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Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by allen61, Nov 16, 2009.

  1. allen61

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    I have bought a 57 plate A3 sportback (3 door) 2.0 tdi 170 s-line s tronic which i pick up Thursday. I am new to this forum and would like to know if a 3 door would have had to be a special order back in 2007 as most are 5 door and i have not seen another 3 door.
    Please excuse my ignorance.
     
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  3. johal87

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    I'm preety sure sportback is the label for 5 door audi a3, and the 3 door just remains a hatchback

    any pictures?
     
  4. JeffY

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    Surely if it's a 3 door it isn't a Sportback, just a regular A3?
     
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    The term A3 Sportback has always been Audi's term for the 5-door version. There is no such thing as a 3-door Sportback.

    Whoever is selling it doesn't know what they are talking about.

    Unless it's a cut and shuffle job - Front half A3-3door welded to an A3 Sportback rear end.
     
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    I was going to say :huh: 3 door sportback :think:
     
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    No such thing as a 3 door sportback , unless he is counting the glove box and boot!
     
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    Ditto as to what Dave said.
     
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    This could be a very rare find:jester:
     
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    Anyone else think a real 3-door A3 Sportback would look awesome? With panels instead of rear side windows?

    Damn, if only I was good at Potatoshop, I'd show you all how cool my idea is :p
     
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    I think the sportback name is rubbish anyway, it should be called an A3 5-door!

    Sportback, what makes the 1.6 SE version sporty?
     
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    the back :laugh:
     
  13. JeffY

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    Sportbacks are awesome!
     
  14. TAC

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    Sportsbacks are for those who have wives and children... (no offense meant to anyone with a family or anyone without a family but with a sportsback!!!)
     
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    Or for those, like me, with a 91 year old mother who would have trouble getting in and out of a 3-door car. Having had several 3-door A3s and three Sportbacks, I would always go for the Sportback. Much easier to carry rear seat passengers.
     
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    I think sportback is a cool name, and I also love the shape of the sportback, regardless whether u need 5 doors or not. Plus 09 LEDs are cool. Most of my mates prefer my car to 3 door A3s anyway :happy:
     
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    :) - AKA the Audi A3 Van....
     
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    :laugh:
     
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    At some angles they look better yeah for sure but for me roof rails are a must for a mini avant look

    Always preferred A4's in Avant shape aswell..............Thats it A3 Avant!:o.k:
     
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    Thats how I roll son :wub:
     
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    Snap :salute:
     
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    :beerchug:
     
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    I wish I had an SB now tbh, would of solved my future dilemma.
     
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    Learn from our mistakes ey nige.
     
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    You say! :laugh:

    Hmm, maybe some people actually prefer how it looks, or can't be arsed tipping the seats and getting rained on when letting folks in and out of the back, just for some made-up vanity reason.

    I've always preferred more doors...makes life easy! (er)
     
  27. h5djr

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    Totally agree. I also agree that the Sportback looks better than the 3-door. I hated the name Sportback when it was first introduced - too American. I have got used to it now but I would still have preferred A3 Avant.
     
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    At the risk of this turning into another "my A3 diesel is faster than a Civic Type R" or "petrol vs diesel" or even "S3 vs Cayman" style thread...I'd say the SB looks better too.

    A bit 'different' :hi:
     
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    Its like a mini avant, so the term sportback fits, as said before the 09 LEDs make the 3 doors rear lights look :puke:
     
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    :iagree:
     
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    Are roof rails available for the SB ? couldn't find them on the Audi UK site
     
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    The fact that the sportback looks like a mini estate is the reason I don't really like it.

    I might like it if they did something like this.....
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    Instead of this....
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  33. JeffY

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    Thats gross, I'm glad you didn't design the car. :lmfao:
     
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    :huh: :ohmy: :crying: Don't hold back, say what you mean, don't worry about my feelings. :)
     
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    It is true though that 3 door models do seem to be a lot more rare.
    Personally i've never been a big fan of the sportback. I'd probably rather have an A4 if i needed rear doors.
    Purely my opinion though. Obviously a lot of people like them because the majority of A3's i see are sportback.
     
  36. h5djr

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    Yes. They are option no 3S1 for Aluminium and 3S2 for Black and cost £225 and are available on all Sportback models.
     
  37. B111COR

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    Would be a PITA to retro fit then? Assume they are bolt on?
     
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    It would be possible but not that easy as the headlining would need to be at least partly removed. Also I would think they would cost more than the £225 option price.

    I have a feeling someone on here has done it in the past. Try searching for Roof rails and see what turns up.
     
  39. B111COR

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    Will do, cheers
     
  40. Igdos

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    Before the newest A4 came out there was very little difference in space for front and especially rear passengers between the A3 Sportback and A4, if anything the A3 Sportback was a little bit more - of course this has been 'fixed' with the B8 model.

    The 'Sportback' name must work - Audi have gone with it again for the 4 door A5, by the time A1 comes out every possible configuration will be on offer - Q7 Cabriolet anyone?
     
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    I know which i preffer lol
     
  42. cameron1

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    yea I like the top one better as well :sly:
     

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