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    *URGENT* S3 help

    Hi All,

    I'm possibly buying an S3 tonight, just had a question.

    The car is a 1999 and has done 139+ thousand miles.

    Is this to high? Car has full service history and mainly motor way miles.

    Link to eBay add:

    http://item.mobileweb.ebay.co.uk/vie...d=261288943216

    Any help/advice would be great.

    Thank you

    Ben

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    Looks a nice example... beachbuggys old one?

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    The car says sold on ebay - is that you then ?
    The picture of the roof looks like some bubbling going on by the rails...or it could just be dirt on the picture.

    It looks like a clean example overall from the pictures.
    02 plate - 2002 - 225bhp - S3 - Ming Blue - completely standard - nuff said, OK there's a centre armrest, sunroof, BOSE speakers & black leather recaros, oh and the non OE chrome pack !

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    Very urgent lol
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    Look out for rotten/split hoses as there prone to failing and causing idling issues and boost leaks, but this is only due to their age.
    My PCV system had to replaced as the oil had rotted most of the bends, easy to replace with a Oil Catch Can.
    think your year comes with the secondary air injection which pumps air from the air box to the exhaust, some thing to do with helping the cats to warm up so don't worry if there's a whirring noise coming from under the inlet mani.
    Gearbox shouldn't crunch and controvert to popular belief the S3 isint a full time quattro, its uses a Haldex coupling (viscous Diff) to vary the power transfer to the rear diff. Most of the time its 90/10 torque split to the front wheels and will only operate the coupling when the front wheels spin faster then the rear, unless your like me and get a Haldex Blue controller to make the Haldex active on full throttle, But Haldex don't make the Gen1 controllers any more so you`ll have to wait patiently on fle bay.
    So with that look for Haldex oil and filter replacements in the invoices of the service history, New oil @ 20K and oil and filter @ 40K.
    The front wings are bad for rust, look under the fold of the wing. I payed for genuine wings from Audi as their anti perforation warranty is not worth the paper its printed on.
    The lower door blades hide rust that will creep out over time, they vibrate and rub through the paint and galvonise and road ****e collects there and will rust away and the mounts that the blade sits on will simply dissolve away, again it came out my pocket to repair.
    Oh and look for smoke on start up and when giving it the shoe.
    Hope this helps

    Happy Motoring

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    Oh and rust in the roof

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    Cheers for the help

    So milage isn't an issue then?? :D

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    If its had a full service then no.
    With these engines u always buy with the service history,mileage is irreverent.
    But that doesn't mean it wont be a dog, u still gotta do your home work on the car and check it properly.

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    Should mention Haldex is a multi-plate clutch system clamped by hydraulic pressure and regulated via a servo controlled valve in the haldex controller unit which in turn uses data from the ECU and ABS controller to determine degree of lock... viscous couplings are a different beast

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    Quote Originally Posted by <tuffty/> View Post
    Should mention Haldex is a multi-plate clutch system clamped by hydraulic pressure and regulated via a servo controlled valve in the haldex controller unit which in turn uses data from the ECU and ABS controller to determine degree of lock... viscous couplings are a different beast

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    Same thing but different

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    This S3 Sump Removal and Refit (with pics)

    especially if the car has ever been on the longlife service scedule
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    Can't decide if the price is good or not for a preface lift with 139k miles? I just did the oil pickup on mine during an oil change last week, cars only done 64k miles since 99', but piece of mind and all that. The original pickup did have a bit of crap in it on mine!, so glad I had it done!!
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    99' Audi S3(APY) - Brilliant Black Click>>>Going Sideways vid!
    You've got to have a laugh! For Sale:LCR Brakes - £400



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    My 2001 S3 facelift on 95K is selling for the same price which is what I believe to be realistic for its age so I'd say this one is a bit steep. Looks a decent example though and has some nice mods , very clean interior too.

    If its been owned by an enthusiast then hopefully it hasn't been running on long life oil changes.
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    I bought it for less than the advertised price. There is not a mark on it and i had a very good look

    And there is a folder full of paperwork, reciepts etc...

    Drives great, feels great, goes great. Very happy with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ben_harmer32 View Post
    I bought it for less than the advertised price. There is not a mark on it and i had a very good look

    And there is a folder full of paperwork, reciepts etc...

    Drives great, feels great, goes great. Very happy with it.
    Good stuff!



    99' Audi S3(APY) - Brilliant Black Click>>>Going Sideways vid!
    You've got to have a laugh! For Sale:LCR Brakes - £400



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    The car is a 1999 and has done 139+ thousand miles and not a mark on it.....erm I would be worried !

    :-)
    02 plate - 2002 - 225bhp - S3 - Ming Blue - completely standard - nuff said, OK there's a centre armrest, sunroof, BOSE speakers & black leather recaros, oh and the non OE chrome pack !

 

 

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