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Audi A3 Parts and Audi A3 Accessories

Six Interesting Tidbits about Audi A3

  • The first electric car from Audi came in the A3 line in the form of Audi A3 E-Tron. It is a battery electric vehicle (BEV) known to take regenerative braking to another level by giving additional control to the driver. Unlike other BEVs, the Audi A3 E-Tron is able to produce the feature of transmission downshifting, making the drive of the model a lot more fun. The release year of the Audi A3 E-Tron is in 2014.

  • In the best-selling erotic series Fifty Shades of Grey, the central character, Ana Steele, was given an Audi A3 coupe by her rich boyfriend, Christian Grey. She refers to the A3 as "Submissive Special." Grey also owned a number of Audi vehicles including an R8 Spyder which he used in different occasions throughout the series. It may be expected that these models will appear in the movie adaptation of the novel.

  • Janet Hartigan, Sarah Jessica Parker's character in the 2008 flick Smart People, is driving a 2006 A3 Sport Package with xenon headlights as part of its Audi A3 accessories. The movie is about an aging professor's dealings with his adopted brother and children. The film did not do great, however, only bringing in $9.5 million worth of revenue.

  • In 2011, Audi launched a promotional video game entitled Asphalt Audi RS 3. It is downloadable and playable through iPod Touches, iPhones, and iPads in a number of countries including Canada. It made quite a buzz as the player with the fastest time in finishing one of its tracks will be able to win a brand new Audi A3 Sportback 2.0 TFSI with Audi A3 parts such as Quattro all-wheel drive and BOSE audio.

  • Audi A3's third generation is the pioneer model to carry Volkswagen Group's MQB platform. MQB is an abbreviation for the German phrase "Modularer Querbaukasten" which directly translates to "Modular Transverse Matrix." The platform is a standardized system wherein engineering time projected is reduced for up to 30%. This includes decreasing the weight of manufactured cars, further increasing fuel efficiency and cutting cost.

  • The 2013 Audi A3 boasts of a lighter weight wherein it is 80 kg (176 lbs) lighter than the previous model. In addition, the chassis of the model has been tuned up to give the vehicle's handling more of a sporty and agile feel.

Audi A3 Articles

  • Audi A3 Problems 17 January 2013

    Audi A3 is one of the very few luxury hatchbacks in the market today. It stands between a regular hatchback and an expensive luxury wagon, making the model provide a distinct flavor quite a number of buyers are looking for. However, if one is looking at buying a brand new or a second hand Audi A3, there are things that should be noted. The Audi A3, much like any other models, is prone to some problems that need to be addressed to regularly. Following are some of these issues to help owners maintain their A3's more efficiently.


    Power train

    Most Audi A3 parts that faced a lot of issues in the past involved the power train. This includes the temperature sensor wiring harness. This particular part is connected to the temperature sensor found at the direct shift gearbox or DSG. The connector wires in the harness should be crimped at a particular level. If not, as is the case in the past issues, the temperature sensor may detect false high temperature in the DSG. This automatically makes the gear shift to neutral, giving less control to the driver.

    In 2009, there had been a recall for this particular issue wherein 16,000 units were estimated to be affected. Volkswagen called upon affected owners to reprogram the transmission control module for free. The software on the car computer was also updated to fit the new module.


    Engine cooling

    Most Audi A3 owners found coolant loss puzzling. This may cause a spike in the engine temperature that can eventually lead to some serious stalling on the road. They had their engines and radiators checked but no leaks and faults were found. This might be a problem with the heater core. The heater core is like a small radiator found under the dashboard of the vehicle. Leaks may be present in this part,


    Fuel system

    A problem with the fuel system occurs when there is an issue with the fuel injection rhythm. If the injection rhythm is not working well with the fuel injector line's own rhythm, it will cause stress to the lines. This problem will eventually lead to fuel leakage that might catch fire. When it had its recall in 2011, Volkswagen installed vibration dampers on the fuel injector lines of affected Audi A3's.