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Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by biggiep, Nov 13, 2010.

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    [Nov 13, 2010]
    We all tend to come onto forums and complain about this and that and how something squeeks or rattles or just plain doesn't work. Hopefully below will show you just why we pay that little bit more for our cars and when it really matters the strength of these cars are second to none.

    My car is a fabulous silver s3 2007 reg with only 12k on the clock. It's stunning and I have had it about 6 or 7 months. On thursday we had some of the worst winds I have known for a while here in the north west. I was at a meal in Chorley and on returning to Blackpool on the M55 there was some debris covering the outside and a little on the middle lane. The xenons picked it out really well so I slowed and pulled into the middle lane, a lorry was in the inside lane and a car about 50 metres behind in the middle lane. On the outside lane a guy powered through the debris which then lifted up a large panel of what looked like polystyrene but must have been something along the lines of a upvc windowframe, the wind then caught it and it blew right into my car hittin the bonnet while still rising and smashing into the A Pillar.

    I carried on as myself and the person in the car with me thought it was simply some polystyrene, it did make a very loud sound but the car was not affected in it's motion.


    I got home and my heart sank, the damage cause is horrible to look at on what was an un-blemished car. In the morning i investigated a little more and realise in all honesty I am lucky to be alive had it landed just a foot the other way i'd have been in trouble. The guy at the bodyshop said if I was in a peugeot or hyundai or the like I would be dead right now, but the super reinforced a pillars saved the day. So thank you Ingolstadt for keeping me safe.....


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    [Nov 13, 2010]
    Glad you're ok and thanks for the write up.

    Hope you get it all sorted with the insurance. :thumbsup:
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    Not involving insurance cos it wud go down as a blame claim and it not my fault! So a nasty little grand bill before chrimbo :-(
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    Have you not got protected bonus ?
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    I have, but did a couple of quotes having a claim and it pushed it up £250 which multiplied over 5 years is harsh! And £600 excess to start
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    The guy at the bodyshop is talking ***** mate, Dont believe the hype and the general conception that Audis are expensive because they are safer. Pugs and Renaults are the top Euro NCAP safety rating these days, Your S3 is only 4 stars

    Audi A3 | Euro NCAP - For safer cars crash test safety rating

    And a cheapo Hyundai? Actual 4 points better!

    Hyundai i30 | Euro NCAP - For safer cars crash test safety rating

    An old shape renault Megane, oh dear, 5 stars, in a different league for safety than your S3

    Renault Megane | Euro NCAP - For safer cars crash test safety rating

    And that tinny cheaply made Pug? Ohhh one of the safest cars ever made

    Peugeot 308 | Euro NCAP - For safer cars crash test safety rating


    Something to really ponder then? Not really, your S3 is less safe than a Pug, and the OLD shape Megane.
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    What a mare....sorry for you.
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    Its not fun. On my old 8L A3 I had a branch bounce of my recently resprayed bonnet (due to sonechips) and come crashing through my windscreen on the passenger side. I had no chance of avoiding it, even though I was down to 30mph on a country road due to the maelstrom!
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    Nice sympathetic comment !

    Why are you driving an Audi then ? :think:
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    And the NCAP is pure ********, it's just a test of a head on impact and side impact, the rear test only looks at whiplash not the integrity of how the car holds together, it's been shown over and over again it doesn't factor crashes that actually happy. And you can't even attain a 5th star without provisions for pedestrians.

    People who deal with accidents every day at a bodyshop over pointless controlled tests know what cars have the structural strength and I would much rather go with their view than a rating system designed to generate sales which is exactly what it is. How many crashes are actually straight head on or side on? I'm sure i saw in auto express the biggest crash was rear impact from person behind not stopping in time.

    I have seen the damage to my mates megane from a 30mph rear impact, if there had been children in the back they would have been dead, he still needs pysio 4 years after it happened! I remember seeing a pic on here of an A3 which had a rear impact from a van and was still in pretty sound shape.

    So I think i'll stick with the s3 and people can take from this what they want. All I was doing was passing on comments given to me by people who deal with the accidents.
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    I know what it rather be in, I rote off an E46 last year, any other car I would have been in a box! So that's why I went back with the Germans

    ps that is a some dig on he pillar, could just see that on a 5* French hen house
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    Its just a minor scratch on the A post! If it was a few more inches over it would have took the drivers face off and Audis screens are no better than anyone elses.

    I'm driving an Audi because they are much nicer and much better cars than any of the above, not because they are safer! I agree the NCAP results are probably rubbish but until Audi prove they are safer, theres no argument? As for trusting the guy at the bodyshop? Most of them tell you what you want to hear, then when they give you a big bill, you feel better paying it because your drive a premium brand!

    I've worked in the industry myself so i know how it works
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    Sorry to hear, its a pain when such things happen

    The good news is that your lucky it didn't plough through your windscreen and injure you or your passenger...
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    [Nov 14, 2010]
    I have come to realise I was lucky rather than just being angry about it being damaged. I am very thankful I wasn't on my motorbike!

    The guy at the bodyshop am using is a good friend of my dads cos he is ground liason officer for the Red Arrows here in Blackpool and has got his son to see the reds and sit in the planes, he just said that BMW and Audi/VW hold up the best in the accidents they see and the worst they see are Hyundai and Peugeout. I know someone who owns a bodyshop and can get everything at cost but he told me to use them anyway becasuse they are the only decent Audi approved bodyshop around.

    One thing that has always given me confidence is the thickness of the metal, if you press a door on a VAG car it stays firm, when you press a french car the whole body panel bends! That doesn't inspire confidence to me but it may to others.

    Just like to say thanks for the kind comments!

    Richard
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