“I like it best at night with the windows down. Sounds almost like the car is breathing.”
- The Ride
- The Driver: Desmond
- Car in Question: 2008 Audi A3
- Spotted at: Texas Theatre, 231 West Jefferson Blvd, Dallas, TX 75208
- Odometer: 40,000
- Car’s Nickname: Yvette
Q: Hi Desmond. Welcome to Defend Your Ride DFW. What can you tell us about your car?
A: It’s a 2008 Audi A3. I looked at several different cars, but I got it because it’s a nice mix between sporty and practical. I wanted another coupe. My first car was a ’93 Buick Skylark, but it fell apart the first time I graduated. Being an artist, I need space. I didn’t want anything too flashy. It’s sporty because it’s a turbo. It’s nice because it has leather seats! It’s an Audi, so there’s a little bit of luxury too. At the same time, it’s practical because I can cram a whole bunch of stuff in it.
Q: Tell us about your buying experience. Did you buy it from around here?
A: I got it in February when my other car fell apart. Well, it didn’t actually fall apart. It was a Mazda 6 and it was a nice car, but I wanted something I could tinker with. I couldn’t find any aftermarket kits for it–to pull more power out of it or anything. It was OK stock, but it was a lot harder to modify the car when it shouldn’t be that difficult. I wanted something nice, practical yet sporty. Once the warranty is out, I plan to tinker with the engine of this one.
Q: What’s the best thing and the worst thing about your Audi A3? Any advice for someone considering a purchase?
A: The best thing about it is the turbo. I love it. Some days, especially getting on the freeway, you have the right music on–it has a nice sound system–and you can just punch it. Some days I just cruise the freeways. You get a lot on your mind, you know? I like it best at night with the windows down. You can hear the turbo. Sounds almost like the car is breathing. The worst thing is the gas mileage and the fact that I detail the leather seats almost every week because of the Texas heat. If I drive with a little more spirit than I usually do, it can drink gas. Then I have to put oil in it every 3,000 miles or so because of the turbo. Plus, in the heat, the turbo is less powerful than it would be in cooler temperatures.
Q: So it wasn’t a fun ride when it was 107 degrees for a month last summer?
A: Definitely not. It still goes faster. It just doesn’t have the punch that it does when it’s 70 degrees out.
Q: You obviously like your car a lot. Do you have a name for it?
A: Yep. Yvette. She just looks like she would get me in trouble. The name matches the car.
Q: Does she have a theme song? Maybe for the midnight joyride down the highway?
A: Maybe something by Drake, probably “The Calm” but for a beautiful day like this, maybe Alice in Chains.
Q: What do you primarily use Yvette for?
A: Going back and forth to work. I’ve been painting. I don’t paint small pictures anymore, so I put all the canvases back there. And just riding around. It’s a great car for just driving. This car is fun. You know sometimes you get people that do annoying things to you when you’re driving? Like, they’ll ride right next to you on purpose? So I’ll just punch it and they don’t expect it to pull like it does. I guess they think it’s a station wagon, but it’s not. It’s a hatchback.
Q: Is there anything else we should know about your car?
A: It’s a solid car. I haven’t really had any trouble with it. It’s a German car, so maintenance isn’t cheap, but that was to be expected. I’ve learned from my other cars that you should always keep a stash on hand just in case. It feels more durable than my other cars did. The doors have weight to them. It rides smoother. It handles well. I lucked out when I bought it!
Photos and interview by Lacy Mahone
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