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Buying an s3 , which one to go for ?

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

  1. niallraff
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    niallraff MW 3

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    [Oct 22, 2012]
    Hi guys i have just moved over to Brisbane Australia form N. Ireland and am interested in buying an S3 year 2000 - 2002, I have noticed there are a range of different engines available with them (APY OR BAM) . This is where i need you guys help . I will most likely be doing some performance and handling mod's. I hope to take the car around to 270bhp so what all would i need to upgrade to get within this target ? and what all is there to look out for when buying ? most reliable engine ? easiest moded ?

    Thanks
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    [Dave B] Rrrrrrrr-tech

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    [Oct 22, 2012]
    Stickies....
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    [Oct 22, 2012]
    Just buy the best conditon one you find, all the engines remap up to about the same anyway, and conditon and spec always the key
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    Sevv Pushing the limits..

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    get an AMK engine... beats you doing all the delets..

    get 270 is fairly simple bolt on mods... get an FMIC, B5 Tip, 007P DV forge a remap ... get the DP and catback changed and you should have your 270odd hp

    once you buy ur id advise gettting a VCDS scanner and check for rust on the roof rails..
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    I have an AMK and agree with Sevv - deletes are easy stuff and getting them running well is just a matter of following the stickies
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    But AMK do seem to suffer from head failures...
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    Sevv Pushing the limits..

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    just replace with a AGu AEB large port head anyway... its only 150-300 pounds its a joke when you think about a cost of an S3 in Oz.
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    I logged 220gs/275bhp with B5 TIP + Jetex, a decent service and a stage 1 (unsure which) map.
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    I'd go for one that was owned by someone on a forum like this one as it has probably been well looked after and serviced regularly also try and get one with some good mods like a good exhaust and coilovers as it may save you some money in the future when the modding bug hits lol!
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    [Oct 29, 2012]
    Thanks for all the comments guys. I have been reading alot on haldex race controllers and was wondering if anybody on hear has one fitted along with a rear lsd and arb's aswell . i imagine this would cure the understree alot ?
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