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Tacky or not?

maxpayne Sep 2, 2018

  1. maxpayne

    maxpayne Active Member

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    Both the mirror covers of our 2005 A3 is somewhat scratched up, thanks to Deliveroo drivers and in one instance an old git who just casually hit the mirror and didn’t bother to even stop while I sat with our toddler in the car waiting for my wife to pick up something. Welcome to London.

    Anyway, found a set of matte chrome mirror covers on AliExpress (none on eBay, at least for pre facelift 8P) and wondering if they will be tacky if fitted?

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  3. samisnake

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    With some things on Ali, you can't trust the sellers photos and have to go with the reviews and hopefully any user photos.
    In my head they'd be OK quality, but things like that from China sometimes look cheap when fitted.

    What's the difference in price between them and some decent used covers
     
  4. SootySport

    SootySport Well-Known Member Team Silver

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    If you don’t like them, send them back. If the company is a decent one they will refund you i’m Sure.
     
  5. ch1z64

    ch1z64 C'mon you's bhoy's in Green Team Imola TFSI Owners Group Silver Supporter VCDS Map User Team Sprint Audi S3 Manual

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    What not give them a little sanding down and just give them a spray yourself or get them dipped nothing to loose
     
  6. paddy

    paddy Well-Known Member Team Ibis Audi S3 Black Edition DSG

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    Most of these bits are made in China for Audi i expect anyway, chances are they are original. :)
     
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  7. samuelh_888

    samuelh_888 Well-Known Member Audi S3 Black Edition Manual

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    I think they look fine - worth a try.
     
  8. maxpayne

    maxpayne Active Member

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    Thanks for the feedback guys.

    The concern for quality is valid.

    However my question was more in the lines of will fitting a chrome looking mirror cover in a car like ours be a bit tacky/OTT?

    Here are two links http://s.aliexpress.com/QZNfEnuY and
    http://s.aliexpress.com/uYBbYjEZ

    The former has good reviews and orders, the latter no reviews and a handful of orders but you can see the part no stamped on the body which makes me think it’s the real deal.

    Correction: the latter is for facelift 8P. Seems like only a single seller does pre facelift mirror covers only :/
     
  9. samisnake

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    I think they look outdated, like lexus lights back in the day, they were something that made certain audis stand out, now when I see them it's usually on 02 plate a4s. That's my opinion if it helps
     
  10. maxpayne

    maxpayne Active Member

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    Yeah, my feeling too. I know the S3 came with chrome mirror caps, but mine isn't one. I think I'll pass this experiment!
     
  11. KrisKrk

    KrisKrk A6 C6 4F 2010 LeMans Avant Gold Supporter S-line owners group TDi Audi A6 Audi Avant Owner Group Manual Le Mans Edition

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    Excuse myself here as not my section but story I experienced myself not so long ago.

    Picked these type of mirror covers from Ali and came in quick.
    Put them on and they were looking much better than plasti dipped one I had on.
    See for your self

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    Ali matte chrome
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    Left old, right new (on the car)
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    Both new on
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    Still don’t have a daylight picture but they look brilliant on mine.

    Oem ones in matte silver ended up in the boot, for the time being and before clean off and sale on.

    What you might be missing on you car, tbh is newer wheels also to give it meaner look. Then, those mirror caps will match and look the part.
    Only suggestion


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    Thanks @KrisKrk. You’re spot on WRT new wheels. I have been lusting after RS6 style alloys ever since I saw them in your build thread. Unfortunately I haven’t come across good 18” reps. The ones from WSP Italy start at 19”...
     
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  14. niedzial1983

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    I have s6 mirrors on mine , they look great ![​IMG]

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  15. Genius

    Genius Active Member TeamMisano Sportback TFSI Owners Group S-line owners group Audi A3 S tronic DSG

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    I like them, in fact, I actually ordered a set as my one of my red ones is a bit scratched and both have a few stone chips. I do like the S3 look and they are so cheap worst case I'll leave em on until I can be bothered to respray the red ones then swap back.

    Don't order from aliexpress comes from China, there's a UK based seller that's also quite a bit cheaper on ebay!

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/253699796695
     
  16. Genius

    Genius Active Member TeamMisano Sportback TFSI Owners Group S-line owners group Audi A3 S tronic DSG

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    I know it doesnt list the a3 but double checked model fitments for genuine parts and it should be identical to the 8p facelift ones
     
  17. Genius

    Genius Active Member TeamMisano Sportback TFSI Owners Group S-line owners group Audi A3 S tronic DSG

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    I'm an idiot those are facelift ones, I read the word facelift and not the "pre" before it
     
  18. Genius

    Genius Active Member TeamMisano Sportback TFSI Owners Group S-line owners group Audi A3 S tronic DSG

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    Mine have literally just come, I only ordered Yesterday, really impressed for the money, proper bargain really, hopefully, the weather holds out tomorrow and I'll be able to get these fitted along with my honeycomb grille!

    When I think of the cost to get my old ones back to perfect, paint/filler/primer sandpaper etc wouldn't actually be far off the cost of these plus a ton more effort. But guess I could even sell my old ones on eBay they seem to be going not much different price to what I paid for these so could work out an even cheaper mod!

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  19. Darren Ramsden

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    I got mine from Aliexpress, took about a week to come. They were £50ish for 2007 8P. They are really good quality and I think they look great.


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    KrisKrk A6 C6 4F 2010 LeMans Avant Gold Supporter S-line owners group TDi Audi A6 Audi Avant Owner Group Manual Le Mans Edition

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    Aren’t they with indicators in the housing and you don’t have them?
    Looking at the first picture of your A3 I cannot spot them.

    If you install the mirror covers and the new grille, wheels won’t look that bad on the car.
    Get them sprayed and you’re set

    I still have my mirror covers in the boot, as have no time to remove plasti dip.
    Once I do, will stick them on eBay. Money back should be similar to what I paid for these also so, as you said, cheap mod.


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  22. maxpayne

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    Yup. Those are the ones I linked to originally. Looks very nice on yours, stands out well against the red.
    By the way there are two choices in the listing for the A3:
    • A3 S3 8P 2002to2012
    • A3 sportback 8P
    Did you go for Sportback?
     

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