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  1. If you are Audi bound, get yourself registered on tyresmoke.net!!
  2. That was the price that was quoted (give or take a tenner) on the phone at both Lexus Woodford and Hadleigh. One thing I forgot to mention in my original post - headlights!!! More like candle lights!! :)
  3. It very much depends on which model A4 you are thinking of buying. The 1.8T engines in the Audi are very nice, but then so are the 3 litre lumps in the Cabriolet!!
  4. Matt - where are you based as that seems to have a significant bearing on how much you are likely to be charged? In the end, I wasn't too bothered as I px'd at 7900 miles (and 1 year 2 weeks old :P )
  5. Ha ha - Brand Loyalty - what a wonderfullly emotive subject!! Having owned both an A3 and a IS200 within the last year (and now something completely different), I have to say that I find some of the comments on here incredible. How anyone can seriously condsider the interior of the Lexus to be superior to the Audi is beyond comprehension - from the seats to the driving position to the general quality of materials used, the Audi is so much better. Don't get me wrong, I'm not an Audi nut - I've never have the same brand of car twice (other than a couple of Fiestas when I was young). There were things that bugged me about the A3. The rear legroom was even poorer than the IS, the list of options was ludicrous, as were some of the prices and as for boot space!! One thing that did amaze me was the servicing costs on an IS - I was quoted around £180 for a 10K service. When I looked in the book, all they did was to 'inspect' several things and change the oil and oil filter. IIRC, the 10K on my A3 was around £120 and that included new wiper blades and a couple of other (small) things. I am sure that I am in the minority here, as the JD Power survey would suggest, but I always found Dealer Service to be quite poor. And not just from the supplying Dealer either. I had mixed emotions about seeing the IS go, but at the end of the day, I NEVER found a comfortable driving position (I'm 6' 2"), where I could see any of the bonnet without almost having my head poking out the sunroof. I won't tell you what 've got now, 'cos you'll only laugh and flame me. But, suffice to say that it is a 'Flex'ible 7 seater and first impressions would suggest that it is equally as quick as the IS in it's 2.2 guise. Apols if this offends anyone here, but I'm just being honest.
  6. Facelifted model. January 2002 ('51) in Platinum Ice. All usual bits 'n bobs. 7600 miles £18,200 o.n.o. Bigger impending family forces purchase of Zafira
  7. Maybe you jus have very polite children??
  8. So - how much should I be asking for my Jan 02 SE Auto with 7K on the clock??
  9. Just out of interest, how much would it cost to supercharge, and can it be done an an Auto?
  10. I changed from an A3 1.8T to an IS200 SE. I have to admit that I much preferred the Audi, but then I'm no drivers driver. I miss the turbo and the inside was much nicer IMO. Admittedly, the IS is an Auto, so I'm not comparing eggs to eggs. Also, I'm 6'1 and whatever I do, cannot find a comfortable driving position where I can see some of the bonnet (other than the top of the bulge), without banging my head on the roof lining. I'll probably keep it until sprog No.2 arrives next February and get something else. Anyone got a Zafira for sale???
  11. I also thought that a single click locked the doors and activated the alarm & motion sensors, whilst a second click deadlocked the car, Time to RTFM methinks. Anyone loafing around at home that could put us out of our collective misery (ignorance)?
  12. Any ideas how much the Boot protector is?
  13. I picked up an ex-demo 200 SE the weekend before last, with 3800 miles on the clock. On Sunday, I noticed 2 big stone chips about a third of the way up the bonnet that had obviously been filled in (badly) prior to delivery. I spoke to the Dealer today, who said that to remedy, the bonnet would need to be painted, but didn't sound at all keen to help me. He said he would find out who did the paintwork before I got it and that I should drop it in next time I was passing to get it looked at. As this is not very convenient, what course of action do I have available to me? BTW - the car was wet when I picked it up so didn't notice at the time.
  14. A guy with a black eye boards his plane bound for Pittsburgh and sits down in his seat. He notices immediately that the guy next to him has a black eye. He says to him, Hey this is a coincidence, we both have black eyes; mind if ask how you got yours? Other guy: Well, it just happened. It was a tongue twister accident.See, I was at the ticket counter and this gorgeous blonde with huge, huge breasts was there. So, instead of saying I'd like a ticket to Pittsburgh, I said I'd like a picket to Tittsburgh. She socked me one. First guy: Mine was a tongue twister too. I was at the breakfast table and I wanted to say to my wife: "Please pour me a bowl of Wheaties." But I accidentally said: "You ruined my life you fat bitch