2004 Audi A3 TDI Sport 2.0 140bhp turbo diesel from UK and Ireland
A good looking workhorse
Within 24 hours an engine warning light came on. Had to kick up a real fuss with Audi, and my complimentary Audi recovery.
At 53000, a turbo pipe fell off. After 2 further breakdowns and 4 people looking at it, it was diagnosed as a crack on the connector to the intercooler.
Seems to drink oil.
This is a great car, handles well, and is a match for most diesel hatches. It's quick, has great torque, and can sit and do 90 in 6th comfortably, and do 40mpg.
Disappointed in the faults I've had in a low mileage car, which being German, I would have expected a bit longer hassle free motoring.
Having been driven in the back (3 door model) - it's not very comfortable, probably OK for kids, as long as they don't get car sick.
The ride is quite low, so some of my "more mature" colleagues struggle to get in and out, but generally I find it fine. I'm 6ft and find my knee starts to seize up at about 2 and half hours.
It's a good looking car, and has put up with me doing 1000 miles a week lately.
Big down side - Audi after sales, have dealt with two Audi dealers; neither were very helpful.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th July, 2010