Audi A3 Sportback Review & Ratings
- 15 February 2018
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
THE AUDI HAS been fixed at last. After the drawn-out process of sourcing the offending part (a rattling turbo clip, I’m told), my local dealership, Audi Camberley, operated a lot more slickly when it came to fitting it.
First, I had a text message the day before to remind me the A3 was being collected the next morning. Sure enough, at around 8.30am a smartly turned-out gent arrived to take away the Sportback; at around 11.30am I had a call to inform me that the work had been carried out and the car given a road test.
The dealer also conducted a ‘safety check’. My ears pricked up at this point, expecting a bill for brakes or tyres, but in fact I was told the wear rates were bang on schedule. The A3 was returned to me in the afternoon, gleaming, and I was given a detailed invoice that told me exactly what work was carried out, gave me the name of the technician involved in case I wanted to follow it up, and informed me I didn’t have to pay a penny for it, since it’s all covered by warranty.
I’m even more pleased to report the turbo clip fix has eradicated the rattle that made the car sound like it had a set of castanets under the bonnet between 2000 rpm and 3000rpm. Finally, I can get back to enjoying the 1.4-litre engine’s smooth power delivery and the A3’s super-refined cabin.
It’s just a pity that the whole experience has taken the thick end of three months. The delays in sourcing a £12.08 part will always cloud my early A3 experience. That’s a real pity, because it deserves much better.