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  1. Ziggyma89

    Ziggyma89 Member

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    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!
     
  2. boy1308

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    Anyone knows where they building the S3?
     
  3. Ziggyma89

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    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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    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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  5. CraigI

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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.
     
  6. Sparks43

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    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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  7. boy1308

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    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
     
  8. Sparks43

    Sparks43 3rd Gear

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    Yes it does appear that 3 doors are coming through quicker
     
  9. Palacemads3

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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.
     
  10. Ziggyma89

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    Thanks!
     
  11. Palacemads3

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    Yeah think that's monsoon
     
  13. Johnnyb

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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..

    In one word - the S-Tronic is Colossal...
     
  14. cemerson

    cemerson Well-Known Member Team Cosmos quattro Audi A3 S-line owners group TDi DSG

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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?
     
  15. c.grex

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    yes, or did in my demo and I used that method while overtaking.
     
  16. Ryan_R

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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
     
  17. Louay

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

    these.....

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    or these....

    View attachment 25495

    opinions welcomed, sensible ones though please pilot!
     
  18. ConS3

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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.
     
  19. the_lecht_rocks

    the_lecht_rocks Well-Known Member

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    top ones without a doubt.
     
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    thanks for the feedback Con, i like the bottom ones as they dont look to dissimilar to the ones available on the new RS6?

    audi-rs6-avant-c7-v8-tfsi-de-23.jpg
     
  21. Louay

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    thanks Lecht, hope your well? did you get my PM i sent?
     
  22. Kempysue

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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??
     
  23. PilotAudi

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    I'll send a PM
     
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    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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  25. Ziggyma89

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    All the dealers I went to were quoting a depreciation of 50% but that was after 4 years...
     
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  26. h5djr

    h5djr Well-Known Member VCDS Map User Gold Supporter quattro Audi A3

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    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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  27. Joetidman

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    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
     
  28. the_lecht_rocks

    the_lecht_rocks Well-Known Member

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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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  29. GNJ_Motorsport

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    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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  30. Kempysue

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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 ;-)
     
  31. h5djr

    h5djr Well-Known Member VCDS Map User Gold Supporter quattro Audi A3

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    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
     
  32. h5djr

    h5djr Well-Known Member VCDS Map User Gold Supporter quattro Audi A3

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    He may well be right, but personally I don't have a mortgage so I don't have that option.
     
  33. CraigI

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    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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  34. Kempysue

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    Mortgage rate is 2.75%. Equivalent dealer rate is more than that...
     
  35. CraigI

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    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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  36. c.grex

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    Is your 3.2 from Audi Finance?
     
  37. bleedsoff

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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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  38. boy1308

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    You lucky son of..... :) enjoy!
     
  39. rams_s3

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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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