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jacko198
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6th Feb 12 at 18:26   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Thinking of chopping in the 182 for something diesel and better built. Will probably sell it and then finance the rest.

I was originally thinking of getting a Ibiza Cupra or something, but im wanting something more comfy etc etc.


So, what would you have? Any owners of either? Models to miss?. Probably looking at a A3 1.9 Or 2.0. Or the 118D Or 120d.

They are looking around the same price ish, the 1 series look slightly cheeper though.


Also, how much are running costs these days. Mainly servicing and parts. Anything to look out for?

[Edited on 06-02-2012 by jacko198]
Dave
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6th Feb 12 at 18:33   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

If you choose the A3 (I assume you mean the newer shape 8P) go for the 2.0tdi, comes in either 140/170bhp whereas the 1.9 is little over 100bhp. Later ones, post 2005 ish, have the bigger one piece grill and look a bit more modern, S-Line is the trim level to get if budget allows.
taylorboosh
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6th Feb 12 at 18:46   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

my mates 140 a3 with a map wasnt that much slower than my tt 225
mwg
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6th Feb 12 at 18:47   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Had an A3 2.0 TDI 170 S-line. I'd have another, it drove nicely and it was reasonably quick especially after I had it remapped. I just prefer the look inside and out of them to the BMW.

It was 180 for a service at Audi and Michelin tyres were 180 each.
Rick Draper
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I had a new A3 TDI S-line and have just ordered a 123D M-Sport. Prefer the 1 Series coupe looks and interior. Audi never let me down and was a nice motor. Hatchback 120D's are nice. Are you looking for a S-Line or M-Sport models or just regular ones?
deano87
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6th Feb 12 at 19:14   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

120d.
Minty_Fresh
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quote:
Originally posted by deano87
120d.


120d M sport
Tomnova16
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120 3 door


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jacko198
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Erm, not sure which spec. I want a decent specced one but im not sure if i could push to a M or S-Line.

There seems to be alot more lower milage A3's than 1Series about.

Anyone got any guides on service intervals, cambelts etc etc? Or any decent forums for it.

I do like the 1 series, but have always wanted an A3.
Jambo
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6th Feb 12 at 19:56   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

BMW.

A3 is wrong wheel drive. (Unless it's Quattro obv)
jacko198
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Just had a look, and the 1 series coupe seems to be around the same price as the hatch :s
Not bad!

Also, the Audi's seem to reach 55mpg (2.0 - S-Line
Where as the BMW reaches over 60mpg (120d M-Sport)
AndyCorsaSport
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Id go for a 120d m sport. Either 5 door or the coupe.

My sisters got a 118d and I took that to Liverpool and back. Averaged 59.9mpg on motorway at 70/80 all way. And then round town dropped to 56mpg. Hers is a 10 plate with that stop start bollocks.
3i_gaz
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7th Feb 12 at 01:28   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

A3
BYRON
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7th Feb 12 at 08:04   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

I have owned both, and just sold this;



I enjoyed the 120d MSport alot better, but was short on creature comforts whereas the A3 was specified with most things.
whitter45
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7th Feb 12 at 08:46   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

120D for sure

Did 70k in mine - great fun to drive - loads out there with good spec

Try and get leather, xexons and the 18's 208 wheels

Great cars - A3 is a lovely car just not fun to drive


whitter45
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7th Feb 12 at 08:52   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

babybmw.net is a good site

Not sure on costs but service intervals tend be around 18k depending on how you drive it

Easily get 55mpg out them and driving it pretty hard

Ride is not the greatest due to run flats but I got 25k out of the rear tyres



[Edited on 07-02-2012 by whitter45]

 
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