Went to see an S3 yesterday. The car drove really nicely. An 03 model with 58k on the clock. Had the BOSE sound system too which is a bonus.
Needed a bit of work though. New rear shocks required (one leaking), cambelt is due, existing tyres were budget, not a make I've heard of before and looked old, so I'd need to replace all 4 tyres. In addition, although there were no signs of any other accident damage, the offside front wing was bubbling at the very front and looked as though it had been filled and resprayed at some point.
The dealer was asking £6,995 for the car and with the above in mind then he was happy to reduce it to £6,500 for a sale. I would then need to get the work above done myself - estimate around £1,200
Trouble is, on top of all of this the Stereo faceplate was a mess. Lots of the buttons were worn - some so that you couldn't tell what they were anymore. Kind of put me off really as it really detracts from the rest if the car. Don't think I could live with it to be honest as it really spoils an otherwise great interior.
Is this stereo wear a problem that all S3's suffer from or is it only a minority? If I keep looking am I likely to find one in good condition?
Suppose the other option is to replace the whole fascia/head unit but I'm guessing that's going to be really expensive?