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Make my a3 more characterful...!

S3 Rav Apr 1, 2020

  1. S3 Rav

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    Afternoon all. I recently purchased a 2011 a3 1.8tfsi. I like the car but it just lacks any sort of ooomph. I will be looking to get a remap when this covid 19 is done with but I was just wondering what others have done to get a bit more out of their car.

    With my old 8l s3 there was a badger 5 TIP, with a jetex filter which made it sound a lot better. Are there any equivalents for the 1.8tfsi engine. I'm not expecting silly power, just something that makes it feel / sound like an engine.

    Thanks.

    R
     
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  3. Bryant1998

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    I think a lot of the 2.0TFSI parts are shared with the 1.8TFSI so stuff like he Revo CAI should be a direct fit, have a look on golf forums aswell as I haven’t seen many people on here modding 1.8’s but I found loads of info on golf forums when I had my 1.8TFSI
     
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  4. S3 Rav

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    Thanks @Bryant1998 . Yes there doesn't seem to be a lot on here. How would I find out what engine code I have. Struggle to find it on here.
     
  5. Bryant1998

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    It should be stamped on your engine somewhere, might need to wipe some muck and oil off. When I’m home I’ll show you where my code is as I’d guess they’d be stamped in similar place
     
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  6. Bloxham

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    It will be on the build label on the boot floor near the spare wheel well. Alternatively the same label will be in the front of the original service book if you still have it.
     
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  7. S3 Rav

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    Brill thanks guys. I'll have a look soon! R
     
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  8. samuelh_888

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    Hi @S3 Rav - before I purchased my S3 I has an 09 1.8 tfsi, it was absolutely mint condition but after purchasing new (OEM) alloys, replacing brakes, retrofitting RNS-E and a RamAir I take - I personally found it underwhelming to drive. On two occasions I checked to see if it actually had a turbo. In hindsight and knowing what I know no it’s possibly the DV valve needed replacing (it’s bolted to the turbo) but I didn’t know this at the time.

    Searching forums I found very little mod wise I could do to the 1.8 but to implement the wish list I’d made would have code about £4k which put me into S3 price territory but with 20-30 bhp less than a stock S3. So after 3 months I traded up to what I have not.

    This was only my experience - I always planned to mod the car but I didn’t do my homework first. Again, I’m not saying this is you.

    The engine is likely to be the EA888 CCZA. The later builds were ok but the early builds suffered from piston ring failure identified but huge oil usage - mine was perfect.

    I did have but sold a turbo from the MK6 GTI (2.0) which is a bold on fit. The cost of fitting and mapping wasn’t economical for me but would have put it near S3 specs.

    Many 2.0 parts will fit as mentioned above. Depending on where you want to go, turbo back exhaust, intake and a Stg2 map should keep you happy.
     
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  9. S3 Rav

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    Thanks for this @samuelh_888 that's very helpful to know.

    When I take the car to midland vw I'm sure they will give it the go over. This is my everyday car to get me to and from work in london hence not going for the s3 as this was an option. I just want a little bit more from it.

    I also have a b8 a4 2.0tdi which is also remapped which would leave the a3 for dust as it stands.

    My other option was to go for an 8l s3 again but decided against as I needed something a little more reliable....hasn't stopped me still checking on auto trader.

    I'm sure a remap, a proper health check and some sort of intake will keep me happy....for now atleast.

    Thanks again!

    R
     
  10. tcardio

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    unless you are willing to spend bigtime, you will likely be underwhelmed with the result. Pleasure in driving is not always speed but exhaust note and suspension. I would look into making the car handle better and play with CAI and BOV for noise along with an exhaust.
     
  11. Bryant1998

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    That really is a good point, you could easily spend your mod money to upgrade and have a better all round package.

    That’s exactly what I did as I had all sorts of plans for my S-Line A3 1.8TFSI but ended up getting rid after a year as I’d done CAI, rear diffuser, coilovers, wheels and tints etc but realised it was still FWD and only 160 odd bhp so thought lets get double the bhp and double the driven wheels (and 2 less doors for some reason lol)
     
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  13. paddy

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    Sign of the times, Cars have got so heavy they hardly move ...
    Its all down to power to weight ratio and the cheapest and easiest way to improve that is to dump weight. It does work, i really notice a passenger in my car, it just knocks the edge off the performance. When i was a kid my mate had a Capri. 2.8 V6 injection, it would pin you in your seat and went like the ****** clappers and they were 150 bhp.
    Anyone who has picked up a front electric seat will know what i mean :)
     
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  14. S3 Rav

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    So true. I remember my friends 205gti and how that used to feel.

    I'm sure a remap would improve things. I'm not looking for all out pace, just a bit more character, I want to hear the turbo, or the exhaust or an induction noise.

    Being in london I dont need 300bhp+ because I can barely do 25mph, I just want to feel like I'm actually driving as opposed to being driven.
     
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