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    Audis - Give me the good the bad and the ugly

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    I am about to buy a car. Initially I was very keen on a GT Liberty Subaru (2.5L turbo), until I drove one. Then I drove a friends Audi A3, 2007 Quattro (2.0L turbo). I was very impressed so I have told him I will buy it subject to it being approved by higher powers ;D
    The price is reasonable so Im very keen.
    Anyone out there with first hand experience with these cars? I dont want to here stories about a "mates brother dogs sister-in-laws father who had trouble" :D

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    The new TFSI engines in the Audis are really impressive. A lot of power for comparably low fuel consumption. Personally, my A4 1.8 TFSI drives really well but it does have a bit of that raw grunt which I really dont mind. I know the A4s have a different body but the Audi quality and performance would be similar.

    Given that youre keen on the quattro, I suspect it will drive with more grip and better handling!

    Fun times! Feel free to PM me if you have any questions!

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    Both are great cars.

    If dependability is of importance then a Google for data will provide a number of sites with interesting reading.

    5 years ago I went for a Subaru Impreza 2.0 litre wagon and it still drives like new and pleases me with its performance.

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    Dont look past the Golfs either. Great cars.

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    Yep, theyre great Brewman.

    I had an 8L S3, APR chipped which was my all time favourite car and then a 8P A3 TDI. It was excellent as well but, I had a mechatronics failure on the DSG gearbox which was quickly rectified.

    Most A3 quattros are manual, so that may not be an issue and the build is terrific. There are some really cheap 8P S3 cars around at present and my advice would be to drive one of them as well before you pull the trigger.

    Watch out for Audi dealer service though and they will charge ridiculous $$$. There are some excellent specialists out there and they are the go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 63565B5C68745851515252370 link=1286528690/4#4 date=1286664715
    Yep, theyre great Brewman.

    I had an 8L S3, APR chipped which was my all time favourite car and then a 8P A3 TDI. It was excellent as well but, I had a mechatronics failure on the DSG gearbox which was quickly rectified.

    Most A3 quattros are manual, so that may not be an issue and the build is terrific. There are some really cheap 8P S3 cars around at present and my advice would be to drive one of them as well before you pull the trigger.

    Watch out for Audi dealer service though and they will charge ridiculous $$$. There are some excellent specialists out there and they are the go.

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    Uncanny! There is an especially well priced S3 that Ill be checking out tomoorow before I make up my mind ;) The only issue I have is that they only run 98 RON fuel. Manual is not an issue as Im after a manual rather than an auto/DSG - I want to drive the car, not the other way around :D
    Your right about the price an 8P A3 Quattro is a better deal than the same aged subie :)
    Did the extra boost shorten the service interval on your S3?

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    Hi all

    I have a fondness for Audis. When I was a uni student a few years ago :-) I owned a 1977 Audi Fox for over a decade. It traveled a few 100 thousand km on caving, climbing & cross country ski trips until it was eventually worn out. I even went off road with it a few times, not intentionally though :-)
    It was a very capable and superb handling vehicle, a little underpowered (1.6L engine) but still quick and yet economical.

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    Hi Brewman,

    One thing about the A3 quattro is that theyre pretty rare.

    The S3 is a very different car and in my opinion a far superior drive.

    My 8L ran on 95, but 98 when chipped, but I am unsure if the 8P requires 98 out of the box. The APR reflash gave a spectacular gain, pretty similar fuel consumption and no, no extra service was required. These days, Id probably buy a Golf R as they represent terrific value, but a good 2nd hand S3 will be terrific and the Audi interiors are unmatched 8-)

    Cheers

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    Hey brewman, l bought the wife a 6 sp manaul 2.0 tdi golf 5 yrs ago and it hasnt missed a beat..great performance and economy, vw/audi have the same running gear in this case .
    As mentioned above..so long as you find a mechanic that can service em rather than the dealers ( though they are starting to get better if you push em a bit ) youll find they are very reliable and not too dear to own :)

    cheers ken

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    Thanks for the info guys.
    There were actually a quite a few Quattros but in my price range (3-4yo) they were all coming up for timing belt change. My mate has decided to keep his :(
    I picked up an exceptionally well priced 12mth old Forester XT today - not my first choice but a practical car which has made SWMBO happier :-*

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    Subarus are awesome - my previous car was a Liberty wagon 2004 model and I still miss it...it went to the dealer when the people mover was required....sigh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2D332B2630332829470 link=1286528690/10#10 date=1286880511
    Subarus are awesome - my previous car was a Liberty wagon 2004 model and I still miss it...it went to the dealer when the people mover was required....sigh
    Sounds like there is a bigger issue there ;)

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    Heres an original opening line for a thread on cars.
    My wife went to the doctor the other day and he was as mad as a March hare, seems that morning on the way to work he got a flat tyre on his brand spanking new Audi, no problem thinks he, goes to the boot and after a few mins searching can find no sign of a spare nor even a jack or wheel brace, rings the RAA who arrive a while later and are equally perplexed, RAA guy rings the local Audi people only to be told that model does not come with a spare or tools >:( (aint that fantastic) http://blogs.drive.com.au/2006/11/should_all_vehicles_have_fulls.html
    Soooo, they have to call a tow truck to haul him to the closest tyre joint, $200, they dont have the right size or type of tyre, so they call the Audi dealer, you guessed it, Mr Audi has no spares of the type or size required.
    Obviously the problem was resolved (not sure how) but let me tell you he was far from impressed.
    Guess the moral is, if ya live in the sticks dont even contemplate an Audi, in the city, maybe, just make sure ya buy a spare and tools if not supplied. ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 437F766E7B1A0 link=1286528690/12#12 date=1286955253
    Guess the moral is, if ya live in the sticks dont even contemplate an Audi, in the city, maybe, just make sure ya buy a spare and tools if not supplied. ;)
    Hi Jon,

    Many, many cars ship with only a can of goop or a space saver spare these days and I believe that its the same even on the humble Commode. No doubt, your medicos Audi had goop, but he probably never bothered to rtfm to find out where it was...If hes doing regular country work, hes all the sillier, but a degree doesnt neccessarily mean youre universally smart.

    Im not certain, but suspect that there must be an ADR to stipulate that some method of attending to a flat is mandatory *:-?

    Pays to ask the relevant questions when you sign on the dotted one- so that you know what youre paying for. ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 083D3037031F333A3A39395C0 link=1286528690/13#13 date=1286955637
    Many, many cars ship with only a can of goop or a space saver spare these days
    Wouldnt ya just love to get a flat between Longreach and Mt Isa in the middle of summer go to the boot and find a can of goop, think the clincher was the dealer not having a tyre of the correct type and size.:o

    Quote Originally Posted by 083D3037031F333A3A39395C0 link=1286528690/13#13 date=1286955637
    If hes doing regular country work
    Hes a city man.

    Quote Originally Posted by 083D3037031F333A3A39395C0 link=1286528690/13#13 date=1286955637
    Im not certain, but suspect that there must be an ADR to stipulate that some method of attending to a flat is mandatory
    You may well be right, I have no idea.

    Quote Originally Posted by 083D3037031F333A3A39395C0 link=1286528690/13#13 date=1286955637
    Pays to ask the relevant questions when you sign on the dotted one- so that you know what youre paying for.
    I guess so, but I would have thought that in this wide brown land a spare and tools are a given. ::)

    The point Im trying to make is if you travel in remote areas its in your own interest to use a vehicle that spares are readily available for.
    Anyhow, as Paul Hogan would say, my post was simply to make Brewman aware of the spare tyre situation in some Audis. :) *



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