Talk me into (or out of) an S3 Sportback

NICK-C

Nick
I agree with these guys, you can spend thousands modding your car but a) Insurance could be silly & b) When you come to sell it you will not get back much if at all any money spent modding.
I would go for the S3.
 

The Cardinal

For the love of cars
This has turned into quite an interesting thread, which I'd summarise as "modified 2.0Tq -v- S3"!

I'm not averse to mod'ing my 2.0Tq, but I think I think getting an S3 would be a lot less hassle! As people say, a mod'ed car is still no S3.

My biggest reservation remains paying top whack for a car likely to be replaced next year, if not sooner... :(
 

akash_sky1

Registered User
This has turned into quite an interesting thread, which I'd summarise as "modified 2.0Tq -v- S3"!

I'm not averse to mod'ing my 2.0Tq, but I think I think getting an S3 would be a lot less hassle! As people say, a mod'ed car is still no S3.

My biggest reservation remains paying top whack for a car likely to be replaced next year, if not sooner... :(

You could use that to haggle a good discount off an S3 though, I think when the new model comes out the S3 would come fairly soon thought, maybe within 6 months?
I wonder if it will use a K04 2.0TSI chain drive thats in the mk6 GTI, as in the Golf R they have used the old TFSI cam driven HPFP motor.
 

Eeef

Lord of War
I think when the new model comes out the S3 would come fairly soon thought, maybe within 6 months?
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Why? They never have previously. Audi, like most manufacturers, release base models first and the 'trick' versions come along later, much later in Audi's case. The 8p was launched on..04 or 54 plates. S3 didn't appear until at least 2 years later.
 

Stev3n

Registered User
How about, stick with the a3 and buy a bike :)
 

The Cardinal

For the love of cars
^^ I have several (push) bikes - they're more important to me than cars!
 

Stev3n

Registered User
Well motorbikes are like push bikes, just a bit quicker :)
 

dbm

Registered User
Why? They never have previously. Audi, like most manufacturers, release base models first and the 'trick' versions come along later, much later in Audi's case. The 8p was launched on..04 or 54 plates. S3 didn't appear until at least 2 years later.

Whilst that used definitely to be true, look at the A5. The first two models released were the S5 and the TDi quattro. So maybe the Audi strategy has changed now...

Cheers,
Dan
 

akash_sky1

Registered User
Why? They never have previously. Audi, like most manufacturers, release base models first and the 'trick' versions come along later, much later in Audi's case. The 8p was launched on..04 or 54 plates. S3 didn't appear until at least 2 years later.

Thats the case with the RS models but NOT the S models anymore..the S4 and S6 came out very soon after those models launch,
 

VRStu

Just Looking
VCDS Map User
http://www.autotrader.co.uk/articles/2010/07/cars/audi/a3/audi-a3-best-used-car-values

Audi A3 hatchbacks hold their value better than any other used , according to a study released today by Auto Trader.

The average price of an Audi A3 bought new in 2009 fell by just 7 per cent in the period to July 2010. Second place went to the Vauxhall Corsa, which dropped by 10 per cent.

The report analysed the top 10 best-selling cars in the UK in 2009 and compared their purchase price when new to the prices advertised on Auto Trader in July 2010.

Britain’s biggest selling car of 2009, the Ford Fiesta, ranks fifth, dropping by 26 per cent, while Ford Focus – voted by Auto Trader.co.uk readers as the car of the decade – dropped by 39 per cent.

The research shows used car values are not driven solely by the original price, with the Audi A3 and Vauxhall Vectra Life both costing for around £16,000 when new.

Nine of the top 10 cars in the list have lost less than half of their value over the period when cars shed more of their new price than at any other time.

Top 10 used car price winners:

1. Audi A3 7 per cent
2. Vauxhall Corsa 10 per cent
3. Honda Jazz 18 per cent
4. Peugeot 207 20 per cent
5. Ford Fiesta 23 per cent
6. Volkswagen Golf 26 per cent
7. Vauxhall Insignia 34 per cent
8. Ford Focus 39 per cent
9. Vauxhall Astra 45 per cent
10. Vauxhall Vectra Life 54 per cent
 
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