The Audi A3 was released into the US market in 2005 with the sporty Sportback 5-door model. They were hot, hot, hot when new — I had a friend who purchased one sight unseen from the dealer because he was so obsessed with the shape. He later returned the car to the dealer for a large restocking fee plus a new A4 because he hated the seats — he says they were as comfortable as a concrete park bench…I sat in the car, they felt like seats to me. The rest of the car was on-par with any of the best German cars from the era, and you hardly notices the front wheel drive platform. Anyway, even though it was just a Golf in Horch fur, the A3 was the hot hatch to get in the late 2000s, but they are cheap today. Find this 2009 Audi A3 Sportback offered for $6,500 in Mountain View, CA via craigslist.
A high mileage complex luxury cars with scary electronic integrated gizmos should put the fear of the electron into any sane person…and I count myself in that small group. A mid 2000s Audi A8, for instance, is going to be overly complicated and certainly cheap because it is going to cost arms/legs/kidneys/children to repair…but if […]
The Audi A3 was first available in North America in the second generation (type 8P) and was sold from 2006-2012. MSRP for a brand new A3 in 2007 started at $25k and increased easily into the $30k range with a few options. Mercifully, the magic of depreciation has lowered the prices to something much more […]
The Audi A3 first appeared in North America for the 2006 model year in a neat and tidy package – resembling a cross between a Jetta Wagon and an A4. The A3 used a transverse front wheel drive layout with an optional Quattro all-wheel-drive setup added to the lineup in 2009. Honestly with the 2.0T, […]