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    alijames's Avatar
    5th Gear

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    Feb 2008

    Advice for another (almost) S3 owner...

    Hi All,

    After ~3 months searching, 10 viewings and 4 'gone before I got there's, finally agreed a sale of a mint, unmolested 2001/Y 8L with 71k on the clock. Should be picking up Thur/Fri this week!!

    I've been trawling the Forums the since the hunt began, and got a lot a valuable info so far. Great stuff from everyone!!

    But still need a couple of bits of advice needed from you guys if poss :

    Any recommended any specialists or just good mechanics near to Oxford/Bicester to do a Cambelt/Waterpump change, or should I hit Oxford Audi for a quote? Pity AMD went the way of the dodo last year as they were only a 3 iron from my gaff...

    Also, it's currently fitted with a Concert R/C + Changer set-up, but no Bose. I would prefer to get a CD (preferably with MP3 CD capability) up front. As there is plenty of used Concert/Symphony kit on Ebay.

    Which models are a simple swap? Also, how easy is it to move the A/C down to accomodate a Double din Symphony or Concert 2 set-up. I'm guessing I might run into issues with CAN-bus compatibility, but how easy is it to find out whether mine is late enough to have CAN-bus capability?

    Anyone got their old Audi CD HU sitting in their garage they want a few quid for? PM if you have, rather than clutter up the forum...

    Also DirectLine have finally given me a decent quote at 340 comp. Fair enough, I'm 36 with 10years NCD and no points, but that's only 80 more than my 1995 MX5!!


    "Why don't you listen to something really classical, like Mozart, Mendelssohn or Motorhead?"
    Arnold Rimmer, 1988

    Commuting & Weekend Fun:
    Yamaha YZF-1000R Thunder Ace in Blue/Black

    Practical Alternative (Still fun though!!):
    S3 2002/51 AMK Silver, Symphony II + Bose + xCarLink + AndyMac Stealth Sub, Metallic Mirrors, Heated Black Leather, Cruise control.

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    jesters3's Avatar
    6th Gear

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    Jan 2003
    The Shire's
    Check out APS in brackely (ex AMD lot) not too far from Oxford. Best get a quote from Oxford to give you and idea of what not too pay and then have a scout round, the other one is MRC in Banbury. Both are well respected and can give you the service you want.

    For the stereo set-up I haven't got a clue! best to have a search in the ICE forum or tap up the guru known as AndyMac
    "On my second S3 and loving it. RS3 here I come!!!"

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    spiker's Avatar
    usually growling at something

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    Jul 2005
    Stafford Audi did my cambelt change last month as an ebay special

    cambelt - water pump and belts + haldex oil change = 470 inc vat

    might be worth the trip
    If you aint first you're last



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