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Old 03-02-2014, 07:21 PM   #1
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Default Canadian Q5 - traveling to USA - questions...

Hi everyone,

I've got the 2014 Q5 TDI and will be doing my first roadtrip into the US. Have a few questions:
- The nav and maps will fully work in the USA, correct?
- How can I switch the digital display from km/h to mph?
- Anything else I should know for the inter-country travel?
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Hi everyone,

I've got the 2014 Q5 TDI and will be doing my first roadtrip into the US. Have a few questions:
- The nav and maps will fully work in the USA, correct?
- How can I switch the digital display from km/h to mph?
- Anything else I should know for the inter-country travel?
1 - Correct
2 - Change the units setting in the MMI Settings to "MPH"(From memory, you enter the MMI Settings by hitting the "Car" button, then selecting the appropriate corner option button)
3 - Before leaving, check with your CC company what zip code you should enter when filling up at a USA gas station.
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1&2 were covered.
3. Pronunciation of "sorry" here is "saw ree" not "soar ee" and "about" is "uh bout" not "uh boot." Nobody will know what heck hydro is down here either.

Everything else is uh bout the same. Safe travels!
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Kaitlyn,
I have no idea if Canada is still using Imperial Gallons but if so, you may be surprised because the US is using a different 'gallon' that is considerably smaller. So when you fill the tank, it may take 20% (?) more "gallons". You may also be surprised to see gasoline prices in mils, thousandths of the dollar, on the pumps. i.e. $3.659 per gallon. For some odd reason, gasoline prices are always shown in mils and always using "9" as the final increment. Mils are legal, although the US has never coined currency smaller than the penny. Ten mils to the penny. And yes, they always round up and in theory over charge you for the fraction of a cent.

Some of our states have traffic laws that may be foreign to you. (Pun intended.) Some require turning on your headlights when the windshield wipers are on in rain, which the Q5 will do automatically. Some also require you to pull one lane to the left, to give a wide berth to any emergency vehicle that is using flashing lights on the right shoulder. Or, to slow down significantly if you can't pull over.

Depending on the state, emergency vehicles may be using red, blue, or both, and white flashers, or any combination of them, while tow trucks, etc. would only be using yellow/amber and/or white. If you should get pulled over for any reason, the protocol is to remain in your car, and preferably to keep your hands on the steering wheel in plain sight.

Highway patrols usually will give you 5mph over the posted speed limit without any trouble, although traffic is often moving 10+ over the posted limits.

Other than those, I can't think of anything that might surprise you, offhand.

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Hope you don't have to see a dealer, but just in case something happens, know that Canadian and the US Audi dealerships take care of each other's customers.

I live in Seattle. Last December when I was visiting Vancouver, BC, the TPMS light came on, so I brought my Q5 into Audi of Richmond the next morning. They checked the car, brought everything up to spec, updated the firmware, all gratis and without an appointment. They already have all my info on their computer, and told me I can bring in my US car to all dealerships in Canada for warranty repairs, etc., just as in the US.

That's something very nice to know.
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+1 for credit card zip code. Pain in the *** to have to prepay for a fill up when you have no idea how much it will be.

I had my audi in Tampa over the christmas holidays and had an engine light appear. I took it to the dealer and Audi US WILL do warranty work on Canadian vehicles. They wont service them though.
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+1 for credit card zip code. Pain in the *** to have to prepay for a fill up when you have no idea how much it will be.

I had my audi in Tampa over the christmas holidays and had an engine light appear. I took it to the dealer and Audi US WILL do warranty work on Canadian vehicles. They wont service them though.
I subscribe to the George Constanza school of thought when it comes to getting my car serviced at a dealership outside of warranty:

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Kaitlyn,
I have no idea if Canada is still using Imperial Gallons but if so, you may be surprised because the US is using a different 'gallon' that is considerably smaller. So when you fill the tank, it may take 20% (?) more "gallons". You may also be surprised to see gasoline prices in mils, thousandths of the dollar, on the pumps. i.e. $3.659 per gallon. For some odd reason, gasoline prices are always shown in mils and always using "9" as the final increment. Mils are legal, although the US has never coined currency smaller than the penny. Ten mils to the penny. And yes, they always round up and in theory over charge you for the fraction of a cent.

Some of our states have traffic laws that may be foreign to you. (Pun intended.) Some require turning on your headlights when the windshield wipers are on in rain, which the Q5 will do automatically. Some also require you to pull one lane to the left, to give a wide berth to any emergency vehicle that is using flashing lights on the right shoulder. Or, to slow down significantly if you can't pull over.

Depending on the state, emergency vehicles may be using red, blue, or both, and white flashers, or any combination of them, while tow trucks, etc. would only be using yellow/amber and/or white. If you should get pulled over for any reason, the protocol is to remain in your car, and preferably to keep your hands on the steering wheel in plain sight.

Highway patrols usually will give you 5mph over the posted speed limit without any trouble, although traffic is often moving 10+ over the posted limits.

Other than those, I can't think of anything that might surprise you, offhand.

Welcome to America.
Canada moved to metric in 1976. I'm pretty sure Kaitlyn has never heard of an imperial gallon. It's just the US of A and Liberia not using metric. Oh, and Myanmar too
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Call your insurance company and make sure you are covered out of country!
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Call your insurance company and make sure you are covered out of country!
No need. All Canadian insurance covers the US, and if you look at your insurance card I think US insurance provides coverage in Canada.
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No need. All Canadian insurance covers the US, and if you look at your insurance card I think US insurance provides coverage in Canada.
Correct for car insurance. You might want temporary travel health insurance though, because Canadians can't get ObamaCare You can also get it from CAA and most banks, and you might already have it as part of your credit card or employment. Provincial health insurance will reimburse only a very limited amount for out-of-country emergencies.

For the zip code on gas pumps, the trick is apparently take the three numbers that are in the postal code of the credit card billing address in the order that they appear, and then add two zeros onto the end in order to bypass the US zip code. So if your postal code is V8S 3Y1, you would enter: 83100 for the zip code
Dunno if it works in all cases!
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Correct for car insurance. You might want temporary travel health insurance though, because Canadians can't get ObamaCare You can also get it from CAA and most banks, and you might already have it as part of your credit card or employment. Provincial health insurance will reimburse only a very limited amount for out-of-country emergencies.

For the zip code on gas pumps, the trick is apparently take the three numbers that are in the postal code of the credit card billing address in the order that they appear, and then add two zeros onto the end in order to bypass the US zip code. So if your postal code is V8S 3Y1, you would enter: 83100 for the zip code
Dunno if it works in all cases!
Good to know. I always get foiled by the zip code thing. Chip cards with pins is the way to go..
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"Chip cards with pins is the way to go.. "
Then you won't be going to America. Our card companies prefer to make cheaper cards, and charge us all higher interest rates or other fees to compensate for the fraud and theft costs from using the less secure cards.

RE Metric: Oh sure, Canada's gone metric, but I've seen Canadian carpenters still using inches and fractions for lumber. They don't buy plywood or two-by-fours by the meter. Metric, just another passing fad.(G)
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Oh, and can you bring us all some Timmy's on the way down?
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Hi everyone,

I've got the 2014 Q5 TDI and will be doing my first roadtrip into the US. Have a few questions:
- The nav and maps will fully work in the USA, correct?
- How can I switch the digital display from km/h to mph?
- Anything else I should know for the inter-country travel?
Just remember to drive like everyone is out to get you. Because they are.
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And don't roam with your smart phone. There are cheaper/better options.
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"Chip cards with pins is the way to go.. "
Then you won't be going to America. Our card companies prefer to make cheaper cards, and charge us all higher interest rates or other fees to compensate for the fraud and theft costs from using the less secure cards.

RE Metric: Oh sure, Canada's gone metric, but I've seen Canadian carpenters still using inches and fractions for lumber. They don't buy plywood or two-by-fours by the meter. Metric, just another passing fad.(G)
Yes but what about your tires in USA 235/60R18 = the width is 235 milimeters no ?
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In the US, we have perfected the art of FUD. As in "Elmer Fud" the Looney Tunes character.

FUD stands for Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt. It is a very popular marketing and sales tool. By using lots of numbers, some little, some big, the tire sellers create lots of uncertainty and doubt in the tire buyers. Who are also afraid to admit they are ignorant about the numbers. The result? It is easier to sell tires without questions being asked.

On the other hand, carpenters often really need to know "How long should this be?" even if many of them also prefer to measure once and cut twice [sic].

Tires? Yeah, round, black, sometimes with a white thing on the side. Metric numbers on tires? That's like asking what color is Schrodinger's Cat. First, you'd have to convince someone to open the box, and that would spoil all the fun.

Aside from the enthusiasts, folks in the US order tires by saying "I need new tires for a [insert model]" usually followed by "Do you have anything cheaper?"
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Yes but what about your tires in USA 235/60R18 = the width is 235 milimeters no ?
It's 9 1/4".
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It's 9 1/4".
and wrapped around an 18 inch wheel.
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