. I will have it replaced anyway & see what happens. I didn't notice it at test drive & didn't notice for a few wks/mths afterwards. Seems worse when its hot.
One other poster said he got Audi to pay half $3K total of $6K to repair & it started up again after 3 mths. He quickly sold it.
Audi A3 cabriolet from September 2010
Where can I find details about the car and a manuel in English?
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