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#1 PeterS

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 06:25 PM

I think that the driver's side door of our A3 might have dropped slightly; it's a lttle harder to close than its used to be, and looks like this:

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Has anyone else had this issue with the current A3 (it's a 3 door, so the doors are quite heavy...)

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#2 PeterS

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 08:44 PM

Anyone?

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#3 Hector-8

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 09:30 PM

Hey, yeah the same happened me although I noticed it after me and the girl had an interesting night parked in a field. Shes only 8 stone like but still, i think thats why mine dropped slightly. So heres some advice i can offer, do not use the door as a prop for the missus.
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#4 Hector-8

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 09:31 PM

Oh and sorry but no photos by the way!
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#5 PeterS

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 09:57 PM

Thanks :o :P Looks like it need booking into Audi at some point then; if it doesn't get any worse I'll leave it until its serviced...

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#6 andrew_b

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Posted 12 May 2008 - 09:38 PM

Yep mine's dropped too. Its a 56 plate 2.0 TDI and its looking to be the same problem as yours. I took it to the dealer today and they said it wasn't repairable on warranty. I said that they were having a laugh because the door has never been subjected to any vertical force whatsoever and has been just opened and closed an average of 6 times a day for the last 20 months. The service desk guy came and looked at it and agreed it wasn't right. Its also scratched the B pillar where its shifted. I was a bit pushed for time so I didn't have time to let the warranty guy come and look at it so I'm going back next week with it.

Sounds like I might have to be a bit forceful about the matter because apparently door dropping is only covered on warranty up to the first 6000 miles or something, but there's no way I'm paying for it. The car's only done 13,500 miles. The door even creaks under hard braking and it reminds me of an old Citroen BX I once had... not the sort of thing we expect from Audi really...!

#7 PeterS

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Posted 12 May 2008 - 10:40 PM

That's a bit of a disappointing response from Audi; it hadn't even occurred to me it wouldn't be covered by warranty :confused: Looks like I'd better book it in quickly though - the car will be 6 months old shortly +++

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#8 maersk

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Posted 13 May 2008 - 08:34 AM

They like to call it 'door adjustment' - in the warranty pack at 6 months only.

Dropping is more than adjustment IMHO.
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#9 Dallan

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Posted 14 May 2008 - 07:37 AM

Has any work been carried out inside the door that required the removal of the interior door card/panel and possibly also a need to disturb the position of the window frame?

Your picture does seem to show quite strong marks on the 'B' post catch, which might suggest something has moved - possibly by only a fraction, at the hinge(s) end of the door.
A Bodyshop person might be a place of reference for some unbiased advice.

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Posted 15 May 2008 - 04:32 PM

Mine's had literally nothing done to it whatsoever. Its just been opened and closed an average number of times for the last 20 months. I've even made a point of never actually putting any vertical pressure on it at all, not even when adjusting my sitting position when inside the car. I could possibly live with it if it wasn't for the creaking and clanking coming from the door under hard braking and accelerating, and also the damage its done to the black trim of the B pillar which has even started to show signs of rusting on a tiny spot where the black coating has been scratched completely off.

I'm sure heavy doors like these on the 3 door model can be expected to drop a little over time, I think a 04 plate A3 that I used to have had a little bit of dropping evident but it never creaked or damaged the B post so it wasn't really a problem. But my 56 plater which I've had from new is in absolutely immaculate condition, never been in a car wash and shows no signs whatsoever of having been abused in any way so if the warranty bloke at the dealership doesn't want to be cooperative I'm going to tell him about PeterS's situation with his A3 and perhaps then he'll realise there's an issue with some hinges on 3 door A3s. I mean there's no way it can be acceptable for a car which has only done 13,500 miles and never been subjected to any vertical forces on the door to have a dropped door that creaks and caused damage to the B post!! I'll be keeping you informed of my progress when I revisit the dealer!

#11 PeterS

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Posted 18 May 2008 - 04:04 PM

No, nothing done to ours either since delivery. Booked in to be looked at after the bank holiday though, so hopefully all will be sorted +++

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Posted 24 May 2008 - 09:44 AM

Winner!! Took it in yesterday and they're going to do it on warranty no problem. Didn't even have to persuade them. Body shop will need it for 3 days apparently and they're going to replace the glove box lid on warranty aswell because it vibrates intermittently during acceleration so all in all a very good result!

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Posted 24 May 2008 - 04:09 PM

Excellent news +++ Ours goes in on Tuesday...

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Posted 31 May 2008 - 04:26 PM

Quick update: ours was fixed on Tuesday by Worthing Audi; no body shop work required apparently, just adjustment of the hinges... Looks much better now +++

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