Audi A3 Reviews from South Africa

2000 Audi A3 1.8

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired145000 kilometres
Most recent distance160000 kilometres
Previous carFiat Uno

Summary:

Costly to maintain, but she is a beaut

Faults:

Hole in breather hose and breather pipe cracked. Agents wanted to charge R1500 for the parts excluding labour. A local mechanic managed to repair it and charged me R150.

General Comments:

Mechanic said I should sell the car before other problems occur. Apparently my engine is starting to breathe and that's not a good sign for the future.

The car is quite heavy on fuel, even when driven slowly.

The car drives well, and can reach speeds of 180km/h quite quickly.

The leather seats are very comfortable, but it's quite cumbersome when occupants want to get in the back seats.

The A/C works perfectly.

Audi is quality, meaning you will pay to keep it in good nick. If you want to complain about costs, get a Toyota.

Otherwise I enjoy it very much.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th December, 2012

2002 Audi A3 1.8T

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.8T Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired94000 kilometres
Most recent distance136000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Yaris

Summary:

Absolutely amazing, I LOVE it

General Comments:

Awesome car to drive, very exciting drive.

Gets off the line really quickly and handles well through corners.

Rear can let go a nice bit if pushed too hard, very controlled though for a FWD.

Very solid drive, stable and smooth but drop a gear and you'll be goneeee...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th June, 2009

2005 Audi A3 FSI 2.0L

Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.0L Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired24 kilometres
Most recent distance18562 kilometres
Previous carOpel Astra

Summary:

Great car apart from the rattles

Faults:

The only problem with this car are the rattles. From day 1 I have had rattles from the rear seats and hatch-back door pillars. I have taken it back to the Dealer 3 times for this, but they cannot fix it, they say it's a known fault. I have spoken to various other owners who have the same problem.

General Comments:

I like the responsive power, it has a smooth power curve and feels sporty.

The ride is comfortable and the seats hold you in position.

There is plenty room in the back for passengers even though it is a coupe, I have had a full car on a few occasions while driving over 1000km and everyone has been comfortable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th June, 2006

2001 Audi A3

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance17000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Sentra

Summary:

A average performance car with high levels of comfort

Faults:

The first time we washed the car, with a running hose, normal pressure, it wouldn't start after wards. The car was towed away by "Audi Assist", but the dealer said he did not find any fault with the car. I suspect that they did find the problem, and that they corrected it, because the problem did not occur again.

General Comments:

The level of ride comfort is fantastic; the seats are comfortable, the ride is feather soft, and there is very little engine and wind noise audible.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th August, 2003

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 4 reviews