Hi, thanks for viewing.I have a 2006 2.0 TDI SE 5 door A3. It comes with the standard 16 inch alloys with 205 tyres all round. I have noticed the handling and body roll is absolutely terrible! especially in the wet! My tyres all have good thread (they are less than a year old) and when the road is even slightly damp it just oversteers so easily. It really makes me feel unsafe when I travelling at higher speeds on the motorway and switch lanes.
As for the brakes, they are equally as bad as the cars handling/body roll. My pads and discs are all in good condition but they don't have enough stopping power. I can feel this especially on the motorway, the brakes seemed overwhelmed by the weight of the car.
I'm considering the following and wanted some opinions on whether it will be effective and worth to spend the money on, to solve the above issues. I don't want to spend too much money on the car as it's pretty old now and isn't really worth much.
1. Change my tyres to size 225 all round. This would obviously involve getting new 17 inch alloys. So hopefully the wider tyres will provide more traction/grip on the road, especially when wet. And the 17 inch alloys would improve visual looks.
2. Eibach lower springs. Pro-kit or Sportline? I just want to have a noticible improvement on bodyroll and handling without compromising much on ride quality.
3. Buy bigger diameter brakes or big brake kits? The big brakes kits seem too expensive so I guess thats out of the question. Would I just be better off buying a slightly bigger (280mm or more) brake discs?I plan on sourcing the lowering springs and 17 inch alloys/225 tyres used.
My budget is around £400-£500 for all. Thanks