Hey folks...first post here.
I currently drive an '01 325i. I've previously owned mostly Japanese cars, and have been thinking about going back due to reliability (been off extended warranty for over a year). I've looked at the TL, TSX, G35, Accord Coupe, etc...all nice in their own way, but almost happier in my old bimmer compared to those...spoiled, I guess! I'm hooked up with an indy mechanic, so I'm not so worried about excessive "stealership" repair costs anymore.
Anyway, stumbled into an Audi dealership on a whim (right next to the Inifinity dealer)...had never considered Audi but had a little time so thought I'd check it out. Drove an A4...nice and okay, but didn't excite me. Got to talking about the A3, and after driving one...it's risen to the top of the list.
German feel, sporty, good fuel economy, and reasonable pricing.
I was looking at an '08 S-Line 2.0T S-tronic loaner w/8k miles & certified (I like the idea of 6/100k coverage)...asking 28,900, but I'm a negotiator.
But as the weeks wear on, I suppose remaining new 08s will be good deals...and then the plot thickens with the 09. Here's what I see from Motor Trend
MSRP (2008 Starting Price: A3 3.2 Quattro S $34,915)
A3 2.0T Front Manual $26,920 A3 2.0T quattro S tronic $30,500
A3 2.0T Front S tronic $28,400 A3 3.2 quattro S tronic $36,975
-- Exterior and Interior freshening including new wheels.
-- 2.0T S tronic now available with quattro all-wheel drive.
-- New simplified offer structure concept.
Standard Equipment Changes
-- Hill-hold assist - now standard on 2.0T manual (already standard on
S tronic models)
-- Sirius satellite radio - now standard on all
-- Leather seating surfaces - now standard on all
-- Flexmetallic interior trim - replaces Matte interior trim on 2.0
-- Leather steering wheel - now standard
-- Aux audio input - standard on all
-- Ashtray / Smoker pkg - deleted on all (replaced with storage tray)
-- 3.2 only: Standard Bluetooth, Bi-xenon headlamps with LED DRL, and
-- 3.2 only: No longer standard Symphony, Sport Suspension, Sport Seats
Option Program Changes
-- New offer structure concept
-- Discontinued: iPod adapter (replaced by standard Aux-input), Wood
trim, Sunshades for rear side windows, Premium Vienna leather
-- New options: Audi magnetic ride, Sport package
If I'm reading it right, the MSRP has gone up $1000, but you get leather and a couple other trim items, so that's a wash. To get equivalent to the current S-Line, I suppose they'll have a Sport Package, which may bring the adjusted MSRP a littel higher?...or could be close, actually.
I'm in no hurry. The smartest thing to do is probably keep my hiney in the bimmer until it falls apart...still really like driving it and I gt around 25 mpg. But...August, and even December might be great times to score a new ride.
Any further insights on the 09 A3? Cosmetics on the bumper etc. look good, but I like the 08 a lot too.