Since selling off my 3rd R53 (Mini) and trying to be sensible, I tried to get by on a Mk 6 GTI (DSG) and failed. Nice enough car for a daily commute car, but definitely not a weekend car & as I donât have a daily commute it makes it uselessâ¦ (unfortunately the family mobile is also a very sensible member of the VAG family too). What the Golf did though was made me have a good look at the VAG forums to see what else appealed & made up a shortlist, with a few helpful suggestions from friends (which mostly involved a V8 or a Porsche) and then ended up buying an S3 (8P). Itâs good a decent spec â Manual, Heated Leather, SatNav, Bluetooth, flatbottomed wheel & Xenons. It was also pretty tatty when I picked it up, so sent it to WildHorses Mustang Specialist in Edinburgh for a full detail (inside, out and all 4 wheels refurbished) â Anyway, after coming from a properly sorted (fully built) Mini, the car needs a lot of work to get it to a level that i'll be able to start enjoy driving itâ¦.so phase one took place in early December, with the following done at Autohaus in Edinburgh, (they made a really good first impression & Iâll be back) : Phase 1 (Dec 12) â¢ Full oil and brake fluid service â¢ New NGK Iridium 8 plugs â¢ RS4 Fuel Return Valve â¢ Revision D Diverter Valve â¢ Pipercross panel filter â¢ New oem cam follower â¢ APR High Pressure Fuel Pump â¢ Full Miltek (sports cat) and resonated 3" exhaust system â¢ APR Stage 2+ Tune â¢ Loba Motorsport uprated clutch & Single mass flywheel conversion (& new Sachs master and slave cylinder) â¢ 4 X new Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4Ds to get me through Baltic conditions The following month it was back to Autohaus for some initial suspension work Phase 2 (Jan 13) THS Upgraded Lower, Upper Engine and Transmission Mounts Whiteline Anti-Lift kit Whiteline steering rack mount Whiteline bumpsteer correction kit 8 sets of Powerflex Polybushes - which covers full front and rear suspension H&R Front (24mm) and Rear (26mm) Anti-Roll Bars Superpro front camber adjustable ball joints 4 wheel alignment Changed Haldex Oil/Filter Changed Gearbox Oil The car feels much much tighter butâ¦ I really donât think the stock suspension is up to the job of delivering a compliant/controlled ride when then the beefcake ARBs have been fitted and everything else is polybushed to within an inch of itâs life (particularly at higher speeds). Soâ¦ I was straight on the phone to Awesome GTI and ordered a few bitsâ¦ & itâs now booked into Autohaus for next month (delays from KW), as it was meant to all go down next Monday! Phase 2.1 (March 13) KW V3 Coilovers (which will have damper settings set to fairly soft initially & i'll take it from there) Replacement stock top mounts Whiteline Front & Rear adjustable drop links Genuine BBS CH 18x8 Rims & Bridgestone Potenza RE050s (thanks Matt) Summer rims are here! 4 Wheel alignment/Corner Weighting Iâll report back once thatâs done, it should really help settle the car down. Phase 2.3 will be around June & will include : + Uprated Haldex Controller + Quaife ATB LSD + Upgraded Pads, Discs, Lines and Fluid (which are all sitting in my boot just now & slowing me down....) The car must look 100% stock though, under the hood and from the outside, donât want any hint of whatâs been done to it from the outside (noise or looks). Donât really even want oem+ look on the outsideâ¦ it really just needs to look like a well looked after S3 8P. The aim is to get to a reliable and usable 400bhp on this car, that handles really well (on a track) & the Quattro really helps the handling rather than hinders by being a dead weight! The final stage for the car to get it to 400 at the flywheel will be APR Intercooler, APR Stage 3 map & a Loba Hybrid Turbo (which should be done just in time for to get my winter wheels/tyres back on again...lol) Iâve dealt with quite a few suppliers on here & been really happy with the service â GNJ Motorsport & Awesome GTI. I know Autohaus are not a supplier on here, but they are great bunch of guys and would highly recommend them to anyone in Edinburgh looking for someone to take very good care of their Audi/VW. There is not much to look at so far, its just a nice stock looking Black S3 from the outside, I do have a few pictures... which I'll post up to show before before and after once the coilovers & BBS CH go on (I'd also like to get it back in for a detail). I'd like views and opinions on my aspirations - i've still not been able to extract a single respone from anyone on the forum about using an ATB style differential on the S3... Please please please. I'm also aware that the stock airbox is a big restriction & that 400 at the fly is possibly a pipedream - The only thing i'd consider is the TTS replacement cover to keep it looking OEM. Any more than can be done on the handling front ?