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  1. The Cardinal

    Buying a known but not ideal car? (Golf TDI / ULEZ / city car content)

    I have a 2013 VW Transporter (camper-converted) and a 2018 Audi S3, which serve our current family needs well. My wife doesn't drive the van. We live in a city centre, just on the very edge of a new low emissions zone. Soon, many of the van's journeys will become chargeable at £9 a pop (it's...
  2. The Cardinal

    5 alive! Introducing my 2018 S3...

    As you might have guessed from the title, this thread is all about my fifth A3-series car – a 2018 S3 Sportback. In addition to other past cars, my A3 history comprises: 8P 2.0T quattro S Line Special Edition 8P S3 8P 2.0T SE high spec 8P 1.4T Sport I passed my 40th birthday last year...
  3. The Cardinal

    Missing service mystery - advice?

    I've just picked up a nice 2018 S3, which appears to be missing a record of a service. The details are that it's just had a non-franchise oil change at 21k miles, plus I can see on Erwin that it had an oil change in 2019 at 7k miles at an Audi dealer. While 14k and 2 years is a bit of a gap...
  4. The Cardinal

    Facelift Viewing an S3 - what to look for on this car?

    I had a change of heart on a factory order 8Y owing to some recent family events, so I'm now looking to buy an 8V S3 in replacement for my current 1.4 TFSI. Handily, a March 2018 model has come up at a decent local BMW specialist. I've held the car with a deposit and arranged to view next...
  5. The Cardinal

    New order - help me make a classy (under)statement - Exclusive colour content

    I'm close to ordering a new A3 Sportback and could do with some help on spec. This would actually be my fifth A3 - I've had four used ones before - so it's safe to say I like the model. I picked up my current 2014 one last year and I'm happy with it, but it's now seven years old and I thought...
  6. The Cardinal

    Low mileage servicing - carry on with Longlife regime?

    My 2014 1.4 TFSI CoD had oil changes and inspection services at exact 2 year intervals in 2016, 2018 and 2020 with Audi. The cambelt, brake fluid etc have been changed on the dot, also at Audi. This means it's been run on a longlife service schedule, doing ~6k miles per year over the 6 years...
  7. The Cardinal

    Best halogen bulb upgrades (legal only!)

    My new 2014 A3 has the standard halogen headlights. I couldn't find a car with xenons, which I've had on many cars in the past. Can anyone share some recommendations for the best upgraded bulbs please? I'm only after 100% legal options to improve visibility at night on country roads, not the...
  8. The Cardinal

    The 4th dimension? Presenting my 4th A3...

    I had my first taste of A3 - and indeed Audi - ownership back in 2009, when I bought a very high spec 2006 A3 2.0T quattro Sportback in Garnet Red. In 2011, I upgraded to a 2011 S3 Sportback in Brilliant Red. And, in 2018, I made my first "second coming" back to 8P A3 models with another...
  9. The Cardinal

    2.0T sleeper project - options / would you do it?

    I got back into an A3 2.0T late last year. The full background to my granddad spec 2007 Sportback SE with lots of options is here: https://www.audi-sport.net/xf/threads/im-back-in-a-high-spec-2007-a3-2-0t-put-on-a-brew.383980/ It was meant to be a stop-gap car, before I got around to...
  10. The Cardinal

    I'm back - in a high-spec 2007 A3 2.0T - put on a brew...

    Long time no see! 7 years in fact! So, why not make amends with a mega post about my latest A3 8P?! For the last few years, I've been running a family van "Bus Blue" as our main wheels - a 2013 T5.1 Danbury camper conversion: But how did I end up in a 12-year-old Audi that smells of...
  11. The Cardinal

    A long goodbye...

    Well, after some time thinking about it (and 7 months after starting a new job with big business mileage) I have given in to the work lease car option. My S3 Sportback has been a great companion since the change of situation earlier this year. Although it's not every day that I travel by...
  12. The Cardinal

    Sportback on Audi.de configurator

    Looks good! To give you an idea about specs: Audi Konfigurator - Motor
  13. The Cardinal

    AlloyGators fitted

    I've just fitted some new Alloygators rim protectors to the nearside wheels of my S3 - i.e. the ones that can get kerbed by my wife when parking! I've been using them for about a year, during which time they've saved me several wheel refurbs. I fitted silver ones this time, which look...
  14. The Cardinal

    Stage 2 for my S3 - should I do it?

    I've been pondering the above question for some time now. Specifically, I'm thinking: a) Should I go for it? b) Can someone do it all for me? The reason I've been sitting on my hands is that I'm a responsbile adult with two little kids, a wife who doesn't "get" performance cars and I wasn't...
  15. The Cardinal

    New 8V S3 - interesting...

    It's going to be very hard to choose between this and the new M135i, which is very competitively priced and will offer even more tuning potential with its 3.0 litre lump. :( I think it' really going to come down to whether the Sportback body can offer much more than the 5-door 1 Series shape...
  16. The Cardinal

    Would I be mad to order a new S3 Sportback now?

    My current S3 Sportback is nearly 2 years old now. It's everything I could want in a car and has a great spec, except I'd really love to have auto lights / wipers (or comfort package) and although the Brilliant Red paintwork is quite nice, I'd prefer subtler colour. I'm really struggling to...
  17. The Cardinal

    S3 Sportback detailed - Brilliant Red (lots of pics)

    I bought my 2010 S3 Sportback in spring 2011 with 9,600 miles on the clock. It was an ex-VW UK management car and although clean, it looked to have had barely a clean in the 6 months it was used (judging by the amount of tar) before being offloaded to an Audi franchise. Unfortunately, it was...
  18. The Cardinal

    A3 1.2 TSI -v- S3: comparing the bottom and top of the range!

    I had been hoping for at least an R8 as a courtesy car when dropping my S3 S-Tronic off for a service at Bristol Audi this morning. So my heart sank a little as I was handed the handed the keys to a 1.2 SE S-Tronic. ;) Boasting 104bhp / 129 lb.ft to my S3's 300+ of each, the A3 was going to...
  19. The Cardinal

    S3 front suspension clonking

    With all the good weather recently, I've had the windows open a lot at low speed. When driving over uneven roads, speed bumps and parking, I can hear a clonking / rattle noise coming from what I think is the front suspension. Now that I've heard it, I notice it during all slow driving around...
  20. The Cardinal

    S3 - drive to Dartmoor

    This weekend's weather was the perfect backdrop to an epic mountain bike ride that I joined my friends for on Dartmoor. I took the S3 along the twisty roads from Bovey Tracey, up to Moretonhampstead and then the top of the moor at the Warren House Inn. I had the windows down all the way and...
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