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    Thumbs up Looking to buy an A3 - Advice Needed!!

    Hi there!

    I am looking to buy an A3 within the next month. I have a budget of around 10k.

    I wanted to know the benefits and disadvantages of getting the 2.0 Petrol and TDI.

    What's the 2.0 FSI engine like and whats the MPG like?

    I do about 150miles a week so not a great deal and then in October I'll be going back upto Uni so then it'll just be the occasional trip to Birmingham and back.

    I currently drive a 1.0L lowered polo which handles great but has no performance but I have had it since I was 18, now 22!!

    What's the insurance and running costs of the diesel and petrol compared?

    Thanks for your help

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    Quote Originally Posted by samil87 View Post
    What's the 2.0 FSI engine like and whats the MPG like?
    A bit crap, and a bit crap, respectively.

    Between the 2.0 TDI and FSI, the TDI will feel quicker - 10bhp less, but a lot more torque.
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    Get the TDI, no questions.
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    The 2.0FSI is not a great engine, it was quickly replaced with the much better engine from the GTI (2.0 FSI Turbo). That engine is more economical, more powerful and loads of fun. I'd say if you're not doing many miles, stretch to the 2.0 T

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    Quote Originally Posted by A3Bash View Post
    The 2.0FSI is not a great engine, it was quickly replaced with the much better engine from the GTI (2.0 FSI Turbo). That engine is more economical, more powerful and loads of fun. I'd say if you're not doing many miles, stretch to the 2.0 T
    Not true, the 2.0 FSI was not replaced by the TFSI. It was a 150bhp naturally aspirated engine, and the closest petrol 'equivalent' to the 2.0 TDI in terms of performance. The 2.0 FSI was available from launch, with the 2.0 TFSI joining it in the range about a year later.

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    thanx for the comments

    i'll get on with looking for a TDI then

    i really need a new car...hope i can find a good one soon

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    Quote Originally Posted by V6Pete View Post
    Not true, the 2.0 FSI was not replaced by the TFSI. It was a 150bhp naturally aspirated engine, and the closest petrol 'equivalent' to the 2.0 TDI in terms of performance. The 2.0 FSI was available from launch, with the 2.0 TFSI joining it in the range about a year later.

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    Yes but they stopped making it in 2005, and this is when the 2.0TFSI came in. The only other petrol alternative in 2005/6 was the 1.6. The 1.8 T then came in 2007.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A3Bash View Post
    Yes but they stopped making it in 2005, and this is when the 2.0TFSI came in. The only other petrol alternative in 2005/6 was the 1.6. The 1.8 T then came in 2007.
    Ok but the 1.6 TDI came in shortly after they knocked the 3.2 V6 on the head. Hardly a replacement.

    The 2.0 TFSI will be more cash to buy, insure, etc. than the 2.0 FSI.
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    Quote Originally Posted by V6Pete View Post
    Ok but the 1.6 TDI came in shortly after they knocked the 3.2 V6 on the head. Hardly a replacement.

    The 2.0 TFSI will be more cash to buy, insure, etc. than the 2.0 FSI.
    Yes I know what you mean but what I meant was that this was the only powerful petrol engine available then. Hence why I said IF you can stretch to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by N8 View Post
    2.0TFSI with a turboback exhaust, intake and map will see 265bhp, a very very quick car....
    I wouldn't go so far as very very quick...
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    Ive had a REVO fwd 20T and its pretty handy.
    Get in on the move or on a dry day and its a real world quick lump and easy a match for a stock S3.

    "Very very" quick Mmmmm.......maybe not..... I guess it is depends on what you are used to.

    Plenty enough IMO, for a while anyway.

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    The guys coming from a 1.0L Polo...........It will be very very very very very very quick !

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    A 2.0T would be very very quick but I don't think my insurance will stretch to it.

    I think a 2.0TDI in sport or s-line guise will be perfect but its just a matter of finding a good one with decent milage, preferably below 50k!!!

    I've been to two dealers this week only to find the car I was aftr got sold that morning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by V6Pete View Post
    I wouldn't go so far as very very quick...
    Ok, its quick then and more than enough for day to day driving, that ok?


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    yes i would like a 140bhp s-line....where am i looking??

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    Quote Originally Posted by N8 View Post
    Ok, its quick then and more than enough for day to day driving, that ok?
    Better.
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    Went to a few show rooms over the weekend.

    Looks like I'm going to be buying it direct from Audi now.

    So am going to have to up my budget a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by V6Pete View Post
    Better.
    As long as your happy Pete, thats all that matters


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