I’d agree, sounds like the motor is on its way.
My rear wiper did similar things and upon inspecting it turned out the washer feed pipe was leaking letting water into the motor housing, corroding the gears which presumably was causing it to intermittently freeze (eventually stopped altogether)...
I fitted one of the aftermarket gloss black honeycomb grills from eBay on my previous 3dr (same model year)
Really easy, takes less than an hour and there are plenty of guides on here and elsewhere for removing the bumper. Advise to be careful of the plastic clips at each end (wheelarches)...
Wish I could suggest anything for you, gutted for you to be honest as I know how nerve racking these non description noises can be! Could be several things.. Hope you get it sorted for as little as possible!
Congrats on the new car, you will love it! Nice leather interior too that's always good :)
Those alloys are sweet!
Getting the bumper off to get at the grill is a doddle really, just be careful with the clips etc as they will be quite brittle and frail by this point, particularly the plastic...
Any half decent Indy garage worth their salt would be able to reset the indicator after a service, to be honest a whole host of cheap scanning tools can reset it.. Not that I recommend those but still!
Only just changed to a car with the new DIS myself so I can't be certain, but the older ones...
What a difference a good clean can make, great work! Always rewarding to bring something back to glory like this!
Fairly confused why your friend would buy something so nice, from new, and run it into the ground.. He Should've bought a beater 2.0 tfsi hah..!
Does anyone know how early these led style lights came on sport backs from factory, I've literally just switched to an 08 A3 SB from an 07 3dr and the sportback has these LED rears.. Thought they came from later cars to be honest - would these have been added do we know??
Ah.. Did not realise the potential outcome could be so catastrophic..! It will be going in this week but annoying since no garages seem to work weekends anymore and I need it to get to work - cheers for all the info!
Damn, not cheap haha! Nah not this one its a 1.6 to be honest I want rid of it and onto 2.0 Tfsi but obviously need this running first..
If the flywheel/clutch is failing is it best to not run it at all until it's fixed or is there little additional damage to be done other than it failing...
Thanks, yes I do always start the car with the clutch disengaged more out of habit than anything, and you are right it is more audible just after start up..
Haven't managed to get it into a garage yet as they don't seem to work weekends anymore! But looking online it seems clutch/flywheel...
I am pretty sure SE special edition is actually a base model pretty much, that is what mine is and no leather/sensors only cruise really - it's just what they use because it sounds better than base model haha!
I wonder if any of you have any idea what might be the cause of the noise in the video (if it works!)..
Car is a 5spd manual and this whining noise exists when the clutch is down, but not when its in gear, doesn't do it at idle/neutral and the pitch is dependant on how fast the car is...
So an update, took it back apart this morning and it appears the end of that thick cable has come out of where ever it's meant to live.
I can't see where that is though unfortunately, does anyone know? Really hoping this isn't a dash out job as I've seen mentioned!!