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Old 04-18-2007, 05:42 AM
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Hi, I'm no race-car driver, but I cannot stand mushy or bouncy suspension. I don't like unnecessary body roll in the corners either. So, how much difference is there between the standard suspension and the sport suspension?
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Hi, I'm no race-car driver, but I cannot stand mushy or bouncy suspension. I don't like unnecessary body roll in the corners either. So, how much difference is there between the standard suspension and the sport suspension?
Neither suspension is mushy or bouncy. They both change a bit after the car is somewhat broken in. Problem here is that when you buy a A3 you either choose a base model or premium with standard suspension or an s-line model with sport suspension and then you drive that A3 for awhile and you'll forget the difference you felt when you were new and test driving the A3 for the first time. You'll find A3 owners here that love the slightly lower stance of the sports suspension, the stiffness the way the A3 rides, and well as the very little body sway with it. If you are driving poor roads this can bug you as the ride can be a bit rough to some. Then you have the standard suspension owners (base and premium) who don't want poor roads to be really uncomfortable on long hauls down the freeway with a little less stiffness, don't feel the bumps as much, but don't mind having slightly more body sway in turns.
You have to decide for yourself which one is right for you based on your driving style. You can always get the standard suspension and modify it later, or if you know the sports suspension is what you want and are used to, immediate limit yourself to the s-line models.
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Yeah, can't really remember? The sports suspension is fairly tight and great for most enthusiasts. I'd prefer it to be a little lower and stiffer in the back, but that's corrected with coilovers and a rear sway bar. Otherwise, it hits the happy medium between too harsh and too soft.

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I origianlly test drove the sports suspension but settled for the softer feel of the premium package. The sports suspension sits about a 3/4" lower and handles much tighter in the turns. One of my projects is to swap out the front and rear sway bars to gain more stability in the turns. Lowering my A3 withkoni coiloversmight be in my future.
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I origianlly test drove the sports suspension but settled for the softer feel of the premium package. The sports suspension sits about a 3/4" lower and handles much tighter in the turns. One of my projects is to swap out the front and rear sway bars to gain more stability in the turns. Lowering my A3 withkoni coiloversmight be in my future.
If you prefer the softer feel, you should consider Koni FSD with maybe HnR or Neuspeed. One of the best combo out there without sacraficing comfort.
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Yeah, can't really remember?
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To be honest I barely can from several months ago. As the A3 breaks in the suspension changes, it becomes less harsh. But when the car is brand new bumps were a lot more noticable.
I think you mentioned this fact earlier. BTW How is your A3 doing in the body shop?
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This may be a stupid question, but let's imagine an hypothetical (...sig...) case where you get the premium option - can Audi can install the sport suspension? I know that there are several options up there and some already posted in this thread but since my car is a business lease, I would try first any possibilities through Audi. I am a little apprehensive about changing the suspension. I do not think my boss would mind (too much…) as long as I pay for the changes… My car only has 700 miles but I feel high on the ground and I like to attack corners which is a total different animal coming from a rear engine RWD car to a front engine FWD car.
BTW, I am not afraid to ask stupid or naïve questions, I am here to learn!
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I kinda just started a new thread this morning with a similiar question. I am leaning towards getting an Audi A3 after totalling my bmw 530i w/ sports suspension. I test drove the A3 back to back with the premium first and then the sports suspension. I like the sports suspension more. Its not a huge difference overall but I really feel it taking fast turns... much less body sway.
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This may be a stupid question, but let's imagine an hypothetical (...sig...) case where you get the premium option - can Audi can install the sport suspension? I know that there are several options up there and some already posted in this thread but since my car is a business lease, I would try first any possibilities through Audi. I am a little apprehensive about changing the suspension. I do not think my boss would mind (too much…) as long as I pay for the changes… My car only has 700 miles but I feel high on the ground and I like to attack corners which is a total different animal coming from a rear engine RWD car to a front engine FWD car.
BTW, I am not afraid to ask stupid or naïve questions, I am here to learn!
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The key fact is that this is a leased car. I'd talk to dealer before going any further on this subject. When you alter the suspension with lowering springs, dampers, or sway bar this might effect resale.
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Yeah, a lease is a totally different creature. If I had a regular suspension and wanted to upgrade, then the first step would be the rear sway bar to see if that was enough of a benefit, then next a set of Tien Coilovers. The Tien Coilovers are supposedly very responsive, but much less harsh than the Bilsteins or Konis. That should be enough to tighten everything up good.

Also, a nice set of sticky tires goes a long way!

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I talked to Audi and basically they do not make changes to their car. The person told me that Audi does not "participate" in those sort of things. I found the choice of word very interesting (but then again, it may just be me) and I thought my question somewhat valid since I just wanted them to see if they could install their own suspension, just a different one with me paying them way too much money I am certain, but they do not like it. That was even before saying anything about a leased car... I really should play it safe so I guess no aftermarket for me... snif... I guess it only leaves me withthe ECU upgrade,I can't get in trouble for something they cannot see, right?
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Just make sure that you purchase the stock and stealth modes from your ECU programmer. If that is all that you do and are faithful about switching it back to stock and locking it out from the dealer, then you'll be fine.

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I think you can do pretty much with a lease as you please....as long as its returned to them in the same condition(aka bone stock)they gave it to you. Its just going to be a hassle putting everything back, and probably expensive. Not to mention having to store all the stock stuff. Also if its modified when you take it in for service and they remember its a lease, they might make note of it and be really hard on you when you return it and ding you at any chance they get. Or lease it at dealership A, service at dealership B, C or D, return to stock and return it to A....what they dont know can't hurt you right?
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Thanks for the input Chef and falcompsx – I will check with the other Audi dealer in the area in order to see if something can be done. They actually have a performance shop and carry Revo so I am thinking it will be my first bet and check in the forum if anyone has had dealings with them before.

i_baked_cookies – don’t rush into things and make certain you choose wisely, JohnS1 was right, it all depends on your driving and the roads more than anything else. I unfortunately have the tendency once the roads are clear to floor it and I personally am not looking forward to a curve at high speed with a FWD seating 3feet above the ground (well, not that much) but at regular speed, the regular suspension are smooth. At least it is not going to be as bad as when they loaned me a Chevy Blazer… With a little water on the road, I could do 360 without a problem… the problem being I was not trying to…
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I struggled with this too. A lot of us do, and John stated it very well. Problem is you don't only have to decide on sport suspension vs. premium, you basically are making a big decision on several packaged items from Audi when you go with the sport suspension. I'm sure you've already learned this by now, but you would get the s-line package if you get sport suspension. This would mean you lose a power drivers seat and you get those aluminum trim rings on all the vents inside (among other differences.). I felt I wanted sport suspension but decided I didn't want to give up the power seat and liked the smoother less flashy interior of the premium model. I also sometimes want a soft suspension because we take long road trips in our A3. A suspension mod may be in my future. Something adjustable.
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Default I Got An S-Line With The Sport Suspension

I wanted a sportier car so I got the S-Line. I started off looking at GTI's and wanted the crisper handling of the GTI. I dont think it rides rough but its definitely firmer than the standard suspension.

It doesnt bother me on long rides. I think it rides pretty smooth. The only thing I can say is into the turns you can tell its firmer, the car does not really lean that much. Its more like a GTI than say an A6 .

If you want to change the suspension I would not do it at the dealer. You may void your warranty.
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