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Old 05-02-2014, 03:19 PM   #1
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Well here we go! I won't be getting outrageous (I hope) but here are some pix of the new ride to get started.

2014 Q5 3.0 TDI Premium Plus
- Lava Grey
- S-Line Plus (required Sport Interior)
- MMI/Navigation (and yes I like having nav in the vehicle!)
- B&O sound system
- Audi Side Assist
- Came with Goodyear Excellence High Performance Summer tires

More updates to come as initial work gets done!
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Lookin' good. Steve
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We just took delivery of the same car but in Brilliant Black. What type of "work" are you planning to do?

Looks awesome, by the way. Lava + SLine+ gives it a unique look.
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Congrats, I am waiting on my build, hopefully delivered by middle of July. Did not get the S line but may reconsider after seeing yours.
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Congrats, I am waiting on my build, hopefully delivered by middle of July. Did not get the S line but may reconsider after seeing yours.
I don't believe you get the amazing flat bottom wheel without the S line
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We just took delivery of the same car but in Brilliant Black. What type of "work" are you planning to do?

Looks awesome, by the way. Lava + SLine+ gives it a unique look.
Thanks all for the comments. I'm loving the ride! I am upgrading the stereo... the B&O has much better fidelity in my opinion than the stock system but it's a little "thin" sounding. So some woofers and an amp to replace the spare tire are in the works :-). Also some cosmetic stuff, like clear bra, front tint and paint protection. Much better options available aftermarket than through the dealership. Finally, considering trying the euro height mod and some modest spacers to give it the finishing touches. I just really love the look and lines of the vehicle but a little better ride height and wheel spacing really sets the vehicle apart in my opinion. Nothing that screams at you but an inch or two here or there can make all the diff. More photos and details to come...
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Congrats, I am waiting on my build, hopefully delivered by middle of July. Did not get the S line but may reconsider after seeing yours.
Thanks! I really struggled with trim initially, primarily because I couldn't "see" one before buying i and didn't want a cheap look. There were one in stock anywhere in my area... It's a rare option. However I couldn't be happier... I love the wheels and interior with the flat steering wheel. The kicker for me though was the Drive Select and auto damping. I am not a wildly aggressive driver but if you drive an audi you want to...you know... Drive it! And this tdi is a torque monster that's a world apart from my RX 300 (which I loved by the way, it's just a very different vehicle). So the S-line gave the wheels, Drive Select, and interior options I wanted. Also, I don't see them on the road at every stoplight so having a slightly unique vehicle is nice...
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Looks great! I ordered the same options in Daytona Pearl. I was told mine arrived at the port today and that it should be at the dealership in 10 days. The wait is almost over but not soon enough!

Keep us posted on those upgrades. I've been contemplating a few of those myself.
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Step 2...
- Xpel Ultimate Clear Bra full hood, full fenders, lights, mirrors, door edge, door cups, hatch edge, and bumpers
- Suntek Carbon Film front windows 35% to "almost match" the rear. Honestly it's a tad darker than the rear.
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One more...
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LOVE the Lava....congrats! Looks sweet.

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Looks great and thanks for posting! Mine arrives in about 6 weeks and these types of posts are invaluable for planning our own builds.
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- Suntek Carbon Film front windows 35% to "almost match" the rear. Honestly it's a tad darker than the rear.
Interesting, when I had mine done, the rears metered at 29%. Seems like a 35 shouldn't get you objectively darker, though it could also be a factor of the colors of the privacy glass and the tint. (Subjectively darker but VLT is still slightly higher.)

Not that it matters which is really darker, just that you got what you wanted out of the tinting. (Did 50 all around on mine to add heat rejection without going very dark, especially in front. I kinda like the lighter front look, personally. Not sure why.)
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I did 50% on the front driver and passenger side windows.

That's the legal % in Illinois if your vehicle has privacy glass on the rear glass. It's a little lighter than I'd prefer, but after 18 months I've adjusted and don't mind the lighter look. Plus, I wanted to avoid any potential hassles.
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Thanks... 35% is the legal limit in WA but many people obviously go darker. I saw an A4 just today that looked like it had Limo tint all around... completely blacked out. To each his own.

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Looks clean! That color looks awesome, I'm sure photos don't do it justice. Any plans on future upgrades?

Just got mine a few weeks ago, 3.0 Ibis White. Debadged and 35% Lumar tint in the fronts
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Looks clean! That color looks awesome, I'm sure photos don't do it justice. Any plans on future upgrades?

Just got mine a few weeks ago, 3.0 Ibis White. Debadged and 35% Lumar tint in the fronts
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Thanks. The pix can't capture the tones in the paint, which has a lot of metallic gold flecks in it. At some distances, in certain light it looks more bronzey brown... other times its nearly black
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Step 2...
- Xpel Ultimate Clear Bra full hood, full fenders, lights, mirrors, door edge, door cups, hatch edge, and bumpers
- Suntek Carbon Film front windows 35% to "almost match" the rear. Honestly it's a tad darker than the rear.
Can you share how much the xpel ultimate costed and whether you're happy with the product?
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I must say I'm very happy with the job and the tint that was applied. Except for a few small bubbles that were left in 1 or 2 places, but I plan to go back to the install shop and have those repaired.

I have done a bit more spoiling of my girl over the last few weeks...

Here she is getting Opti Coat Optimum paint sealant
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I really enjoyed the sound of the B&O stereo. I think the additional speakers, added power, and DSP options make it worth the extra $$ compared to the stock stereo. However the stock system provided more low end fullness, or "thump"... the B&O always sounded a little thin. I've been looking for awhile at options that would deliver the quality I wanted, within my price range, and not take away from the factory stock look. I ended up with a solution that that cost my the spare tire after realizing I've actually changed exactly one spare tire in my life and that was before I could afford road side assistance. So, out went the old ported woofer and the inflataspare (which has been pretty widely panned on this forum for its design anyway).

In came a pair of 8" Audio Mobile subs and a custom enclosure, a 500W Memphis Audio amp, and much richer sounding Carlos Santana, more bump to Beyonce (granted she has more than enough bump if you feel what I'm saying :-) all without losing a square inch of utility. The subs are down fired and the sealed custom enclosure fits perfectly where the old spare sat.
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