Well took the A3 for a spin to Ruislip and back yesterday on business.
My thoughts on the A3.
MPG, well I was impressed, 2.5 hour trip up in traffic on the M27 and M3 and I averaged 42MPG. The quieter trip home averaged 45MPG, which coming from a chipped 1.8T run on V-Power makes a nice change.
Correctly adjusted Xenons are fantastic. I adjusted them Wednesday night, dug the VAG-COM out and tweeked them up a twist on the adjusters as Audi set them too low (James have one of the dealers adjust them with the sportsline springs on).
The DSG box in traffic is a must, I just drove all the way in D and let the box take the strain. I have only used the paddles half a dozen time since I picked it up from James (MarriedBlonde).
How cheap are Audi though not fitting a graduated passing mirror (like I have on my 99 Golf GTi) on the drivers side. James has fitted one of those stick on curved type, but I find it just keeps getting in my way, so I think I will have to lay out for a new mirror glass with the graduated blind spot bit.
Bose sound system, well this has got to be the best factory fitted stereo option I've heard, but still not as good as the Alpine/Focal Utopia/Infinity system I have in the Golf. The Denison ICELink works well apart from it doesn't seem to charge the IPod (even though it is set to in the options) as I had a flat IPOD battery mid way through my journey. Luckily I had the USB cable with me and so I could charge it on-site from my Laptop for the return journey.
So all in a very pleasant and enjoyable trip in the A3.
Now a technical question, when sat it traffic is is kinder to the DSG to stick the box in N and use the handbrake rather than hold it on the brakes in D ?
I mean when stationary on the brakes does the box engage the electoclutch so there is no wear on the clutch when you hold it on the brakes?
Regards to all,