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    S3 SD card slots and spare wheel

    Hi all,

    Forgot to ask this before but I think I'm right saying each S3 comes with 2 SD card slots, 1 will be used for sat nav if and when fitted and the other for music storage and the likes?

    I was wondering how large an SD storage capacity can the car handle?

    Last question, with most cars you need to spec a spare wheel, is the A3 different and u always get a wheel?

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    With the SD- yes you are correct in that there are two. I think the total max size you can have is 64GB?

    Why anyone needs more than that is beyond me unless they are using their card as a secondary back up.

    Not sure on the S3 about the spare wheel but you ALWAYS get a spare wheel. Even if you opt for the B&O sound system the sub still manages to sit on top of the spare wheel.

    Never heard of specing a spare wheel...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schizophonic View Post
    Never heard of specing a spare wheel...
    My last A1 as with a number of cars now come with tyre weld goop rather than a spare wheel. In the current climate of better MPG alongside the reality most peole dont get punctures so often its not actually a bad idea. The A3 being a smaller car would have been a good candidate for the no spare wheel as standard. Im a little happier it isnt, I still like the confidence of a real wheel (space saver) if needed. Not so long ago the spare wheel was a real wheel, and some cars even had the spare on a matching alloy wheel.
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    Thanks for the replies everyone
    I'm looking at a 64gb SD as my music library is over 32gb already.

    As for the spare wheel I'm glad we get a spare, our new octavia we had to spec it same with many other cars like the Q5 etc

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    The sd slots can take up to 2tb cards according to the specs...
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    You only get a spare if you spec it on the A3 now as well - that's a recent change. By default it comes without one now, unless you order the towbar, or either of the upgraded sound systems (I presume just so the sub has somewhere to sit!). That's how it is on the configurator now anyway. I'm glad I have one though, needed to use it when my car was barely 2 weeks old! Tyre goop would have done nothing for the puncture I had, it was total tyre annihilation!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cemerson View Post
    You only get a spare if you spec it on the A3 now as well - that's a recent change. By default it comes without one now, unless you order the towbar, or either of the upgraded sound systems (I presume just so the sub has somewhere to sit!). That's how it is on the configurator now anyway. I'm glad I have one though, needed to use it when my car was barely 2 weeks old! Tyre goop would have done nothing for the puncture I had, it was total tyre annihilation!
    Do you think the spare wheel well would actually take a full-size wheel and tyre. With my existing 8P Sportback I have some foam parts that I purchased from Audi which build-up the floor level so that I can carry a full-size steel wheel and tyre as the spare. This is mainly because I don't fancy a space-saver when I'm on my long runs through France to Germany and also as I normally go on a Sunday the chances of getting anyone to sort out a new tyre in France on a Sunday is a bit remote.

    Mind you the last time I had a puncture I had to call Audi On-Call because I could not get the alloy wheel to part from the hub. The RAC chap said it is quite common and they have a rubber hammer with a lead weight inside the head which usually does the trick.
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    I know from putting my wheel in there when I had to use a space saver that it does fit, as long as the boot floor is in the higher position. I didn't try to put the sub in either, just kept it separate until I had the tyre fixed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cemerson View Post
    I know from putting my wheel in there when I had to use a space saver that it does fit, as long as the boot floor is in the higher position. I didn't try to put the sub in either, just kept it separate until I had the tyre fixed.
    Thanks, that's nice to know. Audi always used to supply a large strong plastic bag to put the damaged wheel and tyre in. It was part of the tool kit in the luggage area. Do they still do this.
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    I haven't noticed, not tried looking for it. Didn't notice it in the tool kit with the locking wheel nut and brace though, but don't think I'd have bothered anyway. Suppose it would be useful if you were just dumping it in the boot or something but I just put it back under the boot floor.
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    Never had this on my last audis unless I missed it. Sorry

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    Quote Originally Posted by kenny_boon View Post
    Never had this on my last audis unless I missed it. Sorry
    It was certainly there on my 2007, 2009 and my current 2012. I used on the 2007 and 2009 to put my full-size spare into so that I could carry it inside the car, behind the passenger seat. With my current 2012 I purchased some foam parts from Audi which build up the floor so that the spare can be carried under the floor in the luggage area.
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    [QUOTE=kenny_boon;2043454]Thanks for the replies everyone
    I'm looking at a 64gb SD as my music library is over 32gb already.

    Have you considered an HDD rather than an SD? I got a 500gb for £40 and so long as you format it as FAT32 it works a treat.
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    How do you connect it to the car mate?

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    Just plug it in through the AMI connection in the arm rest with the USB lead (make sure you get these when you pick car up). HDD needs to be a USB powered unit.

    I bought this one: Buy WD Elements Portable Hard Drive - 500 GB, Black | Free Delivery | Currys

    Price has gone back to non-sale since i bought one.

    Hope that helps,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Psyman79 View Post
    Just plug it in through the AMI connection in the arm rest with the USB lead (make sure you get these when you pick car up). HDD needs to be a USB powered unit.

    I bought this one: Buy WD Elements Portable Hard Drive - 500 GB, Black | Free Delivery | Currys

    Price has gone back to non-sale since i bought one.

    Hope that helps,

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    Brilliant mate, had no idea you could do that

    Are you meant to get cables free?

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    Probably not, I had ipod one in the glove box which might be the standard token offering but I can't see them saying no on collection after having shelled out so much on the car if you ask nicely.

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    I got a USB cable and iphone 4 cable free with my car.
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    Aside from the difference in capacity, is their any difference in functionality between using a portable HD over an iPod touch? I ask because I have both, could really do with keeping the iPod at home as a Sonos controller. My car's going to have the tech pack with Audi connect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cemerson View Post
    You only get a spare if you spec it on the A3 now as well - that's a recent change. By default it comes without one now, unless you order the towbar, or either of the upgraded sound systems (I presume just so the sub has somewhere to sit!). That's how it is on the configurator now anyway. I'm glad I have one though, needed to use it when my car was barely 2 weeks old! Tyre goop would have done nothing for the puncture I had, it was total tyre annihilation!
    Wait... What? When did they remove the spare wheel? Arghhh was glad that they weren't giving away that stupid goop anymore!

    Anyone know how much the space saver wheel is?

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    It's a no cost option when ordering.
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    Only in combination with towbar, Audi sound system or B&O. You have to have one (or more) or those in order to have the spare wheel, and the wheel is free then. It doesn't seem to let you select the wheel only, even as a paid option.
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    Interesting - it did earlier on a a3 SB 1.8tfsi manual I created? (Wasn't a Quattro).

    Didn't have any other options ticked and it let me??
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    Oh, when I pick the spare for the 2.0 TDI it makes me select one of those in addition
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    Quote Originally Posted by kenny_boon View Post
    Brilliant mate, had no idea you could do that

    Are you meant to get cables free?
    You should get at least 1 free. I got an iphone cable and a normal usb one. I think there are 5 available, the 2 i got plus a micro usb, aux and i think there is a new style iphone one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leeber View Post
    Aside from the difference in capacity, is their any difference in functionality between using a portable HD over an iPod touch? I ask because I have both, could really do with keeping the iPod at home as a Sonos controller. My car's going to have the tech pack with Audi connect.
    I wouldn't have thought so, you just plug in and control through the MMI. Not sure how Apple file structure works as i've never had an iProduct. I'm sure i read on here somewhere that you can play videos through tech pack with an iPod though. Not sure if it'll work from HDD as i've only got the SD sat nav upgrade.

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    Hi Guys, Happy New 8V Year

    If you look in "Standard Equipment" tab in the A3 configurator it says Space Saver is standard without the sound system upgrade. On the 8P you had to order it separately in place of gloop at the dealers. No gloop on the 8V


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    Quote Originally Posted by Psyman79 View Post
    You should get at least 1 free. I got an iphone cable and a normal usb one. I think there are 5 available, the 2 i got plus a micro usb, aux and i think there is a new style iphone one.

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    There are a lot more than 5 available, there are several video ones, a mini USB as well, another different Apple one (red / blue collars, they look the same other than that), all sorts
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ade44 View Post
    Hi Guys, Happy New 8V Year

    If you look in "Standard Equipment" tab in the A3 configurator it says Space Saver is standard without the sound system upgrade. On the 8P you had to order it separately in place of gloop at the dealers. No gloop on the 8V


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    Could be a mistake from when it changed though - worth checking this is actually the case.
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    Have the b&o, so hope this hasn't changed... Will be calling dealer tomoz to check!!

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    Would be very surprised if you don't get the spare then, as the sub for the 2 sound systems needs one to sit in!
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