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Daniel M's Audi A3 TDI Sport 130 8L

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by Daniel M, Jun 27, 2012.

  1. Daniel M
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    Hi, I thought I would start a thread about my recently purchased A3. Having had company cars for the last few years a change of job meant I needed a car. Originally wanted a golf gt-tdi but after looking around they all seemed to be pretty rough. Anyway to cut a long story short my brother found an A3 on the auto trader. We had a look took it for a test and the rest was history.

    Anyway the car is an 03 on 147k, came with full service history (most of which is from York Audi), 12 months MOT and 6 months tax. The car has been very well looked after and had no expense spared going by the invoices etc and the interior is immaculate, no way looks like a car thats done the mileage bought it for £2300.

    Time for some pictures.

    As it was when I bought it.

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    After reading a few threads on here I decided to start tidying and freshening bits up, starting with the headlights and rear lights. Sanded with various grades of wet and dry before machine polishing.

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    Fronts before

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    Then after getting sick of the orange indicator bulbs I went for some silvervision type bulbs.

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    I then upgraded the number plate lights to led ones. Pic isnt the best but you get the idea.

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    Next came some new number plates courtesy of Audi, originally wanted some from York Audi to keep them the same as the old ones but they advised they would say JCT600 instead of York Audi so opted against them.

    Front before (not the best pic, but only one I have)

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    Rear before (again only one I have)

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    And onto this evening not an update but a well over due detail.

    Before (didnt take many pics so only 2)

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    After (by the time I'd finished it was getting dark but you get the idea)

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    Also gave the engine bay a good once over.

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    I have done a few more little bits like fitted aero wipers and had new buttons for the key fobs and have some silvervisions for the rears on the way.

    As to any real mods I'm looking at a HID kit as the headlights are really poor so any help on which kit to go for would be great however, I dont want them too blue/bright. Also quite happy with the ride height so far but very tempted by a set of JOM coilovers.

    Any comments & ideas welcome.
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    Wow, i'm impressed by what you did with the lights there!
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    Hi Dan

    Nice to see another Soot Chucker on here :)
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    Thanks mate, you have any pics of yours? Looks nice from your avi

    Thanks mate, I'm gonna machine the whole car once the rain stops for a few days.
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    Did well with the lights.

    Nice looking diesel.
    Need more of theses. :thumbsup:
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    Thanks mate unsure on how much I want to spend on bits but once you start its hard to leave it.

    Cheers mate, looks lovely. You got a HID kit on it?
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    Hi Dan

    Yes mate got a generic ebay h1 HID kit
    but lights still **** for seeing where im going

    Polished my lenses twice but doesnt seem to improve night vision even
    though lights look ok.

    Guessing inner reflectors must be fubar'd
    will buy some new lights soon but too busy playing with power

    Now hit point where clutch is complaining about torque so moving to single mass VR6 flywheel and comp clutch.
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    Looks lovely, mate.

    I have an A3 in the same colour with the same engine and bhp. Only mine is 5door and aut. Gotta love it. I've been already considering brushing the fronts as they look a bit worn.
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    I'm after a set of HID's as standard lights are pants. Would you recommend the ones you have? Wouldnt mind a remap too but going to concentrate on getting the car how I want it to look first. Also whats your experience been like with the JOM's?

    Thanks mate
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    Hi Dan

    I will sort out more info when i get home
    long weekend in yorkshire in the vorsprung :)
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    Have a little issue with a vibrating when turning right. Only does it now and then, always on the same corner near my house as its a long right hand bend. Ive had it up on ramps and everything looks fine to me, no grease from cv boots? Thinking it could be the tire but starting to annoy me now.
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    I have the very same car and colour, love it, am interested how u got your rear lights so shiny thou

    cheers
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    They were cleaned, sanded with various fine grades of wet and dry then multiple passed with a machine polisher (porter cable) with Poorboys SSR3 & Menzerna intensive polish. Took about 20-30 mins per light.
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    Not a huge update, but one none the less. Bought a H1 HID kit off ebay for £29, originally purchased a H7 5000k kit by mistake so had to send that back then they sent the correct H1 kit but this time was a 6000k kit which I didnt really want as wanted it to looks more white than blue. Well being bored I decided to try one and see if it was too blue, in the end decided it was fine so fitted the kit and here are a few pics.

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    Also fitted a short bee-sting type ariel as the standard one was falling to bits. Need a new base to be honest if anyone knows the part number?

    Further plans are to get a better rear wiper arm, then ipod connect2 lead for the audi concert and then maybe some JOM's but unsure if I want to go down that route yet as I have done all this stuff in the past.
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    Nice car mate :thumbsup:, iv just bought the same but 51 plate, full leather aswell. just done the indicator bulbs and looking for hids!
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    Thanks mate, I have changed the HID's from 6000k to 5300k as the 6000k were a little too blue for my liking.

    Ideally I'd like an S3 spoiler, some JOM's and some bbs ch or replica's in the future.
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