On Saturday, I test drove an A3 2.0 TDi sport s-line DSG, and liked it so much, I bought it.
Only thing is, it already has 42000 miles on it (in just over a year!!), and as someone who does approx 18k miles per year, in two years its going to have close to 80k miles on it.
As these cars are relatively new out (its an 04 btw), I was wondering whether anyone had proven the DSG gearbox reliability, build quality of the car, and general reliability up to this sort of mileage, and if so, how do they hold up?
Really chuffed with the car overall, and pick it up around the 28th (possibly sooner if S2k sells), and am amazed that ive been taken with not only an automatic, but a diesel automatic!! as little as 6 months ago, I wouldnt have even considered one, I believed a car should be a proper "drivers" car, and managed to ignore all the benefits of a well rounded car like an A3.
My point of view changed when I took a look at the mileage I cover 90% of the time, and realised I pay out to sit and queue in traffic to work and back, then on the weekend, queue into town, so having a revvy sports car with a lot fewer comforts becomes rather pointless.
A diesel DSG on the other hand is peferct, a good climate control, Bose sound system, comfortable seats, a nice ride, and lots of low down grunt, suddenly become much more enoyable factors that ill be making almost constant use of, and althou ive really enjoyed the S2k for the past couple years, for me its time has passed.
Looking forward to the change, loved the power delivery of the TDi, and found that my main diesel reservation (running out of revs due to the relatively small rev range and having to change up or hit the limiter, usually mid overtaking manouver) has been seen to due to the superb DSG box, its just a case of putting your foot down. Hopefully Audi build quality means it'll last the course, cant be the highest DSG equiped A3 here could it?