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    Lava Grey vs Dolphin Grey (& 3.2 decision advice!)

    I'm currently looking at two very similarly specced cars, both have the open sky roof. One is Lava Grey, the other is Dolphin Grey. From the pictures I'm struggling to tell the difference, I've google some pictures but still can't really tell them apart. Are they the same colour? Is one darker/metallic?

    If anyone can provide real life comparison pics then I'd be grateful.

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    Lava is a much deeper grey, so the metal flakes tend to pop out a bit more. It cleans up BEAUTIFULLY (by clean, I mean washed, polished, waxed), far better than my Dolphin Grey car does. Mine looks lovely in the summer, but Lava Grey seems that bit more photogenic. My Dolphin Grey hides motorway miles quite well though.
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    I have a Dolphin Grey A6, subtle, very clean, looks good in everything but really bright sunshine and can carry quite a lot of crud before it looks mucky.

    N8 - what are those wheels, i could be in the market for a set?
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    Bentley. Hmm, does that mean there's a GT price to go with them?
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    I'll upload a pic of mine from a couple of days ago; not good light for showing the colour off particularly, plus it wasn't particularly clean!
    .: 2005 Dolphin Grey A3 2.0 TDI Sport :.

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    Bentley. Hmm, does that mean there's a GT price to go with them?
    He wants 1350

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    I took a handful on Monday, so just uploaded them all.















    Only pics I have of it after cleaning/waxing are on camera phones. Yes, it DOES need coilovers!!!
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    Needs proper brakes too, but S3 brakes don't agree with my car. Will have to sort some monster 4/6 pots out some time. The list's always endless as we all know!
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    Thanks for the pictures and advice. Not much in it really, both nice colours!

    Thing is I'm torn between two cars at the moment, both are 8P2 3.2 S-line Sportbacks with DSG.

    Both have all the usual S-line stuff plus:
    DVD Satnav
    Heated seats
    Interior lights
    iPod connection
    MFSW
    Open sky

    One is a private sale:
    56 Plate
    13,950
    Lava Grey
    27,000
    Also has:
    Bose
    Roof rails (quite handy, do loads of bike racing and often have bike racks on the car roof)
    Acoustic parking
    Phone prep


    The other is a dealer car:
    07 Plate
    14,450
    Dolphin Grey
    51,000
    Also has:
    Electric lumbar
    Flat tyre indicator
    Hill hold (is this needed with DSG?)
    Rain & light sensor
    Xenon lights
    Not sure if it has phone prep


    Both have pros and cons, neither clearly better than the other. Any input welcome, plus advice on realistic price for such a car.

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    Hmmm, tough one brother.

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    Go see both of them and then decide, only you can decide which one you want the must. We can only give you an input

    Here a photo of my car


    My car 3days ownership July 2008 (my mate went and got a Dolphin Grey A3 PR*CK)
    Hope they help fella. But obviously i vote for lava grey lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by jon208 View Post
    Thanks for the pictures and advice. Not much in it really, both nice colours!

    Thing is I'm torn between two cars at the moment, both are 8P2 3.2 S-line Sportbacks with DSG.

    Both have all the usual S-line stuff plus:
    DVD Satnav
    Heated seats
    Interior lights
    iPod connection
    MFSW
    Open sky

    One is a private sale:
    56 Plate
    13,950
    Lava Grey
    27,000
    Also has:
    Bose
    Roof rails (quite handy, do loads of bike racing and often have bike racks on the car roof)
    Acoustic parking
    Phone prep


    The other is a dealer car:
    07 Plate
    14,450
    Dolphin Grey
    51,000
    Also has:
    Electric lumbar
    Flat tyre indicator
    Hill hold (is this needed with DSG?)
    Rain & light sensor
    Xenon lights
    Not sure if it has phone prep


    Both have pros and cons, neither clearly better than the other. Any input welcome, plus advice on realistic price for such a car.

    Thanks
    Jon
    i'd go for the dealer car - you'll be able to argue down the price, and you'll get a warranty...

    the stuff that the private car has that the dealer car doesn't can easily be retrofitted, and BOSE is not a must have - an aftermarket sound system will sound much MUCH better. i've owned 2 BOSE cars and as an OEM set up it's not bad, but if you go aftermarket you'll get much better sound trust me
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    i think you may look slightly camp with a 3.2 badge on the back mate, best get the hairdryer out if you get either and whip those badges off
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    jon208 - The pic N8 posted is Dolphin Grey, same as my car, so...no, there isn't much between those too! benskin's car is Lava grey - see how much crazy reflection of the car park lines his bumper picks up? The beauty of a clean Lava Grey car!
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    what about meteor grey
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1animal1 View Post
    what about meteor grey
    Oi! Stop it! This is difficult enough.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1animal1 View Post
    i think you may look slightly camp with a 3.2 badge on the back mate, best get the hairdryer out if you get either and whip those badges off
    Yes, you may as well take the badges of as everyone will know you have a proper engine just by the sound of it!

    As said , go for the dealer car with the Warranty and you'll have piece of mind, however I do prefer Lava grey, looks stunning in sunlight....decisions decisions
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    or buy an S3 with antidazzle rear view mirror, that way the 3.2 behind won't blind ya as his lights disappear into the distance
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    Loving the comedy on here tonight!
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    P.S. 1animal1, think I saw someone looking for an N75 in Classifieds - Wanted
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    Quote Originally Posted by heeman10 View Post
    Loving the comedy on here tonight!
    Damn it this is serious! Look, if I can pretend to listen carefully and pay attention while my Mrs asks my honest opinion on which one of 14 imperceptibly different shades of cream we should paint the living room you can jolly well help me choose what shade of grey my 3.2 should be.

    Honestly.

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    There are more than two A3's for sale just now me thinks..... find a Lava Grey (obviously) one from a dealer. Easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jon squires View Post
    There are more than two A3's for sale just now me thinks..... find a Lava Grey (obviously) one from a dealer. Easy.

    Not in 3.2 there aren't...

    Mine is Lava which is pearlescent. I think Dolphin was just metallic...
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    you won't find a Meteor grey car in a 3.2... it was an 8P3 colour
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    Quote Originally Posted by N8 View Post
    He wants 1350
    Think i'll be getting a new intercooler first then
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    Quote Originally Posted by sub39h View Post
    you won't find a Meteor grey car in a 3.2... it was an 8P3 colour
    Thought it was 8P3 but wasn't 100% - just throwing it in to gauge opinion as the dealer told me its a shade lighter than Dolphin, as mine was dolphin, i can honestly say on the pics - it doesnt look like it!!

    nevertheless an option for the OP depending on his budget....... if he isnt nailed to the 3.2's
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    Quote Originally Posted by fjtwelve View Post
    Think i'll be getting a new intercooler first then
    No worries

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    Meteor FTW!!! Or Daytona, thats a nice colour especially on the RS4.

    I'd go with Lava over Dolphin though if it was my choice, but colour is a pretty personal taste to be honest. I think its mentioned above, Lava does polish up nice with the flakes in it popping out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1animal1 View Post
    i think you may look slightly camp with a 3.2 badge on the back mate, best get the hairdryer out if you get either and whip those badges off
    Yawn!!!

    Go for the Dealer car, it has xenons too! Just make sure which ever you go for has full service history etc. With the mileage on the Dealer car just check the Haldex and DSG oil and filters have been done or get them to do it! But I prefer Lava but warranty is peace of mind.
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    Any ideas what a realistic starting offer would be?

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    i'd go low. it's a 3.2 and they aren't gonna shift it (i mean that with the utmost respect. i'd love to own a 3.2)
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    Lava grey all day long!

    I loved how mine used to sparkle in direct sunlight and then change colour throughout the day

    I could pick out grey, black, silver, purple, blue, copper and so many other colours! Really lovely colour

    Ignore the bumper in the 1st pic as it's black, not lava grey. But the rest of the body is lava grey and i'll probably have my next Audi in the same colour



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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarah's A3 View Post
    Yawn!!!

    Go for the Dealer car, it has xenons too! Just make sure which ever you go for has full service history etc. With the mileage on the Dealer car just check the Haldex and DSG oil and filters have been done or get them to do it! But I prefer Lava but warranty is peace of mind.
    only jesting Sarah, was hoping a certain someone might surface from the darker depths


    Smudge i remember that from that show, got quite a few pics of it!! lovely car.... really does look black though in those pics, really hard to tell it apart
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    Hey Animal matey, I know you were, not a problem lol


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