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Discussion in 'New A3/S3 (8V Chassis)' started by AlnSaz, Jun 1, 2013.

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    Morning guys

    Been mooching around for a few weeks now so thought I'd better post!

    After years of driving SEATs I've been offered a company car. Choice was between a Golf, V40 or A3 and after a lot of research I've decided on the A3 Sportback 1.6TDi Sport in Amalfi with cruise, park system plus and tyre pressure monitor :w00t:

    The lease company should order it in the next couple of weeks and hopefully I'll get a short build date - should get it for the September plate change although given comments from you guys it might be new year before it's here!

    Really looking forward to the new motor, had the 1.6TDi in a previous Leon and it's a cracking little engine, nippier than you'd think and obviously great on fuel and tax for the company car driver. I always thought the SEAT needed a 6-speed box so the A3 driving experience should be great

    Great site by the way!

    I feel another countdown thread coming on...
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    Good morning and welcome to audi-sport.net. Sounds like a nice spec on the car, time will fly in and we can have another countdown, i think iirc we are on 5 or 6 countdowns at the moment. Glad your enjoying the site, lots of very helpful people in here. Enjoy the forum. :) x
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    Our car administrator hasn't been forthcoming with info but I've found out that the order was placed mid-June on a 21 week lead time. This was recently changed to 18 weeks so I reckon end of October delivery

    It seems an age away but I'm sure it'll fly in. I've requested the order information, build date etc so I can monitor progress!

    I've been given a long term Focus Zetec TDi hire car meantime and I must say it's a good drive. The interior lacks the quality of VAG group stuff I'm used to but it's a decent motor

    I'm expecting the move from Ford to Audi to be a revelation!
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    I tested a ford focus zetec s, and wasn't expecting much, but was a good likeable car as you said and looked really good.
    I can see why they sell a lot as no major flaws, but when I drove the A3 very soon after there is no comparison, everything is a big step up especially in terms quality and all the little details and thought that have gone into it really add up to a lot more than the price difference. I think you'll be extremely pleased.
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    Fords are pretty overpriced these days anyway
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    I know I was shocked! Before ordering the Audi I looked at the Fiesta Titanium X (for all of 5mins) bringing it close to the spec of the A1 (what I was looking at at the time) it was actually a bit more expensive, and you would always only be driving a ford with scratchy plastics etc!


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    I did the same with the A3/Focus. Not only is their online configurator really unhelpful / not easy to use, the car ends up more expensive anyway - what's the point?!
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    When my wife was shopping for her current car (a Seat Ibiza) she visited a Ford dealership. Started discussing what she was after and very quickly was told "Ford don't make cheap cars anymore", so she walked out. The Ibiza isn't as good as an Audi, but for the money it's pretty good. I don't understand why Ford have such a high market share.
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    I think a lot of people opt for ford because they consider it a "safe sensible" option because they haven't bothered to explore any other options.
    Also living in Essex everyone I know that has a new ford bought it on a ford ticket and everyone seems to know someone who works for ford lol.


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    I think alot of people 'go with the flow ' as they are so popular how can every body be wrong sort of thing & the press gives them good write ups, but not sure why as are very average. i was offered £5000 of a £20000 car because it was an 3 month old ex demo with 1500 miles on clock ! so depreciation is going to be really bad on these.
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    Well its been a long time! After various internal problems and a fight with the administrator (and his boss!) my car was ordered this week! Its a long story but I was so disappointed to find the original order (June '13) was 'misplaced' then various internal delays until now. It now looks like an early May delivery. The endless stream of rental cars will come to an end soon - and for the current Hyundai i30 that can't be too soon...not the worst car in the world but sooooo boring, harsh riding at times and the wheels look so undersized

    To throw a spanner in the works, just before the order was placed, I was offered an A3 Sportback SE model in brilliant black with cruise and colour DIS - expected delivery 2-3 weeks. I was tempted to take it just to get an Audi on the driveway but what's another 3 months and its only £7 more a month on tax for the Sport so I'll wait. First Audi and first company motor so I'd rather choose the spec

    Anyway, here's hoping there are no problems and my Amalfi Sportback 1.6TDi with cruise, park system plus and tyre pressure monitor will be here on a 14 plate in the early Spring :sm4:
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    Mine was around 3.5 months from order to build
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    Welcome to the world of Audi quality, well I hope you don't suffer any problems.
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    people buy fords, vauxhalls and French cars as in the past you get big discounts, especially if they are a year old but I think those days have gone. I saw a high spec citroen ds3 at the gadget show and was staggered at its £28K price tag
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    No the big discounts can still be achieved. Go look at any internet brokers websites and the fleet discounts can still be had...
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    Looking forward to audi quality. Was a SEAT fanatic for 10 years and 6 different cars and liked the VAG for less cash appeal. Hope the step up is all I expect it to be
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    The wait is killing me! Delivery first week in May so only a few weeks to go...
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    Also waiting on a A3 sportback in amalfi.Really nice colour and a change from the usual much seen harsher glacier.I love the way it gives you a bright white in sunlight and a very subtle soft off-white in dull light.Seams to suit the A3 better than the A1.
    Funny how some cars suit white while other just dont.
    I also specd privacy glass which also highlights and contrast well against amalfi.
    Oh yes,and welcome from the East -side!
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    agreed, saw a ford kuga parked outside my local costco on a deal - it was not far off top of the range but at £33000 my eyes were watering as I kept thinking "its a ford". competent cars but for that money id want some luxury

    For the exact same money I met someone at a football match who recently bought a 2010 plate jag XK R (rrp £96K) - now that's worth it (though not the rrp as id rather have an r8 or Nissan gtr)
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    At last! Got a call to tell me the A3 would be delivered to work next Thursday...only a week to go :)
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    Finally it's here - delivered this morning!

    Really pleased with the car and despite my doubts the Amalfi White looks great. Car was well prepared by Aberdeen Audi. Nice quiet smooth drive, sport suspension is great and comfortable for me, 1.6 diesel is nippy enough and although you can tell it's a diesel it's not too intrusive. Lots of new toys to explore and only done 30 miles today so tonight some driving on my favourite local roads and RTFM. Photos to follow!

    Oh - and the **** in fleet admin didn't add my options so no cruise, park system plus or TPM grrrr!
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    Wow, is this down as one of the longest waits for a new A3?

    Congrats anyway. Looking forward to seeing the pics
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    Did they throw in any cables or freebies?
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    It's a lease vehicle so I didn't expect anything but got the red collar ipod cable, first aid kit and warning triangle lol!
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    Awesome! Did you ask for the iPod cable? I'm contemplating going to the Audi garage instead of waiting for delivery to the office as:

    1) I can look at the car properly for any defects with someone who knows what to look for
    2) If they don't supply the cables I can easily ask them to throw them in
    3) Just an excuse to take a day off work and to drive the car around :)
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    Sounds like the kit I got with mine.
    Not sure why I got the triangle as there is one provided with the car anyway.
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    One for the road and one to wear :D
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    Didn't ask for the cable, it was in the glove box so that sounds like a freebie - although I have a Galaxy S4 so a swap is needed...

    Although my car was ordered via Aberdeen Audi, it was shipped to my office in Glasgow City Centre this morning - company HQ is in Aberdeen so they use the local dealer. I asked if I could collect from them but alas no. The delivery guy was great, met him at the car rental place so I could return the long term hire car and he could easily off-load from his transporter and I drove off in the new A3

    The lease company provide a wee pack with warning triangle (now a spare one for Mrs car), HV vest and tyre gauges - oh and a set of lease company branded carpet mats which my boss claimed as the A3 has mats as standard lol!

    I'll be raising hell about the missing options when I hit the office tomorrow morning...
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