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Sport suspension or not

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by zack1uk, Feb 15, 2008.

  1. zack1uk

    zack1uk New Member

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    Hi

    I'm in the process of speccing options for my new companty car, an A3 SE sportback. I was thinking of going for the sports suspension, but all the reviews say how overly firm it is, although it is supposed to tighten the handling up considerably. It seems that it is a little softer on the sportback than on the 3 door.

    Although most of my driving will be motorway, I do enjoy a swift blast through the twisty country lanes. So my questions are:

    1, Is the sports suspension really that firm and 'jarring'. I do upwards of 3000 miles a month and if it is too firm its gonna start to physically hurt.
    2, Is the standard suspension, that bad. I do look for a rewarding drive (was going to go for a 118D just for its handling, but could'nt get the spec options i needed and stay within budget) and I would be gutted if I ordered the standard setup only to find it that it felt like someone had swapped the wheels for spacehoppers.

    Ohhh, and on a side note: I'd be really interested in what standard Audi 17" rims and what colours you guys think looks best on the sportback. I've seen a few 3 doors in white and they look great, but I think that the 5 door may look a bit tooooo fleet car in white.

    Thanks in advance for any advice or comments that you can give.
     
  2. Amchlolor

    Amchlolor Active Member

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    IMO, sports suspension is a must.
    I've driven all A3 suspension types.
    There are three types

    1/SE (soft and high)
    2/Sports (harder and lowered)
    3/S-line (even harder and even lower)

    I find the SE lacks body control.
    S-line has good body control, but a kidney pounding ride.
    Sports suspension is probably the best compromise.

    With regard to colour, I'd say go for black.
    My Sportback is Akoya silver, which I loved at the time.
    Unfortunately, it's also a colour you get tired of.
    It's also very, very, common.
    Black, IMO, never looks tired.
     
  3. h5djr

    h5djr Well-Known Member
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    The only trouble with Black at the moment is that, certainly down her in England, just about every newish A3 you see is Black. It's become so common!
     
  4. MarcQuinlivan

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    It would appear that black is the new black....
     
  5. sukrw

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    Mine is Lava Grey and I kinda like this colour - it looks almost black in bright sunlight but it is a little different from all the black A3's out there...

    Just my 2p worth ... not wishing to knock anyone with a black car.
     
  6. mfspen

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    The best looking 17" rims are the '5-spoke star' design , IMO.

    Regarding colour, it's down to personal preference. I think the A3 looks best in any of the lighter colours (or red), since in profile, they highlight the lines of the car against the dark(ish) side windows. A lot of people like black or 'slagheap grey', but personally I think it looks horrible !

    Someone living near me has got a Sportback in white, with the panoramic sunroof, and it looks terrific.
     
  7. Twizzler

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    Yep, they do because the open-sky looks black from the outside. The silver A3 with open-sky also looks great too. With hindsight I would have ordered that.
     
  8. Amchlolor

    Amchlolor Active Member

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    If ever there was a 'now' colour, it's white.
    Buy one at your peril, IMO.:sadlike:
    IMO, you can only really follow 'trends' in car colour if you can afford not to care about resale.
    If resale means nowt to you, go for yellow/orange/white/hawaiian magenta/cranberry crush.
    If you do care about resale, avoid them.
     
  9. Twizzler

    Twizzler Active Member

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    Dead on!
     
  10. Kontraband

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    I dont care about resale value :D

    Hence, Im waiting on white.
     
  11. Twizzler

    Twizzler Active Member

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    Nothing wrong with that attitude either. As long as you accept that this is what what you want and appreciate you will receive a lower return at resale then you are free to enjoy your choice. Life isn't just about getting a return. Enjoyment is paramount. We only live our life once.
     
  12. Amchlolor

    Amchlolor Active Member

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    I don't have to worry about resale either (company car), but I would still urge caution over 'trendy' colours.
    Akoya was dead trendy when I ordered my car, and I liked it.
    Just like oddball stretch jeans, it doesn't take long for 'oh yes' to become 'oh god'...
    I recently questioned my choice of black for my D3, when I saw a lovely looking grey one in the showroom.
    My wife, quite rightly, pointed out I would tire of grey quicker than black.
     
  13. cdb2

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    Best way to see colours and wheel combos is have a look at the used section on the Audi UK site. I have a silver SB with 17" stars and think that looks good.

    Would be worth you taking a test drive in the various suspension set-ups so you can contrast them.

    I have driven all three and have and SE. I'm not an aggressive driver and it is fine for what I want out of the car but if you press it it does lack body control, however my Father thinks it is way too hard!

    I personally found the Sport too hard.

    I had an Sline on loan for a week. IMHO the body control is excellent but I would class the ride as abysmal. The ride is way too firm and constantly jiggling, jarring all the time, very fidgety. On the motorway I guess it would be ok but not for normal driving where I live since it is way too hard and in my view unacceptable. Over speed bumps you feel like you are in Barney Rubble's bedrock mobile. I wouldn't want to woof my breakfast down and then go into town in it!

    At the end of the day there is no right answer, we all want our cars to be different things, you just need to decide which set-up is right for you and really the only way is to try a Sport and SE back to back.
     
  14. h5djr

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    I completely agree with cdb2. I have had many (8L) A3 1.8T Sports with the sports suspension in the past but with the current 8P A3 I also much prefer the SE suspension and so do my passengers. My previous A3 140 had 16" wheels and my current 170 Sportback has the 17" 16-spoke design. I thing it feels slightly better on the 17"s. May be the slightly wider tyres.

    But as he says the suspension set-up is a very personal thing and depends on how you drive as to the importance of ride against handling. The SE is adequate for my driving and I find it much more comfortable, especially for long journeys.

    But the important thing is to drive a car with or 3 types that are available and decide which YOU prefer.
     
  15. Amchlolor

    Amchlolor Active Member

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    You notice the extra hard suspension on the M-way too.
    You notice you are constantly on the move.
    It reminds me of when old minis were on the road, with their rubber cone suspension.
    You used to notice, even on a smooth road, the driver was constantly on the move!:jump:
     
  16. tdimax1

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    i have an a3 with the sports suspension and my brother has one with the s-line i find the s-line way to hard so defenatly the sports suspension is the one to go for. when chosing ur rims bear in mind the colour of the car personally i think the rs 4 or the rs 6 18 inch look impresive on and a3.
     
  17. tdimax1

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    if ur going to get a dark coulour i think the crome roof rails look fab on it
     
  18. GlasgowRangers

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    Fit? Fa? Bowfer mate when are you taking delivery of your Beemer? Are you thinking about getting it remapped? How come you Aberdeen boys never done the business for us last Sunday? Fit like?
     
  19. Amchlolor

    Amchlolor Active Member

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    Just waiting for the tax disc, so next week I think.
    Can't get it remapped (none available), but a tune-it box seems to be highly regarded on the Alpina forum.
    I'm sceptical of plug in boxes though.

    We were saving ourselves for the Bayern game last night...:rockwoot:
     

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