Do roof spoilers, as seen on the S3, reduce the amount of muck that accumulates on the rear wind screen (shield -US)? Or are they simply a styling thing?
The rear window of my A3 is continually getting covered in crap at this time of year. So if the roof spoiler cuts it down a bit, I may get one fitted.
'99.5 A3 1.8T MS Silver
12-16-1999, 05:49 PM
Well, the main reason for the factory fitted roof spoiler on the S3 is to prevent the car behaving like a TT. Without the roof spoiler, the driver would loose the back end of the car within a fast curve just like most current TT drivers do. So, it is definitely not a stylish thing. It also reduces the lifting of the back, which occurs during hitting the brakes hard at high speeds. If you remove it, most probably you will wake up in a hospital bed or won't wake up at all ;)
A roof spoiler also does reduce the dirt you get on the screen in rainy weather, as it changes the flow of air in the back of the car. But don't expect much, it's only a minor change. That's why they've put a wiper there... (even to cars with factory fitted spoilers :))
But seriously, I would recommend you to buy one if it is not an expensive item in your neighborhood.
'00 Black S3
12-19-1999, 05:55 PM
They are quite cheaper I know, but the quality of plastic and the mounting process differ from an original factory product and dealer fitting.
Here, they just glue it onto your car and only God knows when it's going to detach and cause some minor or major damage to the car behind you. I don't know about you, but I wouldn't want to face a lawsuit because of a damn spoiler.
We have an old saying which goes like "I'm not that rich so I cannot afford to buy something cheap". Enough said, the rest is up to you...
'00 Black S3