2008 with 62k miles. Car left me stranded today. Nothing battery draining was left on either. Is it normal for a 3 year old car to need a new battery so soon?!?
I feel your pain. Mine died on me a couple of weeks ago with almost no warning. I had 83000km on it or somewhere in the mid 50K miles. Car ran fine the night before, was slow to turn over the first time in the morning and the second time the battery was completely cooked.
Had to go to a VW dealer and get a battery because all Audi service and parts places were already closed... past 5 pm.
It's recommended you get an AGM/spiral battery like an Optima or similar as they are more resistant to heat (and vibration); then again given the Optima is around 2x the price you might just prefer to get a regular battery and hope it lasts a bit longer than the first.
Personally I had an Optima RT sitting around when I bought the car so I changed out the battery when the car was brand new. Optima is still going strong after 3 years and 45k miles *knocks on wood*. And that RT is probably like 6-7 years old now given I had it in another car before the A3.
I actually still have the original battery in the basement, on a desulfator/maintainer...
Last edited by Audi'sRevenge; 07-10-2011 at 01:22 PM.
@85K and I'm running on my third battery. These definitely have a hard time in hot California. I will say tough, that after my first died, I got sensitive to the exact sound of cranking and starting, and at least for me, when the second one died, it was giving me warning. About 3 days of not-eager to turn over.
Buy the battery at Sears or somewhere that will give you a warranty. I bought a new one around 50k at sears awhile ago and I just had it go out at 66k. Took it into sears, had a 4yr or so warranty and got a new one put in at no cost!