I'm considering coming back to S3 ownership after a couple of years in beemer-land. I'd inherited a 53-plate E60 530d, which although is a fantastic motor, has proved very costly to keep on the road. BM servicing is an absolute killer, and with a new set of run-flats needed every year at £200 a go has left my wallet looking like a souffle which has failed to rise - very thin and pathetic looking. I had a 51 plate 8L S3, a model which still looks very fresh, and (in my opinion) far better looking than the 8P model. As far as I can tell, the 8L still has a relative rarity value as well, since I see many 8P's on the road every day now, but an 8L comes along once a week if I'm lucky, and makes for a far more special sight - an occasion, even, almost on par with spotting B5 RS4, which has been rendered special by the saturation of the new B7 RS4. My worry about going back to the original S3 is that I'm shoring up expensive maintenance and servicing bills by choosing a car that, by design, is ten years old. Right now, for example, I'm looking at a 51 plate Nogaro Blue model (my favourite colour) with only 38k miles - seemingly a steal at c. £11k, but perhaps not if there are any age issues to be worked in - i.e. chassis issues, turbo age, paint blistering on the boot and sills, clutch, etc. I appreciate the cam-belt and water pump won't be for at least another 20k miles or so, but was wondering if there were any other age-related issues to be wary of? Incidentally, the model I'm looking at is with Sheffield Audi, reg. "S3 BLO", which suggests a possible enthusiast. I was wondering if anyone had knowledge of this car.