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Discussion in 'New A3/S3 (8V Chassis)' started by oedipus, Jan 8, 2014.

  1. Daz Auto
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    [Jan 9, 2014]
    You are wanting a much firmer car then?

    I have Xenons on my Golf. I just got them because I liked the look, but they are really good. Need to be careful not to blind other drivers though.
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    [Jan 10, 2014]
    Meant Xenons not halogens

    Not wanting a firmer car per se but understand that the usual moan about Audis is the firmness of the ride. Will need to take a test drive to determine how it relates to my own experience - as someone mentioned I shall run it over cats eyes. I think I'd go for the middle (Sport) suspension unless the test suggests otherwise.
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    [Jan 10, 2014]
    Hear is another of my posts on the subject http://www.audi-sport.net/vb/new-a3-s3-8v-chassis/206835-changes-spec-deadline.html#post2052711

    Some of A3 reviews recommended specifying SE suspension and I drive a firm car. So I was well aware of the issue before we went looking for my wife's new car. On our test drive - my wife drove the A3 first. I was in the rear left seat. As a passenger I was paying very careful attention to the ride comfort. We were not impressed with the comfort of the A3 Sportback Sport. Wanting to make sure - I arranged for my wife to have the car for a 24hr test drive. After that I told the dealer straight to his face that the car was firm and uncomfortable.

    When my wife drives my car and I am the passenger I notice that my car is even more uncomfortable. I find that most of the potholes, manhole covers, undulations and humps are on the passenger side.

    It looks like you keep your cars for a while. So do I normally, but I will be changing sooner rather than later as my Golf has sports suspension and is uncomfortable for the roads I drive.

    This is all 'in my opinion' of course. You need to do your own research and make your own decision.
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    [Jan 10, 2014]
    I agree completely. My wife also comments about she feels the potholes etc much more as a passenger than when she is driving and most of the rough edges to the roads, especially in country lanes are on the passenger side. I am not very often I passenger in my A3 but I am in her A1 and I notice them much more then. I think the other factor is that the driver has his/he hands on the steering wheel and I think that can also make a difference.

    I have SE suspension and 17" wheels with 225/45 tyres on my current Sporback and if and when I order a new 8V I will certainly specify the same again. Tyres can also make a big difference and the quieter tyres tend also give slightly softer ride. When I do order I will budget for changing the tyres to ones I am happy with just in case the new car comes with ones I don't like.
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    [Jan 10, 2014]
    Have no knowledge of this area but surely the stiffness of a car is something that could be more usefully expressed in figures (than say the seemingly arbitrary mpg) so for example if my golf was say 1.5 I could tell if something were stiffer or softer by the values relating to them?
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    [Jan 11, 2014]
    Have a look at the price via UKNewCars.com - provided via a dealer somewhere near Woking I think.

    I've got an extended test booked for Tuesday and will order after but their price has beaten all the others I've looked at.

    Only question I have is around the Audi Sound system and the boot floor, local dealer says you can't use the dual level - posts on here suggest both ways. Can anyone clear that one up for both of us.

    My plan is AUDI A3 DIESEL SPORTBACK 2.0 TDI 184 Sport 5dr
    Basic £20291.67
    Reversible boot mat
    Hill hold assist
    Progressive power assisted steering
    SD card satellite navigation system
    Electric adjustable/heated/folding door mirrors
    Audi Sound System with 10 speakers
    Panoramic glass sunroof
    Comfort pack - A3 with parking system plus
    Non smoking pack - A3
    Storage and luggage pack - A3
    Xenon light pack - A3 (when bought with Comfort pack)
    Metallic - Monsoon grey
    Tyre pressure monitor
    Electric lumbar support
    Rallye cloth - Black
    17" 5 arm kinetic design alloy wheels

    If you dropped the sunroof and a couple of options you'd be near your price.
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    [Jan 11, 2014]
    Can you clarify how you got that base price? When I go to the site it gives me £22,681.75.
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    [Jan 12, 2014]
    Have a look on youtube. All the A3 reviews I just watched mentioned the cars suspension.
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    [Jan 13, 2014]
    As long as it's front wheel drive the type of sound system (standard / Audi Sound system / B&O) has no effect or limitation on boot floor height. You are free to move the boot floor to upper or lower position *with the space saver wheel in place* as well as the sub-woofer. If you put a full sized alloy wheel in the wheel well then 99% sure it has to be higher position only.

    The only restriction is with Quattro where boot floor is fixed in higher position.


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