Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Hermosa Beach, CA
i have an a3 with the dsg and an elise, as well as a 2000 bmw mcoupe. There is absolutely no comparison between the audi and elise...the audi is nice, comfortable, and the dsg is fun and likely the future of transmissions. It shifts faster than humanly possible, and paired with a turbo is unbeatable. But after a couple of weeks, you'll end up leaving it in D. I have yet to try it on a track or a windy country road. The reason for that is that i also have an elise, and why would I take a small station wagon to the track when i have a sportscar? The audi feels like a bus after getting out of the elise, the steering wheel is huge, you're looking down on people,etc...but around town and on the highway, it sure is comfortable. My wife loves it...
To answer another question, i was bumped in a parking lot, and now the body shop says I need a a whole new rear clamshell...my insurance has to cover it because I don't know who bumped it. The crack is less than one inch long, but the rear clam is fiberglass...so the car is more fragile than some...and even though my wife cannot drive without talking on the cell phone, I am the one that gets bumped...so I don't drive it as a daily driver. Plus too much attention.
Another reason for that, is that around town, torque is fun. The mcoupe really is fun for daily driving...enough torque to spin the car at intersections, and big throaty noises as well...I guess a corvette would be fun..
but if you have to have one car...audi a3 isn't a bad choice, wrx or evo are too (i had an evo for awhile too, by the way..)
Sorry for the long reply, and I'll go back to lurking now...
2006 Elise, Canyon Red, Sport/Touring, RTD brace, ss lines, Larini 8 inch, sport ECU, darthholder.
2009 Lexus RX 350
2009 Audi S5