Suspension in new A3 S-tronic

lauran1902

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I have just bought the 190 bhp version of the Sport Auto. It allows me to change the drive to dynamic/comfort/efficiency, etc. I can also 'select' the dynamic steering and gearbox option when in 'individual' drive. However, I find that the suspension is awful, it is too high and is too soft. I know I should have bought the S line now, but in the meantime, does anyone know if it is possible to change the suspension either through Audi (expensive!) or through another garage. I realise that, if I follow the latter, my warranty will be invalidated but I am so frustrated that I can't get a decent drive out of this good car.
 

Dave Cornwell

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I have just bought the 190 bhp version of the Sport Auto. It allows me to change the drive to dynamic/comfort/efficiency, etc. I can also 'select' the dynamic steering and gearbox option when in 'individual' drive. However, I find that the suspension is awful, it is too high and is too soft. I know I should have bought the S line now, but in the meantime, does anyone know if it is possible to change the suspension either through Audi (expensive!) or through another garage. I realise that, if I follow the latter, my warranty will be invalidated but I am so frustrated that I can't get a decent drive out of this good car.
Must be something with that version. I've got the standard suspension on my A3 1.0TSI Sportback Sport trim S-tronic and I find the suspension a bit on the hard side if anything on the 17" wheels. Mind you how I want to drive and feel at 67 is probably different to you at 190 BHP!
 

lauran1902

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Must be something with that version. I've got the standard suspension on my A3 1.0TSI Sportback Sport trim S-tronic and I find the suspension a bit on the hard side if anything on the 17" wheels. Mind you how I want to drive and feel at 67 is probably different to you at 190 BHP!
Thanks, Dave.
 

Jimbo10

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I'm not expert on this matter but the cheaper solution would be to get aftermarket springs/shock absorbers.

Like I said. My knowledge is very limited but if you ask over in the A3 8v forum I'm sure you'll get some really good help
 

RichardT

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Did you spec the car yourself. I was wondering if the car had the SE suspension option.

When I test drove mine (Sport) I thought the suspension was too hard on country roads so specced the SE suspension and am happy with it. Plenty firm enough I think.

I think you could have specced the S-Line suspension on a Sport so would not have had to actually order the whole S-Line trim level.
 

h5djr

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When I test drove mine (Sport) I thought the suspension was too hard on country roads so specced the SE suspension and am happy with it. Plenty firm enough I think.

I did the same with my 2.0TDI-184 Sport. I found the Sport suspension a bit on the hard side, especially for long journeys and country roads so I too specified the SE or Dynamic suspension as Audi now call it. Handling is still perfectly ok.
 

lauran1902

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I'm not expert on this matter but the cheaper solution would be to get aftermarket springs/shock absorbers.

Like I said. My knowledge is very limited but if you ask over in the A3 8v forum I'm sure you'll get some really good help
Thank you Jimbo.
 
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