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Really happy with my new purchase

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by Hooper, Mar 5, 2009.

  1. Hooper

    Hooper New Member

    Mar 2, 2009
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    Picked the S3 up last night, after a 3 hour journey home using motorways, back roads and the odd single lane i have decided it is money well spent.

    My opinion so far.

    Handles better than i thought it would after listening to people on here, pushed it fairly hard through some twisties that i know well and apart from the ESP kicking in a few times(turned it off in the end) i found the grip to be pretty impressive, this was on damp roads too(it has Michelin Pilot Sports on), have owned Imprezas, S4's, modded Focus ST amongst others so i feel i can give a decent opinion on this.

    Went a little better than i thought, although it does have a fair bit more lag than i expected, 3rd gear onwards is pretty good, i also found the 80-140 in 6th to be better than expected.

    Cabin is a lovely place to be, everything works and the car feels really solid when on the move, lot more comfy than i expected and made mile munching a really enjoyable experience.

    Only little fault i have to pick is the brakes suffered from fade sooner than i hoped, im gonna put it down to the pads or do they all do it?. Would suffer quite bad on a trackday i would imagine.

    Got up today and gave the car a quick detail, looks a lot better than when i picked it up considering the owner said he got it valeted, im going to work some magic on the interior tomorrow to get that up to a better standard(will post pics up of the whole car once done). It also seems to have a sidelight out, i cant get it out, although it is torture to get your fingers in, is there an easy way to do this?.

    One more thing, its a lot better on fuel than i thought as well, it averaged 34mpg on the journey home and i wasnt hanging around at all.

    Just tried to get the pictures off the autotrader of when i picked it up but sadly the advert has gone. Will take pics tomorrow, was just hoping you could see the difference of me giving it a quick going over.

    Its a 2000(1 month off a 2001) S3 in silver, im assuming its the facelift version as it has one piece front lights and different tailgate/badges. Got 112K on it with FASH, all MOT's to back it up, wad of receipts for every little thing, it feels as tight as a new car to drive, no squeaks/rattles/knocks of any sort, only other thing is an erratic temp gauge but im putting that dwo nto a dodgy sender unit, will check it out tomorrow.

    oh yes, all for just £4700

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  3. MikeA3

    MikeA3 Active Member
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    Mar 21, 2005
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    congratulations - sounds like a good car - now get some pics of it up
  4. S3_MCD

    S3_MCD Member

    Dec 3, 2003
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    Chris, sounds like you drive like me... that being the case you'll want a brembo upgrade for the front. Even uprating the pads and discs you can still get them to fade.

    Speak to Bill at Badger5 - he will sort a kit, easy DIY job.

    Glad you like the car, enjoy.
  5. Nilz

    Nilz Defo worth the wait :)
    Audi Sport Owner Group Team Silver Audi S3

    Apr 9, 2006
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    Flippin hell you got a bargain there mate!!!
  6. alijames

    alijames Active Member

    Feb 10, 2008
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    Bet it was that one someone was discussing last week. Seem to remember that went for £4700

  7. Mr.G

    Mr.G Active Member

    Nov 4, 2008
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    Welcome to the fold. I'm happy for you after you've managed to get such a bargain. AS is a very good source of information and the lads/lasses here are very nice people.

    Have fun with the new toy!

  8. fingermouse

    fingermouse thats me

    Sep 6, 2004
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    The arse has really fallen out of the S3 market, sounds like a good buy

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