1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

WOOHOO! Picked up new S3 this morning!

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by a3norwich, Mar 28, 2007.

  1. a3norwich
    Offline

    a3norwich Not anymore - Back 2 BMW (shh)

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2006
    Messages:
    359
    Likes Received:
    0
    [Mar 28, 2007]
    Finally got new S3 this morning. Will post some pix tomorrow (weather permitting) and a general impression later...

    Meanwhile, I am on the scrounge: is there anybody locally (Norwich, Norfolk, Suffolk way) who has the VAG-COM software? Wondered if they could do me a little favour? Worth a beer or three! :)

    Many thanks!
    #1
  2. Ads

    Ads

    [Sep 17, 2014]

  3. bor
    Offline

    bor Member

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2007
    Messages:
    39
    Likes Received:
    0
    [Mar 28, 2007]
    Congrats!!!
    #2
  4. stevec
    Offline

    stevec Member

    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2003
    Messages:
    234
    Likes Received:
    1
    [Mar 28, 2007]
    Wouldn't be asking someone to set the steering weight perhaps? I'm asking Audi to do it to mine before I take possession as the steering on the 8P S3 is way too light for me!
    #3
  5. Vertigo1
    Offline

    Vertigo1 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2006
    Messages:
    2,726
    Likes Received:
    256
    [Mar 28, 2007]
    I was under the impression the steering adjustment in VAG-COM didn't work on the latest 2007 models - has this been cured now?
    #4
  6. jamiekip
    Offline

    jamiekip Guest

    [Mar 28, 2007]
    Welcome to the club mate!
    Now enjoy the pain of running in - i'm about to cross 1000 miles so should be able to put my foot down soon!
    #5
  7. a3norwich
    Offline

    a3norwich Not anymore - Back 2 BMW (shh)

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2006
    Messages:
    359
    Likes Received:
    0
    [Mar 28, 2007]
    Yea, am taking it gently (d'oh!). Although, some say rag it others don't. My bro (who's a mechanic) said take it easy for a while, so I will go with him! He's gonna change the oil at 1,000m for me too. Good lad!!! Got the filter today. See they are putting Shell Helix Ultra in now. Maybe Audi have fallen out with Castrol...?
    #6
  8. a3norwich
    Offline

    a3norwich Not anymore - Back 2 BMW (shh)

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2006
    Messages:
    359
    Likes Received:
    0
    [Mar 30, 2007]
    Hmmm, take it there's no VAG-COM owners locally then?!?! :unsure:
    #7
  9. JaminBen
    Offline

    JaminBen Member

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2005
    Messages:
    532
    Likes Received:
    2
    [Mar 30, 2007]
    As was already said, if it's for steering weight, vag-com can't change it on 2007 and later models... Unless something's different on the S3...?
    #8
  10. Staz
    Offline

    Staz is a retronaut Staff Member Moderator VCDS Map User

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2006
    Messages:
    6,190
    Likes Received:
    47
    [Mar 30, 2007]
    Why the hell would you want to do that?

    There's such a think as over maintenance
    #9
  11. a3norwich
    Offline

    a3norwich Not anymore - Back 2 BMW (shh)

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2006
    Messages:
    359
    Likes Received:
    0
    [Mar 30, 2007]
    It's not for the steering!!!
    #10
  12. a3norwich
    Offline

    a3norwich Not anymore - Back 2 BMW (shh)

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2006
    Messages:
    359
    Likes Received:
    0
    [Mar 30, 2007]
    His suggestion really: what he doesn't know about cars isn't worth knowing! I trust his judgement!
    #11
  13. Staz
    Offline

    Staz is a retronaut Staff Member Moderator VCDS Map User

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2006
    Messages:
    6,190
    Likes Received:
    47
    [Mar 30, 2007]
    What every car manufacturer in the world doesn't know about cars isn't worth knowing and not a single one of them would recommend it after only 1000 miles.

    On older engines where they weren't built to the same tolerences there would be tiny metal particles in the oil from bedding the engine in. I can understand someone wanting to change the oil in that case. Although an engine normally took more than 1000 miles to bed in.

    On modern engines this isn't the case. The parts are made to such small tolerences you hardly get any wear, hence driving your new hard normally from new now.

    Out of interest Honda state you should never change your oil before 8000 miles. And I would suggest their engines are more likely to wear due to their high redlines.

    I'm not a mechanic but if audi say change the oil when the DIS tells me then that's what I'm gonna do.
    #12
  14. AL_B
    Offline

    AL_B Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2003
    Messages:
    1,572
    Likes Received:
    0
    [Mar 30, 2007]
    A3norwich,

    If my 8L S3 is anything to go by, and if the 8P S3 is similar, its likely to drink oil for the first 10K miles anyway! You might have to top it up at 1000 miles or even a couple of months.

    My 8L S3 drank oil like it was going out of fashion. I'd wait, let the 8P S3 drink most of it, then put in some more.

    I too, like staz1000, think Audi have put in so much effort and research for variable servicing, their engineers and scientists must be given some credit. If you prefer more regular changes do the 10K servicing, but 1000 miles is a little extreme.

    Of course its your decision though.

    AL
    #13
  15. a3norwich
    Offline

    a3norwich Not anymore - Back 2 BMW (shh)

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2006
    Messages:
    359
    Likes Received:
    0
    [Mar 30, 2007]
    Having had 2 E46 M3's, an oil change is required at 1,250 miles (-25%, +10%); failure to do so invalidates the warranty. You can of course change your oil every 1,000 miles, it would do no harm... If you own a Scooby, Evo, I think the intervals are nearer 4,000 anyway.

    Given the fact that you can drive a brand new car out of the showroom and could, conceivably, not have it serviced for 20,000 miles or 2 years (if it's a diesel for example) with the same oil, I don't think changing the oil after this initial period will do any harm (only to my wallet).
    #14
  16. a3norwich
    Offline

    a3norwich Not anymore - Back 2 BMW (shh)

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2006
    Messages:
    359
    Likes Received:
    0
    [Mar 30, 2007]
    I'm not changing the oil EVERY 1,000 miles, just after the FIRST 1,000 miles, after the initial "running in" period, then the normal schedule!

    [My previous 2.0 TFSI Quattro used less than half a litre in 7,800 miles and 10 months]
    #15
  17. Staz
    Offline

    Staz is a retronaut Staff Member Moderator VCDS Map User

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2006
    Messages:
    6,190
    Likes Received:
    47
    [Mar 30, 2007]
    Well there are always exceptions to the rule. But audis aren't one of them.

    Again all I can say is if it was right then audi would tell you to do it themselves. They designed the engine so I'd say they know better than anyone in the entire world.
    #16
  18. JamS3
    Offline

    JamS3 Active Member

    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2003
    Messages:
    2,257
    Likes Received:
    12
    [Mar 30, 2007]
    My new S3 is still showing max on the dipstick after 2700miles!
    #17
  19. a3norwich
    Offline

    a3norwich Not anymore - Back 2 BMW (shh)

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2006
    Messages:
    359
    Likes Received:
    0
    [Mar 31, 2007]
    Hmmm, you could be right. Car manufacturers never make mistakes or release a poor design on the general public to test after all. It is just personal opinion...

    More personal opinion: if Audi (or BMW, Ford, Vauxhall, et al) returned to running in services (and they used to) it would probably lower confidence in their products and change perception on cost of ownership. I can certainly see the logic behind an early oil change, but again it's personal choice! Even more so on a "highly strung" engine like the 261BHP TFSI...
    #18
  20. newbiecrg
    Offline

    newbiecrg windsurfer

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2006
    Messages:
    1,328
    Likes Received:
    0
    [Mar 31, 2007]
    I will change the oil after the running in... Have done that in all my cars! It's a personal choice...

    Pedro
    #19
  21. stevec
    Offline

    stevec Member

    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2003
    Messages:
    234
    Likes Received:
    1
    [Mar 31, 2007]
    What kind of running in did you do? Follow the drivers handbook and treat it nice, or the other method discussed here to boot it for 10-15 miles to bed in the piston rings?
    #20
  22. h5djr
    Offline

    h5djr Well-Known Member VCDS Map User

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2003
    Messages:
    7,516
    Likes Received:
    572
    [Mar 31, 2007]
    When I visited the Audi factory in Ingolstadt I asked the guide about the oil that was put into new engines. He said it was a slightly different formulation especially designed for running in and the early life of the engines and it can do more harm that good to change it before the first service is due.

    My current A3 is my 10th Audi and my 6th A3. All but one have been brand new and I have only ever changed the oil at the first service and have never had any problems at all during the 3-4 years I've owned each one.
    #21
  23. newbiecrg
    Offline

    newbiecrg windsurfer

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2006
    Messages:
    1,328
    Likes Received:
    0
    [Mar 31, 2007]
    Interesting, Dave. I'll have a look in that...

    Pedro
    #22
  24. JamS3
    Offline

    JamS3 Active Member

    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2003
    Messages:
    2,257
    Likes Received:
    12
    [Mar 31, 2007]

    Bit of both really for the first 1500miles but never took it over 5000rpm!
    #23

Share This Page