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Buying an A3 - advice needed

batwad Sep 9, 2006

  1. batwad

    batwad Member

    My quest for a TDi quattro is progressing; I've driven two today and should be going to see another one tomorrow :thumbsup: The first one was a disappointment; it didn't have any leather, no CD player and some of the interior was broken yet the dealer wanted £12k! :wtf:

    The second one was pretty neat though (link to Autotrader ad: http://tinyurl.com/npt4a) From the photos I thought it was black but it's actually a very dark metallic blue. All very nice but prompted a couple of questions.

    1. On my current car (Pug 306) the engine management light comes on for a few seconds with the ignition as a self-test. This A3 didn't. Is it supposed to or is this a potential problem?
    2. One of the foglights was broken, the glass smashed. Any idea how much a replacement is?

    There was a minor crack on the rear bumper, but nowt major. Haggled to £10,200 but walked away cos I wasn't too sure, and it didn't have cruise control and for some reason I never got that "wow, I must buy this" feeling that I usually get :rolleyes:

    I've just spotted this one which I shall go and see tomorrow, which looks pretty much the same but with cruise control :rockwoot:

    What do you reckon folks, am I being too picky? Will I be a lemon if I keep hunting?
  2. madvw

    madvw Active Member

    all dash lights briefly illuminate before you start the car. Sounds more than a bit dodgy to me.
  3. rickparmar

    rickparmar Active Member

    if you are going to spend that much mate, i think you should consider a s3 :)
  4. MarcA3Turbo

    MarcA3Turbo Member


    try www.micksgarage.co.uk for the foglight. I got mine for about €60, whatever that is in GBP, very quick delivery too.

  5. batwad

    batwad Member

    Ha ha, don't you start as well! My flatmate's been trying to persuade me to get an S3 for the last six months. :)

    I've been through it all, and £10k is the top-end of my budget and there's no way I'm getting an 52/03-plate S3 for that. Well, one that isn't an absolute dog anyway ;)

    Plus the extra running costs will take me to pieces. The TDi is a nice trade-off between quattro fun and sensibility. Now I just need to find one.

    Incidentally, does anyone know any good places to check other than Autotrader?

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