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Advice Buying Used Audi A3

TheGame7 Feb 27, 2011

  1. TheGame7

    TheGame7 New Member

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    Hi,

    I am looking to buy a used Audi A3 for approximately £7000.

    My requirements are as follows:
    1.9 or 2.0TDi
    5 Door
    Black/Grey
    Leather Interior
    Full Service History (with cam belt/water pump changed)
    Ideally under 80k miles

    SE is fine but Sport (with its larger alloys, sports suspension, three spoke steering wheel and climate control [what other extras there are?]) would be a bonus.

    I thought I would get a 55/06/66 plate for this money.

    However, I have seen a 54-plate with the following spec:

    It was originally advertised as £7995 but two weeks later has dropped and I am hoping it will drop further to nearer £7k.

    However, I am wondering the following:

    Is it expensive for its age?
    Can you appreciate the body shape of the A3 in grey (dolphin not lava) paint better than black? Or is black more impressive?
    Is red leather less boring than black leather or is it too bright?

    Thanks for reading.
     
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2011
  2. audicruiser

    audicruiser Audi Heaven

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    Looks a very good buy... You won't get a later car for your money with less than 80k on it.

    To be honest with your budget you can't afford to be too picky but dolphin grey is a nice colour and suits the Sportback shape...
     
  3. paul_r

    paul_r Member

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    If you are too fussy it will take you forever to find the right car.
     
  4. TheGame7

    TheGame7 New Member

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    I appreciate I cannot be too picky but I am not in a huge rush and £7000, let alone £7500, is a large sum of money and not one I want to part with unless I am entirely happy.

    An alternative option I have seen is 2007 AUDI A3 S LINE TDI SPORTBACK DOLPHIN GREY on eBay (end time 14-Mar-11 15:47:50 GMT)

    What are the differences between S-Line and Sport?
    Will the S-Line be a high insurance group?
    Older car with lower mileage vs newer car with higher mileage?
     
  5. Lings

    Lings Active Member

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    You want 8 k for what your after year wise or look fir older .
     
  6. Ads

    Ads License to drive

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    Main differences:

    S-line 18" better looking alloys - Sport 17" very dated looking alloys.
    S-line slightly lower (5-10mm) stiffer suspension - Sport not so stiff suspension.
    S-line front and rear bumpers no rub strip in them - Sport has rub strip in bumpers.
    S-line possibly leather (or half leather) seats - Sport cloth seats.
    S-line has rear boot spoiler - Sport doesn't.


    Sport:
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    S-line:
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    Last edited: Feb 28, 2011
  7. PilotAudi

    PilotAudi New Member

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    Some comments on Aythrees comments

    S-line 18" better looking alloys - Sport 17" very dated looking alloys. Many sports had upgraded 17inalloys due to 'very dated looking standard alloys'
    S-line slightly lower (5-10mm) stiffer suspension - Sport not so stiff suspension. Not sure this is correct. I thought S Line had sports suspension as does the A5 S Line
    S-line front and rear bumpers no rub strip in them - Sport has rub strip in bumpers. Not so.. depends on age..
    S-line possibly leather (or half leather) seats - Sport cloth seats. True but many sports had the +£400 ish Leather and Alcantar option
    S-line has rear boot spoiler - Sport doesn't. True

    Good luck.... there's nought wrong with a well spec'd and original Sport IMHO... had x2 8P sports and x3 8P Sline arives later in the week.
     
  8. Ads

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    Just so the OP doesn't end up confused...

    Pretty much all Sports I came across had the original Sport alloys. And I've owned two.
    Standard spec'd Sports came with the dated looking alloys as shown above.

    Sport and S-line have different suspension. The s-line is lower and stiffer.

    This is correct, it does depend on age. The 8P1 (split grille) came with the same bumper as the Sport, with rub strips.
    So if you go for a 54 plate then this is the bumper you'll get.
    Go for an 8P2 (single grille) and you'll get the smooth bumpers.

    Again... cross-over options are always possible. But as we're talking differences between standard spec'd models... the Sport came with cloth seats.
     
  9. pi quattro

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    Having owned both, one interior difference is that the s line has black headlining as standard, sport didn't as far as I know. Small one but makes a difference to the feel of the interior
     
  10. PilotAudi

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    The S-Line roof lining is Black and pretty dark inside unless you go for the Sunroof option.

    Current Sport is not the same as S-Line BUT when S Line introduced they were. Re the wheels. Most early sports from 2003 to circa 2006 had boring wheels although (and we have had 2 Sports) many folks cose to upgrade to 5 star and Parabolic options... incidentally on M4 yesterday saw a red Covette with Reg no TE 51 CLE ?????
     
  11. FranA3

    FranA3 events moderator Regional Rep Gold Supporter Audi A3 Team Brill Red

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    i couldnt wait to get rid of mine i changed them after only 4 days to the wheels on my car now i hated them nasty nasty wheels lol
    mine did so glad as they are so much better than the standard cloth seats warm in the winter and cool in the summer
     
  12. PilotAudi

    PilotAudi New Member

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    We never really liked the Leather Alcantara option, had it once but then went all leather or Leather Cloth option. Alcantara is man made and doesn't really breath. Just my 5p
     
  13. Lings

    Lings Active Member

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    My sport is full leather .it has shitty five spoke alloys that are fitted as standard on newer models.
     
  14. flying oyster

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    i love my poverty spec sport with original twin grills and poverty wheels come on in the water is fine lol
     
  15. TimG

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    Shameless plug, but ill be selling my parabolic alloys with decent tyres very soon :)
     

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