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Advice for another (almost) S3 owner...

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by alijames, Feb 24, 2008.

  1. alijames

    alijames Active Member

    Feb 10, 2008
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    Hi All,

    After ~3 months searching, 10 viewings and 4 'gone before I got there's, finally agreed a sale of a mint, unmolested 2001/Y 8L with 71k on the clock. Should be picking up Thur/Fri this week!!

    I've been trawling the Forums the since the hunt began, and got a lot a valuable info so far. Great stuff from everyone!!

    But still need a couple of bits of advice needed from you guys if poss :

    Any recommended any specialists or just good mechanics near to Oxford/Bicester to do a Cambelt/Waterpump change, or should I hit Oxford Audi for a quote? Pity AMD went the way of the dodo last year as they were only a 3 iron from my gaff...

    Also, it's currently fitted with a Concert R/C + Changer set-up, but no Bose. I would prefer to get a CD (preferably with MP3 CD capability) up front. As there is plenty of used Concert/Symphony kit on Ebay.

    Which models are a simple swap? Also, how easy is it to move the A/C down to accomodate a Double din Symphony or Concert 2 set-up. I'm guessing I might run into issues with CAN-bus compatibility, but how easy is it to find out whether mine is late enough to have CAN-bus capability?

    Anyone got their old Audi CD HU sitting in their garage they want a few quid for? PM if you have, rather than clutter up the forum...

    Also DirectLine have finally given me a decent quote at £340 comp. Fair enough, I'm 36 with 10years NCD and no points, but that's only £80 more than my 1995 MX5!!

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  3. jesters3

    jesters3 Active Member
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    Jan 6, 2003
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    Check out APS in brackely (ex AMD lot) not too far from Oxford. Best get a quote from Oxford to give you and idea of what not too pay and then have a scout round, the other one is MRC in Banbury. Both are well respected and can give you the service you want.

    For the stereo set-up I haven't got a clue! best to have a search in the ICE forum or tap up the guru known as AndyMac
  4. spiker

    spiker usually growling at something

    Jul 30, 2005
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    Stafford Audi did my cambelt change last month as an ebay special

    cambelt - water pump and belts + haldex oil change = £470 inc vat

    might be worth the trip

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