Old Audi S3 to older 1.8T quattro, madness?
Hi all, I currently own a 2002 Audi S3 (the STW dream car 😉 ) but it has done 105,000 miles & feels as such, I like the size of the car as I love a hot hatch, but I could do with a 5 door car really as I take the kids to school & ferry them & their mates around. So given that I think the older VW group cars are much better made than the newer ones I have come up with THIS, certainly not cheap for what it is, but pretty unique givern the mileage & ownership!
My main problem is that it doesn’t look special like the S3 (mines black) & I have spent a fourtune on mine doing all the bits that normally wear. So the question is should I trade down or spend more money doing up the S3 with new susspension?
All thoughts appreciated, even the Audi’s are for tossers ones! 😉
Cheers.Posted 4 years agojamj1974Subscriber
Sold my 03 plate S3 (Brilliant Black) six-years ago now. I still miss it :-(. The Recaro seats are the most comfortable I have ever used, and driving it made me feel so good!
I would refresh your suspension rather than change the car – especially as you have replaced all the wear and tear items.Posted 4 years agoagent007Member
Keep your S3 – a much more special car than a boggo 1.8t Quattro. S3’s still look fresh, that 1.8 looks really dated. Spend a grand or so freshening it up and it will be a different car. Also bear in mind with the 1.8t that a 14 year old car that’s only done 35k miles and been sat around most of it’s life will almost certainly need money spent when it’s pressed into regular service.Posted 4 years agoallfankledupSubscriber
I got rid of my t5-r, traded it in for a much newer v70, as there was a suspension refresh needed (the suspension refresh would have been 1500, the car was worth 2k at the time).
Worst thing I ever did* – should have kept the car with character that I knew the history of.
Keep the s3 – more fun
*with hindsight I’ve made loads of worse decisions, largely winding up with a sore head induced by TequilaPosted 4 years agobenp1Subscriber
I have a 1.8T A3 Sport, it was the 150bhp version
It wasn’t slow but it also wasn’t quick. The wheels were too big (18in RS4 alloys) so it was a bit crashy and on a hoon you’d get brake fade too quickly, but it was reliable as hell and very practical. Interior was good and seats were comfy, its nothing like an S3 thoughPosted 4 years ago
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