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tintinz

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Need advice on S3 purchase
« on: September 27, 2005, 03:47:07 pm »
Hi

am looking at buying an Audi S3 privately and would like any help with information regarding S3's and what to look out for with things that go wrong with used models. The year I am looking at is 2000 facelift model. Also when do the S3's need there cambelt  done (Kilometers wise) and does anyone know how much it would cost?

thanks in advance

Tin

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Re: Need advice on S3 purchase
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2005, 04:04:16 pm »
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Re: Need advice on S3 purchase
« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2005, 04:09:37 pm »
Ignore Rob he never works ... appreciate it if you get back to work or I will tell your boss!

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Re: Need advice on S3 purchase
« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2005, 06:11:51 pm »
Hi

am looking at buying an Audi S3 privately and would like any help with information regarding S3's and what to look out for with things that go wrong with used models. The year I am looking at is 2000 facelift model. Also when do the S3's need there cambelt  done (Kilometers wise) and does anyone know how much it would cost?

thanks in advance

Tin

Check out the following:

1) Surging in 1st gear, happens to lots of people a few years in. lots of reasons why, no single easy fix.
2) Rust in the bottom of the doors
3) Cold start issues (related to (1))
4) Synchro loss issues between 2nd and 3rd gear, need to double de-clutch

I have 1, 3, and 4. Can't blame anyone, I had it from new..

The cambelt change is in the manual, don't have mine handy to check at the moment though, sorry.

Cheers, Ed.

tintinz

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Re: Need advice on S3 purchase
« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2005, 08:44:34 am »
Thanks Ed for this advice

am actually going to arrange to look at the S3 its on trademe ... so wish me luck

http://www.trademe.co.nz/Trade-Me-Motors/Cars/Audi/auction-36109626.htm check it out let me know what you think

cheers
Tin

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Re: Need advice on S3 purchase
« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2005, 02:38:14 pm »
Thanks Ed for this advice

am actually going to arrange to look at the S3 its on trademe ... so wish me luck

http://www.trademe.co.nz/Trade-Me-Motors/Cars/Audi/auction-36109626.htm check it out let me know what you think

cheers
Tin

Try and get one MY2002 onwards if you can so that you get the 225hp engine. Also make sure that it is tunable via the serial port tune, older S3's require the ECU to be soldered. I'm also not sure if the older S3's have xenon lights. The bose in dash stereo is rather nice as well, even if the sound does suck a little after a while.

A quick way of spotting a newer S3 is that the logo on the front grill is an S3 rather than the // symbol with a small S3 in it.

Cheers, Ed.

tintinz

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Re: Need advice on S3 purchase
« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2005, 10:07:14 am »
Hi Ed

thanks for the further information and after looking at the pics of the car further on trademe I am afraid that it is the older model with the // symbol on the grille even tho it is a facelift model with the chrome mirror. Will check if it has Xenon headlights and weigh up if I want to go look at it.

I was also told about tuning via the serial port at http://www.revotechnik.com/ so the information you provided above was great

cheers again
Tin

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Re: Need advice on S3 purchase
« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2005, 10:55:24 am »
Hi,

there are actully 3 versions of the S3, the one that you are looking at on trade me is the 1st release,

There is a 2nd facelift with the new headlights & the 210Kw, which ran through to late 01 possibly 02

then came the 225Kw which looks the same but had more power, normally 02 models

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Re: Need advice on S3 purchase
« Reply #8 on: October 04, 2005, 11:14:49 am »
Hi,

there are actully 3 versions of the S3, the one that you are looking at on trade me is the 1st release,

There is a 2nd facelift with the new headlights & the 210Kw, which ran through to late 01 possibly 02

then came the 225Kw which looks the same but had more power, normally 02 models

You mean BHP not KW?
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Re: Need advice on S3 purchase
« Reply #9 on: October 04, 2005, 06:51:28 pm »
Yes I have the 210HP 2001 facelift - this is really an early 2002, as Audi traditionally feeds in updates ealrier than advertised as parts run out and also due to meeting seasonal launch dates. This newer version has significantly different suspension set up amongst other changes from the early model in the ad. The handling is significantly improved over the early model. . Also I believe some of the early mechanical issues had been resolved by then.

The first TRUE facelifted versions were registered in late 2001, mine was November. I suspect the one advertised merely has chrome mirrors ordered as an option. 

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Re: Need advice on S3 purchase
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Re: Need advice on S3 purchase
« Reply #11 on: October 04, 2005, 08:39:01 pm »
Yes I have the 210HP 2001 facelift - this is really an early 2002, as Audi traditionally feeds in updates ealrier than advertised as parts run out and also due to meeting seasonal launch dates. This newer version has significantly different suspension set up amongst other changes from the early model in the ad. The handling is significantly improved over the early model. . Also I believe some of the early mechanical issues had been resolved by then.

The first TRUE facelifted versions were registered in late 2001, mine was November. I suspect the one advertised merely has chrome mirrors ordered as an option. 

12ax7, off topic, are you into your rotarys? Im was trying to figure out what your user name was about. 12a RX7? Am I right?
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Re: Need advice on S3 purchase
« Reply #12 on: October 04, 2005, 10:23:11 pm »
12ax7, off topic, are you into your rotarys? Im was trying to figure out what your user name was about. 12a RX7? Am I right?

lol, thats the first thing i thought!
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Re: Need advice on S3 purchase
« Reply #13 on: October 05, 2005, 08:54:03 am »
so decision time .... shall I go look at this S3 from trademe?? or tell the guy that his S3 isn't a facelift model based on the information given above hmmmmmmm

thanks guys\Gals

Tin

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Re: Need advice on S3 purchase
« Reply #14 on: October 05, 2005, 09:52:24 am »
so decision time .... shall I go look at this S3 from trademe?? or tell the guy that his S3 isn't a facelift model based on the information given above hmmmmmmm

thanks guys\Gals

Tin

Have you spoken to the owner? Do you know what he wants for it?
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