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Old 06-01-2014, 05:21 PM   #1
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Default Winter mats year-round?

In my previous card I left the rubber mats in 100% of the time. I'm trying very hard to take much better are of my Q5, though

Now with my first summer here, I've switched back to the carpeted mats. Still have some hints of salt stains I need to work harder on, but overall it certainly looks much cleaner.

But now my problem/fear is tracking mud and dirt in. Especially if it's been wet, it can be very easy to track mud into the car. Now I'm afraid of getting all the carpeting dirtier rather than getting rubber dirty which is MUCH easier to clean.

So what do you guys do - rubber mats always, or do you deal with the carpeting?
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Old 06-01-2014, 05:35 PM   #2
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So what do you guys do - rubber mats always, or do you deal with the carpeting?
I have the WeatherTech custom fit mats that I leave in year-round. They look good and keep everything clean if I happen to have mud on my shoes in the summer.
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I have the WeatherTech custom fit mats that I leave in year-round. They look good and keep everything clean if I happen to have mud on my shoes in the summer.
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Everytime I purchase a car I always get the dealer to give me a set of oem rubber mats and a cargo tray. If/when the oem mats wear out I replace then with weathertechs. I leave the new oem carpets in the garage and give them up when I sell the car.
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Same here. The carpeted mats are on a shelf in the garage, while I use those nice rubber mats year-round. I like that they catch everything. I can yank 'em, dump 'em, and toss 'em back in. They fit very well and I think look nice with the under-seat lighting. My only issue with them, is that they're missing the "S".
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Old 06-02-2014, 03:25 AM   #6
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yes, all year. keeps the inside much cleaner.
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Yes, Carpet mats are tucked away in the basement.
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Carpet mats keep the noise down.
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I guess I'm in the minority... Do you all have light coloured carpet?

I have Weathertechs, but I switch back to the carpeted mats in the summer.
My floor carpeting is black, so I just need to vacuum once per week to make it look like new again.

This winter was my first with Weathertechs. They seemed to protect well, but their Achilles heel is that they don't hold much liquid capacity as I have plenty of salt staining near the rear of the front mats where overspill occurred.
This likely happened during heavy acceleration.... SQ5 problems?
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I guess I'm in the minority... Do you all have light coloured carpet?
Same here. I can't wait to get the hideous winter mats out of the car and out of my sight. They really spoil the appearance of Audi's beautiful interior. Sure, they're a necessary evil in my climate, but certainly not needed for 12 months.
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Same here. I can't wait to get the hideous winter mats out of the car and out of my sight. They really spoil the appearance of Audi's beautiful interior. Sure, they're a necessary evil in my climate, but certainly not needed for 12 months.
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It's a rite of spring that I enjoy when I can finally swap out the winter mats with the carpet mats.
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It's a rite of spring that I enjoy when I can finally swap out the winter mats with the carpet mats.
I leave my mats alone. My rite of spring is swapping winter wheels to summers wheels.
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I have always used Weathertech, has anyone used Aries 3D floor liners? Thoughts?
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Got kids so my brand new '14 Q5 TDI is fully adorned with the winter mats. Had it for 4 days now and loving every minute. Even with going through the learning curve with the MMI features. I plan to keep them in there full time.
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It's a rite of spring that I enjoy when I can finally swap out the winter mats with the carpet mats.
Same for me too! I will do this when I swap out my winter wheels/tires.
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Old 06-03-2014, 03:16 AM   #17
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While I've got the OEM mats it seems like the weather tech have a bigger lip which mainly helps in winter with all the snow a salt - salt being my biggest issue ive managed to get salt stains everywhere ;(
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Our Q5 came with both the summer AND winter mats. Both sets are in a box as we ended up getting the Weathertec mats. After having looked at the fit of all 3 sets of mats the Weathertec mats win hands down. I was debating putting in the summer mats now that winter is over but the Weathertecs give so much better coverage overall. Even though the snow/salt is gone, the floor area could still get wet during the rainy season.
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I keep the Weathertechs in year round. Sometimes I think I bring in more crap in the spring/summer/fall than I do in the winter with all the seeds, leaves, twigs, moss, old squirrel nests etc. that fall out of the trees over my driveway.
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Same here. If I were to switch mats seasonally, it would be the opposite because of our dry and relatively warm winters. I really like the Audi rubber mats, even if they only say Q5, not SQ5. If anyone wants a brand-new set of grey carpet mats, let me know...you can have them. If/when these wear out, I will probably get the Weathertechs you speak of. Primarily because AlbertaBound say they fit even better. These fit perfectly, so I'd like to see a picture of the Weathertechs, how they look & fit. How much are they? More than the $330 stockers?
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