2006 Audi A 3
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sick little car!

by from coventry,ct on July 6, 2009

i got my 2006 a3 a few months ago with 31000 k on it . im a honda guy originally, but after one test ride it was lust at first drive !! very muscular and a blast to drive . i love the solid integrity ...
i got my 2006 a3 a few months ago with 31000 k on it . im a honda guy originally, but after one test ride it was lust at first drive !! very muscular and a blast to drive . i love the solid integrity of this car !im 6 5' and it fits me like a glove . even with all that raw speed sexiness its also great on gas ! only down side is it is LOUD ! audi says its tires "cupping " this is apparently a common issue w a3's .so i may switch out the tires ,but other than i loves it !
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Fast and fun

by from Jacksonville, Florida on October 21, 2011

I bought my A3 new in 2006 and kept it for 6.5 years, until it started burning oil at 84,000 miles. The A3 was the fastest, best handling car I've ever driven, by far. The paddles and clutchless manua...
I bought my A3 new in 2006 and kept it for 6.5 years, until it started burning oil at 84,000 miles. The A3 was the fastest, best handling car I've ever driven, by far. The paddles and clutchless manual made driving fun. The car inevitably aged, and when that happened, it means $$$ in maintenance costs. The A3 is fun and fast, but ultimately, there are more practical choices.
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Great all-arounder

by from Ontario, Canada on July 2, 2007

Well, I'm not going to say this was the most reliable car I've owned, but it overall has been a great experience so far. The engine is AMAZINGLY powerful with low end torque right there when you need ...
Well, I'm not going to say this was the most reliable car I've owned, but it overall has been a great experience so far. The engine is AMAZINGLY powerful with low end torque right there when you need it. The handling is great, but would be even better if I opted for the sport pkg. Features for money is disappointing, but I could have gotten a GTI for less, but I wanted an Audi - plus the A3 is a 5door. I have had some problems all covered under warranty, but was never left stranded due to an engine/transmission malfunction: Ignition coils were faulty and made the engine idle very roughly. Spark plugs had to be replaced and the main gripe...when weather was scorching hot the air conditioning copmressor did not work anymore. This took 3 weeks to come in after Audi ordered me the wrong part. But this car has been a great deal of fun and would still recommend it to anyone who wants something different and sexy but extrememly practical.
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A Freakin' Missile!

by from OH on August 11, 2006

A phenomenal car - superb acceleration even from 65mph. Direct Shift Gearbox (Audi's sophisticated manumatic) has to be driven to be believed. When shifting manually, shift is instantaneous. It was s...
A phenomenal car - superb acceleration even from 65mph. Direct Shift Gearbox (Audi's sophisticated manumatic) has to be driven to be believed. When shifting manually, shift is instantaneous. It was so impressive, I switched from the manual transmissions I've preferred for 20 years. Solid feeling, responsive handling, predictable. I don't find the interior small at all. In fact, entry, seat position and legroom in the A3 I found superior to the Acura TSX I also considered. Downside? This car wants to be driven at Autobahn speeds. It's like riding a thoroughbred horse - you really have to restrain yourself from taking it all out. Why, WHY hasn't Audi advertised this car more? It's phenomenal.
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Perfect Balance

by from Minneapolis/St Paul on April 6, 2007

I have been driving an Acura TL with a 6 speed manual. Great car but with a bad knee, shifting became an issue. The A3 is the most balanced car I have ever driven. Superb power with the 2.0T, excel...
I have been driving an Acura TL with a 6 speed manual. Great car but with a bad knee, shifting became an issue. The A3 is the most balanced car I have ever driven. Superb power with the 2.0T, excellent handling and very good fuel economy. With this car I can commute responsibly, do it in comfort and yet have a VERY fun car to drive whenever I want. Yes, the car is a bit more pricey, but how else are Americans who want quality going to get into smaller cars? I really have no reservations about the car. I did drive the 3.2, but that car seemed heavier and less agile. I also love the open roof - it feels like a convertible without wind in your hair. Obviously I love this car!
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Fun, fun, fun

by from Miami on April 10, 2010

The Audi A3 is much more fun to drive than many performance cars that are more expensive, including the BMW 328. Some people prefer the similar VW GTI because it costs less, but to me, the A3 looks mu...
The Audi A3 is much more fun to drive than many performance cars that are more expensive, including the BMW 328. Some people prefer the similar VW GTI because it costs less, but to me, the A3 looks much better and the Audi dealerships give much better service. This is worth the extra cost, especially when you buy a used, certified Audi. The strong points of the A3 are the amazingly responsive DSG double clutch transmission with paddle shifters and the steering. Braking and acceleration are very good, too.
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Quicker than you think

by from Mac_powah from Windsor, Ontario on September 23, 2006

This is one amazing car...really. It replaced my 03 Mini Cooper S and it's much easier to live with. This A3 still has compact dimensions, but it's much larger inside than most people think. The 2....
This is one amazing car...really. It replaced my 03 Mini Cooper S and it's much easier to live with. This A3 still has compact dimensions, but it's much larger inside than most people think. The 2.0L turbo engine makes 200hp and 207 lb-ft @ only 1800 RPM! This makes it VERY quick off the line and continues all the way to the redline. Standard features on the base car are quite extensive, but at this price point one would expect an MP3 readable CD player (it's not), and meatier tires. The all seasons on the non-sport package equipped model have a very low threshold for pain, so I would recommend a more aggressive tire considering how great the handling feel is. Also, steering feel is a little too light at slow speeds for my liking, but it really firms up as the speed increases. Overall, this car is as solidly built, fun to drive, and surprisingly fuel efficient car as you're going to find at this price. To top it off, you can add pretty much any options you wish like HID's, leather, navigation, and heated seats etc. But the base model is just fine with me.
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"Amazing Vehicle"

by from Arlington, WA on November 23, 2006

This is the best car I ever owned and I will ever own.... It has the best of everything... Versatility, safety, speed, economy, luxury, and most importantly fun... Read the reviews there is nothing n...
This is the best car I ever owned and I will ever own.... It has the best of everything... Versatility, safety, speed, economy, luxury, and most importantly fun... Read the reviews there is nothing negative about this car... and after owning it for a year its truly stood up to the amazing reviews. I enjoy the DSG and the amazing smooth ride for a sport package. One thing I recommend for those that live in colder climates, get the cold weather package, it heats up your side view mirrors and can be valuable. Otherwise enjoy your A3 everywhere you go...
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Impressive

by from Naperville, IL on July 25, 2007

I went to the dealer to test drive other Audi models, after I drove the A3 3.2, I did not want to test drive any other car in the lot. This is a solid agile car. I'm used to drive a mid-engine car and...
I went to the dealer to test drive other Audi models, after I drove the A3 3.2, I did not want to test drive any other car in the lot. This is a solid agile car. I'm used to drive a mid-engine car and the A3 performs very well in cornering, it's fun to drive. Wondering why there are not so many out there, you get the convenience of a wagon and close to the sportiness of a TT.
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Amazing

by from Chicago, IL on May 28, 2006

For under $30,000, you get gobs of style, luxury features seen on high-end sedans, versatility, rarity (in a good way), blockbuster performance, and the original-ness of the Audi badge. The A3 is the ...
For under $30,000, you get gobs of style, luxury features seen on high-end sedans, versatility, rarity (in a good way), blockbuster performance, and the original-ness of the Audi badge. The A3 is the perfect car for people who want a stylish, versatile car for the city, that still gets good gas mileage (26 mpg). The interior is just as stylish as the exterior, and even easier to use than my other Audi (S4 Cabriolet) and my wife's Lexus (RX330). In three years, I will be giving my [very excited] son this car, and he thinks it is just as perfect as I do. I will probably buy another A3, and I recommend it greatly! ('06 A3 2.0T DSG)
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