Ok, I am just looking for a bit of guidance as I am struggling to decide what to do.
Scenario is I bought a real dog of an S3 April last year (did not realise it was so bad at the time) and since that point I have been throwing money at it to fix various issues, currently the car needs another new clutch as I bought a 2nd hand one off the forum and it's been slipping since day 1 but in the past month it has got so bad that I struggle pretty badly to get up to speed just turning into local traffic and try hard to avoid motorway journeys.
Also it has had a replacement engine and turbo (another fun repair bill for me - yay!) but every now and again it chucks out blue smoke and is using a fair amount of oil so it has been booked in yet again to have a new clutch fitted and also pin point the oil leak and fix as appropriate. I have been warned that it may well be the turbo seals or piston rings.
I have done my sums and sadly realised that I have dropped over 5k in repairs/mods so far since I bought the car and have had to accept the fact that I am stuck with keeping the car now as it has such little resale value as it is.
Now my dilemma is that the mechanic is happy to fit as many parts as I give them for no extra labour charge (they will have the car for around a week) I wanted to buy a full poly bush kit and was originally looking to get a new stock clutch, but having gone cheap on the last clutch and now having to fork out again after having it in for less than 3/4 months I have been looking at the Single mass clutch that Awesome sell but my budget will not stretch to a full bush kit as well that clutch kit so which would be of more benefit? bear in mind I will now have to keep the car until either it or I die!
The car is a 2000 model and is running oem bushes and in the past months has had a weitec coilover kit & adjustable arms fitted, it is not slammed to the floor and won't be.
Currently it has a R-Tech stage 1 map and as I already have an XS power manifold, 3" dp and decat ready to be fitted when the clutch work gets done and I have previously had a fmic, badger5 v2 tip, silicone hoses throughout and catch can fitted and I want to go for a stage 2 once the car is finally sorted.
What option do I go for?