Can a 1997 Audi A3 be converted from European specs to US specs?


Asked by Jun 08, 2008 at 07:34 PM about the 1997 Audi A3

Question type: Car Customization

My wife and I just moved to Hawaii from Germany. We had to leave her car at her families house in Germany because it's european spec. Is it possible to convert a 1997 Audi 3-door 1.6L from European Specs to US Specs? I realize it will cost alot, just not sure how much or what the process entails. If it is possible, is it something I would have to do in Germany before it ships or can I ship the car here and convert it in the States?


4 Answers


Sell it and buy a new car. You will need new glass in all the windows, new signal light assemblies all around, etc.

Terje Treff

Not worth it. It's a complex and expensive process that is only worthwhile on very expensive or rare automobiles. Just forget about it.

Eric Huntley

I say do it. It would be easier to just get another car, sure, but that's not what being into cars is all about. Hot-rodding isn't dead, it's just got better cars.

John Falcone

Just sell it and buy a new car. You would have to convert many things including the safety and emissions system, especially the OBD II port that is required on all post 95 cars. Trust me its not worth it on a 1997 A3.

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