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A3 - Like a beautiful girl - no matter how bad you keep going back for more!!

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by haids, Aug 25, 2007.

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    [Aug 25, 2007]
    Hi Guys,

    I just thought I'd give you my life story since buying my first new A3 in 2004.

    I bought an A3 sport 2.0 FSI in September 2004. It was my first new car and my dream car. Unfortunately some idiot in a company car piled into the front of it after on only 13 days (unlucky for some!) causing £4000 worth of damage. Let’s just say I was a little upset. Anyway, after getting it repaired I had another 13 months of trouble free motoring until one day on the M4 during rush hour all the lights on the dash suddenly lit up an the engine revs dropped. The engine shut down into some kind of safety mode and I was just cruising with no power in the outside lane. It was a very frightening experience. I pulled over to the hard shoulder, switched the engine off and then on again and the car responded. I just carried on nervously with my journey. The next day I went to the Exeter dealer. They said that there was nothing they could do unless they see the car in the particular 'state' and that I would have to ring Audi roadside assistance. I didn't realise at the time that all the faults get logged on the onboard computer! Over the course of the next few months, the problem would happen sporadically, but only on dual carriage ways or motor ways (constant revs seems to cause the problem). I didn't have time to wait for assistance and knowing that restarting the car would solve the problem I soldiered on. Last summer I was on my way to London when the car cut out 5 times. At that point I couldn’t take it any longer and rang roadside. The RAC engineer classed the car as un-driveable an extremely dangerous. While waiting for the recovery lorry the car got completely covered in bird mess. It was horrible and you could see it a mile off on a black car. Anyway, I picked the car up 5 days later to find that the lacquer had been destroyed as the dealer didn't clean the car until just before I picked it up. I was horrified. Over the course of the next 8 months, the same part (Throttle control Unit) failed another 2 times causing me to lose all power while at motorway speeds. As a result of them obviously not knowing what the problem was I decided that I had lost all faith in the car and the ability of the dealer to fix it. I therefore changed it for a A3 2.0T S Line on an 07 plate last month. While driving it home, an engine management light came on and so I had to book it straight back into the garage again. The car was gone for another 10 days while the ECU and lander probe where being replaced. As I took the car into the dealer, I noticed there was some fresh bird mess on the front wing. I asked them a number of times to remove it. 10 Later when I went to pick my car up, they handed me the keys and said the car is all ready and has been washed. I went out onto the forecourt and the first thing I notice was that the car wasn't washed and the bird mess was still there. Luckily, I washed it off and the lacquer was O.K. but another close call nonetheless. Why can't these idiots who charge the £100 an hour get anything right. It makes me very nervous to keep an Audi that is out of warranty. I think I'll sell it when it gets to 3 years!!

    I ask myself, why do I keep going back.............It’s just the shape and image of the A3 that I love and in my opinion nothing comes close even if it means putting up with the idiots at the dealership.

    Sorry for boring you, I just had to get it off my chest.
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    [Aug 25, 2007]
    I hear where you're coming from. My first A3 was fraught with loads of minor niggly problems, although nothing like the seriousness of what you had yet I still ordered another one. My current one has the, now famous, tractor noise problem on occasion but, despite this, I still love the car to death. It may be small and "only an A3" but I don't need anything bigger and it's comfortable, fast, economical and looks fantastic.
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    his poit isnt the car its the fact that the dealers simply dont give a toss... its a case of warranty, get it botched and out the way as quick as poss cos it isnt making us any money! tossers the lot of them! I'm so glad i only have to have the car serbviced very two years and i will prob only keep this car two years (loan period) so i will only have to service it once thank god
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    [Aug 27, 2007]
    Maybe you should just try another dealer in the search for better service.

    The dealers do get money out of warranty claims as they cross charge Audi in the first 2 years so they really should be looking after you much better than they are, I imagine it can be quite lucrative for them from a labour charge perspective, ie) complete the work in 1.5 hours but cross-charge Audi 2.5hrs.
    I hate bad service especially when purchasing a 'premium' brand car :(
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    [Aug 27, 2007]
    An A3 is like a beautiful girl ?
    I know beauty is in the eye of the beholder,but likening the A3 to a beautiful girl is stretching the point a bit.
    She's an ordinary girl,at best.
    Beautiful girls can be high maintenance though,which is a pain.
    Unfortunately,your A3 (and mine) are the worst of both worlds.
    A high maintenance girl that doesn't even have looks to fall back on.
    That's never a good mix.
    They're better dumped.
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    [Aug 28, 2007]
    You may think they are ugly but if its nice inside thats all that counts eh ?!?

    Think along the lines of mantle piece and fire :)

    Then again car ownership is usually a long term thing so its best if the car/lady has the best of both otherwise you'll soon be looking to trade in :)
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    john_cook I was the STIG.

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    [Aug 28, 2007]
    I dont think I will have another A3 when I'm done with this one. Not because I dont like the look of it or got big problem with Audi but reckon that if we stick with the girl theme, once your done with one then try something different, not one that looks exactly the same (on the inside and out!). But I have had a few different motors in my time...

    Mk3 golf --> Mk4 golf --> 850 T5 --> Mini cooper S --> Audi A3 --> ??? porsche 911 - now thats not a girl, its a lady!?? (I wish!)

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    [Aug 28, 2007]
    An 850 to a Mini !
    Blimey,that must be like going from a 4 bed house to a bedsit !
    ;-)
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    john_cook I was the STIG.

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    [Aug 28, 2007]
    parking did seem to become a little bit easier!

    cooky
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