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what to look for (buying adivse)

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by bigshout, Dec 10, 2004.

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    I'm going to look at a few S3's tomorrow and would like some information on what to look out for in terms of problems or issues with the S3. I have searched the forum and found some information on specs but not things such as engine noises, issues with turbos, what to look out for on the exausts etc. Any help would be appreciated.
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    If not chipped turbo noise should be fairly muted, particularly test if you can hear it above the noise level of ordinary radio...if should not be obvious.

    Check for any hesitation through the rev range...could point to faulty MAF/AMM...do a search if you don't understand. Check temp gauge acts normally on a 20 min run...should be bang about 90...after 5/6 mins and should stay there when idle or not

    On S3s check also for any obvious crunching on gear change...particularly 2nd to 3rd. 6 speed gearbox is not a peach anyway, but should not crunch.

    Haldex problems have been known, do a reverse on full lock and listen for any strange thumping/whining...could be haldex.

    Check for broken seat mechanisms, check for xenon lights shineing higher or too low...i suppose you need some darkness and garage door for that one!

    Check data sticker in boot to see if 210/225 bhp

    210 = 154 kW
    225 = 165 kW

    Ask owners about AVS servicing, where and when and how much they had done. S3 post Aug 2000 need cambelt change at 80k max, pre MY01 officially allowed up to 115k miles!

    Look for even tyre wear all round, also same make of tyre front and back...haldex is sensitive to tyres wrt rolling circumference.

    If chipped obviously ask where, when and how much achieved...but factor in shorter cycle servicing if you're going to look after it.

    all i can think of for now...don't forget there's plenty out there so don't get carried away with the first good one you see.


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    great advice there evotista /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif
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    Thanks for that advise. I've just been out a test drove a 2001 noggie, very nice looking car. Was a bit suprised at how tame the power was though. It's a standard model but I was expecting more from a turbo car.
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