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Discussion in 'New A3/S3 (8V Chassis)' started by bobwilson, Mar 11, 2013.

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    [Mar 11, 2013]
    As a few of us have now had our cars a few months, whats already annoying you about them, or what's dissapointed you.

    It'd be good to know any bad and good points or things people wish they had (or wish they didn't have!) on their a3 sportback, having had theirs for a while.
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    [Mar 11, 2013]
    You might want to come back in a few months time, seeing as no one in the UK will have a sportback 8V until next week!
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    [Mar 11, 2013]
    ah, apologies, I hadn't realised this!
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    [Mar 11, 2013]
    The launch event is this weekend, and first cars will be on the road after this. You may have better luck getting a longer test drive after this too.
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    [Mar 11, 2013]
    Geeeeeeeeee's
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    [Mar 12, 2013]
    He's just here to wind us up. Ignore the cretin
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    Yes he is a want to be but cannot commit, possibly has not the funds also!
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    Well if you want 3-door feedback, I'm perfectly happy to be honest about what I don't like.

    The cup-holders ahead of the gearstick replacing a really useful storage space.
    The tiny door pockets.
    The door armrest being in the wrong place to rest my arm on when driving long distances.
    The AMI connector being under the armrest rather than in the glovebox.
    The dimming wing-mirror being driver side only.
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    What really annoys me is that I am reading about everyone who has their cars and mine isn't even built yet, ggrrrrrrrr, lol.
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    Haha :)
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    [Mar 12, 2013]
    Agree with the ami cable comes out way to easily as it seems either to short or to long lol
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    I just hate the fact that they've moved the AMI to under the armrest. They probably did it to make it easier for those who want to connect phones to it as they'll disconnect them and take them with them when they leave the car but, for people like me who have a dedicated iPod always connected, the glovebox was a far better place. Tidier and more secure.
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    [Mar 13, 2013]
    ^ can see your point but I'm firmly in the other camp where armrest suits me better
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    Thanks AudiSteve, Vertigo1, and those who have offered your opinions, it's really helpful.

    I know there are people in this forum that are unable to tolerate honest debate, but at the end of the day it's only a car, and there's no need for people to become so upset or to try to silence those who hold different opinions to themselves. No car is perfect, every car has its ups and downs, and for someone who's in the market to buy, the honest experience of users who've had the car a while could be invaluable. When forum members become defensive of anything being pointed out or of any opinion that differs from their own, it generates a snobbish atmosphere and doesn't give a very good impression for prospective purchasers.
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    [Mar 13, 2013]
    +1 on this. Doesn't suit me in the glovebox at all. And the cupholders being below the dash are a vast improvement on my 8p having them under the centre armrest.
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    [Mar 13, 2013]
    Agreed.
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    Agree about the cupholders, also, why they wouldn't provide a cover for them instead of leaving them as a main focus for the interior, I don't know! I thought maybe I was making a big deal of nothing since so many people on here seem to not notice it - but then my own mother got in the car and commented on it! lol

    As if it's not enough, if you buy the interior lighting pack, they put LED lights around the cupholders! Would still probably get the interior lighting pack, but I don't get the obsession with cups..
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    [Mar 13, 2013]
    Could I just ask Bob; what car are you currently driving? And have you owned an Audi A3 before?
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    [Mar 13, 2013]
    I thought you gave up? :) We're driving a hire car at the moment, and haven't owned an A3 before.
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    [Mar 13, 2013]
    I was just asking to see if you'd experienced the cup holders in an the 8P A3 is all.

    In the 8P the cup holder is beneath the armrest; a bit of a design error in my opinion as I like to use the armrest alot and store other bits and bats in the covered cup holder area beneath it. One of my biggest gripes with the BMW 118d M Sport I used to have was it's complete lack of storage (along with the s**t soundsystem), including cupholders.
    Usually if I do a motorway drive I generally at some point like to drop into a services and get a Costa coffee or Starbucks and I always tend to have this stored in between my legs as I drive basically because putting in the 8P's cup holder is a bit awkward to get at when driving, also when I have used it there have been times when I have forgotton the drink is under the armrest and let it go cold.
    For this reason I think that the cup holder position in the 8V is both well thought out and for me, will be fully utilised even though one of them will be occupied with the ashtray which I will use for storing coins and my house keys which I do in my current car.
    Also both my wife and I do alot of training and martial arts so we like to have a bottle of juice or water to hand so this will also make storage better in my upcoming new car as there is nowhere to put these in my 8P. I also noticed that there are now bottle sized storage areas in the doors which there weren't before, though the Golf GT Sport I have owned previously had these, these too will be utilised.
    My point is is that I think Audi have designed the 8V around what was missing from the 8P and where improvements could be made they have done them. Dont get me wrong I love the 8P interior but the 8V surpasses it in what in my opinion improves usabilty and practicality.
    I also think the driving position in the 8V is more akin to an Audi TT and like how everything is within easy reach.
    You raise some valid points Bob and if I were you I'd tap up your local salesman and get them to give you a demonstrator for the weekend as I did and see what you think. If your local one won't then get over to Huddersfield Audi if you're in that neck of the woods as they will sort you out with one.
    Also I'd stop listening to what your kids say; you're spending the hard earned and driving the car, not them! :kissmyrings:
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