Not too far away mate... i'm in Balornock..Turbonutz hails from Dennistoun... We should get our own wee meets going from time to time in the Robroyston retail park haha... always good to put faces to names
yeah iv met up with him before going up to an Audi meet once. If definitely be up for that. Robroyston is really handy for me too. Ill sling you a message and get something organised
Youve just hit your own nail on the head there pal.....Why does everyone on this forum hate anything that's not an s3? Sometimes people don't want an s3, they want a bigger capacity car or something different. If he wants a fast car why even bother with an s3, get a car that is properly fast like an evo fq. When i was looking for a car i decided against a turbo. Been there, done that. An r32 is a nice car, if you want one get one. People always suggest you'll be disappointed, go on the r32 forum and see how many people are disappointed with their cars, there aren't many if any wishing they had an s3.
Im also not sure that you can compare "luxury" hot hatches to thuggish rally cars. Yes the FQ's are fast, but theyre hardly the car of choice for most people for something day to day? Hes asking for our opinion & my opinion is between the 2, it has to be an S3.Why does everyone on this forum hate anything that's not an s3? Sometimes people don't want an s3, they want a bigger capacity car or something different. If he wants a fast car why even bother with an s3, get a car that is properly fast like an evo fq. When i was looking for a car i decided against a turbo. Been there, done that. An r32 is a nice car, if you want one get one. People always suggest you'll be disappointed, go on the r32 forum and see how many people are disappointed with their cars, there aren't many if any wishing they had an s3.
I've gone from 8P2 140 TDi Quattro to 8P2 2.0 TFSi to 8P3 and loved them all.
I can see the appeal of the R32 and would easily have one over a 3.2 A3.
Definitely wouldn't swap the S3 for one though, different league.
I do prefer the MK4 R32 over the MK5 though so it rules it out as the main car as they are just too old now I feel.
Ideal 2nd car though but with having the MK2 golf also it doesn't really make much sense.
R32 still on my list of cars to own though but need to try and fit it in somewhere....
I'm thinking the same thing about my BE the now. Really want to change it but cant afford something new(ish) that would be fun to drive. Currently looking at older motors but ones that will be fun. Looked at some 911s, M3s and TVRs obviously all will have some issues as they are older but get some with 40000 miles on the clock make a saving and keep some cash spare for any breakdowns haha
I know what you mean about the R32. I wanted one but went for the Gti instead. Since then had an M3 and now the S3 but it's still have an R32 itch I want..... no, need to scratch. Especially since being up in Aberdeen and seeing how many S3s are about. Trying to persuade the missus she needs a R32 DSG instead of her CR-V!!R32 still on my list of cars to own though but need to try and fit it in somewhere....
If it was me i'd keep what i had and save my money, but then i wouldn't accept any money from my parents towards a car either.
Had my 05 3.2 for just over a year now, really really wasn't much of a fan at first.
Coming from a MX5 all A3's just felt dull as dish water, heavy and had absolutely no feel, the V6 just added to that with a bit more understeer.
1 year on though i like the car now, part of it was accepting that A3's are more a GT car than a sports car, so your not going to get the same sort of driver feedback as a sports car, the other part though is the noise.
I've driven a fair few S3's and i just couldn't seem to gel with them.
To my mind at least they have the power characteristics of a hot hatch type sports car but the feel and feedback of a bus, so you have a motor saying go, go, go and chassis that although offers fantastic amount of grip just doesn't give you the feedback to involve you.
With the V6 the power curve just seems to be more fitting with the rest of the car.
Have you had a good drive in a S3 yet?
Reason i ask is, you might be saving for one, but there is a chance you might not actually like it in the end.
My advice would be to save your money, test drive a few S3's, R32's and V6 A3's and see what you like.
I'd also throw in a few more direct handling hot hatches in the mix as well, just so you can see the differences in feel and handling.
The Mark V R32 is a great looking car and the V6 sounds amazing BUT... the interior is very poor compared to an A3.
Personally this is how I would grade the suggested cars:
I would wait. Save your money and get an S3 when you can afford it. Maybe get a loan when you can pay back once your dad retires.
- Golf GTI - Still a car that ticks most of the boxes but it's low on the tuning potential and FWD is a negative against it.
- GTI Edition 30 - Bags more tuning potential and better looks that the base GTI but still FWD.
- R32 - Plenty of out of the box power, great soundtrack, poor interior for the badge.
- A3 2.0 TFSI Quattro - Same tuning potential as the GTI but the 4WD is excellent. Doesn't handle anywhere near as well as the S3.
- A3 3.2 - V6 soundtrack and good power but only comes with S-Line suspension at best.
Right, so last night I took the S3 out a spin. It was a white black edition 3 door fully loaded with the s tronic gear box. I love the way the car looks which drew my initial attention towards it. I have to say though I was rather disappointed when I drove it. Although it is very fast it just doesnt feel that much quicker than mine (although it is). I was expecting the s3 to blow me away and for the extra price tag it did not and ultimately felt that the R32 gives you an overall better car to drive.
yeah I do believe a stage 1 would make all the difference because it did on mine. But i expected the stock one to be more than it was. I think maybe because I lusted after it for so long I built it up to be more than it is! I think thats where reality sinks in. So anyway. I think I would also like a shot in the manual because I am getting slightly bored of the automatic transmission. It takes a bit of the fun out of driving IMO
Each to their own but i have to disagree slightly with the DSG comment. Although ive not driven any other car except for my S3 with a semi auto transmission, i can imagine in a non performance car it possibly isnt the best gearbox to have if you enjoy spiritied driving in a non performance car, however in a performance hatch i think it comes into its own. Once you pop it into manual you pretty much have all control back bar pushing down a clutch, the only things it really does for you is changes up at the redline which isnt a problem and down****s when your slowing down for a junction/roundabout, with the paddle shifts i hardly think it takes the fun out of it. Someone mentioned on here the other day that with his S-tronic in manual mode on a track he couldnt beat his lap times in Sport mode, its a very very clever gearbox.
But like i said, each to their own however i agree entirely with whats being said about the diesel cars not making the car feel quicker even though it is. My S3 is back at Audi having a few niggles sorted, they have given me an A3 8V 150 Tdi manual, and because of the turbo it feels a teeny bit like the S3, but when you actually take a look at the speed your doing when hoofing 2nd or 3rd its not quite the same!!
DSG transmission performance software throws that out of the window