Bought an S3 on Thursday, blew it up on...Thursday
A quick tale of woe, and then a request for a bit of advice...
Evening all, it's taken me a week to get the stage where I want to think about the car again - went down to Manchester to pick up my first Audi last Thursday afternoon, a lovely little V-plated S3.
I haven't had a nice, quick-ish car for a couple of years - after getting tired of pouring my wages in to a Cosworth - and so a bit of spare cash burning a whole in my pocket led me to look at what I thought was a smart, understated, reliable, nippy motor: the S3.
I found myself an excellent condition, standard, full Audi history example, for good money, and so went down (after a couple of viewings and a full AA inspection) to buy it.
I managed 112 miles of excellent fun, and was happily cruising on the M9 when the oil warning sign appeared on the digital dash display. So I took it easy up to the next service station, checked the oil as instructed, and added a litre of 5w 40, just to make sure.
The car sounded a bit tappity, but my membership of the AA had lapsed, and I was still a good 150 miles from Glasgow, so I soldiered on, at about 60, only for the oil warning to come on again.
I slowed down, but still covered about 30 miles after the last stop, and then it all went pear-shaped; the engine gave up with some really wrong sounds going on....I coasted to the hard shoulder.
(In the interim, it took me three different pick up trucks, about 300 quid, and a 4am bedtime to get the car to my house. Good day.)
So, there it stands, this lovely little car - which I'd so looked forward to flying about in this week - out the back of my gaff, with me wondering what's needed.
I reckon, with hindsight, the oil pump probably gave up, and therefore ended up starving the engine (and I know I should have stopped a whole lot earlier that evening.)
So, to the Qs, if anyone's read this far(!)...any answers to any queries would be much appreciated :icon_thumright:
-- Does this assessment of the car sound right pls?
-- Does anyone know where or who I should go to to get the car looked at (pressure tested, I presume) please? I live in the centre of Glasgow.
-- Do I have any comeback on the private seller? (Doubt it...)
-- Should I buy a running engine off somewhere like the classifieds on this website, or get an engine build?
-- If a rebuild, how much?! And most importantly - who would you good people recommend, in Scotland?
-- Shall I go crazy and re-mortgage the house, and go for big power?
-- How's my luck?(!)
Thanks for your time, glad to have that off my chest :blink: