1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Audi S3 or Audi A3 3.2 Quattro

DJ-S3 Oct 22, 2010

  1. Ash B

    Ash B Well-Known Member

    5,831
    85
    48

    Ohh thanks for that Jase:(:moa: lol
     
  2. s3dave

    s3dave TFSI Hybrid Supporter

    10,110
    736
    38
    manufacturing year= my
     
  3. Ash B

    Ash B Well-Known Member

    5,831
    85
    48
    MY11 stands for the new 60plates mate and new spec on them
     
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2010
  4. voorhees

    voorhees Moderator Staff Member Moderator Team V8 Audi S5 s tronic

    16,249
    2,072
    113
    latest facelift 8P S3
     
  5. finesse

    finesse Active Member

    2,805
    11
    38
  6. s3dave

    s3dave TFSI Hybrid Supporter

    10,110
    736
    38
    out of the frying pan....................
     
  7. drfeelgood

    drfeelgood Member

    225
    1
    16
    That red thing looks horrible
     
  8. Sarah's A3

    Sarah's A3 MODERATOR V6 S3 Hybrid Moderator

    5,920
    30
    38
    High miles and why so much suspension replacement parts! rings a few bells for me, unless im being too cautious!
     
  9. s3dave

    s3dave TFSI Hybrid Supporter

    10,110
    736
    38
    She knows her stuff.....
     
  10. finesse

    finesse Active Member

    2,805
    11
    38
    the point is, I would swap my S3 for a 3.2
     
  11. s3dave

    s3dave TFSI Hybrid Supporter

    10,110
    736
    38
    Get her up for sale......
     
  12. finesse

    finesse Active Member

    2,805
    11
    38
    thats the problem , I cant let it go...
     
  13. s3dave

    s3dave TFSI Hybrid Supporter

    10,110
    736
    38
    lol.....
     
  14. Sarah's A3

    Sarah's A3 MODERATOR V6 S3 Hybrid Moderator

    5,920
    30
    38
    Then do it, pop yours up for sale. The 3.2s arnt always trouble free but what A3s are!, but plenty of us love them...
     
  15. finesse

    finesse Active Member

    2,805
    11
    38
    what common niggles Sarah on the 3.2?
     
  16. Sarah's A3

    Sarah's A3 MODERATOR V6 S3 Hybrid Moderator

    5,920
    30
    38
    Some (including mine) have had hesitation issues but an ecu upgrade sorts that out. The chains can need replacing but this can easily be checked using VCDS. If you go for DSG, there have been ones with mechatronic issues but not too common.
    Like I say, all engines have issues and there is nothing to say the 3.2 you find will have any problems.

    If you do decide to jump to the 3.2, As test driving is best, get a feel for how it handles, each animal is different. Check the chains or if they have been done. To test for hesitation, apart from feeling it when driving, see if you can hold the revs stready around 2k when stationary in neutral. If the needle dances about, you have it.
     
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2010
  17. S3 Rav

    S3 Rav Well-Known Member

    2,825
    30
    48
    Got to be s3 for me. Love the 8p interior but honestly don't feel the 8l is that bad, yes it's a little dated but still better then alot of modern cars. For me the one massive factor is looks. I've had my s3 nearly 3 years now and still find myself looking back when I've parked the car, or look aout the window on the drive to get a cheeky glimpse. With the 8p I just find they are sooo common. I'd imagine the 3.2 sounds great but it's not honestly something I miss in the 8l. Fuel economy: when the pounds are tight I can do 40mpg indicated, can a 3.2 do this....I don't know that answer. Both great cars IMO.
     
  18. Sarah's A3

    Sarah's A3 MODERATOR V6 S3 Hybrid Moderator

    5,920
    30
    38
    40mpg lol, nooooo
     
  19. Essflee

    Essflee Well-Known Member

    2,154
    67
    48
    The only 3.2 I'd consider is a face lift S-line which is going to cost about 12k for a good one.

    As your budget is 9k tops I'd go for the S3...

    It's obviously cheaper to run which is the biggest advantage,

    At the end of the day it's an "S3" and not a run of the mill 'all look the same' "A3"
     
  20. jojo

    jojo Looking for Boost! Staff Member Moderator Team Daytona Audi S3 quattro Audi A6 Audi Avant Owner Group

    28,998
    3,651
    113
    Isn't roadtax for the 3.2 a silly amount? <waits to be corrected>
     
  21. jdas03

    jdas03 Member

    603
    2
    18
    S3 = Cheaper, Faster, More Tunable, Rarer, unreliable in some cases?
    3.2 = Nicer noise, Quick, Newer, but common, expensive, and front heavy!

    Id have a hard choice but i think a good S3 for a long term car is a better prospect, and with 9k you can get a gooden!!
     
  22. dancarpy

    dancarpy S3 DCY

    236
    3
    18
    jojo has the answer right here. both of your choices rolled into one !
    if you did that then you could be driving a replica of this beast !

    Audi S3 3.2lt Turbo 800PS by 0-400 Tune 2 Race
     
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2010
  23. s3dave

    s3dave TFSI Hybrid Supporter

    10,110
    736
    38
    with another 20k on top of the 9k
     
  24. mk1chopper

    mk1chopper Missing the S3

    1,092
    12
    36
    I dont think the v6 is that heavy, i think the problem is the engine weight sits/acts at a higher point than than a striaght 4 creating a higher centre of gravity and this effects the handling.
     
  25. Sarah's A3

    Sarah's A3 MODERATOR V6 S3 Hybrid Moderator

    5,920
    30
    38
    road tax last April was £118.25 for 6 mths, £215.00 for 12 mths. Just had my renewal and its now £134.75 for 6 mths and £245.00 for 12 mths!!! Lucky me lol
     
  26. S3 Rav

    S3 Rav Well-Known Member

    2,825
    30
    48
    Ouch! That's loads!
     
  27. -Ju-

    -Ju- Well-Known Member VCDS Map User Team Panther Audi S3

    2,415
    515
    113
    it's only the early 06 onward 3.2's that are clobbered with the higher band £400+ a year tax!
     
  28. jojo

    jojo Looking for Boost! Staff Member Moderator Team Daytona Audi S3 quattro Audi A6 Audi Avant Owner Group

    28,998
    3,651
    113
    That was the answer I was looking for!
     
  29. Fireblade69

    Fireblade69 New Member

    5
    0
    1
    Bit late on this but my A3 cost £2500 to have the cam chains, (cam chain stretch - original quote was £4500 :ohmy:) replaced by Audi and I'd still have it over the S3. Brakes cook a bit quicker on track, (6 laps of Brands Indy'll have them fading at Druids), but on the road they are so usable. A chip tune by Custom Code saw a bit more usability and the next mod will be a Haldex controller. 30mpg is barely achievable on the office run and I've had it down to 4.7 mpg on the DIS. I do like that gadgets in car though, lot's of toys to make the journey a pleasure. I'd go Goodyear Eagle F1 asymetric and don't bother with the cacky Pirelli P-Zero Rosso, they're ****. The car makes me smile everytime I get in it which is more than I can say for a lot of cars.

    And if you're wondering why £2500, this is why:

    [​IMG]

    Only took them all week to do it, engine & gearbox out and split and of course it's 4 wheel drive so there is all that arsing about to do as well. Nearly cried when I saw the car on the ramp. :ermm:
     
  30. Breezey

    Breezey Member

    463
    7
    18
    Get the 3.2l A3 but for the love of god dont get the DSG get the manual
     
  31. Ash B

    Ash B Well-Known Member

    5,831
    85
    48
    Think i would feel a bit upset if i saw my car like that lol!
     
  32. -Ju-

    -Ju- Well-Known Member VCDS Map User Team Panther Audi S3

    2,415
    515
    113
    Your lucky mate, took them 6 weeks to do mine

    You must be joking, the 3.2 and the dsg is a match made in heaven!
     
  33. finesse

    finesse Active Member

    2,805
    11
    38
  34. colicabcadam

    colicabcadam Guest

    0
    0
    0
    3.2 = waste of engine capacity lol

    a mapped s3 will show it up, all for the cost of £250, the s3 should be better in the fuel department too, on a mapped s3 i manage to get 350+ to a full tank, AROUND town, on the moroway this jumps upto 440!!

    getting more power out of the 3.2 wont be a problem if you are prepared to spend money.....

    if i had £9,000 to spend and did not need a car strait away and had a few years NCB, i'd save a little harder and get an RS4 2.7......
     
  35. Ash B

    Ash B Well-Known Member

    5,831
    85
    48

Share This Page