1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Looking at getting an A3, Advice please?

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by sartios, Dec 2, 2011.

  1. sartios
    Offline

    sartios New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2011
    Messages:
    17
    Likes Received:
    0
    Hello all

    Looking at getting an A3 1.8 Turbo, just looking for a bit of advice, I understand that I need to check if cam belt has been done, water pump etc, my budget is about 2k, will this get me a decent one and preferably one that I won't have to spend loads on maintenance, I've seen a couple:

    Audi : AUDI A3 1.8TURBO QUATTRO SPORT(180BHP) 5DR

    needs ball joint and slight blow in exhaust other than that runs fine he reckons.

    1999 AUDI A3 1.8T SPORT GREEN | eBay
    2000 AUDI A3 1.8T SPORT BLUE*5 DOOR HATCHBACK*V.G.C,EXCELLENT DRIVE*07709 573451 | eBay
    thanks for any help and advice.

    Regards
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2011
    #1
  2. patTTpoa
    Offline

    patTTpoa Member

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2011
    Messages:
    793
    Likes Received:
    6
    Slowcoach has a nice one for sale, check it out

    Pat
    #2
  3. sartios
    Offline

    sartios New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2011
    Messages:
    17
    Likes Received:
    0
    Thanks, yeah I saw that one, bit too far away though for me :( looks nice though.
    #3
  4. patTTpoa
    Offline

    patTTpoa Member

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2011
    Messages:
    793
    Likes Received:
    6
    No, nothing is to far away!
    Jump on a train

    Pat
    #4
  5. sartios
    Offline

    sartios New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2011
    Messages:
    17
    Likes Received:
    0
    Yeah I've tried ringing him but no answer, does looks nice though, suppose could get train, just been on national rail will take 4 hours!

    Nice spec on that one as well, what they like a car in general? are the engines reliable? I heard they are quite dull cars, got to be quite nippy though? never owned a turbo before, or an Audi.
    #5
  6. ayfreetee
    Offline

    ayfreetee Member

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2011
    Messages:
    239
    Likes Received:
    1
    Best advice I can give is buy mine, its on the classifieds :)
    #6
  7. patTTpoa
    Offline

    patTTpoa Member

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2011
    Messages:
    793
    Likes Received:
    6
    He'll be at work, give him a text & he'll get back to you.

    As for his A3 its far from dull mate! lol

    He's done a fair bit to it & looked after it well, you shouldn't have to do anything to it.

    Keep trying him mate

    Pat
    #7
  8. sartios
    Offline

    sartios New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2011
    Messages:
    17
    Likes Received:
    0
    Nice mate, He's just texted me said at work till 11pm, I said ring me when he's finished.

    ayfreetee, my budget is 2k or just under mate, you got any pics?

    send to sartios@ymail.com

    Thank you.
    #8
  9. patTTpoa
    Offline

    patTTpoa Member

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2011
    Messages:
    793
    Likes Received:
    6
    Where's the pic's? Also not much info :huh:

    Splendid!! He'll sort you out, its a well looked after A3 dude.

    Pat
    #9
  10. sartios
    Offline

    sartios New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2011
    Messages:
    17
    Likes Received:
    0
    Thanks

    I'm posting over at other forums and they reckon 2k on a A3 is asking for trouble, I'll be spending loads maintaining it etc, and it'll break etc, I think they are just patronising me, not sure...
    #10
  11. patTTpoa
    Offline

    patTTpoa Member

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2011
    Messages:
    793
    Likes Received:
    6
    Sorry, £2000 on a audi A3 is asking for trouble?
    I don't understand that one?!?

    Dude If I didn't buy my Golf (older with the same engine etc ) a week before he put this up for sale I would have had it!!

    At the end of the day its you money altho you did ask for advice...

    Pat
    #11
  12. sartios
    Offline

    sartios New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2011
    Messages:
    17
    Likes Received:
    0
    Yeah that's what I thought! hmm my instincts tell me to go with it, but at the same time I don't want to be spending loads when it's breaks lol
    #12
  13. patTTpoa
    Offline

    patTTpoa Member

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2011
    Messages:
    793
    Likes Received:
    6
    You'll be alrite, have a chat with him ask him the in & outs etc. he's spent alot of money on it!
    Everything that it's needed he's done!

    Anyway its a nice one

    Pat
    #13
  14. sartios
    Offline

    sartios New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2011
    Messages:
    17
    Likes Received:
    0
    Just spoke to him, I'm convinced :) going to go down ASAP!
    #14
  15. patTTpoa
    Offline

    patTTpoa Member

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2011
    Messages:
    793
    Likes Received:
    6
    Nice one!!

    Pat
    #15
  16. Routledge
    Offline

    Routledge Wind Deflector Trend-setter

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2011
    Messages:
    395
    Likes Received:
    10
    Saw that earlier - Looks like a great example, well looked after.
    #16
  17. slowcoach3
    Offline

    slowcoach3 Member

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2010
    Messages:
    757
    Likes Received:
    93
    :thumbsup:
    #17
  18. Jay A3
    Offline

    Jay A3 come fly with me

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2011
    Messages:
    1,820
    Likes Received:
    200
    IMO the A3 is a very good car... If u have never owned a turbo before you will notice the difference. If its not nippy enough there's always ways to make it quicker :rockwoot: good luck with purchase
    #18
  19. patTTpoa
    Offline

    patTTpoa Member

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2011
    Messages:
    793
    Likes Received:
    6
    Plus slowcoach's A3 has had most of the work already done so just needs a stage 2 remap.

    God I wish I saw his car earlier!

    Pat
    #19
  20. macpdm
    Offline

    macpdm Member

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2011
    Messages:
    409
    Likes Received:
    3
    I think you are making the right decision with slowcoaches car its a good honest motor and well known on the forum. As to the comment about spending 2k on an A3 is asking for trouble in my opinion an Audi is built far better than most other marques but you can buy trouble in pretty much any model. The only thing I would say is that if you were unfortunate enough to buy a bad one it would be better if it wasnt a quattro.
    #20
  21. sartios
    Offline

    sartios New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2011
    Messages:
    17
    Likes Received:
    0
    #21
  22. patTTpoa
    Offline

    patTTpoa Member

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2011
    Messages:
    793
    Likes Received:
    6
    It was his starter motor that was a problem.

    Look I don't know the bloke just like you,
    ever car has its problems (I should know!!) but I've also read his posts etc & every problem that he's had with that car he's fixed.

    I know the garage that he takes it to in Exeter (Volkscraft) & every Tom, **** & Harry takes there VAG motors to him coz he knows his stuff!!

    Look at the end of the day dude it's up to you, but put it like this buy this one knowing that's it's had k's spent on it or buy some thing else off eBay for the same money that you don't really know anything about.........

    I know which one I'd go for

    Pat
    #22
  23. sartios
    Offline

    sartios New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2011
    Messages:
    17
    Likes Received:
    0
    Yeah I understand that, but in that last post here states "still needing a new clutch and rear bushes " that was 4 weeks ago, and a clutch isn't cheap for an a3 :(
    #23
  24. patTTpoa
    Offline

    patTTpoa Member

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2011
    Messages:
    793
    Likes Received:
    6
    Ask him about it, that's the best way.

    I'm sure it's been sorted.

    Pat
    #24
  25. macpdm
    Offline

    macpdm Member

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2011
    Messages:
    409
    Likes Received:
    3
    Wise words.
    #25
  26. Jay A3
    Offline

    Jay A3 come fly with me

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2011
    Messages:
    1,820
    Likes Received:
    200
    I agree with the others, just send him a pm to enquiry. I'm sure he won't hold u to buying it. I got a new clutch fitted few months back, got the parts from Audi for £300 including new flywheel. Only one clutch change ever done, not bad for a 13yr old car with 115k miles on it.. What I'm trying to say is the car could be really well maintained so all u need to worry about is changing the clutch.
    #26
  27. slowcoach3
    Offline

    slowcoach3 Member

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2010
    Messages:
    757
    Likes Received:
    93
    On the phone and can't type so keep this short. You'd have to be a rather stupid jackass to sell a crocked car on ASN, forum suicide. Clutch is fine, g60/vr6 was an upgrade for stage 2, bushes are as good as they are on any 11 yr old car, i.e, ok without being new.... Like most on here my car gets more maintenance and money than the missus... I'd be keeping it but just bought an s3 which i'm gonna be needing advice on shortly....
    #27
  28. Jay A3
    Offline

    Jay A3 come fly with me

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2011
    Messages:
    1,820
    Likes Received:
    200


    And there is your answer sartios! I can't see why u shouldn't buy the a3 now. Good luck with sale slowcoach!
    #28
  29. macpdm
    Offline

    macpdm Member

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2011
    Messages:
    409
    Likes Received:
    3
    Well said buddy and like you say forum suicide, somebody get this bought.
    #29

Share This Page