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    I'm torn between these two cars... Your opinions welcome

    I've found two A3s that I really like however they are both some distance away from me so not really feasible to see both in one day (thats all I have spare this weekend).

    Both are loaded quite well but have their own differences...

    Which of these two appeals to you and why?

    Car 1 - 140 S Line 2006 - DSG 3DR
    39,000 miles, LAVA GREY. METALLIC WITH FULL BLACK LEATHER FULL AUDI SERVICE HISTORY ! AUDI FACTORY NAVIGATION PLUS ! BLUETOOTH PHONE PREP, S LINE MULTI FUNCTION STEERING WHEEL WITH PADDLE SHIFT ! PARK DISTANCE CONTROL, CENTRE ARM REST, HEATED SEATS

    12450

    Car 2 - 140 S Line 2006 - QUATTRO 3DR
    44,000 miles, Lava Grey With Half Black Leather and Alcantara S Line Sports Seats. DVD Base Navigation Plus With SD Card Slots, Heated Front Seats, Cruise Control, Multifunction Steerting Wheel, Front Centre Armrest, Electric Folding Door Mirrors, Xenon Plus Headlights, Interior Light Pack, Climate, Full Audi Service History.

    13999

    Once again, any advice/opinions are much appreciated :-)

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    car 1 for me
    2006 Phantom Black A3 2.0T S-Line.
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    MODS : '09 tail lights | TT vents | Weitec Hicon GTs | RNS-E 2010 | Controls Pack (Red Stitching)
    PLANS: Dumbos | 8P3 S-Line Rear Bumper | OEM Parking Sensors


    GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN:
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    1997 BMW 316i Coupe M-Sport. You won't be missed quite so much!

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    car 2 for me its got a better spec i think
    off the road boohoo anyone got a gearbox for me lol!!


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    Depends if you have no preference between dsg and manual. If it was me I would choose Car 2 but haggle on the price abit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sub39h View Post
    car 1 for me
    What do you prefer about Car 1?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Agent_Trig View Post
    What do you prefer about Car 1?
    Probably cause it's DSG
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    Quote Originally Posted by V16 View Post
    Depends if you have no preference between dsg and manual. If it was me I would choose Car 2 but haggle on the price abit.
    I have no real preference on the transmission to be honest. But Quattro does appeal to me. I'm just wondering whether the extras on Car 2 make it 1500 more than Car 1?

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    Car 2 because of quattro and alcantara.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Agent_Trig View Post
    I have no real preference on the transmission to be honest. But Quattro does appeal to me. I'm just wondering whether the extras on Car 2 make it 1500 more than Car 1?
    quattro adds a bit to the price on its own , tyr and get the price down a bit even 500 is better than nothing eh
    off the road boohoo anyone got a gearbox for me lol!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by V16 View Post
    Probably cause it's DSG
    you aren't wrong. it's personal preference really, but the DSG is more useful more of the time imho

    but also because it's got full leather, is lower mileage, is cheaper and it's got PDC which is important in the 3dr A3 because the rear visibility isn't great. it's also got BT. all those are more important to me than xenons and electric folding door mirrors
    2006 Phantom Black A3 2.0T S-Line.
    DSG | 18" BBS Pescaras | Rear Parking Sensors | MFSW | Symphony II | BOSE | Auto lights/wipers | Half leather
    MODS : '09 tail lights | TT vents | Weitec Hicon GTs | RNS-E 2010 | Controls Pack (Red Stitching)
    PLANS: Dumbos | 8P3 S-Line Rear Bumper | OEM Parking Sensors


    GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN:
    2005 Ebony Black A3 1.6 Sport tiptronic. You will be missed!
    1997 BMW 316i Coupe M-Sport. You won't be missed quite so much!

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    Car one because its cheaper and less to go wrong .Less service costs etc .I would haggle the price down on either in anycase .Its a buyers market ;-).And one last thing, Buy what you want, Not what people tell youto buy ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve L View Post
    Buy what you want, Not what people tell youto buy ...
    very wise words
    2006 Phantom Black A3 2.0T S-Line.
    DSG | 18" BBS Pescaras | Rear Parking Sensors | MFSW | Symphony II | BOSE | Auto lights/wipers | Half leather
    MODS : '09 tail lights | TT vents | Weitec Hicon GTs | RNS-E 2010 | Controls Pack (Red Stitching)
    PLANS: Dumbos | 8P3 S-Line Rear Bumper | OEM Parking Sensors


    GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN:
    2005 Ebony Black A3 1.6 Sport tiptronic. You will be missed!
    1997 BMW 316i Coupe M-Sport. You won't be missed quite so much!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve L View Post
    Car one because its cheaper and less to go wrong .Less service costs etc .I would haggle the price down on either in anycase .Its a buyers market ;-).And one last thing, Buy what you want, Not what people tell youto buy ...
    When you say less to go wrong, do you mean less electrics to go wrong or the quattro? Also does the quattro's cost more to service?

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    Second one for me as I hate DSG.
    Daytona Grey Audi A3 2.0TDI 150 S-Line with Tech Pack, Comfort Pack, Interior Light Pack, Alcantara/Leather seats, B&O sound, DAB radio, Folding/dimming mirrors

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    2nd one for me too.

    Slightly more miles, but I'd go for the Quattrro, xenons and alcantara.
    The xenons are a must for me personally but each to their own.

    Doesn't blutooth come with the DVD nav anyway ?

    Can be retrofitted anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RAPS3 View Post
    Doesn't blutooth come with the DVD nav anyway ?
    Nope it doesn't.

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    Can be retrofitted anyway.
    Not cheaply! But that's academic if the OP doesn't think he'll use it. Which is why this thread is kinda pointless lol. We don't really know how he's gonna use the car or what he needs or doesn't need!
    2006 Phantom Black A3 2.0T S-Line.
    DSG | 18" BBS Pescaras | Rear Parking Sensors | MFSW | Symphony II | BOSE | Auto lights/wipers | Half leather
    MODS : '09 tail lights | TT vents | Weitec Hicon GTs | RNS-E 2010 | Controls Pack (Red Stitching)
    PLANS: Dumbos | 8P3 S-Line Rear Bumper | OEM Parking Sensors


    GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN:
    2005 Ebony Black A3 1.6 Sport tiptronic. You will be missed!
    1997 BMW 316i Coupe M-Sport. You won't be missed quite so much!

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    After watching Top Gear last week I would have it CSI checked and buy the one with the least pubes/poo/spit/wee/snots and spunk inside.

    Good luck
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    Last edited by PaulAr; 18th February 2011 at 06:16.
    Now:
    -MK2 Golf Gti 16V/VR6, Oak Green, Shrick, Intake, Decat, Kish Retrim, Lenso BSX..
    -BMW 335d Xdrive, Estoril Blue, fully loaded.

    Before:
    S3 (8P), Ibis, DSG, Milltek, SHARK

    BMW 320d M Sport
    S3 (8P), Sprint, REVO, H&R Springs, BBS CHs,

    Golf MK5 GTi 20TFSI - REVO Stage1, Red.
    Golf MK5 GTi 20TFSI - Std, Shadow Blue
    Civic Type `R`
    Golf MK4 GTi 18T - 200bhp, MTM ECU, Forge DV
    Golf MK3 VR6 - Cat Back
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    Quote Originally Posted by sub39h View Post
    Which is why this thread is kinda pointless lol. We don't really know how he's gonna use the car or what he needs or doesn't need!
    I can see why this thread seems pointless, but as I'm new to A3s I dont really understand the value of these extras in terms of how good they are, their value nor the added saleability they give the car when it comes to sell in a few years time.

    All of your replies have been helpful, so this has been of a benefit to me :-)

    I'm gonna try and get the second car down to as close to 13k as poss, if he dont wanna meet me there then I'll have the first car for as close to 12k as poss - and then have 1k for my first mods :-)

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    Tough call really as I like the full leather, but I think Quattro and Xenons would swing it for me. We have a DSG 170 TDi in the family, and as much I like driving it, I prefer my manual gearbox but that just my own opinion. People buy DSG for a number of reasons as they do when speccing Quattro.

    Both are the best colour though!!!
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    quattros suffer on fuel economy compared to FWD. I'd sooner have 50 weeks of better fuel economy and cheaper servicing than 2 weeks of grip in the snow!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee_R View Post
    quattros suffer on fuel economy compared to FWD. I'd sooner have 50 weeks of better fuel economy and cheaper servicing than 2 weeks of grip in the snow!
    What about when its wet? Which is more than 2 weeks a year...

    I respect its a personal choice but quattro is hardly a `snow option`

    How much power/torque your putting down makes a difference too of course.

    Paul
    Now:
    -MK2 Golf Gti 16V/VR6, Oak Green, Shrick, Intake, Decat, Kish Retrim, Lenso BSX..
    -BMW 335d Xdrive, Estoril Blue, fully loaded.

    Before:
    S3 (8P), Ibis, DSG, Milltek, SHARK

    BMW 320d M Sport
    S3 (8P), Sprint, REVO, H&R Springs, BBS CHs,

    Golf MK5 GTi 20TFSI - REVO Stage1, Red.
    Golf MK5 GTi 20TFSI - Std, Shadow Blue
    Civic Type `R`
    Golf MK4 GTi 18T - 200bhp, MTM ECU, Forge DV
    Golf MK3 VR6 - Cat Back
    Corrado VR6 - JAMEX
    Corrado G60 - JAMEX, BRM Charger rebuild
    etc....

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    Another for the second one from me! Sounds great with xenons, quattro and manual, and just because its up for that much doesn't mean you have to pay that much! Haggle.
    Wanted - a pillar covers, leather interior, rear bumper, standard head lining

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee_R View Post
    quattros suffer on fuel economy compared to FWD. I'd sooner have 50 weeks of better fuel economy and cheaper servicing than 2 weeks of grip in the snow!
    Quattro also works in the wet which we get to much of also I regulary get 500+ miles to a tank.


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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulAr View Post
    How much power/torque your putting down makes a difference too of course.
    it's a TDI 140. he doesn't need quattro
    2006 Phantom Black A3 2.0T S-Line.
    DSG | 18" BBS Pescaras | Rear Parking Sensors | MFSW | Symphony II | BOSE | Auto lights/wipers | Half leather
    MODS : '09 tail lights | TT vents | Weitec Hicon GTs | RNS-E 2010 | Controls Pack (Red Stitching)
    PLANS: Dumbos | 8P3 S-Line Rear Bumper | OEM Parking Sensors


    GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN:
    2005 Ebony Black A3 1.6 Sport tiptronic. You will be missed!
    1997 BMW 316i Coupe M-Sport. You won't be missed quite so much!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sub39h View Post
    it's a TDI 140. he doesn't need quattro
    I would say you are right, he doesnt need it as such.

    I would say the advantages are just less tangable.
    Still advantages none the less.

    Personally I proabably wouldnt pay a huge premium for quattry on a 140 TD, more of a nice to have.
    Having not driven a 140 TD Im happy to be corrected.

    cheers
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    Now:
    -MK2 Golf Gti 16V/VR6, Oak Green, Shrick, Intake, Decat, Kish Retrim, Lenso BSX..
    -BMW 335d Xdrive, Estoril Blue, fully loaded.

    Before:
    S3 (8P), Ibis, DSG, Milltek, SHARK

    BMW 320d M Sport
    S3 (8P), Sprint, REVO, H&R Springs, BBS CHs,

    Golf MK5 GTi 20TFSI - REVO Stage1, Red.
    Golf MK5 GTi 20TFSI - Std, Shadow Blue
    Civic Type `R`
    Golf MK4 GTi 18T - 200bhp, MTM ECU, Forge DV
    Golf MK3 VR6 - Cat Back
    Corrado VR6 - JAMEX
    Corrado G60 - JAMEX, BRM Charger rebuild
    etc....

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    car 2 for the xenon


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    Car 2, although its close as I love DSG but loooovve quattro and it also has Xenons.

    You could always keep looking if you are really unsure!


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    Come on mate if you don't know if you want DSG or manual.......then what chance do we stand ? Once you have made your mind up...either go for the DSG..or manual..its pretty simple. Jeeeeez.

 

 

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