Audi estimates the monthly payment of $835 for the purchase of the lowest priced A5 Cabriolet with a $5000 down payment, that is $300 more per month if you really want to have equity in your car.
They didn’t invest in the vehicle so they would still be holding the “equity” money.
This discussion is about driving a luxury car for three years, if you want to discuss driving a cheap car for fifteen years you have chosen the wrong discussion.
As for the lemon law, you’re not “stuck with it” in California;
The Lemon Law applies to most vehicles purchased or leased in California that are still under a manufacturer’s new car warranty. Members of the Armed Forces, who are stationed in or are residents of California, are protected by the Lemon Law even if their vehicles were purchased or registered outside of California.
The Lemon Law also applies to used vehicles when they are still under a manufacturer’s new car warranty. Any remaining time left on the warranty protects the car’s new owner.