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better to tune an aum 1.8t or buy an s3?

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by 5l4y3r10, Oct 22, 2012.

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    [Oct 22, 2012]
    i have an 2003 facelift aum 1.8t audi a3, it has done 120k miles and had 2 lady owners and is completely standard at the moment. im stuck between 2 choices and was wondering if any one could shine light haha.

    is it better to save 5 grand and buy and s3 or do you think its better to spend 1 or 2 grand on the a3 and maybe have a turbo conversion, fmic etc? any opinions please.

    cheers tom
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    If you are happy with the car, just get it remapped, it will be as quick as a remapped S3 in 90% of the time, with out the look and traction of course.
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    What jojo said, if you make an a3 fast it will be faster than a tuned s3
    due to the weight side of things.

    But once you start tuning the a3 traction becomes the issue, the next big spend is for a LSD.
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    lanceneoman A4 S-Line 1.8T Avant 230 BHP

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    Get it remapped and buy an S3 Kit from ebay or breakers. Spend £1500 and you have an s3 lookalike just without traction
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    thanks people very helpful! would you go for a turbo conversion, i would say a k04 but hear there abit out of fashion so to speak now haha? but i would need new rods etc wouldnt i?
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