Hi all, new A3 owner in the making with some questions
With a recent move out of London mydrive to work has now gone from about a 12 mile round trip to about45 mile round trip, so my beloved 10 year old Focus ST170 that I'vehad from almost new needs to be retired for something a little moreeconomical. However, I still wanted something with a little grunt soa 2ltr 170ps engined diesel seemed the best choice.
With that in mind I'm heading to alocal Audi dealer to test drive a 2010 A3 Sportback Black Editionwith 31k on the clock.
Ahead of this I've been doing a littleresearch and read about the DPF in these cars, and hoping that mywork journey which includes a 15-20 minute motorway blast will meanthis isn't a deal breaker.
I have a couple of other questionsthough which I'd be hugely appreciative if anyone could answer.
- I know opting for the 170ps engine will not be as economical as the lower power engines, but with my ST170 giving me roughly 280-300 miles on a full 50 litre tank I'm hoping I'm right in thinking the 170ps diesel engine will be a good improvement on this?
- On the subject of the DPF, I've read this can be 'deleted', and it will not have any impact on the MOT. Is it a case that once this has been done, you can forget it was ever there or does something need to be done to the car before the MOT to ensure it won't flag up (especially if taken to an Audi garage).
- One of the potential down falls of this car is the fact my Focus has full leather Recaros, which crucially offer an electric height adjustment that only lifts the base of the seat up and down, as apposed to what I presume will be the tilting seat height adjustment of the Audi which pushes oyu forward and up. I recently drove my wifes 52 plate Golf GTDi to Yorkshire and by the time we got there, both my ankles felt a little stiff, especially the left as the foot rest next to the clutch didn't allow me to stretch my leg out enough to compensate for how I had to position myself to counter the height of the chair as it moved forward – if that makes sense. Basically I found it very hard to get a good comfortable seating position with my long legs. With my Recaros, I have driven my ST to Scotland and not had any issues. So my long winded question here is, was electric height adjust an option on these models of the A3 and if so is it worth holding out for one to come along that has it?
Is there anything else I should know orlook out for with these cars. I've pretty much got my head set on a170ps Black Edition – although it doesn't 'have' to be a sportback and could be a hatchback,but it appears from searching the net there aren't a huge amount ofthem around that fit my budget/age/mileage requirements which makesme think holding off to find the perfect one with various extra'smight be a pointless task.
Anyhow, I'm looking forward to my testdrive coming up. Hopefully the seating position won't be an issue!
Thanks in advance for any tips,suggestions or thoughts