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    Question Buying a used A3 3.2 Quattro Sport - any advice?

    Hi all,

    This is my first post. Previously a Lotus Elise owner and forum enthusiast. Sold that couple of yrs ago and got a Pug 306 Gti - now fancy something bit more powerful (torque) and understated as somewhat bored of boyracers. The A3 3.2 seems like a perfect Q car!

    I have found (and put a deposit) on a car I saw and wanted to get some advice from the expert - you guys! Details are as follows:

    2003 53 Reg AUDI A3 3.2 V6 Quattro Sport 3dr
    Circa 25,000 miles
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    Lava Grey with black leather interior
    Xenons
    Park distance control (for the missus )
    Front loading CD system (sorry don't know the correct name)
    Front Arm rest
    Heated seats

    FASH and about 3 months MOT. 2/3 previous owners.

    Price: 12,900 (less a 2,500 trade in for my knackered Pug)
    - includes 6 month warranty -

    SO (finally) - Have I got a good deal, and is there anything I should look out for?

    Thanks in advance!

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    looks like a great deal - Welcome to the dark side!
    2007 A6 Allroad 3.2 FSI Quattro - Lava Grey, sports seats, silver Headlining, Acoustic parking, armrest, multi-function steering wheel, cruise control, Xenons, , Sat nav, GSM, Audi MMI

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    Thanks jasaudi!
    Anyone think it's worth getting an AA check or are these things practially bombproof as the reputation implies?

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    Check its had the Brake fluid changes (every 2 years) and the Haldex (Quattro) oil change (IIRC it will be at 20k on an 03 3.2) it changed to 40k on later cars.

    Sounds a nice car.
    Last edited by Sussex A3 3.2 Quattro; 24th September 2007 at 17:41.
    FOR SALE IN THE "FOR SALE" SECTION!
    2005/05 A3 3.2 Sport Quattro
    -Avus, S-line, 1/2 leather, sat-nav, cruise, 18" RS6's, BOSE, Symphony, ambient-lighting, Audi front spoiler, Xenon's, black cloth headling, phone-prep. ABT front grill to go on the car. 15750ono

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    If you are worried about the service, check the service book and get the dealer to check the service schedule on their systems and ask for a print out. That will tell you everything that has ever been done to it by Audi. And they can do it so don't let them tell you they can't :-)
    2007 A6 Allroad 3.2 FSI Quattro - Lava Grey, sports seats, silver Headlining, Acoustic parking, armrest, multi-function steering wheel, cruise control, Xenons, , Sat nav, GSM, Audi MMI

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    If the 2003 service book is the same as my 2005 service book there is no specific part in the service book that gets stamped for the brake service (if done at a different time to the AVS service). It will be marked as additional work (2 years) if done at same time as the AVS. This may be the same for the Quattro service? I've not checked my service book yet for that. If there is no specific section for the Haldex and nothing noted as additional 2 year work with the AVS check with the dealer or see is there are any invoices? Like "jasaudi" says an Audi maindealer should be able to confirm this has been done at a maindealer and the records where updated correctly.
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    FOR SALE IN THE "FOR SALE" SECTION!
    2005/05 A3 3.2 Sport Quattro
    -Avus, S-line, 1/2 leather, sat-nav, cruise, 18" RS6's, BOSE, Symphony, ambient-lighting, Audi front spoiler, Xenon's, black cloth headling, phone-prep. ABT front grill to go on the car. 15750ono

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    Wink

    "Welcome to the dark side!"

    Welcome indeed.

    Have fun, but start saving up for those visits to the petrol station, not to mention that from next March it will cost us 400 in road tax
    Dave.
    2006 Audi A3 3.2 Quattro S-line DSG in Lava Grey.
    Symphony II, BOSE, Parking Sensor, Cruise Control.
    TomTom Go 700, Parrot 3100

    Previously...
    2002 Alfa Romeo 156 2.0 Selespeed Veloce. Yum - nuff said.
    1993-2002 Eight Vauxhalls - mandatory for company scheme. Highlights were two Vectra 2.5 V6 GSi's - one of which R.I.P.
    1991 Peugeot 205 1.4 XS. On the right road, possibly the most fun of anything I've ever driven.
    1989 Talbot Horizon 1.3. Yeah, yeah, but it was fine - honest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skittler
    not to mention that from next March it will cost us 400 in road tax
    Not for a car registered in 2003 it won't!

    http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Motoring...le/DG_10012524

    Only 3.2's registered after 23/03/06 will get put in Band G and charged 400.
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    FOR SALE IN THE "FOR SALE" SECTION!
    2005/05 A3 3.2 Sport Quattro
    -Avus, S-line, 1/2 leather, sat-nav, cruise, 18" RS6's, BOSE, Symphony, ambient-lighting, Audi front spoiler, Xenon's, black cloth headling, phone-prep. ABT front grill to go on the car. 15750ono

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    Excellent - pleased to know less of my money will go to line the chanellors pockets.
    Will need to save for Ipod connection kit (not sure which) and some sexier wheels

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    buy a petrol station?

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    IF I coud have bought a whole petrol station I would have bought an R8 and kept the change. I'll keep dreaming and pretend that I bought this for the 4 seats (not sure why I'd explain not getting the RS4 though!)

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    Great choice! I've had mine for about two months and couldn't be happier. Upgrade to RNS-E though, it's a great add=on.
    awesome cars; both gone now though
    2004 Audi A3 3.2 Quattro S-Line DSG inAvus Silver, RNS-E Sat Nav, GSM, 18" RS4's, Bose, Tints
    2008 S3 3Dr, GIAC HAMMER, Phantom Black, RNS-E Sat Nav, GSM, FBMFSW, Optics, Privacy, Ipod, Rear Sensors, Armrest
    Weekend / Summer:
    2002 Ferrari 360 Modena, Nurburgring Silver, Bordeaux leather
    2006 BMW M6

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    The RNS-E is a great addition and well worth the money.

    I have to say the "dark side" is definitely what owning a 3.2 feels like as everyone raves about the S3

    I have to say I am very pleased that they do, cos there are less people who understand the true power of the dark side
    Last edited by jasaudi; 25th September 2007 at 11:31.
    2007 A6 Allroad 3.2 FSI Quattro - Lava Grey, sports seats, silver Headlining, Acoustic parking, armrest, multi-function steering wheel, cruise control, Xenons, , Sat nav, GSM, Audi MMI

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    Hmmm. wasn't considering the RNS-E but may look into it. I already have TomTom though and plan on putting a Parrot into the car as well as I think that is the best £100 you can spend on a car (apart from driver training)

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    I'm also in the TomTom camp here (but please let's not start yet another RNS-E vs TomTom discussion).
    The Parrot 3100 works fine for me too.
    Dave.
    2006 Audi A3 3.2 Quattro S-line DSG in Lava Grey.
    Symphony II, BOSE, Parking Sensor, Cruise Control.
    TomTom Go 700, Parrot 3100

    Previously...
    2002 Alfa Romeo 156 2.0 Selespeed Veloce. Yum - nuff said.
    1993-2002 Eight Vauxhalls - mandatory for company scheme. Highlights were two Vectra 2.5 V6 GSi's - one of which R.I.P.
    1991 Peugeot 205 1.4 XS. On the right road, possibly the most fun of anything I've ever driven.
    1989 Talbot Horizon 1.3. Yeah, yeah, but it was fine - honest.

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    OK guys this is a real aim bazoka at foot and pull trigger moment - yes I have been advocating the RNS-E which I have in my A3 and it is superb and yes I love it, but the integration is not great especially when you tie it in with a bluetooth kit.

    I have a parrot in my A4 - it is fabulous, no problems what so ever and a complete joy and pleasure to use.

    Which is better - let's not go there
    2007 A6 Allroad 3.2 FSI Quattro - Lava Grey, sports seats, silver Headlining, Acoustic parking, armrest, multi-function steering wheel, cruise control, Xenons, , Sat nav, GSM, Audi MMI

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    I have a theory that I will apply rigourously to my car/life experiences:- if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Hence I will keep to my parrot and avoid any unecessary headache and expense.
    Appreciate the honest though guys. Makes a change from what I see in most forums which goes along the lines of: "what I have is the best and I'll defend it to the death, even if I know better!".
    (Read - Audi-sport has mature members shocker!)

 

 

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