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    2013 Audi S3

    Ordered my brilliant black 3door s-tronic on the 12th December from dundee audi

    Was told that my build week was on 17th march, not sure if this is build week 11 or 12...?

    Big step up from my little manual 1.2 105ps A3 sline!

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    Anyone knows where they building the S3?

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    2013 Audi S3

    Quick question about the s tronic. I understand the "P" "R" and "D/S" but what is the last selection at the bottom? (The arrow facing down)

    Apologies if this is a stupid question... First time I've ordered an automatic
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziggyma89 View Post
    Quick question about the s tronic. I understand the "P" "R" and "D/S" but what is the last selection at the bottom? (The arrow facing down)

    Apologies if this is a stupid question... First time I've ordered an automatic
    i assume it switches between D and Sport mode. at thats what it does on my dads A8. You move it to D/S and usually will go into D. then move it down again should put it into Sport mode.

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    Not 100% as I've not really played with it, but if you slide the lever to the left whilst in drive, you activate the ability for a forward/back sequential style gear change.
    That's what happened in the S5, assume it's the same in the S3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boy1308 View Post
    Anyone knows where they building the S3?
    Ingolstadt - built on the same line as all the a3's

    not just S3's that have long wait times -
    My mate ordered A3 TDI week after me as I told him about the long lead times and his build week is after mine
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparks43 View Post
    Ingolstadt - built on the same line as all the a3's

    not just S3's that have long wait times -
    My mate ordered A3 TDI week after me as I told him about the long lead times and his build week is after mine
    Cheers mate. I think SB has longer queues than 3 doors. I ordered mine days before Xmas and mine will be build week 6. Fingers crossed

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    Quote Originally Posted by boy1308 View Post
    Cheers mate. I think SB has longer queues than 3 doors. I ordered mine days before Xmas and mine will be build week 6. Fingers crossed
    Yes it does appear that 3 doors are coming through quicker

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    2014 Audi S3 review - YouTube

    There's a grey s3 saloon on this video at 1:40. Anyone got any idea what colour it is? Could it be monsoon grey as it looks absolutely stunning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trs888 View Post
    i assume it switches between D and Sport mode. at thats what it does on my dads A8. You move it to D/S and usually will go into D. then move it down again should put it into Sport mode.

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    Or it can be seen in this video? Monsoon grey?

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    Yeah think that's monsoon

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    To clarify on the S-Tronic

    Pulling the lever down in the direction of the arrow once activates Sport / Dynamic mode, pull it down again and it goes back to Auto..

    Whilst in D mode you can push the gearstick to the left and it puts it in Manual Mode, meaning you can either use the gearstick up and down to change gear, or of course use the paddle's...

    Pull the gearstick back into position and it goes back to Auto mode...

    All of this can be done at any point whilst driving or at a standstill, and if you need to quickly overtake just press the - paddle and off you go, you can then press and hold the + paddle for 2 seconds to make it go back to Auto..

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    Does it go back to auto if you have used a paddle to overtake if you then don't touch a paddle for a while?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cemerson View Post
    Does it go back to auto if you have used a paddle to overtake if you then don't touch a paddle for a while?
    yes, or did in my demo and I used that method while overtaking.
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    So are LED lights now going to fall by the wayside for these laser lights?
    Audi's Sport Quattro Laserlight concept officially debuts at CES

    Not quite my style (too rectangular) but we'll see how they look on other models, assuming the legislation permits them (USA doesn't)

    Also announced is an upcoming Android-based infotainment system and also a tablet for backseat drivers
    The Audi Smart Display is a 10.2-inch Android tablet that lives in your car
    CES 2014: Audi Android tablet is designed for car use

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    Which do you prefer guys for an S3 SB E/Blue

    these.....

    amalfi_w562_silver-l.jpg

    or these....

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    opinions welcomed, sensible ones though please pilot!

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    I personally don't like the bottoms ones at all. Too.....Nissan Skyline if you ask me. Top ones are nice though. Look like a PITA to clean though.

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    top ones without a doubt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ConS3 View Post
    I personally don't like the bottoms ones at all. Too.....Nissan Skyline if you ask me. Top ones are nice though. Look like a PITA to clean though.

    thanks for the feedback Con, i like the bottom ones as they dont look to dissimilar to the ones available on the new RS6?

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    Quote Originally Posted by the_lecht_rocks View Post
    top ones without a doubt.
    thanks Lecht, hope your well? did you get my PM i sent?

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    The dealer is trying to convince to me buy my new S3 on Audi Solutions rather than pay cash. Their quote is based on a ~50% depreciation after 3 years!! My sums (inc re-investing the cash elsewhere) come back as still £3-4k better off over 3 years by paying cash.
    Am I missing something!? How can effective £591 a month ever be cost effective??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kempysue View Post
    The dealer is trying to convince to me buy my new S3 on Audi Solutions rather than pay cash. Their quote is based on a ~50% depreciation after 3 years!! My sums (inc re-investing the cash elsewhere) come back as still £3-4k better off over 3 years by paying cash.
    Am I missing something!? How can effective £591 a month ever be cost effective??
    I'll send a PM
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    Quote Originally Posted by Louay View Post
    Which do you prefer guys for an S3 SB E/Blue

    these.....

    amalfi_w562_silver-l.jpg



    opinions welcomed, sensible ones though please pilot!

    Am I getting a reputation as the Forum comedian? The above looks OK... bit like standard S Line,, Don't like the others so deleted the pic!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kempysue View Post
    The dealer is trying to convince to me buy my new S3 on Audi Solutions rather than pay cash. Their quote is based on a ~50% depreciation after 3 years!! My sums (inc re-investing the cash elsewhere) come back as still £3-4k better off over 3 years by paying cash.
    Am I missing something!? How can effective £591 a month ever be cost effective??
    All the dealers I went to were quoting a depreciation of 50% but that was after 4 years...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziggyma89 View Post
    All the dealers I went to were quoting a depreciation of 50% but that was after 4 years...
    I have just done a 'reverse engineer' of the sample Audi Solutions quote I did yesterday with my dealer and the Final Payment works out as 42.4% of the original purchase price after 3 years and 36.2% after 4 years. The residual value may be higher but what figure are they taking, dealer selling price, private selling price or trade-in value.

    I have had eight A3s so far and I have had the last three of them for 2.6, 2.4 and 2.8 years and have got a trade-in value of 54%,52% and 53% respectively so 50% after 3 years seems a reasonable figure for them to take. The difference between the residual value and the final payment will be the amount you have available to put towards the deposit for the next car.

    As you will always be paying a percentage (currently 6.6% apr) for the finance I cannot see how it can be cheaper than using cash unless you can find a way, in the present financial climate, of getting more than 6.6% apr on your cash. If they can tell you where you can to get a risk-free investment that currently gives this sort of return, I for one would like to know about it. The best I can get at the moment is 3% on the first £5,000 in my current account.
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    Quote Originally Posted by h5djr View Post
    I have just done a 'reverse engineer' of the sample Audi Solutions quote I did yesterday with my dealer and the Final Payment works out as 42.4% of the original purchase price after 3 years and 36.2% after 4 years. The residual value may be higher but what figure are they taking, dealer selling price, private selling price or trade-in value.

    I have had eight A3s so far and I have had the last three of them for 2.6, 2.4 and 2.8 years and have got a trade-in value of 54%,52% and 53% respectively so 50% after 3 years seems a reasonable figure for them to take. The difference between the residual value and the final payment will be the amount you have available to put towards the deposit for the next car.

    As you will always be paying a percentage (currently 6.6% apr) for the finance I cannot see how it can be cheaper than using cash unless you can find a way, in the present financial climate, of getting more than 6.6% apr on your cash. If they can tell you where you can to get a risk-free investment that currently gives this sort of return, I for one would like to know about it. The best I can get at the moment is 3% on the first £5,000 in my current account.
    I think that this is right, but it depends what you do with your cash. I'm getting 3.2% on my PCP, and I'm getting much more than that with my money in the markets. If you only ever stick it in the bank as cash then yes, if you invest not necessarily
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    markets can of course crash. cash is king on cars. paying interest on a depreciating asset is, irrespective of offset, a poor decision [literally].
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    Quote Originally Posted by the_lecht_rocks View Post
    markets can of course crash. cash is king on cars. paying interest on a depreciating asset is, irrespective of offset, a poor decision [literally].
    I can see both sides of the argument but I always believe it is better to rent/lease/finance a depreciating asset and buy assets that gain value.

    For example, it would be foolish for me to buy our S3 outright when that cash can be better spent on buying stock/expanding the business. That will allow us to make far money that the interest we pay on the finance.

    There is no right or wrong way around it in my opinion. If I had £100k in the bank and thus could afford to invest/expand the business AND pay cash for the S3 I'd buy it outright. That said if I had £100k+ in the bank in clear cash I'd probably buy something better than an S3.

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    Thanks guys. The dealer is trying to sell it as 'pay it off your mortgage and the money you save in interest for the remaining term of your mortgage out ways any interest costs by taking out finance'!!

    Cash I think. Unless they offer me another couple of grand off the list price ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joetidman View Post
    I think that this is right, but it depends what you do with your cash. I'm getting 3.2% on my PCP, and I'm getting much more than that with my money in the markets. If you only ever stick it in the bank as cash then yes, if you invest not necessarily
    The problem with 'getting money in the markets' is than to get a good return you have to accept a certain amount of risk. Being retired I prefer not to take risks with my savings as I have don't have the income to replace it.

    Where are you getting your 3.2% PCP from. The current Audi rate is 6.6% APR
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kempysue View Post
    Thanks guys. The dealer is trying to sell it as 'pay it off your mortgage and the money you save in interest for the remaining term of your mortgage out ways any interest costs by taking out finance'!!

    Cash I think. Unless they offer me another couple of grand off the list price ;-)
    He may well be right, but personally I don't have a mortgage so I don't have that option.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kempysue View Post
    Thanks guys. The dealer is trying to sell it as 'pay it off your mortgage and the money you save in interest for the remaining term of your mortgage out ways any interest costs by taking out finance'!!

    Cash I think. Unless they offer me another couple of grand off the list price ;-)
    Dealer will have an agenda, but you are definitely better using spare cash towards your mortgage.
    Just need to get the right monthly.
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    Mortgage rate is 2.75%. Equivalent dealer rate is more than that...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kempysue View Post
    Mortgage rate is 2.75%. Equivalent dealer rate is more than that...
    Yep, rate is low now, great time to pay it off.
    Could be back up to 5/6% in 5 years time, get it paid off as soon as you can.
    Paying a chunk off now will save you interest and you pay the mortgage off early, so save on monthly payments at the end of the term.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joetidman View Post
    I think that this is right, but it depends what you do with your cash. I'm getting 3.2% on my PCP, and I'm getting much more than that with my money in the markets. If you only ever stick it in the bank as cash then yes, if you invest not necessarily
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    Confirmed picking mine up on Tuesday! So from a March delivery to next week I am well chuffed!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bleedsoff View Post
    Confirmed picking mine up on Tuesday! So from a March delivery to next week I am well chuffed!
    You lucky son of..... enjoy!

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    What's this gearknob? It's different from all others I've seen on the manuals!

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2xTE0pbg1bc

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    As soon as my insurance cheque lands on my doorstep I'll be in mine in a matter of hours, the drive from bridlington to Huddersfield! Deposit paid and she's sat locked in the showroom looking the biz!

 

 

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