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    S-Line in Lava or Dolphin Grey?

    Hi All,

    I've narrowed down my color choice to Lava or Dolphin for my new s-line 3 door 170 tdi. But can't decide which color looks best. I like them both and getting close to flipping a coin.

    Does anyone have pictures of their cars in either of these colors they could post? Especially interested to see if you have new rs4 alloys!

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    see here My new S3 with pics for pics of my S3 in Dolphin Grey
    S3 - Apr 2007 - Dolphin Grey - Light/Rain Pack - FCA - Flat Steering Wheel - Bluetooth - BOSE - Flat Tyre Warning System
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    See here My new S-Line is here! for pics of my A3 S-Line in Dolphin Grey. I've seen a couple of Lava Grey A3's now, and that colour just doesn't do it for me
    Audi A3 S-Line 2.0TDi DSG in Dolphin Grey - Click here for pics
    Leather Seats - Symphony III - Full Leather - Light/Rain Sensors - Cruise Control - Storage/Luggage Packs - Electric folding/auto diming mirrors - Parking Sensors - Armrest

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    I'd go for Dolphin Grey. Lava Grey is a bit like a black that needs a good clean/polish!

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    lava grey is just way too dark, almost black, a bugger to keep clean.
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    Lava Grey is like a warm grey black - see my gallery - and has great golden highlight in strong sunshine. Not as hard to keep clean as black, but not as easy as mid-greys. It actually almost looks like black with a layer of shiny dust. I personally like it - as dolphin gery is a little flat.
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    Oh - my gallery has disappeared. I'll put some more up
    A3 Sportback 170TDI quattro S-line
    Lava Grey, SymphonyII, BOSE, Light and Rain Sensor Pack, I-POD connection , MF Steering Wheel, Rear Parking Sensors.

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    A3 Sportback 170TDI quattro S-line
    Lava Grey, SymphonyII, BOSE, Light and Rain Sensor Pack, I-POD connection , MF Steering Wheel, Rear Parking Sensors.

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    I'll post some pics of my Lava Grey quattro when I get home - I think it's probably the best colour, but yes it needs regular cleaning the same as any dark colour.

    Dolphin Grey is soooo 2002
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    Yes Lava Grey does show the dirt almost as bad as black but it does have some interesting variations according to light and viewing angle - there is supposed to be a bronzeish tint to suggest heat - hence Lava I suppose.
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    I got lava grey myself, a few reasons really ...

    - thinking of putting up some aluminum side mirrors, so with lava grey that will stand out more
    - I have aluminum rail on the roof, so same point there
    - in some light you can almost see some purple-ish, which to me is kinda cool, not as solid as black and still great contrast with aluminum
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    If I were going for an Audi again,it would be Dolphin for me.
    I like that sort of 'colour' on loads of cars.
    I don't think my Akoya has aged well.
    I don't mean condition-wise,as that is fine.
    I mean that it seemed like a good idea at the time,and was certainly popular,but it doesn't seem such a good idea now.
    A case of a colour being 'trendy'.
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    My previous A3 tdi 140 sport was lava grey and it looked pretty good however it was a t--t to keep clean.Before I purchased my sportback 170 S Line I went to the dealers and saw an avus and lava grey side by side.I went for avus because it showed up the features of the S Line
    better and in my opinion suits the car better.

    So I would go to dealers and see the colours you like side by side and make your choice yourself.

    After all beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
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    Cheers everyone for your comments and photo links.

    I'm all done. My new A3 is gonna be lava grey.


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    I'd go for a dolphin, lava grey can look a little brown under different light conditions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grimsa
    Cheers everyone for your comments and photo links.

    I'm all done. My new A3 is gonna be lava grey.

    Excellent choice! So now just the unbelievable wait and then time to enjoy.
    2007 Lava grey A3 2.0 140 TDI Quattro Sportsback
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    no way lava grey

    dude, it has to be ibis white, with the black optic kit. totally money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grimsa
    Cheers everyone for your comments and photo links.

    I'm all done. My new A3 is gonna be lava grey.

    Good choice.
    Now:BMW 530d M-sport tourer. Then:Lava Grey A3 Sportback S-line 2.0TFSI Quattro, S-line Special Edition, Xenon Plus, Leather, Light and Rain Pack, Interior light Pack, Bose, DVD Nav+, Bluetooth, Multifunction wheel,Cruise, Heated Front Seats, Folding Mirrors, Rear Parking Sensor and some other bits.

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    Wahay, the orders in. Lava Grey S-Line Quattro 170. Can't wait.

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    Just got the long wait now then.

    Heres some pics of our lava grey car(excuse the man boobs.lol).


    Now:BMW 530d M-sport tourer. Then:Lava Grey A3 Sportback S-line 2.0TFSI Quattro, S-line Special Edition, Xenon Plus, Leather, Light and Rain Pack, Interior light Pack, Bose, DVD Nav+, Bluetooth, Multifunction wheel,Cruise, Heated Front Seats, Folding Mirrors, Rear Parking Sensor and some other bits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grimsa
    Wahay, the orders in. Lava Grey S-Line Quattro 170. Can't wait.
    Just curious, did the dealer tell you how long of a wait it will be for you? what is the estimate build week?
    2007 Lava grey A3 2.0 140 TDI Quattro Sportsback
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcmasman
    Just curious, did the dealer tell you how long of a wait it will be for you? what is the estimate build week?
    Dealer quoted 12-13 weeks for factory build.

    I could'nt be arsed to wait, so picked one from UK stock. Had a choice of 5 Lava Grey cars - the one i picked had the spec closest to what i wanted.

    Only missing option on the stock car was cruise, but the dealer has offered to retro fit.

    10 days or so and i should have it.

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    oh wow, that is excellent! Good for you. Mine is finally coming next week after 13 weeks of waiting ... any mods in mind for the new motor?
    2007 Lava grey A3 2.0 140 TDI Quattro Sportsback
    S-line int/ext, cruise, mfsw, aluminum rails, Xenons+, coming-leaving home, light + rain, parking sensors, hill hold, Bluefin, 18" OEM double 7-spokes RS4 alloys

 

 

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