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    Reverse Gear

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    Apr 2011

    Facelift confusion with DRL and S3 Bumper?!

    Even after reading the FAQs im still a little confused, but then it doesn't take much.

    Im looking to buy an A3 S-Line 2.0 TDi in the near future but would love to fit the DRL's and possibly even an S3 bumper in the future. I know people hate it when you make a car look like something it isn't but its the closest i'll get to owning one,lol.

    My question is, which year onwards do I need to get, was there a facelift in 2008?

    Do the lights and bumper straight swop or will I still need a bonnet and some other stuff like I read in one thread?

    Thanks in advance.

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    6th Gear

    Join Date
    May 2010
    not sure if this is in the FAQs, but it's been covered multiple times in other threads.

    there was 2 facelifts: one in 2005 and one in 2008. the 3 models are referred to as 8P1, 8P2 and 8P3 on this forum.

    for the lateset facelift, you need:

    front slam panel
    lock carrier
    new bonnet hinges
    new headlamps
    new wing mirrors (whether you need new door modules or not to get these to work is a contentious issue. one memeber has wired his straight into his central electrics board, and another has just plugged them into his old door modules and apparently they worked. i'm going to give the 2nd option a try because i've got some facelift wing mirrors waiting to go on - i'll let you know how i get on)
    new grille
    new foglight grilles
    (your actual foglights can be reused if you have an S-Line)

    if you want the xenon DRLs then you'll also need headlamp washers and auto levelling. because yours is an S-Line you may not need a new central electrics board but you might.

    you then need someone to paint all this, and then there's a whole heap of coding involved.

    in regards to the S3 bumper - i personally wouldn't do it but that doesn't mean it won't look good. at the end of the day, it's your car and it's YOU who needs to be happy with it!

    do a google search with "audi-sport" in it and you should be able to find threads from members who've done this. this is just a summary, there is a lot more info out there
    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

    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!

  4. #3
    Reverse Gear

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    Apr 2011
    Thanks for all your advice, much appreciated. Ill do a search now and see what I can uncover.



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