I currently own a BMW 323 SE Saloon, and am looking to change the car very soon. Looking at something a bit smaller, but something a lot faster and better handling, these frosty mornings don't really agree with the back end of the BMW with my heavy right foot!!!! Without going into much detail, the cars I'm considering are an S3, TT, Cupra R, Golf GTI. I recon i'll be looking at around £11k-£13k to spend depending on what I can get for the BMW. I've sort of got used to having the german build quality of the BMW so guess that'll rule out the Seat, the golf GTI's and TT's are a bit common and want something that little bit different, and I really like the look of the S3's understated looks! A main concern for me will be the area I live in, having recently split with the wife (another reason for a new car to cheer me up) I'm facing the possibility of moving to a new area of town which could possibly result in the car being parked in the street or at the best in a driveway, so the Audi security will be a big question for me, is it any good? So if I'm to start my quest for an S3 shortly, what sort of advice will I need, what should I look out for? What's the MPG and running costs like? What's the best options to look out for? Is Yellow an acceptable colour S3 to drive around in? ...and finally, if I was to consider a CAT D car, what would your initial thoughts be, seen a 2002 model going for £7000 in Red in autotrader, are cars like this worth a gamble? Looking forward to your advice!