My A4 was in at the dealers today, (for the tandem pump recall) and I was very pleased to be led out to a shiny 2.0tdi A3 (3 door) complete with DSG box as my 'loaner' Yippee, thinks I, this should be fun, after all its 140 compared to my 130, smaller car, have only ever heard good things about the DSG, so was heading for a good day... Well chaps, at the risk of upsetting what I know are some very happy owners, I havent been that happy to hand a car back for a while... For me, the DSG was a real letdown. I like manuals, I like autos, I'm very pleased with my multitronic despite the initial 'lag', but the DSG just didnt do it for me.. Pulling away on the uphill slope from the dealers it felt no better than the multitronic at all, and overall I was just frustrated by the amount of time it seemed to 'think' about changing down before doing so..upchanges were smooth, no question.. Now lets be fair - the car in question was an 11,000 miler that I suspect has hard a hard life already despite the low mileage - a number of scratches and dings, were reinforced by a number of rattles, clanks, groans and knocks while going over any surface that wasnt 100% perfect.. it may well be that it wasnt a fair representative.. but I'd be really peed off if that was how my car felt after 11k! That coupled with the much greater road noise than the A4 has, made it a much less than satisfying day, rather than the pleasure of driving a fun new audi! It handled and braked ok, but the normal Audi 'grin' factor just wasnt there for me.. What a shame..