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    Buying a Used S3: Checklist

    I know there's so much that you need to look out for when buying an S3.

    I made a list of stuff to check over that helped when choosing my friend's car with him - We're picking it up later on today.

    There's probably more that needs to be looked at, but thought that a good chunk of it would be useful to have written down in a checklist to take with us. There are other things such as listening out for knocking, getting under the car and checking condition, and so on and so forth..

    But yeah this is what we took along:

    Criteria Comments
    Temperature dial after a run
    Roof guttering - Rust/corrosion
    Tyres - Tread left? As advertised?
    Tax?
    MOT - Is it (X) months as stated?
    Previous MOTs to confirm mileage
    Clutch
    Cambelt/Water pump? When?
    Brakes - When changed? Discs as well?
    Advisories on MOT
    Clutch pedal? Any wobble?
    Check previous owners number matches
    HPI check - Make sure not written off prev
    Alloys - Check for curbing and corrosion
    Check all lights work
    Check for ABS/Traction Control lights >3kRPM
    Check for pixel loss on display
    Check stereo for issue with volume
    Check speaker grills for Bose signs
    Check gearbox - Notchy?
    Check for oil/coolant and make sure none mix
    Check for exterior damage/linup of panels
    Check all interior for rips/tears
    When was the last service? What was done?
    Any oil leaks in engine bay/under car?
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    I can add to your list.

    Check alarm siren is working, it probably won't.

    Check all wheel drive is functioning, if it spins up in first, it's not working.

    You have mentioned stereo problems, this is pretty likely if it has Bose. Avoid having the Bose system if at all possible... It's cack.

    Also check the over run water pump!
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    If people want to keep adding in stuff then I can edit it into the first thread and maybe have this up as a Sticky for any potential S3 buyer to refer to?
    2000 Plate Audi S3 1.8T Santorin Blue - 275BHP on Custom Parsons Performance remap, Forge 007p DV, Red DogBush, Milltek non-res, Lowered 35mm Apex springs, Badger5 TIP/cone filter/heat shield, Powerflex'd, Large FMIC, Relentless Downpipe, Parsons Decat and lots of love.
    On gearbox number 4.
    Further modification to come..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Routledge View Post
    If people want to keep adding in stuff then I can edit it into the first thread and maybe have this up as a Sticky for any potential S3 buyer to refer to?
    Sure thing... lets see how it goes and I will prune the irrelevent stuff out for you as we go if you wish...

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    Nice one Routledge, I'm sure a lot of this stuff will be useful for prospective a3 buyers as well

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    this one is already in the stickies

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    LOL... typical... I bang on about no one reading the bloody stickies all the time and didn't notice that one myself... :D

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    in fairness this is a checklist to take along which would be usefull, the buying guide is a good place to start for info on the S3 if your considering buying one and want to know more about them, this checklist will be good to take along on viewing as Routledge did for his mate.

    I would add check xenons move and adjust when first turned on, although the S3 lights dont seem to move much but if someone is out side they will hear the motors.

    Check aircon blows cold

    Check heated seats work if present

    Check seats adjust

    Check glove box hinge inst broken.

    Check spare wheel and tools are present

    Check lower door trim/rub strips for rust

    If car has FASH spend 5 mins on the phone to Audi and confirm service history.

    Notchey gearbox - I find with mine its notchey when cold between 1st and 2nd but once warm the gear shift is fine, check its not notchey once warm.

    Check springs arnt snapped or ARB collers broken

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    Check lower door trim/rub strips for rust + 100000000

    ^^^Expensive fix if its progressed.

    Start it from cold and see how rattly it is on startup.
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    Should I mention the Xenons self adjusting when you first put them on?

 

 

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