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What you LOVE about your Audi.

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by PNH80, Jun 10, 2008.

  1. rich1068
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    I'll balance my comments in the 'dislike' thread. (Some over there seem to think the negative comments are a direct attack on them personally.) Anyhoo, I loved how mine looked. With the black grille and the paintwork shining the car looked aggressive and purposeful even when it was parked up.
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  2. PNH80
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    Point taken onboard Dave.... As soon as i work out how to do it i'll sort it out! lol
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    Just an observation, but have you noticed the 'dislike' thread is currently running over twice the number of replies as the 'love' thread?
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    Yes but thats because most of us a british and therefore love to moan at every possible opportunity. Also, negative points are often more controvercial and spur more heated debate.

    Well either that or Audi's are rubbish! That was kinda my reason for starting these 2 threads. Just too see whether we have more dislikes than likes about our cars and are we really buying Audi's because they're great cars or because....It's an Audi?
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    I'd put that down to discussions and generally going round in circles in the 'Dislikes' thread...
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    It is what I had noticed straightaway. It's purely and simply because negatives always provoke more debates. Bad news sells...... Same principle.
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    Audi must be doing something right with the A3 because they selling as many as they can build. They've even open a second production line to build A3s at the Brussels plant to keep up with demand.

    Also as far as standard kit is concerned, it is very much a German thing. When you buy an A3 in Germany the standard car comes with far less 'goodies' as standard than in the UK.
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  8. Boydie
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    its the same with most mainland european cars - the clio's (when I had one) were **** in standard form in France compared to my Dynamique clio I had before the A3
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  9. Amchlolor
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    I'd be interested to see a breakdown if which models are selling well.
    I suspect the increase in production may have coincided with the introduction of the 'special edition' (cheap) and S3 models.
    These are models that will appeal to specific buyers who wouldn't have been interested before.
    I don't believe the increase in production is due to an increase in demand for SE/sport/S-line models, simply because there is no reason for these models to 'suddenly' become appealing.
    So Audi have had to make 'niche' models to stimulate demand.
    A mega-cheap one and a sporty one.

    It's possible there is also a simpler reason for the increase in production, such as the opening of a dealership in China, for example.
    That's the biggest 'badge' market left.
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  10. PaulAr
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    Very true, Ive posted at least as many times on the DISLIKE thread as the LOVE thread and Im very happy with my AUDI !!

    Mind you, if you have disgruntled AUDI owners, non/owners, ex/owners posting on an AUDI forum, the `negative` threads will always be pretty `busy` with multiple posts from a smaller number of members.

    Ive not seen as much if this on other forums and have never quite understood why you would want to, but Hey, I guess thats how this place works.

    cheers
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    one of the things i like about this forum is the balanced views (In general)

    If it was "all things are rosey in the garden of Audi" it would give prospective new owners a false sense of security
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    FWIW, I'm certainly not ruling out a return to Audi, but it would never be an A3 again.
    The overpowering impression I have of the A3 is that they just haven't tried very hard at all.
    If Audi ever make a 200bhp diesel A4 Avant, I'd be interested.
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    Agree with you there, places such as this are perfect for prospective buyers, balanced views are important so people can make informed decisions. If there are inherent problems with a specific model, lets get in the public domain because AUDI certainly wont!

    However that isnt the sole reason for this forum, and I personally think too many threads end up going the same `critical` route, very prickly, confrontational, negative, and not nearly enough humour IMO.

    cheers
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    Bowfer, do they have similar threads like these on the BMW/Alpina forum?
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    I love my car because it loves me back :kiss:
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    Dont mean to hijack the thread, but I just got my new A3, think its the Concert HU, and I have looked in the manual, but cant see anything.
    What should I be looking for, and how does it work.

    Thanks in advance.
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    I bet they don't have moderators who drive Audis !

    The situation we have on this forum is akin to having a Windows zealot moderating an Apple Mac forum. It's a preposterous concept, but apparently OK on here !!
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    Yup.
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    fair comment - for what its worth, threads also seem to go down the everything is superb route as often as the negative in my view

    lets inject some humour, oh wait, I think Bowfer just did :)
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    I'm considering adding an RNS-E when I spec my new A3 Sportback. When you say you can't enter a full postcode, what do you mean? Can you enter any sort of postcode info, or is it limited to the first half or something?

    By the way, why is the unit often referred to as RNS-E? It is called Satellite Navigation System Plus in the brochure.
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    Simple. Instead of being able to enter B9 5JK
    The RNSe will only let you enter B9 5

    Ludicrous.
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    Maybe, but you do get the whole of Europe crammed in to two DVDs! There's no way it could hold the UK database and the continent as well. Besides, the shortened postcode doesn't cause any navigation problems once you've selected a street or house number.
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    Things I like about my Sportback are - looks, build quality, the interior, it's cheap to run with long service intervals, the one-touch "lane change" feature for the indicators (it flashes them three times), the RNS-E (TMC, DIS integration and MP3 audio) and superb xenon lights.
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    Europe maps, with post codes fit onto a 2gb memory card

    two DVD's should be able to fit 10 times that amount!
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    ...And most of the time it simply doesn't know the town or street name!!! You could enter ANYTHING in the tom tom and it knew where it was right up to the door number!

    Agreed!
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    Not quite as bad as I thought then. It it was just the first half, then it would be totally redundant. Obviously if you're used to system that can do full postcode, then I can see how it might be annoying.

    Does the system allow you to enter eg. YO30 4, then give a list of streets within that postcode to choose from?

    Sorry to hijack the thread.

    Is it really that bad? Are you saying it can't decipher a town from the first half and part of the second half of a postcode? :ohmy:
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    What I meant is it sometimes doesn't recognise a village name- whereas tom tom did.
    I'd give a 10/10 for tom tom and 6/10 for the RNS-E
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    All I can say is... I want my Audi back!!!:slap:

    First I owned an A3 1.6 before upgrading to an A3 2.0TDI. As practicallity became more of an issue I decided to go for an A4 which was perfect. The A4 then became slightly impractical due to the rear seats not folding down and the restrictions the saloon boot gave.
    I'm currently driving a Vectra which is an all round good practical car (and quite quick I must add) however, just doesn't have that qaulity that Audi has. I'm looking to get another A3 (sportback...???) :confused: also, do I go for pre-facelift or the new facelift model?
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    I'd agree that the RNS-E isn't the last word in sat nav technology; my Prius has a similar system (also manufactured by Aisin in Japan who do the RNS-E) which is a lot better. Being touch-screen also helps.

    But the way the RNS-E integrates with DIS is just awesome; you don't need any clutter stuck to the windscreen or cables over the cabin. All your navigation instructions with neat junction and roundabout symbols are all shown in DIS right where the speedo and rev counter is, with no VAGCOM coding required either on the A3.

    Plus there's virtually zero security worries with the RNS-E. Ever since a mate told me about his special "Tom Tom cloth" that accompanies him in the car to clean off the sucker residue on the windscreen - a tell-tale sign for thieves - I've been in the queue going the other way for portable sat navs.
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    1. DSG gearbox has become an essential for my next car
    2. The exhaust toot when pushing on
    3. The engine
    4. The design
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    BMW and Volvo are releasing their versions of twin-clutch autos as we speak, FWIW.
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    Good to know - do you know if BMW are offering it to high end models or across the board?
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    Think it's only available on the M3 convertible, at the moment.
    I could be wrong.
    Inevitable it will be spread across the range, at a premium of course!
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    was speaking to a guy who's worked on it's development - it's not exactly clutch friendly although it's a massive improvement over the SMG II g/box
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    Ford have also just released a version fitted in the new Focus 2.0TDCI-134bhp Titanium Powershift. This is similar to the DSG but has no steering wheel mounted paddlesshifters or sport mode. It's lever also works in the opposite direction to the DSG, pulling it back to change up and forward to change down. It is current only available on this version of the Focus and the less powerfull 108bhp variant and the C-MAXX compact MPV.
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    The Ford one is the way it makes sense to me!! Pulling back for up and forward to change down!!! I don't understand Audi logic!! When you brake your body, by inertia, keeps the forward mommentum so makes all sense to downshift pushing the lever forward... I know it is a little detail but it annoys me a lot! Glad I don't have to live with it!!!

    Pedro
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    I must admit I'm quite happy with the current Audi way - Forward for Up and Back for Down - seems quite logical to me, although I do tend to use the paddles more than the lever. Could be a bit odd if you have two cars in the family both with DSGs but one Ford and one Audi.
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    I like being able to stuff £120 worth of shopping in the boot (did tonight) bring it home with the family safely in style.

    Then drive it like I stole it to the gym at 6.00am in the morning (with my Burberry cap on).

    Then.. come back to car with that big blingy front end and shouty paintwork looking chuffed with itself.

    Ok, there are other cars you can do that in but I dont have one of them!

    cheers
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    must admit it still (after 70k) annoys me slightly, however like Dave, I use the paddles 99% of the time so its all good :)
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