Why did you buy an a2?

Bryn

Member
great story :)
mine is a 2003 GT sport which was new in 2003.... bought by the guy I bought it off, back in 2005....he had it chipped when he got it and amassed a raft of paperwork... and used it to tour Europe regularly...hence the miles....sold it to me in 2019.., and has asked for first dibs if I ever decide to part with it....😁
 

Bumblebee

Member
Work colleague had changed car and cost of new mot, service and misfire put her off keeping longer. Needed reliability with young children...
I've had a few Audi's and vdubs over the years and always been preferred brands....
Currently restoring a VWLT35E Mk1 camper (88yr), so pretty handy with spanners.......
She wanted it to go to a new home and be looked after and she knew I'd always loved the A2.......
£200 and a bottle of wine or two was the deal...... Couldn't say no......
So lucky and glad I did......
Great little car and people have asked me what it is already 😂😂 is it a kit car based on an Audi?? 🤦🏼‍♂️🤦🏼‍♂️😁👍🏻
 

Tom

Member
It was the overall design that first attracted me. I remember seeing a picture of one in the motoring press and assuming it was a concept car that would never be produced.


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Au2ro

Member
I always wanted an A2 ever since they came out. The aluminium body and the fuel economy were the main points that I wanted. I had been driving small diesel cars before that, a Citroen ax and a Fiat Uno, but I was so disappointed that I could not get the A2 1.2 diesel in the UK. Then I heard that someone had said that they would rather get two Seat Arosas for the price of an A2 (Top gear?) so I eventually plumped for a brand new 1.7 L diesel Seat Arosa for the grand sum of £7000 or so. I loved the Arosa and kept it for many years but got disenchanted with it when it kept getting warped front disks and the rust started taking hold. I was still hankering after an A2 though and saw one advertised with reasonably low mileage 35,000 in 2006, but it still cost me more than the Arosa had new. Tarkus has now done over 220,000 miles and still going strong.
 

Phil FSI

Member
I wanted a quality small car with heated leather. Do you know how rare small cars with heated seats are, didn’t want a corsa! And I wanted the pantograph wiper and something premium.
 

Chand

Member
2016 I was in the market for a small Car for train station work runs in the morning and for DIY jobs around the house. just needed some thing small but greedy when it came to load. My 1st encounter was a 1.4 BBY engine, slow but did all the things and more i required. Pissed my son's Girl friend off when her Evogue struggled with a brand new boxed 55"TV and the greedy A2 just swallow the tv with ease.. Misses in a part exchange deal, dealer gave her good monies.to take newer car off the forecourt looked like an Audi driver buying a newish Merc , i was relegated to her old CLc. hated the dam thing. Missed the A2 badly. 4yrs later A2 1.6 Sport came my way..... bad boy heaven brought it.. bit of a project work horse. pistols at dawn if any one ever try's taking it away from me.... :cool:🚙:cool:
 

kr.robert95

New Member
Interesting topic 😅 I actually got my A2 without even knowing. To have some context, I had some money saved up just before getting my license and it was enough to buy either a crappy A2 or a decend Mk4 Golf. I leaned towards the Golf, as I did not want to get some car in a s**tty state. Well, couple days after I've received my license, my dad walked me in the parking zone and handed me the keys to a grey Audi A2, 1.4 TDI. As it turns out, an acquaintance of his owned the car, but only used it as a backup (guy had a range of more expensive Audis), so he decided to sell this one. It was a bit over budget, but my parents decided they're gonna help me out just a bit on my first car. I got it at 170k km on the odometer, bluish gray, with blue interior. It's taken a couple years of abuse (first car, beginner driver, broke student is a bad combo), but now (5 years and around 50k km-s later) I reached a point of financial stability, so project A2 is ON. I have dozens of ideas that I'd like to implement, improvement, maintenance, etc. so it's still a long journey.
As for the reasons I fell in love with the car, even though I did not choose it, well, light chassis, aluminium means less rust, it's small and zippy and it's hella cheap to run :D Also, I think it has a lot of character and potential
 

TYP 8Z

Member
As an architect/ product designer I am naturally drawn to well designed and efficient products.
The A2 is just a timeless design and engineering masterpiece. Back in 2000 a friend and colleague of mine (Ross Lovegrove) drove up to my studio in his brand new silver A2 with OSS and it just looked it came from outer space. I was instantly hooked. He raved about the aluminium, the lightweight and environmental qualities.....Ross still have his A2, parked in his studio behind a glass wall (see picture below) and when we meet we always ask each other about our A2 🤣

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I eventually bought my first one in 2011. Not sure why it took so long. My only regret is that I wish go back in time and buy mine from new.
 

A2Steve

A2OC Donor
As an architect/ product designer I am naturally drawn to well designed and efficient products.
The A2 is just a timeless design and engineering masterpiece. Back in 2000 a friend and colleague of mine (Ross Lovegrove) drove up to my studio in his brand new silver A2 with OSS and it just looked it came from outer space. I was instantly hooked. He raved about the aluminium, the lightweight and environmental qualities.....Ross still have his A2, parked in his studio behind a glass wall (see picture below) and when we meet we always ask each other about our A2 🤣

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I eventually bought my first one in 2011. Not sure why it took so long. My only regret is that I wish go back in time and buy mine from new.
What a fantastic photo. I would imagine open office space comes at a premium in your neck of the woods, so to use it for a car must be love.
 

TYP 8Z

Member
What a fantastic photo. I would imagine open office space comes at a premium in your neck of the woods, so to use it for a car must be love.
Indeed....He's a very successful designer, he could afford ANY car, yet he sticks with his A2. I think a shared sentiment among many of us.
 
My retired neighbour has a 1.6 fsi in mint condition, so when this came up for sale locally I had to go and look. An ex colleague at work has one and was always talking about how good they were, so it was an easy decision to make. They are so good value compared with other cars in the same price bracket.
 

A2Steve

A2OC Donor
I bought a TDI as an economical commuter. What I didn't anticipate was the all encompassing obsession that saw 7 years membership to date, the establishment of a successful A2 related business, owning more A2's that one person should, logging into the forum more times per day that is healthy and finding a few good friends along the way. So glad I didn't buy a polo :p
 

Erlingtheelder

A2OC Donor
I bought a TDI as an economical commuter. What I didn't anticipate was the all encompassing obsession that saw 7 years membership to date, the establishment of a successful A2 related business, owning more A2's that one person should, logging into the forum more times per day that is healthy and finding a few good friends along the way. So glad I didn't buy a polo :p
Those polo guys are pretty wild Steve!
 

Proghound

Admin Team
I bought a TDI as an economical commuter. What I didn't anticipate was the all encompassing obsession that saw 7 years membership to date, the establishment of a successful A2 related business, owning more A2's that one person should, logging into the forum more times per day that is healthy and finding a few good friends along the way. So glad I didn't buy a polo :p
I've found a solution for logging in more times than is healthy - it's very easy, just don't bother logging out :p
 
A slightly prosaic answer from me: because the man in the Mercedes shop wouldn't sell me an A class. After three failed attempts at a test drive, I went down the road to the Audi shop.

Why do I still have the same car nearly 18 years later? Because it was a special order, built to my spec, painted the colour I wanted, so it's 'my' car. It's also immensely versatile, great fun to drive, very comfortable, and economical to run. Admittedly, I've probably spent as much again in getting it fixed, which is why, although it's my only car, I've recategorised it as a hobby. 😉
 
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