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  1. In my lunch time boredom I thought I'd track back through the threads and create an index of mod's and retro-fit projects people had done in the past. Feel free to add any I've missed or any new ones you do.... If a mod could 'sticky' this it might be useful for people in the future??? Paul-S3 - S3 Aero Wiper Upgrade Paul-S3 - Painted Rear Brake Calipers Paul-S3 - Led Ambient light retrofit mod Tunbridge - Custom iPod installation into 8L S3 Paul-S3 - S3 Double rear foglight mod indy_d - Audi TT footrest Craigyb - A3 8P Concert II to RNS-E & bluetooth conversion dokkoS3an - Armrest LED ahaydock - LED Sidelights ahaydock - Xenon Main Beam Bulb Match lenny007 - Armrest Retrofit ahaydock - OME 6CD Retro-Fit or Other? Keith_S3 - Brake up-grade indy_d - Seat Cupra R Front Splitter Tunbridge - Sidelight Upgrade? Paul-S3 - S3 Led Ambient light retrofit mod Paul-S3 - Foot well lighting mod Paul-S3 - S3 Door Handel Led mod SLine_Oli - fitting ipod harddrive - New Alloy Pedals Fitted Other useful links: harddrives RetroFit Web Site - www.audiretrofit.co.uk Craigyb's Retro-Fit Web Site - www.tclsatnav.com
  2. A3/S3 Reviews Index

    After adding a review of my current S3 into the Review section I thought it would be a good idea for another index of treads to be created . . .and as I've got nothing better to do on my lunch break here it is . . . The only thing I would say is that I'm a bit disappointed at the lack of reviews I found in the review section. I'm sure there will be some more buried in the A3/S3 forum but finding them isn't the easiest. Anyway, what I'm trying to say is it would be nice if a few more people could write reviews of their cars, post them in the review section, and link them to here. So next time you've got nothing to do on your lunch break get reviewing... Also, if anyone knows of any I've missed please feel free to add them on...and don't forget to keep adding them in the future. (Finally, can one of the mods please sticky this for future reference...Tar) A3/S3 (8L) Reviews Audi S3 (8L) Review by Tunbridge Audi S3 Quattro by Fjfr S3. by Veracocha A3/S3 (8P) Reviews Audi S3 vs Golf GTi by stevie_d 36 hours in my new A3 S-line... by NelsonA3Sline A3 2.0 T FSI DSG Sportback - Review by CarMad Audi S3 Vs Golf R32 by OliH 1500 Mile review. A3 TDI 170 S-Line Stronic (2007) by edowen New S3 Review by AZURES3 A3 Sportback 1.9TDi SE... by NelsonA3Sline End of term review - A3 2.0TDi S-line DSG by audi_smitten A3 2.0T FSI Quattro S-Line Review by UberBlingMeister A3 3.2 Review after 1 year of ownership by StephV6 Audi A3 2.0 TDI S-Line Mini Review by CarMad New A3 2.0 FSi by Paul-S3
  3. WANTED - Audi A4 Avant (2005-2008)

    Now sorted.
  4. 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…
  5. I've just posted this in the ICE section but it maybe of interest to a few people on here too.... http://www.tyresmoke.net/forum/car-electronics-satnav-i-c-e-multimedia/85866-audi-s3-8l-custom-ipod-cradle-docking-station.html Some of us have nothing better to do with our weekends
  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. 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.
  8. Undercover Focus ST???

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

    I’ll re-phase then… (without swapping to a car the government/greenpeace want me to buy)
  10. 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)
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Audi S3 (8L) Review

    Car: 2002 Audi S3 (8L) 225bhp Mileage When Bought: 40000miles Current Mileage: 46000miles I have now owned my S3 for 9 months and covered just over 6k miles so I though I'd put a few of my thoughts down and give some advice to help anyone who wants to buy an S3 but doesn't have the £30k for a new one. The car was bought from Teesside Audi for £14250 last July, I know you pay through the nose for buying from Audi but the 1 year warranty appealed to me and I've more than had me moneys worth out of it. Exterior I love the look of this car, it is the perfect blend of aggressive looks without attracting too much unwanted attention. Most people (who don't know anything about cars) have no idea what an S3 is, so if you want to show off to the ladies buy a TT instead. Personally I prefer the understated looks and this stops all the 'max power' boys wanting to race you everywhere. Mine is fitted with the standard 17" Avus Alloys although I think the that optional 18" RSTT Alloys look much better. One thing I can't stand is having a common car so the fact that the S3 is a relatively rare sight on UK roads is a bonus and the Ming Blue Pearlescent Paint looks fantastic when clean (but does shows every scratch, stone chip and swirl mark). As usual with Audi's the galvanised body is built to last and there is no sign of any rust on the car. Interior This is what sold the car for me over the R32 which was also on my short list. The quality of materials used through the interior is leagues ahead of anything else you'll find in a hatchback of this age and the whole interior oozes a class and sophistication that others just can't match. Mine is fitted with the full leather Recaro seats which are the best I've ever experienced for comfort, the pull out thigh support is excellent making it easy to get into the perfect driving position. I would advise anyone thinking about an S3 to find one with the full leather. In my experience the alcantara seats seem to wear and go 'bobbly' which doesn't look great (although being more grippy they do hold you in place better). The only regret I have is not having the heated seats as the leather can be cold in the winter (although I'm being picky). Another must is the optional BOSE sound system. This includes upgraded speakers and a discrete sub in the side of the boot. I think this is a much better set up than the standard system and unless you start fitting aftermarket speakers and spoiling the OME look it can't be beat. Mine is also fitted with the interior lighting pack which gives a lovely red glow to the cabin at night. Engine & Performance The 1.8T engine is excellent and renowned for it's reliability and is easy to tune. Being a 4 cylinder turbo it isn't the most tuneful engine in the world but the rasp of the engine accompanied but the whoosh of the turbo has a character of it's own that becomes very addictive. Despite this the noise isn't intrusive, even when pushing things and is quite enough and relaxed at motorway speeds. As you would expect from a turbo engine, not mush happens until about 2500rpm when the turbo spools up but once it's away the power delivery is smooth with plenty of mid-range torque available making overtaking effortless. The engine develops 225bhp (210bhp in the early cars) and I can't fault the performance, the car is more than quick enough in every gear and people have said the claimed top speed of 151mph is easily achievable. The 0-60 dash of 6.4 seconds seems just as easy to achieve with the grip available from the Haldex Quattro system, this makes using all the power possible on the all too common wet and greasy British roads in ways that 2WD cars just can't match. You don't realise just how much the Quattro system is working till you get back into a front wheel drive car again only to wonder where all the grip has gone. The only criticism I have is the ESP (Electronic Stability Program). This is far to quick to interfere and often dips the power before the Haldex system has had time to transfer more torque to the rear wheels, why Audi can't develop a system that recognises this and works with the Haldex is beyond me. That said, the ESP it is capable of correcting the car from slides which would normally be impossible to save, something that become evident on the snow covered winter roads. The 1.8T engine is mated to a 6 speed gear box (5 speed in the early cars) which is criticised by some as a little 'notchy' personally I think this is unfounded. I would describe it more as a positive shift rather than 'notchy'. Either way the 6 ratios are reasonably well spaced (although I sometimes feel 1st is a little short) and work well whether pottering round town, cruising on a motorway or blasting down B roads. Ride & Handling The ride quality is probably one of the S3's weakest points, as with most Audi Sport/S-line models the suspension is a little too firm. This certainly helps the handling and it's fine on smooth tarmac but can be crashy and fidgety on uneven surfaces, it seems to lack the control and finesse that it should. The steering has also come in for some criticism although I think it is well perfectly weighted it can lack feedback at times. One thing to remember is this isn't a light car, although for its weight and size it is still agile and great fun on any B road. The handling is tuned more towards safety with mild understeer and will suit the majority. Practicality When you consider the performance available this is a practical car, it's not as spacious as some hatchbacks and it is a little cramped in the back but it's the right choice if a two door couple isn't quite practical enough. The boot is also not as big as you might think and has a higher boot floor than the none Quattro A3 but it is adequate for most people. If you do need to carry anything big the seats fold down to create extra space. Reliability Mine hasn't faired too well in this department but I'm led to believe most examples will give you relatively trouble free motoring. The following parts have been replaced under warranty at Audi's expense: Gearbox (2nd Gear Synchromesh failed) Front Suspension Bushes CD Changer Headlight Switch Glove Box Lid Running Costs Don't buy an S3 if you want cheap motoring, it's not too expensive given the performance available but it certainly isn't cheap. I currently average 25mpg, this is doing nearly all short journeys (<10 miles) to and from work but on a tour around Cornwall recently I managed to average 35mpg over 1000 miles doing only long runs. If you budget for 25-30mpg you won't be far wrong. Servicing, my last service from Audi at 43k miles was £360 which included all the Haldex Oil Change etc. The next service should be cheaper. If you use your car sensibly the variable service should mean service intervals are well over 10k miles apart. Tyres cost approx. £100/corner for a reasonable quality tyre. Insurance is Group 18 although the quotes I have had in the past don't seem to reflect this, possibly due to the lack of boy racer image associated with this car. All the other cars with similar performance I've had quotes on seem significantly more expensive to insure. What Next? A few mods are on the horizon to freshen things up. New alloys are a must so I think a set of 18" RS TT's will be the first thing, possibly combined with the Audi Gmbh sports springs and maybe a set of spacers. Once the warranty expires I'll certainly consider a re-map. From what I've read on here the addition performance makes the £500 outlay look like a bargain. Future Replacement I certainly have no plans to change any time soon but when the time comes I think I'm going to struggle. Its hard to think of any credible alternatives that can match the practicality and quality with the performance and security of 4 wheel drive traction. Conclusion Arguably the best all round hot hatch you can by in this price range, and certainly one of the best cars Audi has ever built. If you want a fast, practical, premium hot hatch with the security of 4 wheel drive grip you won't go far wrong with an Audi S3, certain to be a future classic.

    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
  18. Sidelight Upgrade?

    Hi Has anyone got any recommendations for side light bulbs to replace the standard items. I’m after something to give a more ‘white’ light than will look better along side the xenons. Any advice or good places to buy would be appreciated.
  19. Audi A4 Avant 1.9TDi Sport 130bhp 34100 miles MOT’ed till March 08 Taxed Till Feb 08 Registered March 2003 2 Previous Owners Demin Blue 6 Speed Gearbox Immaculate condition both inside and out, no scuffs on the alloys etc. All the usual Sport refinements including, Sports Seats (with Electric lumbar support) Sports Suspension 5 Spoke 17” Alloys (all tyres with good tread) Electric Window Dual Climate Control CD Player Boot Liner Full Audi Service History, serviced at: 17041miles (Wearside Audi) 29493miles (Teesside Audi) According to the DIS the next service isn’t due for another 564 days or 11500 miles. This car is fitted with a Witter tow bar although it’s only ever been used once to tow a small horse box (I now have a Shogun so do not use this car for towing). This car is immaculate; you will struggle to find one with this low mileage, at this price. £11,900 Drop me a PM if you need any more info.
  20. I've just fitted some 18" RSTT's so my 17" Avus alloys are for sale... Audi S3 Avus 17" Alloys - NO CURB MARKS
  21. Also, in the classifieds but here it is again with more pictures.... I have for sale my genuine Audi S3 17” Avus Alloys with Audi center caps. These wheels are in excellent condition with NO CURB MARKS. As can been seen from the pictures these wheels are in excellent condition for their age and are virtually unmarked front and back. They have never been reconditioned, repainted or repaired in anyway, just well looked after. They have been removed from my low mileage Audi S3 and have the following information on them. Audi Part No. 8L9 601 025 17” x 8.5” 5 x 100 PCD Offset ET32 The wheels are fitted with 4 Bridgestone Potenza RE040 tyres, all with excellent tread (These retail for about £110/tyre) The tread depths on each are approx. Tyre 1 = 6mm Tyre 2 = 6mm Tyre 3 = 4.5mm Tyre 4 = 4.5mm You won’t find a better second hand set of wheels/tyres for this price. (Surely the tyres are worth the money on there own) These wheels will fit may other cars from the VW/Audi/Skoda group which use the 5 X 100PCD stud pattern. £350 Collection only please from Middlesbrough Tel. 07905 912241
  22. As per the title, is the handling/ride on the S4 Convertible much different due to the lack of roof and extra weight. I've got a test drive booked in a convertible (04 reg) for the weekend but haven't driven a 4 door or Avant yet? Anything to watch out for?
  23. S4 Salon/Avant vs. S4 Convertible Handling

    Cheers for the info, my main concern is that it will feel big and heavy and not be as much fun in the corners.