Why did you buy an a2?

A2Steve

A2OC Donor
Loved the concept and design, bought an ex demo as they went out of production in 2005 and owned it ever since. When my new car arrives shortly it will get a well-earned retirement with some fettling and then used occasionally forever after
What have you decided to replace it with and what did it offer that the A2 didn’t?
 

ULP

A2OC Donor
What have you decided to replace it with and what did it offer that the A2 didn’t?
A Peugeot e-208GT - my commute has more than doubled; wanting to keep the A2 forever I have taken a lease car via work to do the heavy lifting and I’ve also wanted an electric car for some time now
 

Pelican

Member
For me it was kind of buying one of my "childhood heroes", because when I was a kid, my father was given the chance to drive the A2 for one week, as a replacement car for his VW Golf IV while it was on the garage.
I remember sitting on the back seats of this black A2, and looking absolutely stunned to the sky throught the OSS...it was really amazing and futuristic.
Also the high ride height was for me really something new at the time, comparing with most of the other cars, and it was great fun.
 

55Stars

Member
I bought my A2 after getting obsessed with Audi Space Frame. I also have a 2002 Audi S8. My S8 does 14mpg - my A2 does considerably more! I used to lease new cars, now I save a ton of money every month and get to play cars again.
These forums convinced me buy my 2004 Tdi 90 OSS (will soon be replacement OSS from A2Steve)
 

maxufeiss

New Member
Had a Mercedes that rusted away, was given '97 A8 that had many problems, fixed that and liked having no body rust problems...
After 50k i discovered it's kinda thirsty, so i wanted something else for longer trips. When i discovered that there is aluminium A2 that uses 3 liters per 100km i started thinking about it. Did my research, rounded targets up and went on a trip to buy one...
My choice was limited to 1,2TDI (not fan of manual gearbox + liked everything about 3L). Sadly A8 is now parked and i'm using A2 for everything.... Using three times less fuel is pretty nice i guess.
 
brought one of a chap to save it from scrap gave him £200 thought it was a good idea at the time, then its just sat there on the drive giving me the puppy eyes making feel bad for it so now its had a bit of love
mot
cambelt + water pump
full service
disc and pads all round
new shocks all round
new top mounts all round
new battery
swirl flaps stripped and cleaned and new rod (fsi)
full detail
seats taken out and full clean inside

so yh they know how to get to you 😂
 
I needed to stop using my 67 plate BMW 435 for work as was wracking up the milage (700 miles + per week) post a job location change but needed to change it for something reasonably cheap to buy with good mpg that also looked smart enough that my clients wouldn’t think I was on my uppers! I was principally looking at Passat CC’s, Golfs or 3 Series.

Back in the early 2000’s father had a nicely specced (oss etc) Silver TDI from new as he liked the engineering (worked in aerospace) and did a good commute at the time. I didn’t really pay any attention back then and I don’t think I ever drove it tbh. To future proof A2 ownership (he was diagnosed with MS in the mid 90’s) he imported a new 1.2 3L principally for the auto box but again was (not so!) secretly obsessed with the engineering and for the first hundred thousand miles or so kept a manual track of mpg in a little black book on filling the tank, calculating the mpg manually. He still has it and I’m pretty sure it’s over 260,000 miles plus he’s installed heated red leather SE seats, RNS-E sat nav and various other upgrades.

In truth, this car is probably the reason I’d discounted A2’s. I now appreciate its engineering merits but visually it still leaves me cold and as a driving experience, it wasn’t something I’d want to use every day. But then the lightbulb moment! A really nice Dolpin Grey FSI parked outside my office in Burford between a a 19 plate Range Rover and a nearly new Aston. It looked totally at home and to my eye was the best looking car of the 3!

So I hopped onto auto trader and started hunting. Sure enough, but 5 miles away was a ‘bright blue’ one so I booked a test drive and really enjoyed it. By the time I’d got my ducks in a row that car had gone (a blessing as in hindsight it was a bit of a nail tbh) but my mind had been made up. I was getting an A2. My wife was amazed as I’d had big new and expensive coupes or saloons since we’d met. But this meant we could keep the BMW as well!

Fast forward 9 months and I’ve owned my Dolphin Grey TDi (75) Sport since November and I’m totally smitten with it. It’s comfortable, economical, a great load lugger with the seats out and fun to drive on the twisty bits. I rarely use the BMW and it’s become my wife’s car. It will be found a new home soon as I really don’t miss it.

I can honestly say I can’t imagine not having an A2 on my drive. I’ve enjoying doing some minor upgrades myself, something I’ve never been interested in or confident enough to do before, and have a long ‘wish list’ of upgrades planned once I’ve done the repairs post a minor accident in May. For me an A2 is now a not just a car but very much part of my life and the help and support on here is a huge part of that.
 
I love the design firstly, together with the 1st TT it represents the purest demonstration of the Audi design language. The shape of lights, the way wheel arch lines intersect with panels joins etc...
The size is perfect for me, big enough to support a bit of cargo, small to park etc...
The interior is still modern looking and the scope for additions seems great.
 

Howey

Member
Unique, design well ahead of its time and still very "on trend" even for today!
Does everything well, cheap tax and parts, a stand out motor with a starting point of a half decent mountain bike, whats not to love!!!
 

Leopard680

A2OC Donor
I bought Alison because the A2 is an advanced and extremely interesting concept. I needed to replace a Rover 75 2.0V6.

It was an excellent distraction from the passing of a good friend too; I could learn about a completely different type of car and meet people through this Owners Club and at meets.

I've run Alison for 6 years and over 125,000 miles! She did need a few bits and I've changed minor trim parts, front brakes, wheel trims, etc myself over the years.

Bigger stuff was done by the missed Tony at A2 Cars, and now by Faircrouch Garage in Wadhurst- on the recommendation of a fellow A2 owner! Alison is the most reliable car I've owned. A gruelling 415 mile a week commute taking in all types of road has broken many other cars I've owned.

I saved Alison from the crusher after a non-fault incident last year. Motor Claim Guru was an excellent resource well worth checking out.

So Alison saved me; I saved Alison!
 
I like the name.
When I picked up mine I was thinking about a name and as soon as I saw it, the name Diane came into my head so that's her name now.

I bought Alison because the A2 is an advanced and extremely interesting concept. I needed to replace a Rover 75 2.0V6.

It was an excellent distraction from the passing of a good friend too; I could learn about a completely different type of car and meet people through this Owners Club and at meets.

I've run Alison for 6 years and over 125,000 miles! She did need a few bits and I've changed minor trim parts, front brakes, wheel trims, etc myself over the years.

Bigger stuff was done by the missed Tony at A2 Cars, and now by Faircrouch Garage in Wadhurst- on the recommendation of a fellow A2 owner! Alison is the most reliable car I've owned. A gruelling 415 mile a week commute taking in all types of road has broken many other cars I've owned.

I saved Alison from the crusher after a non-fault incident last year. Motor Claim Guru was an excellent resource well worth checking out.

So Alison saved me; I saved Alison!
 

philward

A2OC Donor
Wanted to buy a design classic, it was a toss up between a Porsche Boxster and an A2. The A2 won when I saw one being driven past Kings Cross station nearly 20 years ago. It looked so right, Ordered one, my dealer wrecked it one year later. They got me a replacement new one, still got it 👍
 
Style, practicality, quality, character, fab design, you name it, it’s here.

I bought the first one after being the front line in a battle with rust of a Ford Focus. Whilst at the same time restoring a ‘72 VW camper.

I needed a change from oxidisation.

When I sold it in a moment of weakness to a friend who needed a good car I missed its character and my A6 was good but nowhere near as much fun.

Got two now


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Bryn

Member
I advertised on a bike forum I frequent for a cheap run around ....main thing was no ‘Starship Mileage’....15 months later and I’m still loving my TDI sport with 211,000 miles on it :cool:
 
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QuatroA2

Member
I bought my A2 because I’ve known the car all it’s life....

It was purchased new in 2001 by the village doctor, who lived just around the corner from our family home. It was the only A2 in the village, so made quite an impression. I particularly admired the innovative design thinking, along with the sharp modern looks, and although it was very different from the types of car I owned or coveted... I really liked it!

At 3 years old it was sold back to Audi in Southampton, then immediately traded back to our village VAG specialist, before being purchased by my mum’s best friend and lady neighbour. I knew this lady extremely well, so I continued to admire the little silver car on my many visit home. Also taking every opportunity to enquire (just incase) if the car was for sale? Always reminding that “I‘d love first refusal‘... In the meantime, the village VAG specialist continued to care and fettle it for the next 12 years.

When the time finally came for lady neighbour to retire to the coast, she was in two minds whether to take it with her or sell It. So in the months and weeks leading up to her departure, I continued to enquire and drop hints that ’I would be very interested’ but honestly believed the car would retire with her to Eastbourne as she loved and cared for it so much.

By chance on the day of her moving out, I phoned my mum, just to see how things were progressing and to make one final enquiry after the car. Only for my mum to share the shocking news that the car was to be sold back to the VAG specialist in the village for only £500!

When I spoke to the neighbour she explained that it was old and needed an MOT, bodywork repair, new battery, thermostat and a starter motor etc. So she really didn’t think I wanted it. However, I assured her that I would love to take it on and made a more generous offer to secure it. Unbelievably the car also came with a thick binder full of paperwork and receipts detailing every service and all works undertaken since the original purchase!

So now this A2 that I’ve know for 19 years rests in the corner of our garage, behind more exotic machinery and is largely ignored by the family. However it never wants for anything, it is always kept serviced, clean and polished and is only used by me for the odd school or supermarket run. Importantly it starts first time every time and looks as modern and as innovative as it did back in 2001. What’s more I still really like it!
 
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