2006 Audi A3 1.8 turbo from Norway


Nice car, but horrible quality


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

10th Jul 2014, 11:39

Reviewer here: I was approached by the new owner of this car. Turns out that this car ended up in a car dealer and this poor soul ended up buying it for top money. He wondered about the repair record for my old car, and whether proper rust treatment was done. The dealer seem to have made a quick and dirty repair to make the car look good, but rust has apparently started to appear again in all the trouble spots, and he was in an argument both with the dealer and the importer; both were blaming each other. They were also making a big issue out of him missing a rust inspection last year, but as he said, why have a rust inspection when the car is already full of rust. He also complained about all sorts of things, including heavy oil usage. I just said, welcome to the Audi club.

2006 Audi A3 Sport 2.0 turbo from North America


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


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


Great sportsback, Audi



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