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Old 03-15-2014, 01:40 PM   #1
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ordered Dec 18, at dealership Mar 11, brought home Mar 12. Prestige, Monsoon, black Alcantara, carbon fiber, 21". mods are undecided for now, but "carbon fiber" supercharged badges are in the mail arriving soon to replace the V6T badges. previously i drove a MkIV VW R32 that i bought new in 2/2004, and after i sold her, i drove our B5 S4. having said that, this is my first non-tiny car (before the R32 i had a GTi, Corrado SLC, Paseo, Storm) and i'm pleasantly surprised at the ease of the SQ5's handling and feel. i expected it behave like a tall SUV and to have to adjust my driving style accordingly, but it actually feels nicely planted and hugs the ground almost like our other cars, as opposed to a bigger taller vehicle. i'm still toying with Drive Select, and learning the MMI system. the size of the "elephant ear" (lol...mwhoever called them that in these forums is spot-on) side mirrors are also taking some getting used to, as well as finding a perfect seat position. i'm only 5'2" and those mirrors feel like they're right in front of my nose, so part of deciding on the ideal seat position is where my head is in relation to them. something i noticed that was troubling until i figured out the source was the whirring fan noise from the cooled cupholder. but ehh, not a big deal, and i love the car and am happy with our purchase. i'm looking forward to learning more here on AW about this car as well as deciding on mods.
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Many congrats but where are the pics???? Steve
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Old 03-15-2014, 04:12 PM   #3
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Congrats! Pics please.
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Old 03-15-2014, 04:17 PM   #4
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thanks guys!

sorry, i posted some pics from my photobucket account but somehow screwed it up, so i deleted my post. we didn't take good pics, but here's one, fwiw.

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Congrats! And remember, CHP patrols 280... during the day.
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Congrats! And remember, CHP patrols 280... during the day.
thanks! oh yes, i keep that in mind, no worries! having LE in the same household as me - let's just say the rash of crap i'd catch were i to get a ticket would be endless.
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Car is awesome. Pretty peppy in Dynamic (Sport) mode. Maybe a little too aggressive with the throttle mapping. Congrats!
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Congrats! And remember, CHP patrols 280... during the day.
That's just a rumor! (That they patrol at all.) I'm just off 280, Bunker HIll exit, Highlands neighborhood of unincorporated San Mateo County.

I know there are Q5s all over the place in the Bay Area but look for my quartz gray '11 with a Stanford tow hitch cover. I prefer the dark gray but bought mine CPO so beggars cannot be choosers. Congrats OP, now get out on Skyline or Highway 1 or whatever and enjoy those twisties!
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That's just a rumor! (That they patrol at all.) I'm just off 280, Bunker HIll exit, Highlands neighborhood of unincorporated San Mateo
By contract, there is one SMSO Deputy assigned to patrol your area until midnight.
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Car is awesome. Pretty peppy in Dynamic (Sport) mode. Maybe a little too aggressive with the throttle mapping. Congrats!
peppy indeed. i'm not used to the quickness with which it moves from a dead stop. still learning.
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That's just a rumor! (That they patrol at all.) I'm just off 280, Bunker HIll exit, Highlands neighborhood of unincorporated San Mateo County.

I know there are Q5s all over the place in the Bay Area but look for my quartz gray '11 with a Stanford tow hitch cover. I prefer the dark gray but bought mine CPO so beggars cannot be choosers. Congrats OP, now get out on Skyline or Highway 1 or whatever and enjoy those twisties!
thanks! i will. i'm looking forward to going on a drive! i have a really short daily commute, so my day-to-day doesn't really hold a lot of opportunity to stretch the car's legs.
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Looking very nice. Steve
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thanks Steve!
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I also purchased my SQ5 from Steven's Creek, same color too! I sold my stock 21" wheels for $2,300 and pick up 22" Vossen's. 22" tires are less than half the cost of 21", so it worked out well. On tirerack.com 21" tires cost $373, vs $153 for my Eagle GT 22"'s.

I'm now looking for someone with a VAG in the bay area, to change a few codes: Seat belt chime, open door chime, and remove the restrictions on DVD's playing while the car is moving, and roll up & close sunroof when locking doors.

Also, I picked up a Radar detector, fist one I've owned since the 90's, which we're always going off with false alarms! This Passport blocks out 99% false alarms and works great! It was worth the money and saved me many times on 280. https://www.escortradar.com/passportmax/

You should also remove your front license plate, here is a post I did, it's also very easy: http://forums.audiworld.com/showthread.php?t=2856464

Oh, if you need a hitch, Invisihitch is the way to go! I also have a post on that.
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I'm now looking for someone with a VAG in the bay area, to change a few codes: Seat belt chime, open door chime, and remove the restrictions on DVD's playing while the car is moving, and roll up & close sunroof when locking doors.
I'm busy all next week, but I can meet up with you for the VAGCom mods after that (if you still have the need).
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thanks BayAreaQ7 . we ordered it without the front plate holder. thanks for all the info, i appreciate it!

we may get the black optic grille, still undecided on that.

i've only seen 1 SQ5 in the wild *ever*, and it was a Monsoon. maybe it was yours? it was on Mathilda/Caribbean/Lawrence in Sunnyvale in late January, i think late morning on a Tues or Wed. i pretty much never take a lunch break, but that day i had an errand to run, which is why i remember the approx timeframe.

before i forget, thank you for sharing your experience with locking your key in the hatch. it's lame that it happened to you, but i'm glad you warned us! i drive with the key in my purse, but i'm super paranoid and make sure i have it in hand even just to get out, close the driver's side door, and walk around to the passenger side. i know, probably overkill and silly, but...
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I'm busy all next week, but I can meet up with you for the VAGCom mods after that (if you still have the need).
Thanks! I sent you a PM a few days ago, let me know what day works for you next week or weekend.
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