We often have very 'lively' debates on this forum which are generally very enjoyable. What tends to annoy me is when members who have either purchased or decided on in the case of company cars, an A3, then go on to say it's 'rubbish', '****' 'sh1t' and all the other stupid descriptions. After all they chose it which does not say a lot for their ability to choose a product. Fair enough to say there are things they don't like or don't think are as good as the could be or not as good as other makes, but those are personal opinions to which everyone is entitled. But to say the A3 is rubbish etc just because they personally don't like the whole car or a particular part of it is, in my view, wrong. Just because an item or component does not behave in the way they thought it would or how they think it should, it generally behaves exactly as the designers intended, within the cost restraints they have to work to. They may be different to someone's expectations but not necessarily wrong. The A3 is clearly not 'rubbish' or Audi would not sell as many as they do. And another point to remember is that the A3 and all other Audis are first and foremost designed to meet the requirement of it's home market in Germany and other LHD markets. Sometimes the change to RHD has to involve some compromises. After all, it's not Audi's fault that we choose to drive on the other side of the road to most of the rest of the world. Obviously quality in the reliability area is not something that can be known for certain on any particular single car. The A3 is in my view and experience as good if not better than a lot of other cars. All the 10 Audis, including 6 A3s, I have owned have been very reliable with only very minor problems, all of which have been quickly and efficiently sorted out by my dealer. Prior to 1976 I had 6 cars of various makes, 3 second-hand and 3 new ones which were far less reliable. In 1976 I purchased my first Mk1 Golf and had a further 3 Golf GTIs and a Golf VR6 and these were also very reliable. Hence I have owned a VAG product for the last 42 years! Well that's my view - keep up the good debates but don't lets rubbish what is basically an excellent product. Do your research before you buy it and if you don't like it, don't buy it.