My GTI, sister car of the A3, had noises from the beginning. Also, it would turn the bass all the way up on the radio when I held the steering wheel at a certain angle. And the AC failed twice. And cruise control failed 200 miles into a 5000 mile roadtrip. And paint was chipping off a portion of the bumper that couldn't have physically been hit. And the clearcoat was chipping off the wheels. Do I need to go on? Completely unacceptable for a three year old car. I loved the car, but it was terrible to own.I test drove and looked at the A3. The TDI was on my list due to the torque and economy. Problem was that just like the CT is a "Re-badged Toyota", the A3 is a re-badged VW..... bottom of the barrel VW none the less. I went and test drove the CT with a friend of mine who has an 04 TDI 5speed Jetta. He ordered and purchased brand new and even he said it'll be the last VW he ever buys.
My father loves his Audi's and even he agree's that they are 3 year/15000 mile cars. After that parts start failing, and noises appear.
Different strokes for different folks
Ditto.... and besides if I really want to get over my need for speed I just take the Carrera out .Weak article by a guy still stuck on a V8 and 250HP. If they don't wake up and smell the coffee they will be doomed. The times they are a changin ! Cars averaging 18-20 mpg are dinosaurs already, they just don't know it. Maybe in 5 years the next CT will get 75mpg, but for now 45mpg is stellar for a compact luxury car. I doubt you can squeeze much more mileage out of straight gasoline so I think the key to increasing MPG is increasing the battery capacity, giving the gas engine more of an assist and propelling on electric a greater amount of the time. Toyota/Lexus will figure it out. I love my CT200h. No, it is not a rocket, but that isn't the point at all. Personally I think the Sport mode when needed is very adequate. i am very pleased with my purchase.
CT200H Premium, Starfire Pearl, Navigation, Black interior, Premium Sound.