2012 Audi A3 Sport 1.6 TDi from UK and Ireland
Want to like it, but overrated and not reliable
Card/USB slot does not always read correctly.
New brakes all round (expensive, but wear and tear expected of mileage). The car has full history, serviced on time.
Worst problem is injectors! The car was running lumpy/hesitating and I had to pay £700 for new injectors! And that was an independent specialist (dealer wanted much more) Let's hope the DPF and the other typical diesel problems will not rear their ugly head!
The car sometimes won't start, then starts fine, cannot find fault.
I like the look of this 3 door in red A3, very smart with the sport package. Alloy wheels are great looking. Interior has the best seats I have ever sat in! All electrics. I know this has been said in many reviews about modern cars, but I really dislike the electronic handbrake. A mechanical lever was just much better.
1.6 TDi pulls strong and does over 60 miles per gallon on average! Just as well as the saving you make on fuel can go to the costly repairs for this car.
I wanted to like this car so much, but it was expensive to buy used and only had it 2 years and spent a fortune on it. Looked after low/average mileage example as well. Mates who had similar diesel cars say it is not exclusive to this car however - most post year 2005 diesel cars are having the same problems.
I will forgive it if it provides a couple of trouble free future years of motoring, but so far not impressed with such a "premium" car. My old VW Golf was not much better, but my dad's Ford Mondeo is hands down a way more reliable car, and most people I know say cars like that are cheap and nasty. Well the "upper tier" cars are not much better!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 29th June, 2021
1st Jul 2021, 20:45
I have only had one german car in my lifetime and that was a used S430 Mercedes Benz, and it tore me up with repairs and the money to pay them. It's not a car for the faint of heart. My mechanic always seem to be wearing a ski mask when he took my money and he always blamed it on expensive parts. Had to get rid of that car and took a big loss on it. The only way I would buy a german car nowadays would be to have a big fat warranty on it that covered everything, or a short term 3-4 year lease with full coverage for the entire lease.