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dimming mirrors: something you can't believe

danilotto Jul 7, 2014

  1. danilotto

    danilotto Active Member Audi S3

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    Skoda Superb has the auto-dimming mirror also on passenger side. I cannot believe the S3 not.

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  2. arad85

    arad85 Well-Known Member Team V6 Audi S5 Black Edition

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    Skoda Superb also has electric seat memory function - A3/S3 does not.

    Don't diss the Skoda Superb. It is our other car and is great (I was going to say superb but...) :)
     
  3. danilotto

    danilotto Active Member Audi S3

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    It is a big deal for the money but I am surprized the S3, that is Premium brand and model, has not a simple feature the Skoda has.
     
  4. cemerson

    cemerson Well-Known Member Team Cosmos quattro Audi A3 S-line owners group TDi DSG

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    Dimming mirrors are expensive, and the passenger mirror isn't in your vision as much as the driver one is, so guess they thought it wasn't worth it. I'd probably agree.

    The lack of memory buttons on the electric seats stopped me speccing them though (they have memory function, but it's saved to the key... not much use in my case!)
     
  5. Sc08 LAB

    Sc08 LAB Active Member

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    It's because they know people, well Audi drivers will pay more for simple things.
     
  6. h5djr

    h5djr Well-Known Member VCDS Map User Gold Supporter quattro Audi A3

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    The previous A3 8P had dimming door mirrors on both driver and passenger side. A step backwards I think.

    The Skoda Superb is more akin to the A4 with the Octavia being comparable to the A3/S3. I think you can choose memory seats on the A4.

    I had a test drive in the 'new' Skoda Octavia before I chose my A3. It was a DSG version but it did not have the steering wheel paddles as standard which was rather strange for me as I use them all the time. Quality of the interior was good but not in the same league as the A3.
     
  7. Daveotto

    Daveotto Moderator Staff Member Moderator Team Floret Silver Gold Supporter Audi S3 S3 Saloon

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    I actually prefer the current set-up of auto dimming rear view and standard wing mirror as it gives me an earlier warning in my peripheral vision, and helps me better judge the distance of approaching cars at night, but each to there own I suppose
     
  8. danilotto

    danilotto Active Member Audi S3

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    Let me say that the lack of dimming mirror on the passenger side is justifiable only by economy. If I am passing a car on the motorway, the headlights of cars in the other lanes blind me through the passenger side mirror.

    Lack of electric seats on the S3 could be justifiable with weight saving...and again, what do you think if there would be an electric seat for the driver and not for the passenger??

    IMO obviously... :laugh:
     
  9. arad85

    arad85 Well-Known Member Team V6 Audi S5 Black Edition

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    Spec. level maybe, but the Skoda really is a Tardis on the inside. I find the A4 a very small car indeed (I've been driven in a few A4s test drove the A4 coupe [i.e. A5] and they have even less room behind my seat than the A3 does....)
     
  10. cemerson

    cemerson Well-Known Member Team Cosmos quattro Audi A3 S-line owners group TDi DSG

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    I think that would be fine... I'd probably prefer it TBH. The only reason to get electric seats is for the memory, and to return to the same position again and again if other people use the car. Otherwise they are just slow.
     
  11. jasso86

    jasso86 Active Member

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    Skodas are ugly cars in my humble opinion... and is a minor miss
     
  12. arad85

    arad85 Well-Known Member Team V6 Audi S5 Black Edition

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    Actually, the Superb is really good looking IMHO. And cheap (yet still well made) by comparison....
     
  13. Daveotto

    Daveotto Moderator Staff Member Moderator Team Floret Silver Gold Supporter Audi S3 S3 Saloon

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    Could not agreee more, had a Skoda Rapid as a hire car for a couple of weeks and it is was pretty rapid 1.4TFSI engine with DSG gearbox was great but handled like a bag of sugar and was the ugliest car I have ever driven IMHO!!!!
     
  14. danilotto

    danilotto Active Member Audi S3

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    I ride usually a Superb "avant" because my best friend has it. Wonderful car for the price. He bought it in Czech Republic because his wife is from Prague. Price there are much lower than where we live. So what to say: I would buy it absolutely if I need a family car.
     
  15. cemerson

    cemerson Well-Known Member Team Cosmos quattro Audi A3 S-line owners group TDi DSG

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    Superb looks good in estate form, but is bloody ugly in saloon form.
     
  16. SilureMark

    SilureMark Active Member

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    Agreed! Don't diss Skoda - MUCH better than you think. We have a couple of Superb Estates as pool cars at work - I'm always very happy to take one out. Rather have one of those any day of the week compared to a BMW 1 series - we've got a 320d that sits in the car park most of the time as it's always the last car anyone wants to book out. LOL!
     
  17. jasso86

    jasso86 Active Member

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    We are talking about looks.. and each one can have their opinion.

    For me is a brand i'd never consider buying, having Vw and audi in the VAG group... (is not sold in Mexico anyways)

    I would even look to ford or mazda... but thas just ME.
     
  18. Vertigo1

    Vertigo1 Well-Known Member

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    The Skoda Superb is a Skoda. The Audi is not :)
     
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  19. jasso86

    jasso86 Active Member

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    nuff said hahaha
     
  20. arad85

    arad85 Well-Known Member Team V6 Audi S5 Black Edition

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    Please keep thinking like that - when it comes around to replacing the Skoda with another Superb next year, it's attitudes like yours that keeps prices down for us savvy buyers... :nyah:
     
  21. Don76

    Don76 Well-Known Member

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    Skoda: The thinking man's VW.
     
  22. Joetidman

    Joetidman Well-Known Member

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    Skoda: The thinking Cab driver's VW?
     
  23. andywil13

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    I friend of mine has a BMW with heated/dimming mirrors on both sides. They were stolen at Heathrow airport and cost £700 to replace!!!

    whist it would be nice if they dimmed on both sides, perhaps this will save some money in the long run if the worst should happen

    I joked he could probably buy the same ones off ebay for a fraction of the cost !
     
  24. Martinbanshee

    Martinbanshee Well-Known Member TeamMisano Audi S3 quattro saloon

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    I've specced a saloon with the £150 folding mirrors, is the dip function only when you go into reverse?
     
  25. cuke2u

    cuke2u Well-Known Member TFSI Owners Group Audi A4 S-line owners group saloon

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    Yes...
     
  26. Martinbanshee

    Martinbanshee Well-Known Member TeamMisano Audi S3 quattro saloon

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    Cheers, just as I thought. Could I enable the passenger side with vagcom?
     
  27. glospete

    glospete Well-Known Member Team Ibis Team Glacier TFSI Owners Group Audi A3 S-line owners group Audi TT

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    It's the passenger mirror which dips when you go into reverse anyway!
     
  28. Martinbanshee

    Martinbanshee Well-Known Member TeamMisano Audi S3 quattro saloon

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    Haha, so it is, just ignore me.
     
  29. cemerson

    cemerson Well-Known Member Team Cosmos quattro Audi A3 S-line owners group TDi DSG

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    And your resale values down too :D
     
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  30. arad85

    arad85 Well-Known Member Team V6 Audi S5 Black Edition

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    Yes, but not as much as an Audi (maybe bigger loss percentage wise, but lower in absolute terms as well as less initial outlay). Win all round from my viewpoint :)

    BTW, when I bought my A3, the other car I was looking at was another Skoda Superb Elegance. With discount, and after 3 years, I reckon it would have cost around £10-£11k on less than £23k initial outlay. I'm expecting to lose more than that on my A3 in a similar timeframe.

    You may ask why I didn't just get another Superb - simply because I figured it would be incredibly sad to have two identical cars sat outside....
     

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