Really happy with my new purchase
Picked the S3 up last night, after a 3 hour journey home using motorways, back roads and the odd single lane i have decided it is money well spent.
My opinion so far.
Handles better than i thought it would after listening to people on here, pushed it fairly hard through some twisties that i know well and apart from the ESP kicking in a few times(turned it off in the end) i found the grip to be pretty impressive, this was on damp roads too(it has Michelin Pilot Sports on), have owned Imprezas, S4's, modded Focus ST amongst others so i feel i can give a decent opinion on this.
Went a little better than i thought, although it does have a fair bit more lag than i expected, 3rd gear onwards is pretty good, i also found the 80-140 in 6th to be better than expected.
Cabin is a lovely place to be, everything works and the car feels really solid when on the move, lot more comfy than i expected and made mile munching a really enjoyable experience.
Only little fault i have to pick is the brakes suffered from fade sooner than i hoped, im gonna put it down to the pads or do they all do it?. Would suffer quite bad on a trackday i would imagine.
Got up today and gave the car a quick detail, looks a lot better than when i picked it up considering the owner said he got it valeted, im going to work some magic on the interior tomorrow to get that up to a better standard(will post pics up of the whole car once done). It also seems to have a sidelight out, i cant get it out, although it is torture to get your fingers in, is there an easy way to do this?.
One more thing, its a lot better on fuel than i thought as well, it averaged 34mpg on the journey home and i wasnt hanging around at all.
Just tried to get the pictures off the autotrader of when i picked it up but sadly the advert has gone. Will take pics tomorrow, was just hoping you could see the difference of me giving it a quick going over.
Its a 2000(1 month off a 2001) S3 in silver, im assuming its the facelift version as it has one piece front lights and different tailgate/badges. Got 112K on it with FASH, all MOT's to back it up, wad of receipts for every little thing, it feels as tight as a new car to drive, no squeaks/rattles/knocks of any sort, only other thing is an erratic temp gauge but im putting that dwo nto a dodgy sender unit, will check it out tomorrow.
oh yes, all for just £4700