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How to spot a Black Edition

Phil-1 Sep 26, 2013

  1. Phil-1

    Phil-1 Well-Known Member Regional Rep

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    I'm sorry if this has been covered but I'm getting really confused now

    I'm desperately looking for a 5 door A3 black edition. I have seen several on the net but they are all different in the pictures. Some have twin Crome exhaust some don't, some have the flat bottom steering wheel and some have different wheels.

    What should I look for in a picture that proves it's a black edition?

    Thanks
    Phil
     
  2. TommyMac

    TommyMac Member

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    Can you narrow things down a little as black editions have changed with build years. If you can state which years you are looking at that would help.
    also engine type as petrol and diesels have had different exhaust tips over the models.
    good luck.
     
  3. A3Kent

    A3Kent Well-Known Member Team Daytona Audi A3 S-line owners group TDi

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    Flat Bottom steering wheel is the main give away. Tinted windows, Piano Black Inlays and Black front grille are part of the Black Edition package too. There are a few other bits too but these are the main ones.
     
  4. Phil-1

    Phil-1 Well-Known Member Regional Rep

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    Sorry should have said. I'm looking no more than 3 years old, diesel with the S - Tronic gear box, but that's not a deal killer.
    I looked at one last week but it wasn't a proper black edition, 3rd party tins and no S Line seats
     
  5. Phil-1

    Phil-1 Well-Known Member Regional Rep

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    Thanks

    I did see one with an S - Line steering wheel but it didn't have the flat bottom wheel or badges on the side. It was listed as an black edition.
     
  6. articuno88

    articuno88 Member Audi A3

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    I have a black edition but steering wheel isn't flat bottomed... for whatever reason it's not compatible when you choose the Exclusive Line Pack:
     
  7. Phil-1

    Phil-1 Well-Known Member Regional Rep

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    Thanks the car I looked at then was a black edition as it had two tone leather seats. :-(
     
  8. lgooch

    lgooch Well-Known Member VCDS Map User

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    These guys usually have black editions in. None at the moment only Slines

    Oakwoodmotorcompany or topcarsales (Google them both)

    On 2010 plates a black edition should have

    Titanium wheels
    Black headlining
    Flat bottomed MFSW
    Bose
    Xenons
    sline half leather seats
    Black piano inlays in the doors

    Single exhaust is usually 105 or 140 BHP tdi
    Twin pipes are the 170 tdi or 1.8t 160 BHP or 2.0T 200 BHP

    They are all badged up as Slines on the wings.

    A true Sline will have silver 6 spoke alloys and lesser kit. Have a look at the two Slines oakwoodmotorcompany have up for sale which are both 10 plates.
     
  9. fangio

    fangio Well-Known Member

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    Bose was an option on my son's 2011 BE, he had to specify it.
     
  10. jaydav2306

    jaydav2306 Member

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    I have a late 2009 S3 and mines a BE... It has:

    Black Front Grill
    Flat Bottom Steering Wheel
    Piano Black Inserts
    Tinted Rear and Side Windows

    Although the front windows have been tinted too a slightly lighted gradient than the rear so that it all blends nicely... looks mean!
     
  11. RobbieWebs

    RobbieWebs Well-Known Member VCDS Map User

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  12. stefoster

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    Do some early 140 BE's have twin pipes? Mines a 59 plate with twin pipes?
     
  13. A3Kent

    A3Kent Well-Known Member Team Daytona Audi A3 S-line owners group TDi

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    Not sure it's just BE's. I know someone who has a 58 plate S-Line 140 with twin pipes.
     
  14. SPARTAN91

    SPARTAN91 RED FIVE STANDING BY Regional Rep Team Silver Audi A3 TDi

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    My 140's got the twin pipes and it's not a BE(58 reg)
     
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  15. Phil-1

    Phil-1 Well-Known Member Regional Rep

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    Thanks for the advice. I have saved the 2 links as favourites.

    Just need to keep looking
     
  16. Alva78

    Alva78 Member

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    My black edition is a 138bhp has twin pipes aswell on a 09 plate.I think they changed them mid 2010 when the wing mirrors went a bit smaller
     
  17. Phil-1

    Phil-1 Well-Known Member Regional Rep

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    I'm looking for a 170bhp one. I think they come with the twin exhaust
     
  18. winrya

    winrya Member

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    The 140's changed to 1 exhaust around Sept 2010. Basically if it's stop start and £30 tax it will have 1 exhaust and the newer alloys.
     
  19. danb986

    danb986 In awe of VCDS Team Daytona

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    Not quite true.
    Mine's a 10 plate Black Edition with the titanium RS4's and has stop start. It has the single exhaust but not the rota's. Also £30 a year road tax.

    My 10 plate BE had the following as standard:

    Half leather S Line embossed seats (some may be upgraded to full leather though)
    Flat bottom multifunction steering wheel
    Piano black inserts
    Bose
    LED DRL's
    Xenon+ headlights
    Tinted windows
    Black front grille and fog surrounds
    Titanium RS4 alloys

    All BE's will have the ones in bold. The other items may be different depending on year.
    I was under the impression Bose was standard as it was on every BE I saw, but maybe not according a post further up so I haven't put it in bold.

    I frikkin love my BE :p
     
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2013
  20. winrya

    winrya Member

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    Oh yea good point. The above is true of the 170, new wheels means it's stop start and low tax but Yea, forgot the 140,s went stop start earlier in the year. The single exhaust does mean atop start version though
     
  21. Phil-1

    Phil-1 Well-Known Member Regional Rep

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    Thanks for the info

    Going to look at one next weekend when I get home.
     
  22. sl89

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    Anyone on here had any experience converting a stop start/single exhaust into a twin? Just wondered how big a job it would be, cost etc. I think I would need a new valance and the honeycomb bit in the middle which is separate I think.
    Is it easy enough to remove the single and fit new twin valance?
    After that it would just be a case of go to an exhaust specialist and let them do their work, but I'm not sure how difficult the first part may be?
     
  23. sl89

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    Also a quick question for Phil, from your avatar it looks like you got your car from Airedale near Bradford, just wondering how you found them to deal with, service etc as I'm looking at a car from there plus one or two others.

    Cheers
    Scott
     
  24. PilotAudi

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    Would you be better looking for a 170 BE quattro. Ours is on Audi www but private sale possible.
     
  25. The Governor

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    You can always tell a 170 BE Quattro because they're always driven by sexy MF's :D
     
  26. PilotAudi

    PilotAudi New Member

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    What's an MF ?
     
  27. The Governor

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    Mofo :eyebrows:
     
  28. sl89

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    I'd thought about the quattro but they seem a bit heavier on fuel and not really sure I need 4WD.....but how much you looking for and what plate, mileage etc. is it the black one in your avatar?
     
  29. PilotAudi

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    50mpg tech PAC pano roof new tyres 4 yr warranty .loaded !!! On for 21k on Audi.co.uk wu11 twx. Open to sensible offers.25000 miles PM me for full details
     
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  30. PilotAudi

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    Fwd is pants . Once you have had quattro you will be hooked!
     
  31. RobbieWebs

    RobbieWebs Well-Known Member VCDS Map User

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    Nothing wrong with fwd :p
     
  32. PilotAudi

    PilotAudi New Member

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    If you enjoy spinning your wheels and having to drive more slowly ;-)
     
  33. PilotAudi

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    Seems I've just sold mine. Anyone on here?
     
  34. The Governor

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    Just out of interest, did you mean yours was being sold via Audi UK? I'd be interested to know how that works, although I don't have any plans to sell for a while yet :sm4:
     
  35. IceHanger

    IceHanger Active Member VCDS Map User

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    I could be persuaded to sell my BE S3 S-Tronic Sportback:whistle2:
     
  36. PilotAudi

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    I have a great relationship with my local dealer! They photo and advertise and agree a price. Trade on ours was £x. Advertised at £x +5k sold for £x+4k we were paid £x+2.7k. Balance covers Audi selling costs 2 free services and marginal VAT. Have done it 3 times now. Need to hold your nerve but works.. just have to wait 7 weeks for new car now!!
     
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  37. The Governor

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    That's awesome, I wonder if my local would do the same sort of thing... doubt it!

    I guess it was on their forecourt the whole time?
     
  38. Phil-1

    Phil-1 Well-Known Member Regional Rep

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    Hi Scott

    Sorry just seen this.

    The service was great, they were very friendly and helpfull.

    What car did you look at?
     
  39. PilotAudi

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    Nope... never went on the forecourt at all. Photographed... carried on using it.. upped the mileage a bit.. had a call with the offer.. took car to dealer... sold! It was absolutely spotless!
     

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