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Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by slimx, Dec 20, 2012.

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    Okay guys im in the market for one of these A3 8P's looking at the 2004 - 2005 models. 1.6L Petrol.

    I'm completely new to ALL EUROPEAN vehicles, but i know my cars, please feel free to get technical with me.

    Some questions i have:
    • What to look for in these models when buying them??. Every car has it's problems, be it rust spots, or common problems (mechanical or body).

    • When is the major service due on this particular model? Just want to be safe.. might purchase one with high k's but newer model

    • Now i might get stuck with the 2 GRILLE model, I don't really want to go for the S-Line front end conversion it'll take too much of my time as well as make me feel like a "wannabe".
    I've been doing some reading based on this.. ABT Front Panel Cover? It makes it look like a single grille (much nicer in my opinion) the S Line is like a .. i dontk now "Chev badge on a Commodore" (im sure most Australian users will know what i mean by this..)

    And this ABT Front panel, apparently isn't available anymore. Unless you can find the existing ones laying around, im in Turkey so i don't think i'll have much luck. So i've been looking for alternatives around EUROPE. Found it in Australia but it costs way to much to post..
    RS HONEY-COM STYLE FRONT Black Chrome GRILLE FOR AUDI A3 8P 05-08 | Mars Performance
    can anyone provide me a little info regarding this, what i could do? (im on a budget).

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    Performance mods wise.. the link below has a chip that adds 20 HP? that isn't bad just for a chip. Sounds a lil bogus though..
    ABT Sportsline car configurator
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    Bump. Cmon anyone buying tips atleast??
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    My first bit of advice would be pretty much any other engine other than a 1.6. Its too under powered in the A3. Go for a 2.0 either TFSi or TDi. Also most 1.6's come with poverty spec.
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    If you are looking to spend money on chipping the 1.6 etc I would recommend as above go for a 2.0 fsi tdi that sort of thing using the money you would spend on modding the 1.6 to be quicker. That's my advice I have been there had a 1.6 just not enough power then I had a 1.8t a noticeable about of extra power. I now drive a 2.0 tdi. That's my penny's worth but everyone has there own expectations on what they want hope this helps.
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    My old car was so fast that .. now every car seems dead slow to me. I will post that up in the other makes thread one day when i have time .. you'll be shocked lol.

    I drove the 1.8L and the 1.6L and felt little difference, perhaps cause the 1.8 was a deisel? they both had dreadful take off, im in istanbul so its alot of traffic theres atleast 8 million cars on the road.
    2L is VERY expensive here (10k difference) i just cant afford it.

    Regarding the poverty spec, over here they actually sell the 1.6L with an S Line option. (Seats body bose etc.) the 1.8 doesnt come with this option thats why i was turned off by it..

    Im not planning to perform a lot of performance modifications, im actually more keen on Air Ride suspension, which is a very affordable option suprisingly over here just the controllers pricey and thats only cause im getting a brand name controller. I'm going to get Smart Tint and what not too .. i gotta fair few plans i think they're all much more suitable for the 1.6L as i said ive prioritised the leather seats and bose system etc.
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