Thought I had eventually found a good s3 today, was exactly what I was after, black with black leather, and completely standard apart from a few subtle engine mods and sitting at 93k.
Went to see the car which was advertised about a grand below what it's worth due to a quick sale needed and the paintwork needing attention. It was as described with plenty of history...... And when looking through the history I noticed an 8 grand receipt for a forged build, ihi turbo and various other bits and pieces!
With me Thinking the current owner wasn't aware of what he had, I sheepishly scouted out the bay, but it wasn't adding up, some stuff was fitted (turbo and mani for example) but other stuff missing (fmic).
After pondering it for a bit I had a look through the history again which is when I noticed the number plates on half the history was different to the car?! Alarm bells started ringing so I asked the owner what the scoop was, he seemed blissfully unaware of any discrepancies in the history which was worrying!
After looking a bit deeper into the history I found a chassis number on a receipt so checked it against the car and It was different again!
At this point I made my excuses and left, with the paintwork needing attention (roof rails and front arches) and having a possible ticking time bomb engine with no history was just taking on too much and not worth it in my eyes!
Once home, out of curiousity, I decided to run a quick 'text check' on the car....... The number plate that was on some of the history (the forged build) came back legit and showed a yellow s3 that is still on the road ?? The number plate on the car came back as a cat c write off in 2006!!
Lucky escape I think!
So the hunt continues..... Anyone selling a decent s3 get in touch