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    Would I swap my S3 for new A3 3.2Q DSG?

    No Way Jose!!

    Drove one today and VERY disappointed.
    1-interior no better except newer

    2-steering ****e - like NO feel and turn wheel and there's a curious "ah - turning - ah - oh yeah! better get into it" feeling - wow - you feel like you are a degree of seperation away from the front wheels. Nice and light for parking though! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh_roll.gif[/img]

    3-stunningly smooth DSG - very clever bit of kit that, but also distances you from the driving experience - give me a six speed manual with clutch any day - hey my S3's got one of those! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

    4-my chipped S3's quicker and it FEELS it [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/beerchug.gif[/img]

    5-the ride was aweful - jiggly and nervous around town although better at speed.

    6-much improved refinement (=less involvement too though)

    Roll on the RS3 6sp manual is all I can say at present.

    Cheers

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    Re: Would I swap my S3 for new A3 3.2Q DSG?

    It's not an S3 replacement so it is hardly a shock that the S3 is more involving.

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    Re: Would I swap my S3 for new A3 3.2Q DSG?

    But it should be FAR more involving than it is given that it's design is 7 years younger and given Audi's move to become the more sporting arm of VAG.

    And that particular model is definitely pitched performancewise into hot hatch territory.

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    Re: Would I swap my S3 for new A3 3.2Q DSG?

    I agree it could be better, the suspension is an odd hybrid that is neither sporty nor comfortable. I like the steering although it is not quite as informative as it could be.

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    Re: Would I swap my S3 for new A3 3.2Q DSG?

    Keep the S3...

    If you want the A4 3.2, get the engine and gearbox remapped - that'll improve it, but it still doesn't have the urgency of a turbocharger!

    Best,

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    Re: Would I swap my S3 for new A3 3.2Q DSG?

    ive ordered the new 3.2

    and hope to keep it for a while as all my other cars have had for a year or less.

    but plan hopefully depending on if its avalible later on in years..

    to either drop a bigger engine in or add a turbo conversion to it.

 

 

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