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    Dodgy A3 on eBay

    Was just looking at this A3 for sale on eBay but the photos don't look right. What do you guys think.

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    Can't see the problem other than it saying it's had light damage before and registered. I presuming it was maybe more than just light but other than that. Obviously you'd want to give the repair a good look over. Full service history and only 33k miles, low if it's got the documentation to back it up. Would be cheap for someone young to insure if you like the look of it.

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    33,000 miles of peddle to the metal.....

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    See if you can find out about previous owners. Have a look and a drive and as Andy says check out the repair.

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    Early wing mirrors but no side repeaters on the wings
    Wrong rear lights for year
    Suspension levels are different in first two pictures
    Says Xenons but probably means HID as has wrong headlights
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy1608 View Post
    Can't see the problem other than it saying it's had light damage before and registered. I presuming it was maybe more than just light but other than that. Obviously you'd want to give the repair a good look over. Full service history and only 33k miles, low if it's got the documentation to back it up. Would be cheap for someone young to insure if you like the look of it.
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    See if you can find out about previous owners. Have a look and a drive and as Andy says check out the repair.
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    33,000 miles of peddle to the metal.....
    Its more the cosmetic side of things that didn't look right. Being a 09 plate but not having the new shape (dumbo) mirrors and 09 tail lights.

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    Not uncommon for people to swap mirrors and lights though. Maybe replaced mirrors cause some toe rag smashed them off, that's also not uncommon.

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    different coloured mirrors in different pics of same side, weird

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    What's dodgy about that, catD means insurance write off repaired. Probably done a cheap repair and used preface lift 8p2 parts to keep costs down
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    Doesn't say it's a Cat d, I would ask which category it is on and go and check out the repairs and phone DVLA to see if it has been VIC'd . The price is about right for a Cat'd, If you like haggle hard.

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    it wouldnt be taxed if it hadnt been through a VIC check

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    The fact it says "TECHNIK 1.6" should put anyone off.

    I had the same engine in my last A3 and it was dreadful. Couldn't wait to get rid of it. A wheelchair had more grunt than it

    If you are really interested in it then make sure you get a full check done prior to purchase, RAC or something similar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sliced View Post
    What's dodgy about that, catD means insurance write off repaired. Probably done a cheap repair and used preface lift 8p2 parts to keep costs down
    Quote Originally Posted by Soot1 View Post
    Doesn't say it's a Cat d, I would ask which category it is on and go and check out the repairs and phone DVLA to see if it has been VIC'd . The price is about right for a Cat'd, If you like haggle hard.
    Also wouldn't it fail its next MOT due to not having any side indicators?


    Quote Originally Posted by Cruiser89 View Post
    The fact it says "TECHNIK 1.6" should put anyone off.

    I had the same engine in my last A3 and it was dreadful. Couldn't wait to get rid of it. A wheelchair had more grunt than it

    If you are really interested in it then make sure you get a full check done prior to purchase, RAC or something similar.
    That was another thing I was unsure on. Didn't Audi stop making the 1.6 and replace it with the 1.4 TFSI on the facelift A3's?

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    In those pictures the headlights are Halogen, not Xenon! There's just too much wrong with this ad to consider tipping that amount of money into this car IMO.
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    Just too overpriced for what it is, check this catD: Audi A3 1.6 Technik SE 3dr
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    Quote Originally Posted by Isaa View Post
    That was another thing I was unsure on. Didn't Audi stop making the 1.6 and replace it with the 1.4 TFSI on the facelift A3's?
    Nope when I was ordering mine they still had the 1.4tfsi and the 1.6
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    Firsty picture the car looks quite good, the rest look rubbish, partly due to the SE ride height. So either he has lowered it or taken stuff off it. But that doesn't explain the appearance of silver mirrors on the SE ride height photos. Some people just don't know how to present something!

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    Quote Originally Posted by c_w View Post
    Firsty picture the car looks quite good, the rest look rubbish, partly due to the SE ride height. So either he has lowered it or taken stuff off it. But that doesn't explain the appearance of silver mirrors on the SE ride height photos. Some people just don't know how to present something!

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    If you think its dodgy use your gut instinct and walk away
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    Quote Originally Posted by S3P8 View Post
    If you think its dodgy use your gut instinct and walk away
    Safest option I guess.

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    Personally I wouldnt touch it... The parts are far too missmatched to think that anyone that had this car took good care of it... That is just my opinion tho
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy Crooks View Post
    Nope when I was ordering mine they still had the 1.4tfsi and the 1.6
    Don't forget there are/were two 1.6 petrols -

    8v 105ish HP - weedy, uneconomical

    16v 115ish HP (FSI) - slightly less weedy, slightly more economy but pointless (and therefore dropped) when the 1.4tfsi came out. I was never sure why they continued with the 8v 1.6 but I think that's what happened.

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    BTW Technik 1.6 has poverty heater aircon rather than dual climate too.

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    its a bit dodgy coz of the black cap on one passengers side and silver on the same side but no indicator on them.
    looks like its been repaired by an idiot who knows nothing 'bout Audi's.
    i'll approach with caution and put a big dent on the prize if you like it.

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    Definitely wouldn't touch it at that price. If I was spending £7k+ on a car, I'd want better photos of it than them.

    Also, don't go for the 1.6fsi. I'm speaking from experience as I've got the 2.0fsi at the moment and its ****.
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    Think I might go for this one guys, tell me what you think.

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    Last edited by Isaa; 30th January 2014 at 22:42.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Isaa View Post
    Think I might go for this one guys, tell me what you think.

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    You being serious?? Looking at that did give me a good laugh tho!
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    Quote Originally Posted by S3_Jacko View Post
    You being serious?? Looking at that did give me a good laugh tho!
    I wouldn't drive that if someone payed me to. Cant believe someone was actually driving around in it thinking it looked good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Isaa View Post
    I wouldn't drive that if someone payed me to. Cant believe someone was actually driving around in it thinking it looked good.
    Phew.....
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    Not cool car lol

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    That is shocking, really shocking. I really hope someone buys it and joins the site though, would be hilarious them posting for advise lol

 

 

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