Having just bought my S3 (the handling is woeful and the ride crashy) I'm looking to do a few exterior mods before concentrating on sorting out the way it drives (how it left the factory in that state I'll never know). I'm blacking out the grille and the headlights, and I'm looking to match the mirror covers and alloys (new style RS4 18") in a gunmetal finish like so: I'm looking for a set of used alloys which I can spray myself as I don't want to buy a new set and ruin them by experimenting. I've painted before so I'm aware of the procedure, but would gunmetal mirror covers and alloys look right on an S3? I will be looking into lowering asap, as the handling is pretty poor, and I found my FWD A4 to be a lot sharper and a bit more fun. I know a lot of people use H&R springs with Bilstein dampers, but does this make a noticeable difference to handling? Is there an ARB which can be bought to improve things because as it is I'm pretty disappointed. Straight line speed is not bad, and the interior is lovely (no armrest or heated seats though) but through the bends it gives absolutely no confidence at all. I can see the car has a lot of potential, but it will need some work, the brakes also are hopelessly inadequate I feel. Also for a car that has xenons, light output is pretty poor (a new set of 5000k D2S bulbs may cure this). In the fear of sounding like Ess_Three I'm not complaining just yet because I got the car for a very good price and most other 21 year olds are driving Nova's and Saxo's round these parts, but I feel that the S3 needs a lot of work done to make it a bit more enjoyable. I don't know, maybe I was expecting too much, but on first impressions I'd say the S3 is a very capable and comfortable cruiser and little more. If I could get insured on an M3, I'd have one in a heartbeat, now there's a true drivers car.