Just bought 2001 s3, looking for some help please!
Hope you're well. I've been reading threads on here in the build up to buying an S3 to get some ideas and help! Finally got hold of one on Saturday and was hoping to use some of your expertise if possible!
Picked up the car from a garage near Manchester and all seemed well, good condition for age and bags of service history - does need a haldex service which I'm booking in and the garage were totally upfront about that.
After doing a deal and getting taxed and tested, got on the road back down to London. The car drove fantastically well and I was really happy with my purchase... and still am really, but there are a couple of minor things that came up during the drive home.
Firstly, after filling up with premium, and I did totally brim it, I rejoined the motorway and about half an hour later the yellow engine light came on. The next time I stopped I opened the petrol cap and closed it again as I read sometimes the pressue in the fuel tank can tell the engine it's running rich, but the light remains on. There are no performance indications of a problem, neither are there any smells/gases/smoke etc and the economy seems fine.
The second thing is there is a very minor creaking noise which appears to be coming from the front of the car. It is most evident when at very low speeds - crawling around town at around 10-15 mph and specifically when pulling away, or slowing. It dosn't sound like an 'angry' noise, but is obviously something I'd like to get to the bottom of. My prediction is that its something to do with the struts as it isn't any better or worse when applying lock, so I don't think (hopefully) it is antyhing to do with the steering rack. (Just thought to add.. this seems to come on more when the car is warm and has been running for a while)
Any help/similar scenario feedback from you guys and gals would be really, really appreciated!
Oh, and if anyone knows a good place in South West London to get a Haldex Service done, and what to expect on price, I'd be really grateful too!