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Can I justify 30k on an S3?

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by consilio, Sep 5, 2007.

  1. Shao_khan
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    [Sep 7, 2007]
    Audi couldnt win this one though could they - Too little or too much - it would never have been just right.

    I think they set an expecctation with the styling differences on the first S3, but then I never liked the fact they forgot to paint half the bumper.
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    120bhp is going some for an old FJ mate.
    What you done to it ?
    Yamaha never claimed more than 101-105bhp for an FJ12.
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    [Sep 9, 2007]

    I always have a chuckle when people say that the old S3 had much more styling than the new one and Audi have been lazy designing it...

    The new one has the exact same number of external differences than the old one apart from the flared arches.

    New front bumper (the whole thing)
    New Grille
    Side skirts
    Roof spoiler
    New rear bumper and diffuser

    The old S3 was the same with slight differences over the other a3's.

    Price wise aswell when the old one came out it was £26450 base price so the new one is not far off that!
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    yep, interesting comment... but how much of the spec in your sig was standard, and how much did you have to pay extra for! :think: . It is similar accross the range but ususally S cars have the lighting kit, xenons and recaro's as standard unlike in the new '3'.
    The engine is sweet though...
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    [Sep 10, 2007]
    You got that right!
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    [Sep 10, 2007]
    Thanks for your comments guys.

    Its interesting to read that a lot of you would not spend that amount of money, yet just as many have purchased new S3's too.

    I have since managed to get the price of the car down to 28k with the same spec, which doesn't seem to be so crazy.

    I think i'll be placing an order some time over Christmas - cant wait!!!
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    Thats pretty good and as I mentioned the residual in the new S3 is very good right now. Any discount is good on these cars as they are not 'push' cars (i.e. the dealer can discount 'push' easily but 'pull' cars (any S, TT etc) they are reluctant to. Expect to get £500 if your lucky!..
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    [Sep 10, 2007]
    I paid £28400 in Jan for my car.

    The sat nav plus, bluetooth phone prep and centre armrest was retro fitted.

    I have since priced my car on the Audi configurator as if I was buying my car new with the spec inc retrofits and it comes just shy of 32k.

    I must have been lucky getting a discount way back when I got mine of £500.
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    [Sep 10, 2007]

    I'd like to find a year old S4 Avant for 30k without stupid miles on it even more so a S5, more like a 2-3year old car.

    I suppose it all depends on whether you want a new car or not.

    The S3 costs 27k which is 3k less than everyone is saying on here, which is not to be sniffed at. A 30k S3 is quite well specced up which it does not have to be...
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    [Sep 10, 2007]
    This widely available discount you can get on an allegedly easy to sell car.
    Surely that's as close as you'll get to Audi admitting the list price is excessive ?
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    [Sep 10, 2007]
    You'd be suprised.

    take this:

    http://usedcars.audi.co.uk/carview.aspx?id=501676000

    It has under 10k, it is just under, or exactly 1 year old, and the asking is £35k. With some haggling, you could get that for £32-33k cash. Its automatic, it has satnav, cruise, armrest, parking sensors, light pack, heated fronts seats and a cd changer.... That one's a bargain.. And its from a dealer!
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    [Sep 10, 2007]
    Client of mine has just bought some 500 Merc coupe thing.
    I'm not good with Merc model designations.
    It's 14 months old,so still has 16 months warranty.
    Full RRP was,she claims,around £70K ?
    She got it for £38K.
    Even loaded people must cry at depreciation like that.
    My client's laughing though.
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    [Sep 10, 2007]
    Very Very well said..
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    I have to agree with John here. I've said it before on here that the skirts look like the biggest afterthought Audi have ever done. They look like an aftermarket add-on. What happened to the signature grey mouldings along the bottom of the door and quarter panel that S cars normally have ? And no slightly flared arches. Or are they saving them for something else ?

    Chris.
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    [Sep 11, 2007]
    If it had the grey mouldings it would look like the old one hence no difference over a "old" version and would be just like a S Line A4. The flared arches are not on any S version now just have a look at the new S4,S5,S6 and S8 I was looking at them today.

    I think the skirts look great!
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    Exactly its 5k over the 30k limit everyone is on about on here and IF the haggling works its still 2k over 30k.

    Getting near the 30k line though....
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    No diiference over the old S3 ? No. Only every single part of the car would be different. Not much then !

    S Line A4s have the body coloured mouldings at the bottom don't they ? Or have I got that wrong.

    No flared arches on the S cars. Correct. Isn't that very poor indeed. Why do you think that is ? Cost saving ? Saving them for the never to happen RS3 ?
    I know which I think.

    Think the skirts look great. Well , you would wouldn't you. You bought it after all. Personally , as I said, I think they look particularly add-on bodykittish. And plain at that. No detail at all.

    Don't get me wrong here though. This isn't an S3 bashing exercise here. Dynamically and quality wise its the top of the tree and , arches and skirts aside, I think the rest is great. Though I will say a worrying amount of the trick extras are at additional cost. Audi taking a leaf out of BMs book ?

    Chris.
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