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Goodbye S3 after 8 1/2 Years

XPOWER Feb 27, 2016

  1. XPOWER

    XPOWER Registered User

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    Well the time has come and I've decided to get rid of my S3 after 8 1/2 years (3100 days to be exact) and 65,858 miles of ownership. I sold it webuyanycar for over £2000 more than what the dealer wanted. So I'm happy with that.

    From collecting my car on 1st Sepetmber 2007 (http://www.audi-sport.net/xf/threads/september-1st-2007-delivery.44083/) until now I've really enjoyed my S3 ownership.

    I know it's far from a perfect car. Handling isn't very exact as the car feels heavy. I even find now it struggles to keep up with modern hot hatches even with a stage 1 remap, but it's more than fast enough to get into serious trouble. :racer:

    Repair costs were starting to mount. 4th gear was really difficult to engage and when it did it was with a loud crunch. Discs and pads needed changing. Rear parking sensors were broken. Timing belt and water pump needs changing. The list was getting longer every year.

    So as I say goodbye to the S3 looking back I have no regrets buying it and even today it has a halo effect with people stop me and want to talk to be about it.

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    But I feel I need to move on. I'm getting a bit old (39 this year) to be driving around in a 3 door hot-hatch, but this is probably just me though.

    So Tuesday I will be collecting my new car.

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    Thanks 8P forum you have been a great source of information and advice over the years. :bye:
     
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  3. Sandra

    Sandra Administrator Staff Member Administrator Platinum Supporter Audi Main Dealer

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    Lovely car in the best colour. Hope you enjoy it. We be looking for more pics when you collect. :) x
     
  4. XPOWER

    XPOWER Registered User

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    Thanks Sandra.
    I'm a bit 50/50 about Catalunya red as the colour looks ST orange under some lights but then it looks really nice bright red in the sun. I'll live with it though.:sunglasses:
    Will do, even though the weather looks rubbish with heavy rain for Tuesday.
     
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  5. S.

    S. Save the manuals

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    Nice upgrade! Congrats and enjoy it!
    Mine is almost 7 years old..and enjoying it every minute.
     
  6. XPOWER

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    Thanks.
    I really hope I will like it as I only took a test drive in a 1.4 sports back which I really liked.
    Otherwise its going to be a very expensive mistake.:slapped:

    I think it says a lot about how good the 8P A3 is when we keep them for such a long time.
     
  7. S3Alex

    S3Alex Rarely neutral Gold Supporter

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    Hope you enjoy the new one at least as much!
     
  8. XPOWER

    XPOWER Registered User

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    Thanks Alex.
    Moving from a 90hp 1.5 Nissan Almera to an S3 was a big step up in terms of power and refinement.
    So moving from a 300hp 360hp wont be such a big step. Even though its not just about power why I chose my new car.
    But I would be very happy to be proved wrong.

    Reading your posts over the years has show how much potential the 8P has and how enjoyable it can be to own.
     
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  9. Sandra

    Sandra Administrator Staff Member Administrator Platinum Supporter Audi Main Dealer

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    @XPOWER Hope you enjoy your car collection Tomorrow. . I have added a Catalunya banner into the joinable user groups. Look forward to the pics when you get a chance to share. :) x
     
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