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  1. WANTED - Audi A4 Avant (2005-2008)

    Now sorted.
  2. Hi Everyone, I got rid of my S3 last year and now I’m in the market for an A4 Avant (2005 – 2008). Must be S-Line and well spec’ed with at least full leather. Ideally a 2.0T Quattro but anything with reasonable poke considered (eg. 3.2, 2.0TDi 170, 3.0TDi). I know you lads on here like to look after your motors so I’m after one in good condition with sensible mileage. I’m on Teesside but will travel for the right car. Please contact me if you think you have the right car for me…
  3. Road Tax

    Think I'll just opt for the 6 months now. The SORN option looks like it could be problematic. I'm all in favour of abolishing road tax all to gether and putting the additional tax on petrol. This would surely be the fairest system as the more miles you do and to more poluting the car then the more tax you pay. Can't see it ever happening as the goverment are too scared to put petrol up any further even it would be a fairer system. It seems mad that a super car in the top band which is only used for a couple of 1000 miles a year pays £400+ for road tax but a desiel mondeo doing 20k miles a year is getting it a about half the price despite putting a much greater about of CO2 into the enviroment. Same old sketch, the goverment screwing those of us who like to enjoy our cars.
  4. Undercover Focus ST???

    Cleveland police have a black 5dr one as well.
  5. Road Tax

    I’ll re-phase then… (without swapping to a car the government/greenpeace want me to buy)
  6. Road Tax

    The wife drives a 2.5 V6 Mondeo Zetec-S on a 2002 plate, it will of course be getting screwed by Darlings clamp down on ‘Gas-Guzzlers’. The car is currently in band F and the road tax is due at the end of this month. I got the reminder in the post which weighed in at £205 but Darling has since put it up to £210 during the budget. Now when the New system comes in from 2010-2011 it will jump to band L as it is 242g/CO2/km which will be £415 year. New Tax Rules I assume that this system will be effective from the April 2009 Budget (although I’ve found nothing to confirm this) so therefore when my renewal comes in next year it will be £415. Yet if I bought a years tax the month before it would only be £210. The question would be, what should I do? I could just buy 6 months tax now and then my renewal for £415 wouldn’t be till October 2009 or can I buy a year now then, cash it in at the end of March 2009 (1 month early) and buy another 12 months then. Does anybody know if this can be done or how you do it, or any better ideas to stop the government taking money of me (without buying a sensible car).
  7. S3 225 (2003) - Reliable or Not?

    My thoughts on the reliability are here I think I've had more than my share of unreliability but still loved it.
  8. Audi S3 (8L) Review

    After 18 months I’ve sold my S3 so I thought I’d put an update on here. Unfortunately it has been the first casualty in a money saving scheme to allow me to move house so sadly it had to go. The car had 49000miles on it when I sold it so I’ve only covered 9000 miles in my 18 months of ownership. My general thoughts on the car are still as mentioned above and if it wasn’t for the fact I needed the money I’d of kept the car. I still love the subtle styling and it is still a joy to drive day to day. Despite saying that I’m still less than impressed with the reliability and had two further problems fixed under warranty by Audi. The first of these was a temperature sensor which caused the engine warning light to come on and the second was a fault with the interior light saying on, this was eventually traced to the driver’s door lock which was replaced. All in all it has left me feeling very disappointed with the reliability of my car and it certainly hasn't lived up to what I expected from a so called prestige brand. Something else I’m less than impressed with is the prices Audi continue to charge for servicing and the intervals between the services. At the time I sold my car it was displaying 600 miles to the next service yet I had only covered 6000 miles since the last service. Admittedly I have only used it for short journey quite a bit of the time but I’m still less than impressed, especially as I’d been quoted another £340 for the next service, which isn’t supposed to be as involved as the last one which cost about the same. Maybe this is a ploy by Teesside Audi to recoup some of the £8 million the impressive new dealership has cost. Since my last update I have fitted some OME 18” RSTT alloys which I picked up second hand and had reconditioned. I have to say that the car looked much better on these and there was no significant penalty to the already crashy ride quality. One other note I would add about the change of wheels is associated with the change in tyres. The tyres fitted to the alloys I got where Khomo branded tyres and wouldn’t have been my choice, despite this I was relatively impressed. Although there was a slight drop in the ultimate amount of grip this wasn’t significant, what impressed me most was how the cars ESP seemed to work much more smoothly and progressively compared to the abrupt way it would interfere on the Continentals previously fitted. So would I buy another one? Well the 8L model is starting to look dated and good examples are becoming few and far between, but I’d certainly consider an 8P S3 in the future when my bank balance allows. I’m still a big fan of the Audi brand and despite my unreliability issues I know plenty of other people who own reliable Audi’s.

    Back up for sale due to time waster... Please send me a PM if you are interested.

    For this price it's worth a day trip upto sunny Teesside

    Cheers nordburg, thats the ones only the centre and surrounds on mine are in black which go much better with the current crop of LCD/Plasma TV's around at the moment. Here's some pic's Front pair of Mission M73's Centre Mission M7C1 Rear Mission M7DS's Haven't taken a picture of the sub but the spec is here As stated above, a steal at this price...

    I'll take some when I get home from work and get them put up
  13. MISSION M7 HOME CIMEMA SPEAKER PACKAGE including Mission M73 Floor Standing Speakers (in Beach), Mission M7DS Rear Bi-Polar Speakers (in Black), Mission M7C1 Centre Speaker (in black) plus Gale Sub 10 Active Subwoofer. All are in as-new condition with no chips or scratches on any of the veneer and all will be supplied in the original packaging. Bargain at only £180 (no offers) Located in Middlesbrough (TS7 Postcode)