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Am I Being Stupid?

leeds2592 Dec 6, 2013

  1. leeds2592

    leeds2592 When I grow up, I want a 964!

    Hi all,

    Had my A3 for around a year and a half now and it's been fine up until a few months ago. Turns out that it needs a fair bit of work on it which will make my bank account sad so I'm thinking about selling up. I've worked out that if I sold up and bought a cheaper run around, I could end up with a good chunk of £ in the bank.

    I'm also a bit bored mine at the moment, and with it only being an FSI, there's not much I can do to it to make it faster. Me and my gf are also talking about getting our own place which is a big factor in the decision.

    I want to save money, but I don't want a rust bucket that I'm amshamed of so I've been looking at older S3's. Pretty nippy as standard, cheapish to buy and potential there for modding and tuning when money allows.

    I know I would miss the refinement of the 8P, as well as my RNSE but I'm dying for something with a bit more umph that isn't massively expensive.

    So, the big question .... am I being stupid? What would you do/buy?
  2. autolatry

    autolatry Active Member

    I would .... I mean YOU SHOULD buy one of these

    Jaguar S-Type 4.2 V8 R 4dr Auto

    Then report back to me 6month later. If you aren't bankrupt, I will buy one :)
    y2kcurran and RedDejavu like this.
  3. sliced

    sliced Drive safe, stay alive.

    2.0t 8p is quite nippy with good tuning potential too
  4. voorhees

    voorhees Moderator Staff Member Moderator Team V8 Audi S5 s tronic

    Get an "ugly' Edition 30 :icon_thumright:
    Boydie likes this.
  5. jord11

    jord11 Member

    How much is a "cheap runaround"
  6. R90 STL

    R90 STL Well-Known Member

    If you are thinking of selling up for a cheap runaround I'd look at polo gtis! Depends what you are looking for but that's what I'd have
  7. prt57

    prt57 Active Member

    May I suggest a mk iv Golf Gti 1.8T as a cheapish car with potential. The handling may not be go kart like but a stage 1 remap at R-Tech will release the full potential of the engine. A standard 150bhp will go up to about 185 and the standard 180 will do about 210 bhp. However the torque increase is massive and it is the torque that gives the acceleration.
    I had my 150 bhp model done by R-Tech for a live remap costing £250 and it transformed the pulling power. The 150 bhp AGU engines are the strongest.
  8. leeds2592

    leeds2592 When I grow up, I want a 964!

    I'm only 21, that'd make me look like I was driving around in my grandads car. Not to mention how much I'd be spending on fuel haha.

    In an ideal world, I'd already have one, but for a decent one I'd be looking at over 6k which is too expensive.

    I don't actually think they're ugly at all, I do think they're a poor mans Audi though :p. I would have one, but again too expensive.

    No more than 4k, more around 3.5k.

    Not keen on Polo's, a bit too small and girly.

    Not a fan of the older style Golfs, so that rules that out.

    Thanks for all the suggestions! Massively swaying towards an 8L S3 due to the price and how nippy they are as standard. Going from 150bhp to 210/220bhp (dependent on what engine I go for) would be a nice step up with the potential for more power when/if money allows.
  9. Jonathaan

    Jonathaan Quattro

    Spend more money on yours, that cures boredem :beerchug:
    wuta3 likes this.
  10. wuta3

    wuta3 Well-Known Member

    I sort of wish i'd gone for an 8L S3 and worked to make it bonkers. Mind you, as said above, go for the 2.0TFSI ... thinking man's 8P S3
  11. leeds2592

    leeds2592 When I grow up, I want a 964!

    Without spending silly money, which is the opposite of my plan, I can't make mine go much faster. Just fancy something different mate.

    In an ideal world, I'd have a 2.0TFSI DSG but its not going to happen in the next few years so may as well get something a bit cheaper which'll put a smile back on my face when I drive it.

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