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    looking for a s3!question...

    im new to the audi scene and im in the process of looking around for a s3.i recently drove one and when i took it for a test drive it made a small clicking noise that souded lke it was coming from the drive gear?is there any major faults that occur with these cars?wot are the gearboxes and 4wd kit like?wot the best thing to look out for when go and look at some others?also do all the models come with the heated seats?or was it an option?thanks

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    any1?

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    I think heated seats were an option on them, there are things to watch out for if you look at the buying guide on top of the A3 8l forum it should give you a better idea.

    Stay away from anything with a ticking engine, there are enough S3's about for you to be pretty picky. Remember if its really cheap, there's probably a reason
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodenal
    I think heated seats were an option on them, there are things to watch out for if you look at the buying guide on top of the A3 8l forum it should give you a better idea.

    Stay away from anything with a ticking engine, there are enough S3's about for you to be pretty picky. Remember if its really cheap, there's probably a reason
    They all have a tappety sound from the charcoal filter so it depends what the 'ticking' is. Personally apart from the usual such as service history etc. I'd be chatting to the owner about how they have looked after the car. For example, I'd be happier buying off someone who is an enthusiast (most people on here) and talks about how they have looked after the car e.g. allowing the car to warm up / cool down before booting it, knows what has been done at particular service intervals, knows what oil has been used in the car etc. etc.

    As said above have a look at the buying guide.

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    Oh and I wouldn't be put off by an independent service history, especially from the well known independent audi/vw specialists as I trust my car far more with them than I do with audi dealers generally.

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    and then I noticed the 'condensed buyer's guide' thread - have a look at that!

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    I certainly wouldn't be put off by an indepedent service history, in fact I would be positively encouraged by it! Dealer servicing (in the main) is the most overpriced and inferior quality service I have ever experienced in any industry!
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