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    Thread: In the market for an A3... Need some advice.

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      04-27-2012 05:17 PM #1
      I'm looking to purchase a 2.0T A3 with DSG.

      Is there any real advantage buying a new A3 with regards to engine or options?

      If I buy used, are there better years than others? Any reliability concerns or problems?

      Thanks,

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      04-27-2012 05:30 PM #2
      If you are looking for DSG don't rule out a 3.2. Poorer gass mileage but they also tend to have fewer mechanical problems, have a little more power stock, you can super charge them and sound better with aftermarket exhaust. I'm also of the opinion that larger block engines last longer than smaller block ones and generally have fewer problems overall.

      As far as buying new vs. used. You are going to get a lot of opinions and none of them necessarily wrong. I bought my car with 9k miles on the clock and saved over $20k off the sticker. Plus buying it as a certified preowned from an Audi dealer I got a 3 year 90k mile bumper to bumper warranty. In addition, I've found I get the exact same service from Audi if I'd purchased it new.

      If you know cars and assess thier needs you can save money buying used from classifieds. If you don't know cars that well or if you just want the security of having a warranty and you want to save a few bucks over new I'd buy CPO (certified pre-owned). My last two cars have been CPO and I've been just as happy with them as if I'd bought new. The only time I'd consider new now over CPO is if I can't get or find what I want and need to custom order it.

      As far as years go the 2.0 guys can tell you exactly what engine you want. Up until somewhere in mid 2008 the 2.0s had cam follower issues that were resolved with an engine redesign. I believe the 2009 onward facelifts all have the newer engine so if you are buying a 2.0t the newer engine is the one you want.

      With regards to options they are all pretty much the same although the body changed slightly from 08 (pre-facelift) to 09 (facelift). I personally am not a fan of the facelift cars but many people like them better.
      Last edited by ceese; 04-27-2012 at 05:37 PM.
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    3. 04-27-2012 05:38 PM #3
      Yes buy 2009+ ONLY.

      less problem for you in future.

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      04-27-2012 06:55 PM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by Turn8 View Post
      I'm looking to purchase a 2.0T A3 with DSG.

      Is there any real advantage buying a new A3 with regards to engine or options?

      If I buy used, are there better years than others? Any reliability concerns or problems?

      Thanks,

      Mike
      The biggest advantage to buying new is that you can get it spec'ed exactly like you want it. If you want the Titanium Sport package (I would get it, just for the interior trim and seats), it is few and far between on the used market. Same goes for open sky/non open sky.

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      04-27-2012 07:57 PM #5
      Ceece,

      If I found the 'right' car, I would not rule out a 3.2 since I owned an '08 R32 and had a very good experience with it.
      At least, right now, I'm looking for something different, like the 2.0T. The last turbo car I owned was a 2002 VW GTI 337.

      Tp,

      Thanks, I will keep that in mind.
      Did the earlier A3's have the infamous DSG, fuel injector, coils, or fuel pump issues?

      TBomb,

      You bring up a good point. Most of the A3's I've looked at so far have more equipment on them than I want.
      Do you, or anybody know if Audi dealers negotiate on new car pricing?

      Thanks,

      Mike

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      04-28-2012 12:15 AM #6
      I will never buy a new car depreciation is just too high soon as you get off that lot. I wish 2.0T with Quattro and 6MT was offered though. Dsg just seems like too much maintenance on an already high maintenance car.

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      04-28-2012 01:10 PM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by sleepy3 View Post
      I will never buy a new car depreciation is just too high soon as you get off that lot. I wish 2.0T with Quattro and 6MT was offered though. Dsg just seems like too much maintenance on an already high maintenance car.
      I am considering buying used for that very reason...

      I agree with you regarding the DSG and its maintenance costs but, it is the best thing between a true manual and an automatic. And, at this time, I only plan on having one vehicle, I think it is the better choice.

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      04-30-2012 12:54 AM #8
      When I bought my 3.2 the top of the mod list was a manual transmission swap. A month after driving with the DSG I loved it.
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      04-30-2012 10:18 AM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by ceese View Post
      When I bought my 3.2 the top of the mod list was a manual transmission swap. A month after driving with the DSG I loved it.
      i bought my DSG with a fair bit of skepticism due to quattro A3s not arriving with manual transmissions----however I kept my TT which had a manual so i wasn't so scared of my manhood disappearing.

      fast forward 9 months of driving a car with DSG and i couldn't be happier.....there is no manhood loss in driving a double clutch gearbox; in fact personally I think manuals should be reserved for older cars, and dual clutch gearboxes preferred for 'new' cars. It is simply wicked in every application.

      those people who think DSGs are just regular 'automatics' are so wrong and show negligence of what is the finest transmission on the market right now IMO offered from all different marques (Audi, VW, Porsche, Ferrari, GT-R, etc...)
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      05-01-2012 11:21 AM #10
      I purchased an A3 last night.

      It is a Black/Black '09 with the Premium, Titanium, and S-line packages. It was certified and had 30K miles. Nice car! I'll post some pics when I get the opportunity.

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      05-01-2012 12:14 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by Turn8 View Post
      I purchased an A3 last night.

      It is a Black/Black '09 with the Premium, Titanium, and S-line packages. It was certified and had 30K miles. Nice car! I'll post some pics when I get the opportunity.

      Mike
      Awesome! Congrats on the purchase, sounds like you did really well...that's pretty much the perfect car, only thing better would be if it came with Quattro

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      05-01-2012 01:18 PM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by Turn8 View Post
      I purchased an A3 last night.

      It is a Black/Black '09 with the Premium, Titanium, and S-line packages. It was certified and had 30K miles. Nice car! I'll post some pics when I get the opportunity.

      Mike
      Is it a 2.0T or 3.2? Either way, congrats on the purchase. It's a very nice car.
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      05-01-2012 01:40 PM #13
      Congrads on the new ride. Now don't let all of thaw peeps be a bad influence on you to mod the he'll out of it-).

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      05-01-2012 02:38 PM #14
      Congrats! and welcome to the forum. Looking forward to your pics.
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      05-01-2012 04:02 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by TBomb View Post
      Awesome! Congrats on the purchase, sounds like you did really well...that's pretty much the perfect car, only thing better would be if it came with Quattro
      Thanks, yah it doesn't have quattro but, it should be fun anyway.

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      05-01-2012 04:02 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by davis_449 View Post
      Is it a 2.0T or 3.2? Either way, congrats on the purchase. It's a very nice car.
      It's the 2.0T.

      The 3.2 would have been nice though. I do miss the sound of my R32.

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      05-01-2012 04:15 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by wishntoboutside View Post
      Congrads on the new ride. Now don't let all of thaw peeps be a bad influence on you to mod the he'll out of it-).
      Thanks.

      I've been poisoned by the modding bug for years now. I'll definitely be adding some mods... and I'll be seeking some advice regarding which companies to go with...

      I'll want to add both an ECU and DSG tune. Some semi-hidden gauges. Since it's DSG, some S2T Performance paddle shifters and either some lowering springs or a coilover setup.
      To start...

      But first, I must sell my other car...

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      05-01-2012 04:17 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by ceese View Post
      Congrats! and welcome to the forum. Looking forward to your pics.
      Thanks! I'm looking forward to taking them...

      Mike

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      05-01-2012 06:12 PM #19
      dont know where you're located, but i know a friend looking to sell her bone stock 2.0T 2009 FWD A3 DSG for 20k - she only has i believe 35k miles on it

    20. 05-01-2012 06:36 PM #20
      noods?

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      05-02-2012 12:55 AM #21
      Here are some pics of the new (or, new to me) A3;








    22. 05-02-2012 04:37 AM #22
      less problem for you in future.
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      05-02-2012 01:28 PM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by Turn8 View Post
      Here are some pics of the new (or, new to me) A3;

      very purty
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    24. 05-02-2012 01:47 PM #24
      awww what no HIDs

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      05-02-2012 02:53 PM #25
      Was gonna post don't do it, these cars suck. Was too late. Sorry for your loss.




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      05-02-2012 05:53 PM #26
      ^^^^
      Don't scare me!

      Quote Originally Posted by tp. View Post
      awww what no HIDs
      HID's would have been a nice addition, however, you don't have much of a choice when buying used...

      Overall though, I have mixed feelings about HID. I really like the additional performance of the HID's but, I hate spending the extra money to replace the expensive bulbs when they burn-out.

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    27. 05-02-2012 06:05 PM #27
      Quote Originally Posted by Turn8 View Post
      ^^^^
      Don't scare me!



      HID's would have been a nice addition, however, you don't have much of a choice when buying used...

      Overall though, I have mixed feelings about HID. I really like the additional performance of the HID's but, I hate spending the extra money to replace the expensive bulbs when they burn-out.

      Mike
      i replace my bulbs only cost $100 use it for 5 years thats $20 a year.

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      05-02-2012 06:28 PM #28
      Looks so clean! Nice pick I still like those Ti wheels even though they are a few years old.

      You can always change the headlights (and tail lights) out later. Or not! Looking forward to seeing what you do with it!

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      05-02-2012 06:41 PM #29
      Quote Originally Posted by Fellow Gaucho View Post
      Looks so clean! Nice pick I still like those Ti wheels even though they are a few years old.

      You can always change the headlights (and tail lights) out later. Or not! Looking forward to seeing what you do with it!
      Yep, I would surf eBay.de and find a deal on some nice euro bi-xenons and switch them out. The euro facelift tail lights are a must if you ask me

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      05-03-2012 12:02 PM #31
      ^^^^
      The Euro-HID headlamps and tailamps look awesome!
      I'm going to have to sell my other car....fast!

      Quote Originally Posted by tp. View Post
      i replace my bulbs only cost $100 use it for 5 years thats $20 a year.
      That's not bad. The HID bulbs for my old Cadillac and Lexus were something like $400 a bulb.
      Crazy...

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      05-03-2012 12:06 PM #32
      get a quattro!

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      05-03-2012 12:09 PM #33
      Quote Originally Posted by Turn8 View Post
      ^^^^
      The Euro-HID headlamps and tailamps look awesome!
      I'm going to have to sell my other car....fast!



      That's not bad. The HID bulbs for my old Cadillac and Lexus were something like $400 a bulb.
      Crazy...

      Mike
      Yeah, the ballasts can be expensive, but the lamps themselves are only like $100 and they last a pretty long time.

    34. 05-03-2012 12:13 PM #34
      Quote Originally Posted by RedLineRob View Post
      get a quattro!
      he already bought the car lol lol

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