Well howdy all you Audi folks. At the grand old age of 25 I have decided to give up my teenage toy of a Rover Mini Cooper and am now about to plant some serious cash into a car more suited to long motorway blasts and with some poke to go. I'm thinking Audi A3/S3 - but am a bit worried about the running costs! Work pay for my gas, but on top I'm thinking of putting aside £1000 a year for servicing / tyres etc - looking at doing around 16000 miles a year. Does that sound reasonable, or too lean? I used to own a Clio 16V (which in its day was sweet as can be, before all the young tw@ts started making them into aesthetic mistakes) - so I'm hoping the S3 will top my Clio experience. maybe evenn in running costs?! Also, could someone give me an idea as to how much S3's are to service - when the big bills come around, how oftern they need a trip to see the bloke at the garage, and what to look out for when buying one! At the moment I'm torn between an S3 or a Volvo S40T4 - but being me, the looks of the Volvo are doing it no favours. I'd really apreciate your comments and stories as to what it is like to live with the S3 on a daily basis. Ta muchly.