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S3 2001 Bose front speakers not working - replacements?

Discussion in 'In-Car Entertainment' started by Schlaag, Apr 30, 2012.

  1. Schlaag

    Schlaag Bwah

    Jul 10, 2007
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    My newly acquired S3 only has working rear speakers. Its a bose system

    Is this common?

    What is the speaker set up for the car? 4 or 5" mid and a tweeter up front? Not sure on rear

    Can anyone advise what is best to replace them with? and is it an arse of a job with interior trim panels?

    many thanks
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  3. AndyMac

    AndyMac Moderator
    Staff Member Moderator

    Jun 10, 2003
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    All speakers in the Bose system are 4" on the 8L A3. Tweeters are 1".
    You really need to replace like for like as they run at 1 ohm impedance, so even low impedance replacements will only deliver less than half the power from the Bose amp.
    If you have no sound at all from the front then I doubt it is a speaker problem as the tweeters should still work, more likely the Bose amp.
    Instructions are here for removing the door cards:

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