So as the title suggests, I've decided to go hybrid with the old girl. But before we go into that, perhaps a small history lesson is appropriate... Once upon a time, many gear boxes ago, Prawn actually owned two A3's and his driveway looked a little more like this... The one on the left being the infamous machine we know and love today, and the one on the right (Ariana) it's slightly more sophisticated younger sister and Prawns daily hack about. Time came and went, prawn did his bit then sold Ariana to some french bloke who started this thread: http://www.audi-sport.net/vb/a3-s3-...52-frenchmans-a3-daily-track-all-rounder.html Again, time came and went, frenchman did his bit then decided, after only a few months, to move on. How could he!? This is where I came into play and took the old girl under my wing... Don't worry girl, I'll look after you! (sort of) This was just over a year ago, I took over the frenchmans thread but and until now, nothing significant has been happening... Apart from a few relatively major mechanical failures that is: There was that epically comical moment the gearbox exploded as I was trying to show off Ariana's launch control (please refer to page 3 of frenchmans thread for more hilarious/humiliating details), shortly followed by this: http://www.audi-sport.net/vb/a3-s3-...s-when-you-need-least-might-forced-brake.html And more recently... I was chasing an oldskool EVO 6 down a country lane as we neared a rail crossing, I let off and dropped a gear on approach to the crossing and watched the 4wd rally slag effortlessly glide over the crossing following not so far behind.... DONK!!! For the less savvy of you, that is/was my sump plug! . . The rest speaks for it's self and is slowly bringing me onto how I made the decision to go hybrid! (bear with, bear with) So a used sump arrives and I go about taking what's left of the old one off... For anyone that has attempted to do this you'll know about that one impossible to get to bolt and in traditional style I couldn't get to it for SH!T! Tried everything but just ended up rounding it. Now bearing in mind my old S3 never had a bolt there (with no problems) and my new sump had drill marks where they obviously had to drill out the bolt I started hatching a plan of bodgery... Thinking the bolt went into the block I started prying with a leaver bar assuming either the bolt or sump would break before the block, surely!? . . WRONG! Please meet rear main seal and it's now broken casing! . . Obviously the gearbox has to come off to fix this, which is when I decided now would be a good time to take her off the road and get a few niggly things sorted. So I started to put a shopping list together and before I knew it a hybrid turbo was on it! Now before we go into that shopping list there's someone else you need to meet. Who without, none of this would be possible. It brings me great pleasure to introduce you to Alfred: 275 quids worth of A4 TDI (PD may I add) alleviating Ariana of her week day duties while delivering a cool 58 mpgs in the process thus making all this possible... What an absolute hero! So here we are today, an A3 in many pieces and a sizeable shopping list which consists of: - Rear main seal - drive shaft seals - S3 injectors - S3 fuel pump - S3 steering rack - S3 strut brace - Front wheel bearings (one has a fair amount of play) - Some sort of heat shield - Supersized k300 TIP and finally... 1 x hybrid turbo, k280 or equivalent Sorry for the lengthy thread intro however I feel it is all necessary and relevant. I'll keep you all updated as and when these bit turn up and I start getting them on the car! Can't wait to have her done tho! I know it's tight but I hope she'll be ready for mapping within 3 weeks. . .