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    Decent S3 virtually impossible to find...

    At my budget Ł5k max...

    Went to look at a *mint* one today

    all wheels kerbed
    Roof rotten
    Doors rotten
    LCD dash broke
    No radio
    CL didnt work
    Seats where a mess
    Had an oil leak on the inlet manifold on the first cyl (as you look at it, the first on the left)
    Needed service, although FSH!
    Paintwork a right mess

    Seen loads like this, even at higher budgets.

    Doing my head on now.

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    It will be very hard to find a 'mint' example for Ł5000...

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    Just remember how old these cars are know finding mint one is going to be hard
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    I was expectin some issues, but most are utter wrecks, even at more money

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    There is no such thing as a mint example of a second hand car that is for sale privately in my opinion. Restoration/Concours cars might be the only exception.

    You will be buying someone else problems. And when people decide to sell their cars, to upgrade/downsize or out of boredom etc they tend to spend less on the upkeep of the car they are selling, despite what their for sale adverts may say.

    Regarding the S3 specifically, its an expensive car to maintain. Especially at the age and mileage most examples are at. If your budget is Ł5k, budget another Ł500 to Ł1000 to sort out niggles, get it serviced etc.
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    need to increase your budget to get an quite nice one. I got mine for 5700, but there was still some niggles which needed sorting
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    iv just got my first s3 yesterday,i think i got quite a good deal.
    its a 2000 w,116,00 fash,12 months mot,3 keys ,original purchase recipt,all wheels in as new cond,black elec recaroes,bose,re-map with dyno prints 252bhp,interior is as new and the exterior is i would say a 8.5/10 after iv machine polished her up now and i paidŁ4100

    what do you guys think????

    also great site by the way...

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    I paid Ł3900 for mine, body is ok, a few little tiny bits of rust & it's deffo had the drivers rear arch done at some point. Needed a service (cambelt & waterpump) rear shocks & springs & a full valet. You get what you pay for at the end of the day & 5k will not get you a minter unless ou get very lucky.
    All in the car owes me Ł4200 now... time to remap
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    ditto,what i went to see was rubbish,but then i looked for an enthusiasts car and found what i was after.
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    Mine could be just what your after. Was at Audi International so i'm sure a few members can vouch for its condition.

    Very clean car !

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    S3s are quite rare in Australia compared to Euro, and were expensive when first released @ around A$65,000 or at today's exchange rates around Ł37,000 .

    fortunately, most for sale now are still cherished and well looked after, but for a 2000 model you would still be looking to spend around around A$20,000 or Ł11,000
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    FFS, do you expect a car in Concours condition for Ł5k? Save up an extra few grand and get yourself a decent one, rather than scraping the barrel for the dirt cheap ones owned by yardies from Lewisham.

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    yup i agree with golf, you'll be extremely lucky to find a spec your after in mint cond for 5k..... yes they are going for that amount but your scrapping the barrel in terms of whats available - bearing in mind how rare this car when compared to say, a focus
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    I think you should keep looking, yes it will be hard to find perfect one for 5k but there are deals out there . Im guessing by what you have said you wouldn't be interested but have you looked at any cat d's? I think you would be able to find one that has had cosmetic damage and been repaired properly for that price...just a thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lee172 View Post
    I think you should keep looking, yes it will be hard to find perfect one for 5k but there are deals out there . Im guessing by what you have said you wouldn't be interested but have you looked at any cat d's? I think you would be able to find one that has had cosmetic damage and been repaired properly for that price...just a thought.
    I still don't agree with Cat D's, they are more of a headache than a bargain. Insurance is a grey area with these in terms of payout, and come resale time, they are difficult to shift, as you have to sell them dirt cheap again.

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    haha not this again jo

    yet i do agree, CAT D's unless massivley cheaper no matter what quality of repair, should be avoided IMO - you just dont know regardless of cost, what has been picked up by the chap surveying the car and also what actually has been changed....an insurance company has taken away their risk from the car repair, this should tell you something
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    When I was looking for mine I just watched pistonheads daily for new adverts and a few bargains do pass by.
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    This thread: http://www.audi-sport.net/vb/showthr...20#post1031920 seems to be the opposite of this one.... LOL
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    Did i say i expected mint, it was advertised as mint you tool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big_Nige View Post
    Did i say i expected mint, it was advertised as mint you tool.
    Well, whoever that was aimed at, I feel that was probably undeserved!

    These people are only trying to help you. If you don't like the answers you are likely to get, then maybe posting them on a public forum isn't the best way to go IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big_Nige View Post
    you tool.
    hahahaha!
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    this is gonna sound strange but have you thougth about a cupra r? some nice examples in ur budget. Either that or a really nice A3?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big_Nige View Post
    Did i say i expected mint, it was advertised as mint you tool.
    you know what...big or small get a cupra if your gonna take that attitude towards a member off here who is trying to help you.

    You will find that this is probably one of the best forums your likely to find for advice and any one of us will gladly help you out - this is as long as you keep your temper in check and respect and treat people how you expect to be treated yourself

    as for your budget, as said above.... it wont be 5k and done, you will ALWAYS have something else to pay for, the S3 isnt a cheap car to run - assuming you have taken this into account, good luck with the search
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    that wasnt aimed at you animal, i was just joining in the banter

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    GOLF started his doodahs with FFS etc etc, i never said i expected mint for Ł5k, the seller advertised it as mint & it wasnt, he wasnt trying to help at all, just looking for a few gratis points.
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    Calm down calm down guys, lets get back onto topic.

    The 5 grand S3 in good nick are not impossible, just very rare. Chances are, if there's one for sale, it would have been snapped up in double quick time, if what you say about there being so many dodgy ones about.



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    Just ignore him mate, if i was you id wait an extra few months and try to find one for around 6k or something just because it cheaper doesnt mean it will need sorting out, but most of the time it does, thats why youd best checking every detail of the s3 before you buy it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big_Nige View Post
    GOLF started his doodahs with FFS etc etc, i never said i expected mint for Ł5k, the seller advertised it as mint & it wasnt, he wasnt trying to help at all, just looking for a few gratis points.
    took most of us a few months to find what we were after matey....keep the faith, you wont regret it

    although i fell lucky and found mine within 6 weeks...... and i was very specific, although had a slightly bigger budget which didnt tie me to the lower price bracket

    it'll turn up
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    Quote Originally Posted by finesse View Post
    LOL! In the Description is.
    79,000 miles, **Price is 5995** Inputed wrong** Audi S3 1.8T 225BHP



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    Quote Originally Posted by jojo View Post
    I still don't agree with Cat D's, they are more of a headache than a bargain. Insurance is a grey area with these in terms of payout, and come resale time, they are difficult to shift, as you have to sell them dirt cheap again.

    In my opinion of course.
    Insurance issues?? i bought mine as a cat c and my insurance have just paid out Ł2400 for a minor bump i had i think its just a myth mate

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    Quote Originally Posted by S3-Andy View Post
    Insurance issues?? i bought mine as a cat c and my insurance have just paid out Ł2400 for a minor bump i had i think its just a myth mate
    Well done.



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    Quote Originally Posted by S3-Andy View Post
    Insurance issues?? i bought mine as a cat c and my insurance have just paid out Ł2400 for a minor bump i had i think its just a myth mate
    so that makes all CAT C's less risky does it? surely you can see why your car will have a reduced selling price when compared with a clean similar vehicle
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    I think he was talking specifically about insurance issues, not resale value.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jojo View Post
    LOL! In the Description is.
    He says Price is 5995... Ł6000 NO offers... Ł4,995 NO offers

    What an idiot.
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