Hi for all who is interested,
I'm from the Netherlands and driving a 2.0 tdi 170 bhp 2008 sportback.
In europe our taillights come wiht a amber tinted part in the taillights. Which most US A3 owners love. Here in europe most of us love the US taillights.
So this is what i suggest; a cost neutral swap eurotaillights for US taillights.
My taillights are in perfect condition.(always hand washed and when needed plastpolished). All the bulbs function aswell since im still using them.
Hope hearing from you soon.