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Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by mark88, Aug 21, 2006.

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    [Aug 21, 2006]
    I saw a copy of the S3 price list, it does not make good reading.

    DVD Sat Nav £2175
    BOSE £355
    Bucket Seats £1685
    Black Styling Pack TBC
    Acoustic Parking £260
    Flat Bottom Wheel £270
    Cruise Control £240
    Front Armrest £95
    Auto Dimming, folding Mirrors £260

    NO RS4 Wheel option!!!!!

    £32k plus for the above. Not good.
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    [Aug 21, 2006]
    Think you will find the price similar to the 8l S3's price (before the prices were revised) with all those options.
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    I thought the flat bottom wheel was the RS4 wheel.
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    [Aug 21, 2006]
    think he means the alloy wheels
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    yep, I did. Which is strange because the german audi S3 pages has a pic of them.
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    [Aug 21, 2006]
    option prices look pretty much the same to me. A fully loaded 8L S3 was about 32K. People seem to have the strange idea that S class cars are cheap!! Since when has that been the case?
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    Same costing across the A3 range, except for the few exceptional options.
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    [Aug 21, 2006]
    Strange that there is no cost for metallic paint or colour options....
    Sprint blue please?

    Regards, John.
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    [Aug 21, 2006]
    Hi Mark88,

    The way I see it is the S8 style wheels, as pictures on the audi.de and the front of this pdf -
    www.recoil.co.za/stuff/s3.pdf

    Are standard, although why you would want to swop them for the other wheels shown in the brochure is beyond me.

    Have you got any official news from your dealer yet? Nothing from mine as yet, Although my car is in for a service today so I'll be asking when I collect it!!!

    Regards, John.
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    No DSG though....looks like I'll be sticking with the R32.
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    [Aug 21, 2006]
    We know those wheels are standard. BUT alot of us expected 19" RS4 wheels as an option, especially considering they are offered on the TT.

    The german audi.de site has a pic of RS4 wheels on the S3 pages. I actually quite like the S8 style wheels, just would have prefered 19's.
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    [Aug 21, 2006]
    Hello John, Nice to see you are considering an S3 in sprint blue. I visited the dealer in bristol last week and they had an RS4 in sprint blue and an S6 in sprint with bucket seats too.... Awesome. It is definately the colour to have.

    I had no problems spending £22.5 K on my old S3 from Germany (with a 5K saving), but am having to seriously think about £32K for the same spec as mine for a UK model when I can get a 18 month old S4 for the same money and have a V8 soundtrack... Its proving to be a difficult decision this time...

    I noticed you still have your S3, did you get this from Germany through Colin? Are you planning to part-ex it? If so what price were you offered?
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    [Aug 22, 2006]
    Hi Steve,

    Got my S3 through the same route via Colin. It was one of the best weekends of my life. Stretching the cars legs a little on the Autobahn. (Jurgen said the engines were bench run before going in the car).

    Spoke to colin recently on MSN, unfortunately with the £:Euro rate being not what it was 4.5 years ago, theres hardly any savings to be made on personal imports these days.

    But I'm in the same situation as you: which car next, new S3, S4 v8 (2 year old), or Boxster S (2 year old). Although i have small deposit down at the dealer for the new S3, I don't think I'll be taking a full order out. The styling - I'm not keen on. And to be honest, there have been so many performance niggles with my S3, its put me of Audi's. Similar with my old A3 1.8T. Girlfriends Golf GTi Anni, 4 years old now, starting with same performance niggles. Just not keen on having another Audi 4-pot turbo.

    But I've been looking at part-exing my S3, one place (indepentant car trader) offered me 12K. Porsche kind-of loosly agreed to something around 13K. In April '06 Parkers guide listed trade in at 13900. Mines 45K miles, immaculate inside and out - as I'd expect most peoples cars are on here.

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    [Aug 22, 2006]
    The main complaint on this thread seems to be about the high options prices.

    The biggest savings on an import are on the options prices. Even if there is little to be saved on the basic price of the car, surely it's worth considering an import for this reason alone ?
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    [Aug 22, 2006]
    I think when you start getting into £32k you really start to look elsewhere. New TT, Lotus Exige, Lotus Europa, S4s, Boxsters, 996's...

    I would imagine I'd have to part with 12k to go from my current A3 to an S3, and considering visually you can barely tell them apart. I gotta ask myself is the performance and fancy seats worth all that money.
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    [Aug 22, 2006]
    Hi Steve,

    I'm the other John with the S3! ;) However it did come from Germany, but not from Colin. I'd like to part ex it, but the dealer wouldn't give a price until closer to the delivery of the new car. Figured I'd have a more luck selling it now, not in January!

    Regards, John
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    [Aug 22, 2006]
    Spook. You have a point there.

    May be worth looking into again.

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    [Aug 22, 2006]
    There is no way i'd pay list on a new S3 with all the options - £32K, unless they limit supply ala R32.

    Look at the last models, £27K (new price) '03 S3's are £15-16k while, £22K (new Price) R32's are still £17k anywhere - WTF???

    I don't buy my cars purely for re-sale but anything can happen so you have to keep one eye on future value. I think the Golfs have more of a cult following and the 4-door option helps it sell to the bespectacled 2.4 grown-ups!
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    [Aug 22, 2006]
    I was looking at used R32's on the VW web site last night as another option (along with scooby's, M3's, Porsch's) and there are flippin loads of R32's available (so I can't see its a limited production volume), they are around the £30K mark which seems a lot to pay for a VW that is.... (which is supposed to be limited numbers)

    I spent yesterday evening doing a trawl of the S4's on the market and there seems to be limited choice (as you would expect) but look like there are great deals to be had. A lot I vewed were around the £30-32K range with the first 18 months depreciation gone, which I would have to bear the brunt of that with a new S3...

    Hello ALB, I remember speaking way back on audiworld! Sad to hear that you had so many problems with your S3, the only thing I suffered was a probem where the electric motors on the xenon headlights go to sleep and dip downwards, but after just under 60K on the clock of a nov 2001 model it has only ever regularly drank oil (exaclty what the manual quotes) other then that it has been amazing fun to drive and a joy to own and rock solid reliable, being just enough understated to stand out and hide from the crowd (at the same time)....

    (BTW it was unmodded too but I don't think that counts towards the relability as they are massively overengineered these autoban rockets!)

    Are people he considering a group buy if we can get a slight discount? I am still unsure, but £30K is better then £32+ and it is worth asking.

    Oh, yes, and I looked through the pdf price list 6 times last night, no TT mangetic suspension option..... damn, I was hoping that might make it to the S3 this time....
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    [Aug 23, 2006]
    Pricing £30k-£32k on the new S3 is brave by Audi. Esp considering the depreciation likely. Like stevec says, its not a limited production so you'll easily kiss goodbye to 50% of its value in 3 years. I'd reckon the new RS4 will suffer [from severe depreciation] too because of the mass production. Its especially odd as there are number of very good mass market cars at the same price, BMW for instance with its 335i and 335d could be alternatives - they'd probably have a wider appeal on the 2nd hand market which could make them depreciate less.

    I'm also in the same boat as to what to do with the S3. I bought mine new in 2003, and have done 40k. The only problem I've had was squeaky bushes. (I'd not have had the patience like AL_B). I'm considering keeping it as a weekend car and get smthg cheap and fun for commuting, Fabia VRS maybe.

    My thoughts are the best S3's will just sit at the £8k-10K mark for years to come. Decent examples becoming harder to find, thus will maintain their value. There are numerous specialist to keep the car fit so maintenance costs if not low, are fairly surprise free (ie cost of clutch, cambelt etc). And most surprisingly insurance costs are very low (perhaps S3 drivers write off fewer cars unlike Octavia VRS drivers ;)).

    There again, Audi might repeat history and shaft early purchasers of the S3 like they did with the TT & drop the price by serveral £k.

    Ed
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    [Aug 23, 2006]
    SteveC,

    Hi! Wow there are some people on here (and on TS) that go way back... 4.5-7 years. Its great to see people are still knocking around.

    Both you and Ed (Silvers3uk) sound like you have been quite lucky with your ownership. The only thing that has plagued my car really, is the hesitation issue. The only thing that ever stopped the car from actually getting me somewhere was a coil-pack back in Feb 03. Only major work performed was 2nd-3rd gear synchro mesh crunch (common problem), then more recently the gearbox hole, caused (I think) by the dealer not putting the gearbox back properly when the synchro was done. So actually, mechanically, the car has been pretty sound.

    I'm perhaps a little picky and perhaps overly tuned-in to the car - I spot things almost immediately when something changes performance wise or mechanically.

    Ed has a good point about keeping this model of S3. Well maintained examples might hold a decent price.

    When I priced up the options for a new S3, basically spec'd to the same level as mine now, with one or two other bits - it came to just under £30K. Also priced up a V6 new TT, and that came in at £32K.

    Now I think the TT is probably the better buy, basically because its a new shape, new car. Where as the new S3, may only be produced for say 3 or 4 years (then a new new shape A3 will be on the cards). They may even facelift it part way through like they did with ours, maybe hike the power up a bit, and worst case, maybe even bring out an RS3. All that will definitaly result in residuals being 50% (or less?) after 3 years.

    I think, they should have brought the car out with a higher power output. Lets face it, if it had 300bhp and flaired arches, I think for most folk those would outweigh the quirky front nose and side sills. But at 265bhp its not shocking people into thinking "wow, I want one of those". People have that now in their modified S3's.

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    [Aug 24, 2006]
    Hi all,

    Audi just released the colour options for the new S3.

    Brilliant red
    Brilliant black
    Ibis white
    Imola yellow *
    Silver, metallic *
    Dolphin grey, metallic *
    Deep green, metallic *
    Sprint blue, pearl effect *
    Phantom black, pearl effect *
    Moro blue, pearl effect *
    Solar orange *

    *= additional cost option, most probably in line with costs for other A3 models.

    Regards, John.
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    [Aug 24, 2006]
    would like to see the car in sprint blue
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    [Aug 24, 2006]
    I can't believe you have to pay extra for those colors aswell, that's adds another 550 to the price :-(
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    [Aug 24, 2006]
    whats the big deal with option prices? They have always been high!

    And you've always had to pay for special paint too...
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    Not on the RS4 :)

    I dunno, it just seems the options to make this car a bit special, ie bucket seats, sprint blue etc really bump up the price..

    Perhaps if I didn't already have an A3 then I wouldnt be moaning so much, I just dunno yet if it's going be worth the extra. Is anyone else with an current A3 considering getting a new S3?
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    LOL...the Rs4 is a tad pricier. But valid point.
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    [Aug 24, 2006]
    Mark88 posted some photoshops in a different thread a while ago.
    Here it is in Sprint blue. (I thought it was a little too red so this is my version.)
    [​IMG]

    Metallic paint on the A3 is £485, so you just saved enough cash to pay for your windscreen sunband ;), why is this a paid for option?????

    Regards,
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    [Aug 24, 2006]
    My dealer has spec'd up their demo in solar orange with 19" RS4 style wheels so they are an option.

    It will look a little ford asbo I think!
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    [Aug 24, 2006]
    Mmmmmm, My dealer has told me that they get what Audi send them. It's all a bit mysterious :uhm: at the moment......
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    [Aug 24, 2006]
    ...dont forget the E46 M3.. you can get low millage CSLs for that money
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    [Aug 24, 2006]
    really? interesting....I wonder why they weren't on that pdf price list that's been doing the rounds
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    [Aug 24, 2006]
    The guy in question at the dealers said he had just got back from Germany on business and has spec'd up their demo S3 as outlined above. He said he had spec'd it like that to stand out because the very very first available allocation of S3's due to UK are already scheduled for build and are basic spec cars in safer colours.

    He said the demo and factory spec cars will be due in early November and any car specifically spec'd with less common combo's will not be ready until march unless you are lucky and one with your preferences has already been programmed for production by chance! That will be when they are available to be spec'd up by customers.

    BUT: He's a dealer and dealers lie everytime their lips move!
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    [Aug 24, 2006]
    Thanks for the info. My dealer told me that the they will get their demo car in November. Customer cars can be ordered with options for January delivery, no sooner. Although he didn't say when that is likely to happen.

    But as you say, he is a dealer.....
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