It looks and sounds the business
I have only had the car for two months, but in that time four issues have occurred. The dealer seems genuine in wanting to sort them out, and they include water in the well housing the roof, gearbox loses drive with flashing gear indicator lights, passenger side airbag issue indicated by fault light on constantly, and headlamp washers not working. The reason for posting this entry is to see whether other roadster owners have experienced the sloshing of water in the compartment mentioned? I am not looking for a solution, because I think I have diagnosed the issue myself.
The local Audi dealership said that the drain tubes may be blocked, of which there are two I am told, but this does not seem to hold water (please excuse the pun). The problem only occurs if the car is parked on an incline facing forward, and obviously after it has rained significantly. If it is parked facing downward or at an angle, then the water seems to drain away. Even when you initially hear the water sloshing around as you pull off (sounds like a pint or two), as soon as you pull off onto a different level or incline, it immediately drains to the ground, which can be seen to occur.
This suggests to me that the cavity concerned is U shaped, albeit a shallow arc, where the water sits between the drain tubes if the angle is steep enough and the car is inclined squarely.
I have read on one or two forums that owners have suffered from a lot of condensation on the windows, but no one has linked it to this issue. I too had this problem, but by not parking the car in the manner described above, I have cured the problem. The local Audi service department maintain that the car has no such design fault.
The roadholding is excellent.
The power is adequate.
The cabin is pleasing on the eye.
The exterior design is in my opinion superior to the Mk 2.
Whilst motoring journalists have criticised the road manners of this car, I find it more than flattering to my more limited driving skills, as I actually pay for my tyres and brake pads.
Fuel consumption is reasonable, and very good on longer journeys.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd November, 2013