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    Difference between SE and Sport

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    Im after an A3 2.0tdi around a 53 plate. Can anyone tell me the difference between the SE and Sport. I originally wanted a Sport, but now i'm not sure why.

    Please help!!

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    sport suspension, se is too bouncy, 17" rims, 16" in Se i think, fog lights on sport, sport seats, steering wheel is 3 spoke SE is 4 spoke, interior is usually pitch piano in sports and walnut in SE trim, prob a few more but i cant remeber now


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    I have just bought a SE I researched the difference but forgot about the Drivers information system not fitted on SE

    SPORTs
    17" wheels
    Suspension lowered by 10mm
    Front Foglights
    Rear Sun Blind
    DIS
    Black plastic trim
    Metal door plates
    Sorts Seats

    SE
    None of the Above

    Has Cruise Control 16" Wheels and has a softer ride

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    Go for the Sport if you can. You get more for similar money.

    Here are the specs for each:

    SE - http://www.parkers.co.uk/cars/equipm...px?deriv=25501

    Sport - http://www.parkers.co.uk/cars/equipm...px?deriv=25502

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    Didn't know the SE didn't have DIS... I couldn't survive without my DIS..

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    A lot depends on what the original owner ordered. Ever since my last 1.8T Sport I have always had the SE model, mainly because I prefer the slightly softer suspension and the ordinary seats. But I have always added some of the items that are standard on the Sport. For example I always included the front fog lights and DIS. I did this with my new 2004 and 2007 models.

    The SE used to come with extra things that were not standard on the Sport including:
    17" 7.5J wheels with 225/45 tyres
    Auto-dimming rear view mirror,
    Cruise control,
    Front centre armrest,
    Luggage pack,
    Interior lighting pack,
    Light and rain sensor pack,
    Storage pack.

    The SE and Sport used to be the same price and you just chose which you preferred.

    For the 2009 Model year Audi UK decided to remove a lot of these items and reduced the price accordingly.

    When I ordered my latest 2009 Sportback in SE trim I just added back most of the items that had been deleted and the price worked out about the same. The current spec for an SE now includes the Front fog lamps and the DIS as standard but 16"x 6.5J alloys so I had to order the optional 17" alloys. The current spec always does not include air-conditioning on the SE so that's another item to add to the options list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by h5djr View Post
    The SE used to come with extra things that were not standard on the Sport including:
    17" 7.5J wheels with 225/45 tyres
    Which wheels did the Sport have?

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    I thought the SE standards were 16 and Sport 17

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    Quote Originally Posted by jb0o View Post
    I thought the SE standards were 16 and Sport 17
    Correct.

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    hi members i av an A3 1.6 SE in black with S-line 18" alloys in gun metal grey ( 225/40/18 )

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    Quote Originally Posted by jb0o View Post
    I thought the SE standards were 16 and Sport 17
    It depends when there were purchased. My 2004 SE came with 16" alloys as standard. My 2007 SE came with 17" as standard and my current 2009 model is back to 16" as standard. In each case where it has come with 16" alloys I purchased the option of 17" alloys. The Sport has always come with 17" alloys. Audi do tend to change the spec of the SE around a bit. If anyone wants to know what the standard spec for any 8P from August 2003 to the present, I have PDF copies of all the Pricing and Specification Guides.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aythreee View Post
    Which wheels did the Sport have?
    When I bought my 2007 SE model, it came with 17"x7.5J '16-spoke' design and the Sport came with 17" x 7.5J '5-spoke design'. Both had 225/45 tyres. The current SE has 16" x 6.5J alloys with 205/55 tyres as standard but there is an option (which I have) to go to the 17" x 7.5J alloys with 225/45 tyres. The current Sport come with 17" alloys and 225/45 tyres.
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    My 2003 SE came from the dealers with 17's

    Bi-xenons
    Auto-dimming rear view mirror
    Cruise control
    Front centre armrest
    Luggage pack
    Interior lighting pack,
    Light and rain sensor pack
    Storage pack
    Heated seats
    Walnut trim
    x6 Cd changer with all the bose sounds

    As said below, It was upto the buyer....Luckily mine was some doctor and ordered most extra's apart from leather!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mick a3 View Post
    My 2003 SE came from the dealers with 17's

    Bi-xenons
    Auto-dimming rear view mirror
    Cruise control
    Front centre armrest
    Luggage pack
    Interior lighting pack,
    Light and rain sensor pack
    Storage pack
    Heated seats
    Walnut trim
    x6 Cd changer with all the bose sounds

    As said below, It was upto the buyer....Luckily mine was some doctor and ordered most extra's apart from leather!!!!
    From your list the items that would have been added options on a 2003 model were the 17" wheels, the Bi-Xenons, heated seats, Bose and the Walnut trim. All the rest were standard SE spec.

    I tend to order my A3s with quite a few extras so I'm sure they are quite a good buy for the second owner.

    My current 2009 SE has

    6-speed S-tronic
    Metallic paint
    17 x 7.5J 16-spoke alloys - 225/45 tyres
    Concert radio
    iPod Connection
    Electric driver's seat
    Electric lumbar support
    Acoustic parking system - rear only
    Exterior door mirrors - electrically folding
    Light+rain sensor pack - incl Auto dim mirrors
    Cruise control
    Dual-zone electronic climate control
    Interior light pack
    Luggage pack
    Non-smoking pack
    Storage pack
    Through-load system
    Adaptive Xenon headlights

    and it has also been remapped to around 170ps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by h5djr View Post
    From your list the items that would have been added options on a 2003 model were the 17" wheels, the Bi-Xenons, heated seats, Bose and the Walnut trim. All the rest were standard SE spec.

    I tend to order my A3s with quite a few extras so I'm sure they are quite a good buy for the second owner.

    My current 2009 SE has

    6-speed S-tronic
    Metallic paint
    17 x 7.5J 16-spoke alloys - 225/45 tyres
    Concert radio
    iPod Connection
    Electric driver's seat
    Electric lumbar support
    Acoustic parking system - rear only
    Exterior door mirrors - electrically folding
    Light+rain sensor pack - incl Auto dim mirrors
    Cruise control
    Dual-zone electronic climate control
    Interior light pack
    Luggage pack
    Non-smoking pack
    Storage pack
    Through-load system
    Adaptive Xenon headlights

    and it has also been remapped to around 170ps.
    Thanks mate, Ii forgot to mention it came with rear parking sensors and that auto dim mirror aswell as climate control.

    I had look through my receipts to see if I could price any extra's. Cant see any apart from the original buyers receipt for 18500, Ive no idea how much a standard SE came in at.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aythreee View Post
    Go for the Sport if you can. You get more for similar money.

    Here are the specs for each:

    SE - http://www.parkers.co.uk/cars/equipm...px?deriv=25501

    Sport - http://www.parkers.co.uk/cars/equipm...px?deriv=25502
    That what I went with but it does not mention the SE has No DIS Thats the mistake I made!!

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    That why I am trying to buy a speedo cluster and wiper switch to convert it

    Any Spares anybody

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    My SE has DIS for sure, can't live with out it
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    One has an s-line badge everything else you pay for ......lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10blazin View Post
    One has an s-line badge everything else you pay for ......lol

    I thought it was

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    S line

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    Yeah i put that wrong didnt i , NOW MY HEADS SCRAMLED , DRAT.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by crypric23 View Post
    I thought it was

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    That's correct for the current model range. But up until the 2009 Model Year the SE and the Sport were the same price but with different standard equipment. From the 2009 Model Year Audi UK reduced the price of the SE and gave it less 'goodies' as standard but included the DIS and Front Fogs as standard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian566 View Post
    That what I went with but it does not mention the SE has No DIS Thats the mistake I made!!
    On the SE spec the 'driver's information system' is highlighted in blue and shows a price, which means it's an optional extra and not standard.
    On the sport it says 'standard.

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    DIS HAS been standard in the SE & SPORT for a while now. Not being funny here but the AUDI Web site model detail & configue option does sometimes leave a lot to be desired. Best place to confirm exact details is to look at the actual Price & Spec guide from the showroom but this is also on the Web site to download - up to date versions are always on the site before hitting the dealers as well. Just looking at the hard copy in front of me ( OCT 09 ) and DIS is there on SE. DEC 09 guide via the download shows the same.

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    I think we are moving away from the point of this thread, and probably confusing the hell out of the OP.
    The OP wants to know the differences between an SE and a Sport, pre-facelift, the first 8P, year 2003/2004.

    There could be some differences between the factory standard SE spec and one he could buy second hand because, as pointed out, the person who originally spec'd the car could've gone for some extras. Same for the Sport.
    But in it's standard form, so a "worst case scenario", the minimum spec is what would be helpful to the OP. That way he will know the least he will get on both trims.

    Looking at the spec's found on the Parkers website, both are accurate as far as the standard spec for both trims, with no optional extras added.
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    Sorry for being a noob.....

    But what is DIS?

    How do you know if you have it? Is it just the system on your dash that gives you MPG/range/average MPG etc???

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    Quote Originally Posted by aythreee View Post
    I think we are moving away from the point of this thread, and probably confusing the hell out of the OP.
    The OP wants to know the differences between an SE and a Sport, pre-facelift, the first 8P, year 2003/2004.

    There could be some differences between the factory standard SE spec and one he could buy second hand because, as pointed out, the person whole originally spec'd the car could've gone for some extras. Same for the Sport.
    But in it's standard form, so a "worst case scenario", the minimum spec is what would be helpful to the OP. That way he will know the least he will get on both trims.

    Looking at the spec's found on the Parkers website, both are accurate as far as the standard spec for both trims, with no optional extras added.
    If the OP wants to send me his email address I will happily send him a copy of the revelent Pricing and Specification Guide. He can then see for himself what was included as standard on both models and what extra were available at the time. I have PDFs of Aug 2003, Jan, Apr, July and Oct 2004 and all the others up to the current Dec 2009 version.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rickyquicky View Post
    Sorry for being a noob.....

    But what is DIS?

    How do you know if you have it? Is it just the system on your dash that gives you MPG/range/average MPG etc???
    DIS stands for Driver Information System. It is the system that provides the small screen between the Speedo and Rev Counter and includes the computer which gives things like overall mpg, range etc. The exact amount of information and functions on the DIS varies according to the age of the model. There is more available on the latter models than on the earlier models.
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    Quote Originally Posted by h5djr View Post
    DIS stands for Driver Information System. It is the system that provides the small screen between the Speedo and Rev Counter and includes the computer which gives things like overall mpg, range etc. The exact amount of information and functions on the DIS varies according to the age of the model. There is more available on the latter models than on the earlier models.

    Good to know as i thought , i was just being dissed all the time , when i heard people talk of it .... Sorry poor joke!

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    Quote Originally Posted by crypric23 View Post
    Good to know as i thought , i was just being dissed all the time , when i heard people talk of it .... Sorry poor joke!
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    h5djr is correct, until the latest models the base model could be raised to either SE or Sport for about 2 grand (price and details from around 2006 model):

    Both have Electronic Climate control and the Concert single CD player

    SE:

    6.5J x 16 ‘7-arm’ design alloy wheels with 205/55 R16 Y tyres
    ‘Metrik’ design cloth upholstery
    Auto-dimming rear view mirror
    Cruise control
    Front centre armrest
    4-spoke leather steering wheel
    Interior light pack
    Light and rain sensor pack
    Storage pack
    Vavona wood inlays

    Sport:

    7.5J x 17 ‘5-arm Sport’ design alloy wheels with 225/45 R17 Y tyres
    ‘Matrix’ design cloth upholstery
    Aluminium sill strips
    Driver’s Information System (DIS)
    Front fog lamps
    Front Sports seats
    Gloss-finished inlays
    Sports suspension
    Sun blind in rear parcel shelf
    3-spoke leather Sports steering wheel

    The S line was an addition to the Sport trim.

    I think you may be able to enable the Driver Information System (DIS) on the SE using VAGCOM if you have a DSG box.
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    I don't know if trim levels are different in South Africa, but mine and a mate's '04 2.0TDI SEs both have three-spoke steering wheel, DIS and fogs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by heyadamhey View Post
    I don't know if trim levels are different in South Africa, but mine and a mate's '04 2.0TDI SEs both have three-spoke steering wheel, DIS and fogs.
    I think they must have been, because all three were extras on the UK spec in 2004. My 2004 SE did come with a three-spoke steering wheel but that was only because it had a DSG gearbox with the steering wheel mounted paddles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian566 View Post
    That why I am trying to buy a speedo cluster and wiper switch to convert it

    Any Spares anybody
    What year and engine is your A3 - I've got the wiper stalk and a used cluster that I never got around to fitting in my old A3...

 

 

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