2006 Audi A3 Reviews

2006 Audi A3 1.8 turbo from Norway

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 1.8 turbo
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.8 / 10
Distance when acquired1 kilometres
Most recent distance85000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Golf

Summary:

Nice car, but horrible quality

Faults:

Engine coils, first one and then a new one, and finally all were replaced, fixed under warranty. This gave me a lot of problems, since the car would cut off suddenly and then work seconds later. It took the dealer many visits to find out that all 4 coils were defective.

A lot of brake problems, especially rear brakes, were replaced 2 times. Paid for it myself.

Various problems with Xenon lights; fixed under warranty.

Sensor problems that gave reluctant acceleration; fixed under warranty.

Heavy oil usage, but dealer said it was normal.

RUST, RUST, RUST. Galvanic slippage. Endemic problem on this car. The car was partly resprayed, but it really didn't help. When I sold it, rust was reappearing on the doors, and on the underneath of the front wings there was serious rust.

General Comments:

Very nice driver, but this car was let down by poor quality and horrible dealer support. The dealer was reluctant to fix paint and rust problems that appeared after a few years. Paint was peeling off the lower part of the car. Even after 2 partial resprays, the car looked scruffy when I sold it. The problem was galvanic slippage that many of these cars suffer from, i.e. the Zinc used to galvanize the lower part of this car doesn't stick properly on the sheet metal and peels off.

Heavy oil usage was also irritating. Never leave home without a can of oil was basically what the dealer said. Any complaints against the importer; forget about it. Nothing helped.

In the end I basically got fed up and sold the car. I considered suing, but simply got rid of this oil-drinking pile of rust. I'll never buy an Audi again!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th March, 2014

2006 Audi A3 Sport 2.0 turbo from North America

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired125000 kilometres
Most recent distance130000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Prelude

Summary:

Otherwise, the Audi A3 is a most enjoyable car to own

Faults:

No problems to report.

General Comments:

The Audi A3 definitely lives up to the great reviews.

Performance, styling, comfort, reliability, economy and hatch space are all more than adequate. I am generally satisfied with this making this purchase.

However, I advise anyone considering making this purchase, to consider the following:

The major scheduled maintenance is due at 115,000Km. Major maintenance schedule requires changing: timing belt; tension rollers, water pump, oil, and various filters. This costs approximately $1500.00 CDN from the dealer.

Be sure to consider this cost when negotiating a price with the seller.

Is the car due for major maintenance? If yes, then when is it due?

Is the car overdue for major maintenance? If yes, then by how many kms is it overdue?

Who will pay for this cost?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 3rd October, 2010

2006 Audi A3 Sportsback Business 1.6 petrol from Norway

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired58000 kilometres
Most recent distance68000 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Pajero

Summary:

Great sportsback, Audi

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

- All though my car is fitted with the smallest engine, it feels quick going from 0-100kmh.

- Very good handling, better than any car I have had before.

- On snowy/slippery roads, the ESP may strangle the engine, but when I hit the "ESP off" button it works good.

- Good combination of comfort, luxury and sportiness.

- Very cheap insurance.

- For me it is the perfect car at this point. I would even get another of these, but then with the 1.4T petrol.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd November, 2009

2006 Audi A3 Sportback 2.0 turbo diesel from Australia and New Zealand

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo diesel Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance41400 kilometres
Previous carHolden Commodore

Summary:

A fun diesel delight

Faults:

Side bolster of drivers seat has slightly chaffed from my leather belt when getting in/out. Leather was fitted locally, so not sure if it's a quality issue or just lack of conditioner from me.

Watch oil consumption in early engine life (<15,000km 'running in'). And that's it. Nothing else in almost 3 years.

General Comments:

DSG gearbox: An absolute blast if you get the wheel paddles, but you need to get used to NOT using both feet brake/accel like a regular auto - DSG will neutral with near-stationary braking - problem only if you need to escape in bumper to bumper traffic + turbo lag. Once she launches, you can outrun most other cars except the dedicated boy racers/V8's.

Factory sports suspension is awesome, it runs on rails.

Skyroof opening could be larger, 1 press-action open would have been nicer vs. 3.

Despite user manual spec., I didn't get particle filter, so it can be embarrassingly smokey if you blast off, normal driving is OK.

Some torque steer under heavy turbo boost.

My lease is almost up, not sure if I pay it out or trade up for new (lease) look A4 2.7L diesel touring (new A3 looks same as mine).

If you are looking for a 2006 A3, forget the 2.0L multitronic spongecake, try the DSG turbo diesel, or maybe a 2.0TFSI in quattro. Just treat the turbo right with some cool down time before switch off - probably mostly not needed, but I'm old school. You'll pay a premium for Audi badge vs same drivetrain in a VW, but I have no major regrets.

P.s. mileage: highway, between 4.4-5.0 L/100km (up to 55mpg) @ 100-110km/h (~2000rpm); daily 70km mix of equal city/suburban/short freeway blast is rock steady 6.8L/100km (35mpg). 0-100km/h is low 9 seconds... in a DIESEL.

My native instinct would be normally to go 6.0L Chevy in a Commodore (= Vauxhall GTS coupe / Pontiac GTO), but with this A3, I can be 'green' (I hate trains) and still have some fun... p.p.s this is my 16th 'regular' vehicle, so I feel 'qualified' to call it as it is...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th March, 2009

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 9 reviews