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AAAAh, I'm torn on what to get

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by smo, Jan 13, 2007.

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    smo TDi Power

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    Potentially my current vehicle may well go very soon (tis up for sale!) - and i've been thinking about what to get next.

    Having always wanted an A3/S3 i thought now is a perfect chance...

    However i'm now torn between my heart saying you only live once get an S3, and my head saying think of the running costs, get an A3 TDi 130 Quattro (or non-quattro if i go into skin flint mode!)

    Help me out here - i dont really want to spend more than 8K, but could push the budget and normally do! I do a fair few mile and have just got a new job but have no idea how many i shall do now, at least they pay though so its not so much of an issue.

    If i went S3 i would want the facelift 225 version, A3 the TDi quattro would be my fave but not loads about so would i be better looking at a standard TDi 130??

    AAAAH! Help! :keule:

    EDIT: forgot to say, insurance isnt a problem as i'm 25 with 7+yrs NCB and clean licence moving to BA2 postcode so its approx £450 for an S3 and £350 for an A3 :)
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    edward_harris s3 gone now a shiney red evo 6

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    got to be the s3! if you get the a3 you will always be thinking what your missing out on! fuel isnt to bad as long as you dont drive to hard! i average 30mpg on motorway, around 25 in and around town! untill you floor it and get around 5! but go for the s3 you wont regret it!
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    smo TDi Power

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    I dont have a very light right foot tho....could be bad news!

    Being a lover of modern TDI engines, will i "get on with" the S3 engine, or will it feel like there is nothing till i rev the nuts off it? I dont want to be feeling like there is nothing at the bottom end, i love the low grunt of a TDi.
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    edward_harris s3 gone now a shiney red evo 6

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    all the power in the s3 is a around 3000 rpm so there is plenty low down!, it actually dies off a bit as you start really reving it! + have a re-map and add around 50bhp on top for not much £! check out http://www.amdtechnik.com/
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    S3 has nice low down torque though too. Its nothing like the grunt at 1krpm of a vr6, but by 2.5k its all good.

    If you have the decision and the chance, get an s3..
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    get an s3. wish i'd had the s4 instead of 2.8q you will always wonder how much better it is if you dont.
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    smo TDi Power

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    S3 looks to be fave around here, but thats no supprise.

    Has anyone owned both to give me a comparison from owners viewpoint.

    Also how common is half leather/alcantara against the full leather, as i prefer the alcantara middles, also are they still the same recaro's or are they different seats altogether?
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    god_thats_quick Numptie of the highest order

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    Same seats, just different fabric.

    Just be warned these cars arn't cheap to run (S3s) in my opinion anyway.

    That said I still think they are GREAT cars.

    I'd test drive all of them as see what you think.
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    What sort of running costs can i expect then as a norm?

    Also test driving them is easier said than done, there just dont seem to be any around in my area, and 200-300+ miles travelling for a 5 min test drive is a bloody long way to go!

    If anyone knows of good'uns in dorset/somerset then please let me know :)
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    VeeDub Geezer Ex-20v Coupe Owner

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    id probably go for the TDi and remap it tbh..

    ive driven a 150bhp VW Bora with a remap and the torque was immense!
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    QUATTRO_REP Diesel Power!

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    ive got a tdi 130 re-mapped and gotta say the torque still amazes me. i get about 37-40mpg town drivin and anythin up to 45mpg on the moterway. driving it hard hasnt got it below 35mpg either! not drove the S3 so cant comment, but love the TDI.
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    The running costs of an S3 sren't too bad if you go to a specialist to get it serviced rather than the stealership. Especially going by your insurance quotes! As Ed said the fuel economy depends on how you drive it. If you're doing a lot of motorway miles you shouldn't feel the pinch too much. Go with your gut, buy an S3 and join the many satisfied customers on this forum! Just budget a little extra and get ready to start 'enhancing' a little. Once bitten... :eyebrows:

    Rich
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    I went for the TDi quattro because I wasn't took keen on taking on the running costs of an S3, but I don't doubt that pound-for-pound the S3 would put a bigger smile on your face. I deliberately never test-drove an S3 because I knew I'd probably want one, and then my bank account would be screwed ;)

    I love my quatty derv burner, but prepared for a bit of a hunt if you want a mint one. S3s are much more readily available.
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    TDi Quattro's do seem to be rarer than rocking horse **** but then good S3's at decent prices are just as rare, some seem to be horrendously overpriced when you look at the the market as a whole.

    I'm still undecided, ho hum!
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