Long time lurker, and newbie, but now the time has come to introduce myself!
Always had VAG cars, and in the past have been a Mk4 GT TDI 130, then a Mk4 R32 (miss it sorely). After the '32 it was a Mk5 GTI, and then lately an ED30 for the last few years.
When the time came to chop the ED30, I looked into the Mk6 GTI, but didn't really make me go wow! And then later on VW announced the R, and although this was a pretty sorted motor, having seen the price list made me cry!
And then I thought, for the same kind of money I could have an S3 - something that I've always loved to have and aspired to. So the gauntlet was thrown, and the quest to find a S3 was started!
Originally I was looking for a fairly new (no more than 1yr old), S3 SB. But the prices were like near new, and the spec I wanted was hard to find. I wanted it in Ibis, with Opensky, and red/black leather or buckets. Oh and it had to be manual.
Finally bit the bullet, and thought I wasn't going to find one soon, so started looking into a new one. Visited various dealers, trying to get the best deal. Some were really rude, mentioning no names, and others were happy to deal!
Eventually managed to get 9% off, plus AG lifeshine, and full tank of fuel. Placed the order, and around 5 months later car turned up. Factory order BTW! Guess what - it was the wrong spec!
Instead of the car being BE it was a normal S3. We were offered to buy this car, at a reduced rate (very little), or re-order. Having thought that we'd ordered the car to our own spec, and we really wanted a BE, we decided to re-order.
Dealer offered no compensation or gesture towards this f up. So Audi CS were involved, and eventually managed to get them to cough up 50% towards the buckets! Result! But another 5-6month wait - Ouch!
So last Wednesday we picked up the beast! And I tell you what the last few weeks were a real patience tester!
This time the spec was right, and I absolutely love the car.
The discount in the first instance allowed meto go balls out, on my options. So the car has exclusive paint (Suzuka Grey), Opensky, Comfort Pack, Tyre Pressure Monitor, Interior light pack, rear and side window blinds, exclusive extended leather pack and front and rear parking sensors. Oh and the buckets afterwards!
Here's some pics from delivery day. Will get some more soon
2 days later spacers went on (10/12), and seat backs were covered with 3M ventureshield to avoid any over zealous rear pasengers!
Want to do a few more mods, but nothing major. A small touch to the interior which I've been thinking about for a while. And possibly a RS3 grille if I get one at the right price. And maybe the Supersprint dual exit exhaust.
Hope you like, and all comments/views welcome!