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Goodbye Vauxhall (sort of), well hello Audi S3

ST200 Aug 7, 2019

  1. ST200

    ST200 VAG Convert Audi S3

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    Hi folks, I’m new to the world of Audi ownership and this forum as the wife (who’s a petrol head) and I have been lifelong Vauxhall owners, we still have a few so more on that later. With the PSA take over Vauxhall no longer make anything that attracted us to remain brand loyal. We did test the water and venture away from Vauxhall around 5 years ago when we purchased a VW Touareg V10 Altitude to replace our Frontera estate. The V10 was an absolute pleasure to own and the genuine VCDS I bought at the time more than covered its costs chasing those darn PDC sensors, the thing had 12 which is mental. This sparked my interest in VAG as the build quality was amazing.

    I’ve always done all my own vehicle maintenance as it’s a hobby for me but after lots of research and a final decision we decided to replace our faithful Vectra VXR Estate running a Stage 1 map but otherwise stock (300bhp/400lbft) with something a lot newer and so much better. After considering several differing makes and models we both wanted something hatch size with power, nice looking and totally different from what we had ever owned previously. The budget kept creeping up up and up so may I present out new ride being a FL December 2016 S3 with Tech Pack Advanced, a few other choice options and presented in the stunning Navarra blue.

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    We collected the car on 24th July so a huge thanks to Stoke Audi for pulling together a fantastic deal for us and a massive thanks goes out to Kamil Koziej Sales Executive for getting us exactly what we wanted plus much more than we thought was possible.

    This being a rather newer vehicle than I’m use to and still having warranty I doubt I’ll get my hands very dirty but come the time I’ll just dive right in as there is little that scares me.

    Back to what I was on about regarding our Vauxhall collect, I know not all of you will be bothered and I’m sure you are all diehard Audi fans but bear with me as you might like what I’m about to show you…….or not but I don’t care so here goes.

    This is my garage weight which I’ve owned since 2001 and rarely sees the light of day. It’s one of only 37 produced by Vauxhall in 1997 to celebrate the launch of the Vectra Challenge series that ran as a support race alongside the BTCC. It’s a Vectra Super Touring 200, not to be confused with the lesser Super Touring model, with mine badged as build #0005. I nearly sold it a couple of years ago but the wife said I’d me mad and she was right so I’ll be keeping this one a long long time to come.

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    The wife bought her Astra mk3 Arctic back in 1999 as a 1.6 8v with aircon as standard. It made me laugh as you could feel the power being lost when you turned on the AC, such a pants engine. Fast forward a good few years and I worked my magic and stuck in a 3L V6 block+heads from an Omega, Calibra Turbo 6 speed greabox with Vectra B ancillaries along with full ABS from a Vectra B as it didn’t previously have it on the Astra. The engine was fully stripped and rebuilt by myself and all work except for the paint was completed by me on my drive. It now goes rather well and you no longer notice the AC being turned on, lol. I have a full build diary but this being an Audi forum you don’t want to see rusty Vauxhalls in pieces, believe me it’s so scary.

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    The last Vauxhall is my Astra mk2 track car which I purchased as a standard genuine 16v in 2004. It’s still road legal but painful on all the sensors and feels much more at home hooning around Donington Park (my local circuit) or other circuits around the country as and when. I’m planning on Anglesey circuit next year with Snet 300 also on the cards. My vision was a stock looking exterior, cage, buckets and snarly 2L Jenvey TB setup. After a 4 year initial build and 11 years of thrashing I completed a full engine nut/bolt/gasket/seal/shells/rings refresh over last Winter and it’s a little down tuned now, not that it’s noticeable as you floor it and it goes like hot snot through the Quaife SCCR box and Gripper LSD. Rebuilt to thrash all day long over and over again. It’s an on-going project as there’s always something that needs tweaking or sorting as I’m sure those who do track days will tell you. Again, I’ve got a full build diary but this is an Audi forum after all.

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    Back to the VAG thing as the wifey and I own a VW as the Touareg V10 that I mentioned earlier was replaced with an Amarok which we collected on 9th June. It’s darn huge and tows and carries with ease as well as being less thirsty as it’s a wee V6 with the AdBlue shizzle. This is another one I’m not going to get my hands dirty with for a while, oh well, more time to play with the track car and S3 before I get the Amarok remapped :)

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    I hope you enjoyed the read and I’ll keep this post updated as and when I have a tinker with the S3 and possibly some rusty Vauxhalls. First on my S3 list is the mud flaps but not the OE ‘they make me feel sick’ versions so watch this space.
     
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  3. ST200

    ST200 VAG Convert Audi S3

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    The S3 rolled over to have covered 10,000 miles yesterday on our way home from work, the wife & I are lucky enought to car share. Not bad for a 2 years 8 months old used car.

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    So to celebrate this momentous occasion I had a tweak in VCDS and activated the passenger mirror dip when reversing in bit 2 & 3 long coding for module 52. Works a treat and really does help to stop the nearside rims getting munched against gnarly stuff.

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    Last weekend I set about doing a few planned jobs on the S3. One of which was to fit the aftermarket mudflaps having used the same flaps on the Vectra VXR Estate. I know it might be classes as a but ‘old man’ fitting flaps but the reason for me is to protect the paintwork from road rash. I’d seen pictures of the OE Audi efforts and to be honest they looked hideous plus they don’t fit the S3 without mods. The aftermarket mudflaps are easy(ish) to fit, great quality and silly cheap at £13.20 for 2x pairs from this eBay seller click me.

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    First thing was to convert to a flying car as I also had a couple of other plans with the wheels removed.

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    Front flaps measured with three fixing points made all into the plastic arch liner with the top fixing using a spacer to sit it correctly. While I was there the discs got a coating of Hammerite smooth silver on the bells and edges as they were just starting to turn nasty. All calipers and arch liners also received a clean.

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    With the wheels removed they got a clean, polish and wax to keep them looking good.

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    For the rear flaps they had one arch liner fixing hole made and I utilised the existing two lower bumper fixings with spacers to help align everything. I’m pleased with the outcome as the flaps look sleek but purposeful and give it a slightly wider look, but that’s probably my wibbly eyes.

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    A few arty snaps and token engine bay after it had a wipe over.

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    One thing I noted when viewing cars before we purchased this one was the state of the tailpipes. Do people always forget to wash them or is that just me being picky. Anyway, I’m please to report our S3 has immaculate tailpipes and I gave them a good Autosol polish a few days after getting it home to keep them bright and shiny.

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    B5NUT Well-Known Member TFSI Owners Group VCDS Map User Audi A6 Audi A3 Audi Avant Owner Group quattro S tronic S-line owners group

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    Post in the A3 8V section you will get a lot more response as there are a lot of S3 owners on the forum:icon thumright:
     
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    ST200 VAG Convert Audi S3

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    This will be a long term diary/project so keeping things in here unless an admin thinks it'll be better else where.
     
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    To keep the car tidy I had a hunt round for a fitted boot liner which varied in price substantially. In the end I found a brand that I’ve used previous very cheap. As they still slide a little when fitted I bought a 1m x 50mm strip of Velcro hook (rough side), cut it into three equal lengths and stuck to the underside of the liner. I made sure I could still access the boot floor handle and this has worked a treat with no more liner movement.

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    In the buying mood I grabbed myself a genuine cargo net which required a couple of small holes to fit the rear most fixing loops as the liner got in the way.
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    I couldn’t resist “Rob the Gecko” so surprised the wifey with a random midweek gift and he now lives in the S3 minus the huge tag.

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