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    Sport vs S-line...

    I'm wanting to purcahse an A3 but need to know exactly what the differences are between the Sport and an S-Sine (standard & optionals) to see whether it's worth spending that little bit extra on an S-line.
    The purchase will be a used car rather than new (higher specs for less money :D
    I'd prefer the facelift model, from a 56 plate i think, or was there another facelift after that. Apart from the one due.
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    HI...

    the last face lift was on 56 plate like you said on cars built from i think mid october 2006 (apart from the current one just now).......

    Go S-Line worth the extra money.....
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    Sport has white roof lining, S-Line has black.
    Sport is 10mm lower than standard. S-Line 15mm lower than sport.
    S-Line has S-Line front bumper, grille, door sills, seats, steering wheel, badges, alloys.

    Definitely recommend the S-Line over the sport.

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    The S-line looks great, the Sports look bland...

    when I had a Sport Sportback courtesy car I found the ride to be truly awful
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarcQuinlivan View Post
    ...S-Line has black.
    Definitely recommend the S-Line over the sport.
    Black Headlining was/is an optional on the S-Line right?
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    It is standard now - not sure about the early models.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt View Post
    The S-line looks great, the Sports look bland...

    when I had a Sport Sportback courtesy car I found the ride to be truly awful
    That is the exact opposite of what I found. I drove both Sport and S-Line before buying and found the S-Line too harsh and the Sport about right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt View Post
    The S-line looks great, the Sports look bland...

    when I had a Sport Sportback courtesy car I found the ride to be truly awful
    yeah i agree to be honest, wouldnt say awful ride but no were near like a s-line !!
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    So the S-Line from 57 plates have black headlining as standard :D
    I think it's something Audi should have done from the start.

    I so wish I hadn't sold my 56 plate A3!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by MarcQuinlivan View Post
    It is standard now - not sure about the early models.
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    It certainly came with anything built post september 2006.

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    Yep it will have black headling as standard....

    I have just bought this A3 about 2 weeks ago and paid 17499 might give you an idea on price and spec etc...

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    2007 Audi A3 Sportback 2.0 Tdi (170) DPF, S-Line,DSG S-Tronic, Akoyo Silver, 18"Alloys Audi RS4 Design, RNS-E 2007 TMC, Rear Parking Sensors,Bose Sound System,6 CD Changer,Black Leather Sport Seats,Auto Folding Mirrors,Tyre Pressure Sys,+ More....

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    cheers... was that from new?

    You got any pics mate?

    Quote Originally Posted by cliveywolves View Post
    Yep it will have black headling as standard....

    I have just bought this A3 about 2 weeks ago and paid 17499 might give you an idea on price and spec etc...

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    s-lines have black headlining from the start unless you choose otherwise.
    S-Line

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdre83 View Post
    cheers... was that from new?

    You got any pics mate?
    Dont know about id guess maybe 24000 ish new ? It was registered in Jan 2007 , 1 Previous owner , Private dealer i found on the internet was selling it he took it in as a px, Audi wanted about 21000 for a simlar spec car !!!
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    S-line is the only spec worth bothering with, IMHO.
    S-line ride is hard, but can be chucked around.
    Sport rides better, but is wobblier than a fat lass on a ferry.
    My '05 sportback S-line had black headlining, BTW.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bowfer View Post
    S-line ride is hard, but can be chucked around.
    Sport rides better, but is wobblier than a fat lass on a ferry.
    The S-Line suspension on the Sportback is also significantly more comfortable than that on the 3-door.

    The S-Line suspension on my 3-door A3 will shake all your fillings out in seconds !

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    Where was this dealer mate? Did you find them through the AutoTrader...?

    Quote Originally Posted by cliveywolves View Post
    Dont know about id guess maybe 24000 ish new ? It was registered in Jan 2007 , 1 Previous owner , Private dealer i found on the internet was selling it he took it in as a px, Audi wanted about 21000 for a simlar spec car !!!
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    Just looking and found a 05 plate that looks the same as the 56 plate, so how eaely was the facelift (05)
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    I personally wouldn't consider anything below and S-Line. I think it makes a massive difference and really makes the car. ALL Audi's throughout the range below an S-Line just look really bland and uninspiring to me.
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    Just come across a Misano Red one, decent spec for 12,750 65k on clock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PNH80 View Post
    I personally wouldn't consider anything below and S-Line. I think it makes a massive difference and really makes the car. ALL Audi's throughout the range below an S-Line just look really bland and uninspiring to me.
    Hear hear.

    I also agree that the sportback S-line ride is slightly better than the three door S-line ride.
    IIRC, the sportback is around 50kgs heavier, which will preload the springs.
    If you were to permanently carry a 50kg load in a 3 door, you would effectively replicate the sportback's ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mdre83 View Post
    Just come across a Misano Red one, decent spec for 12,750 65k on clock.
    Can't be a 170 for that money, is it?
    If it's a 140, you should be able to get lower mileage than that for the money.
    My '05 Sportback 140tdi S-line DSG (phew..) was offered to us for 13k (in March this year) by the leasing company, with 36k miles on the clock.
    There are thousands of A3's for sale, mate.
    Buyers market, shop around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mdre83 View Post
    Just looking and found a 05 plate that looks the same as the 56 plate, so how eaely was the facelift (05)
    It was around 54/05 time there was certainly no facelift after that until the current one just gone.
    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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    It's the 140 mate. I've previously had an A3 140 and an A4 170. If you were to purchase the 140 remapping should take it to around 170 anyway

    Quote Originally Posted by bowfer View Post
    Can't be a 170 for that money, is it?
    If it's a 140, you should be able to get lower mileage than that for the money.
    My '05 Sportback 140tdi S-line DSG (phew..) was offered to us for 13k (in March this year) by the leasing company, with 36k miles on the clock.
    There are thousands of A3's for sale, mate.
    Buyers market, shop around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mdre83 View Post
    It's the 140 mate. I've previously had an A3 140 and an A4 170. If you were to purchase the 140 remapping should take it to around 170 anyway
    Yeah, you should be able to get one with a lot lower mileage than 65k.

    I went into Autotrader and used the following search.

    Audi > A3 > Between 10k and 13k > diesel > under 40k miles

    There were 183 hits.

    Like this one
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    Cheers, I'd prefer a facelift one though...

    This one is spot on, just need a decent deposit

    Quote Originally Posted by bowfer View Post
    Yeah, you should be able to get one with a lot lower mileage than 65k.

    I went into Autotrader and used the following search.

    Audi > A3 > Between 10k and 13k > diesel > under 40k miles

    There were 183 hits.

    Like this one
    A3 8P2 2.0TDI S-Line 170 SB | Brilliant Red | Full Leather | BOSE | 6 Disc Changer | None Smoking Pack | Light Interior Pack (Converted to LEDs) | Rear Parking Sensors | S3 Air Vents | S3 Mirrors - Stolen!| S3 Pedals |

 

 

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