We have gone from looking for an A4 Quattro for my OH to use this winter to finding and buying an S3! That wasn't part of the plan, but there you go! My daily driver is a BMW E60 535d. Getting out of that and into this S3 is like getting into a go kart! I'm really enjoying the crazy little car though.
It's a 1999 V reg, which someone at some point has tried to facelift. Unfortunately, we paid absolute bottom money for this car, and so expected issues. And it's got them. In spades.
So that's where I need your help. I want to get this car back to its best. My Mrs loves it already so we HAVE to show it some love!
It's an Ebony Pearl, LZ9W paint colour. The bonnet needs replacing or spraying. The wings don't seem to sit right where the facelift headlights are fitted and the doors also look like they want replacing, so it will be like Trigger's broom in the end!
So.... where do I start? Let's start with the facelift headlights. There's no back covers on them. They look to me like they have had an aftermarket Xenon kit fitted. You can't even clip the bulbs into the lights as the clips don't actually clip on. Can't tell if that bit of the lights has also been butchered or not. Can I get OEM Xenon wiring looms to replace this aftermarket crap, or is it back to halogen or bust?
Couple of pics:
Then there's the bit where the lights don't fit properly into the corners of the wings. Is this because these are not the right wings and lights combo, or something else?
Soo..... new front wings needed?
Then we have the engine. Oh god......
There's basically some stuff been done to the engine which I want to reverse. Here are the pics:
I will remove the cone filter and put the standard airbox back on as soon as I can. In one of the engine pics, I have circled what I believe to be the EGR. Is this correct? If so, what should the vac hose coming from it connect to, as it's just sat in there with nothing on the other end of it right now.
There's also something sat on the engine in the 2nd engine pic, which I did a bit of research on and found was called a change over valve? What does it do/where does it go? I don't want it sat loose on top of the engine!
The red vac hoses, I don't know if there is anything right or wrong with them. If anyone can see any issues with them, please please point them out. Not sure why there is a blanked off T-Piece in there.
The car makes a very pronounced dump valve sound, but looks to my eye to have a standard recirc valve on it, which is really strange?
So there we have it. Apologies for the long post. This is a major work in progress and I'd like to get it sorted. Outside of these issues, we have a dead key which I can't bloody separate to put a new battery in, and the car's battery is being drained by something which I haven't yet traced, so goes flat Oh and the temp gauge doesn't work. New sensor from ECP tomorrow I think.
We'll get there in the end!