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Merc A45s...

FBF01 Jul 4, 2019

  1. SaraS3

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    It sure does. I didnt know the grille had a name. I've learnt something today. White is popular but I think a well looked after white is hard to beat
    I borrowed the older a45 when my 1st mercedes was in for something. It would have been around 2013/14 so I bet it's a lot different now. I remember the seats being very hard. I like the exhausts they've put on the a45 too
     
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  3. Audi Bairn

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    Can't criticise you for going to the dark side buddy, as I've done the same........ just a different dark side :tearsofjoy:
    Seriously, congratulations mate and I very much look forward to seeing many pics and hearing about it on here.
    It sounds like a great car :thumbs up:

    Edit: Sorry, just seen pics further down the thread - looks immense !!
     
  4. Audi Bairn

    Audi Bairn Moderator Staff Member Moderator Gold Supporter

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    Love the grille and the aggressive nose - will look great (and intimidating) when appearing in someone's rear view mirror :yum:
     
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  6. rdj

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    How did you find the new gearbox? Must admit I'm struggling to get used to the one in my RS3. Is the A45 now larger in size than the RS3 - they certainly look bigger on the road from some angles...
    Congrats on the early delivery......missing my old one now...:bye:
     
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  7. NevMan

    NevMan Well known member

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    My oh my snake, what have you done !!!
    More importantly where is your RS3 going? P/X?

    Can’t blame you mate, and what a good looking weapon indeed. The grill, the seats the overall stance look aggressive but not in tour face...colour helps that I suppose.

    Look forward to the thread when it arrives, and nice work on the quick delivery.

    Our household also getting a 20 plate in the form of a new Cooper S Exclusive for Mrs X3Man. In fact I am doing the new car detail myself at the dealer on Thursday. All in time for 1 March delivery on Mrs’ birthday.

    Sorry...hijack over
     
  8. Snake Pliskin

    Snake Pliskin Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Thanks Guys yes I will definitely enjoy the VERY short wait - my RS3 was 7 months !
    RS3 is going to a specialist Garage.
    The A45 is 50mm wider in body than the rest of the A Class cars.
    The RS3 body is 1800mm wide v the A45 at 1850mm v regular A Class at 1796mm wide.
    Gear box was superb and as smooth and seamless as the Audi .... by the way it is an 8 speed box on the Merc :)
    Yes the seats are a show stopper for sure and look incredible - I found them firm but supoportive and not uncomfortable at all.

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  9. T-1000

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    Like @Snake Pliskin i test drove one for a short time this past weekend........

    Wasn't blown away enough to 'want' one though, there were for me things missing from the 50k one i was offered.

    No Merc adaptive dampers and no Pano roof, to get those they wanted 56k and i'm not entirely sure it's worth that.

    The handling i was impressed with though, weirdly the A45s feels like a bigger car than it is, but boy is it nimble and i can only imagine the more you drive it the better you will be able to exploit it's chassis.

    The engine tone i found lacking and it isn't in the same league as the 5 pot, interior is lovely, a little bit confusing at first as there is quite a bit to take in.

    The AMG seats are very comfortable though and really look the business.

    At 56K with no discount though i think I'll wait for 6-9 months and see how they sell before taking the plunge, or not.......

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  10. rdj

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    Thanks for the info, lucky guy! Think I'll wait to see what the new RS3 spec is going to be like then maybe have a look...:blush:
    You will enjoy it, they are weapons when you want them to be!!:icon thumright:
     
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  11. Snake Pliskin

    Snake Pliskin Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Yes mate - like most cars now it is not without compromise.
    It definitely does not match the RS3 for sound .. but with these blasted new regulations - how will the new RS3 sound ?
    I have enjoyed the sound of my RS3 but there are times now (getting older lol) where I sometimes wonder is it too loud lol :)
    So I'm quite relaxed to have to have the Q car looks of the none aero A45 combined with a more subtle soundtrack .. albeit it does make a very nice sound in Sport + I thought - on start up and especially when you get to 4,000 rpm.
    Certianly to keep me happy & entertained anyway :icon thumright:
    For some bizarre reason Merc only sell 'packs' on these cars so if you want specific options which are not listed, yes you have to go up a model and then may have to pay a premium for stuff you were not fussed about,
    Luckily I was happy with the spec on the car and haven't had pano roof so I figure I won't miss what I haven't had.
     
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  13. rdj

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    The current model with GPF doesn't sound that great - I have one and it's a real shame but something most enthusiasts will have to get used to on standard cars..
     
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  14. NevMan

    NevMan Well known member

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    The whole “pack” selling is not just Merc, but all of them, as WLTP regs means cars need to be tested in their varying configs, so the days of for example mini being able to spec literally dozens of options, now mostly a few packs and then a few options outside that like pano, WiFi charging etc etc
     
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  15. rdj

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    Yep - weird as it sounds all the packs are due to WLTP. That's why I ended up with the pano roof on the RS3 whereas I wouldn't have chosen it if each extra was available separately. Snake - your A45 going to have the pano roof?
     
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  16. Mr Freeze

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    Yeah I guess your rite . I seen one at £57k on auto trader so £50k doesn't seem so bad . To be
    honest the A45s without the areo kit is starting to grow on me .
     
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  18. T-1000

    T-1000 Registered User

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    Pano roof is on the 56k car. Along with Aero kit and Adaptive dampers.


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  19. Snake Pliskin

    Snake Pliskin Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Yes mate ... definitely more subtle without the aero - I don't mind the front aero but that rear wing I would struggle to live with.
     
  20. simonali

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    Isn't that down, not up? ;)

    The grille is called the Panamericana, too.
     
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  21. jdp1962

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    I was chatting to a pal from work yesterday; he's been a Merc man all his life. He's reached the stage (kids left home and mortgage paid off) where it's time to treat himself. He said his options were an A45 or a used C63. We quickly agreed it's a complete no-brainer. If he buys a C63, there'll never be a day when he's driving along in it thinking "Man, I wish I'd bought an A45!" But if he buys an A45, he'll spend every minute of every day wishing he'd bought a C63.
     
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  22. Snake Pliskin

    Snake Pliskin Well-Known Member Supporter

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    oh yeah I guess so ... lol :)
     
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  23. Snake Pliskin

    Snake Pliskin Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Yeah I get that .... & equally I’m the exact opposite. I don’t need a car that big & prefer the ultra modern look of the A45 and as an overall daily package and with great handling. But horses for courses I can see how the C63 would appeal to some people who are buying for sound alone or comfort.
     
  24. Bristle Hound

    Bristle Hound Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    @Snake Pliskin - Dead chuffed for you my friend :thumbs up:
    Looking foreword to your collection pic's & thoughts
    Another Audi 'jump shipper' ...
    Congrats again :thumbs up:
    Personally I love my white cars. Sooooo easy to keep clean
    Looks a real sleeper in white IMHO
     
  25. Snake Pliskin

    Snake Pliskin Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Cheers mate ... yes I’m pretty excited now especially with such a short wait :)

    Yes a fair few of us jumped ship now ... I’m sure we will all be back in an Audi at some point.
     
  26. Snake Pliskin

    Snake Pliskin Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Cheers too mate :)
     
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  27. NevMan

    NevMan Well known member

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    I will definitely be back I reckon, still the RS itch to scratch before they are all milk floats
     
  28. Bristle Hound

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    @Snake Pliskin - You can get a great finish on whites
    I'm using Gyeon Cure at the mo on the X3

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    I've always found sealants give sharper finish on white's, where as waxes give a softer, warmer finish. Depends what type of finish your after
    Even had great results using 'neat' Sonax BSD on whites, but don't tell @jassyo06 as he's never used it lol
     
  29. Snake Pliskin

    Snake Pliskin Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Cheers mate ... that finish looks exceptional :icon thumright:
    I will definitely get some of that in now.
     
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  30. Jcbmally

    Jcbmally Started with nothing & still have most of it left.

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  31. jassyo06

    jassyo06 T-Cut King !

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    You've too much time on your hands mate
     
  32. Snake Pliskin

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  34. Sandra

    Sandra Administrator Staff Member Administrator Platinum Supporter Audi Main Dealer

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  35. jassyo06

    jassyo06 T-Cut King !

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    It's just a quick Detailer mate...nowt special like bh would like to make out ...anyway you've eventually come out of the closet....and pronounced your love for Mercedes ...lol cant say am surprised...they do nowt for me at all as you well know ...but all the same have fun ...oh a white one ffs...again not my bag...but then again it's not that bad considering most of if not all Mercedes Benz paints are rather bland
     
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  36. Snake Pliskin

    Snake Pliskin Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Yes I've had my eye on the A class for a while but only recently been to see one first hand. Exceeded expectations & the A45 was just perfect fopr me in every way plus I was not enamoured from the early pics of the new S3 / RS3 - especially that interior, so easy decision & can't wait :icon thumright:
     
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  37. Bristle Hound

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    @Snake Pliskin - Yes that is the stuff
    I love it, but then some on here don't think its special, but thats probably because I've recommended it
    I think the finish I'm getting on white says it all TBH ;)
    Pictures not words count in my book :thumbs up:
     
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  38. Snake Pliskin

    Snake Pliskin Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Cool cheers mate ... yes I trust your judgement & the photo said it all ... I’ll definitely get some of this ordered & I’m ready :icon thumright:
     
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  39. Snake Pliskin

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    @Bristle Hound

    what wheel (alloy) protection wax / sealer are you using at the moment mate ?
     
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    "Some on Here"....Come on "Ship Jumper".....you would slag me off....constantly when l was using it 3/4 years ago....
     
  41. Bristle Hound

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    @Snake Pliskin - I'm a big fan of Planet Polish wheel seal & shine
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Wheel-Se...711081?hash=item1cd53e40a9:g:Z~oAAOSwjgZdLGUk
    3 coats 2o mins apart will give you around 6 months of durability even in the winter

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    Ceramics are very popular for wheels but I haven't got the time to mess around with
    I was using Cure before then my friend :whistle2:
    Don't think you and I have ever agreed on anything Detailing have we? :friends:
    Oh hang on. You do/did like the recommend for the Microfiber Madness Increditmitt, or have you changed your mind lol
     
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  42. Snake Pliskin

    Snake Pliskin Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Cool that sounds up my street ... quick & easy to apply & lasts ages :icon thumright:

    Is that what you’re using atm too then @jassyo06 ?
     
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  43. jassyo06

    jassyo06 T-Cut King !

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    Not washed my car in 3 weeks mate....due to weather and mostly lack of time.....
    I ain't used gyeon cure for a good while mate...been using Fireball Carnuba spray on wax...its more hydrophobic than cure...leaves the same finish ....if l were you l would get that very expensive hot hatch of yours ceramic coated ....
     

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