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Hello.

It's my second European; but first German vehicle and my first Turbo motor -- and it's so spankin' new that it only had 55 miles on it when I rolled it off the lot 35 hours ago. :D Though that isn't the lowest mileage I had on a new vehicle purchased -- that belongs to my MR2 with only 12 miles on it (now 100K+ miles)

In any event, as you can see a vast majority of my experience with cars (from my signature) are Japanese-based ... but I will say my favorite mod of all time is I believe German-based and that was the addition of Remus muffler on my now R.I.P. Acura Integra GS-R -- best sounding mufflers imo. I hope to add one to the Audi soon, that is unless (as I have not searched the forums yet) you all recommend something else.

The Audi Q3 won my heart over many that I test drove -- Land Rover Discovery Sport, Mini Cooper Countryman 6M, Mazda CX-5, and Lexus NX200t. Although there were others to consider in the class, I opted to not even consider test-driving those simply based on either look and/or the current model's age (which means it was due for a major change < 2 years).
 

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Congrats and welcome aboard. Outstanding combo. I liked mine immediately also. The test drive felt just right. The comfort is incredible. Steering, cornering, changing lanes, exit ramps. It holds the ground well. Enjoy yours. We love ours.
 

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Welcome!

I see Volvo was the other European car that you have owned previously. How did you enjoy that one?

Planning any mods to the Q3?
 

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Welcome! We have the same car!!
 

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Welcome to the forum - you'll love it here almost as much as your car !! >:D
 

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Thanks all for the warm welcome!

...I liked mine immediately also. The test drive felt just right. The comfort is incredible. Steering, cornering, changing lanes, exit ramps. It holds the ground well.
Monsoon - Of all the vehicles tested, this definitely had the best of everything. The Land Rover had a nice compliment of interior features and of course it's ability to go off-road -- but it was heavy and slow. I know what you mean with steering & cornering. When I tested the NX200t, although it held its own on the same off-ramp at 50mph (sign says 35mph), it sat too high and felt as though I could tip over. The Q3 sits lower to the ground and felt more car-like.

I see Volvo was the other European car that you have owned previously. How did you enjoy that one?

Planning any mods to the Q3?
Otto - Let's say that it wasn't my choice to purchase the Volvo. I was married then and the former Mrs wanted that. In my opinion, it was a truck platform with some luxuries -- it didn't drive like a MB GL or ML class or even any comparable Euro in the same class. The version I had was a the V8 (non-Sport) with customized brown/dark orange interior.

For the Q3, it looks like I/H/E is the way to go first. I wanted to do a mod chip since I have many peers who own VWs; but it seems mod chip is no good with respect to warranty. I've read that even if I remove it prior to service, the computer still remembers it was there and thus reports on it. That'll suck. Thoughts?


Welcome! We have the same car!!
John - Interesting to see your wife's version is the Cortina. That was the original color; but to wait 4 weeks for the Cortina/Brown to come in was painstaking, so instead I cut the delivery time in 1/2 with an on-shore Glacier/Brown -- which in retrospect for me is a better color than plain white.


Welcome to the forum and congrats! Looks like you've got a lot of love for the automotive world.

Post up some pictures of your brand new Audi for us. I am sure that people would like to see some pictures.
CARiD - Yes, I loved working on my Japanese imports -- whether it was inherited, used, or new. I avoided the "rice" term when it came to the mods -- striving for mods that provided that "surprise" factor -- certainly there are items like lowering, muffler changes, etc that aren't as hidden -- but hope you know what I mean.

Here's how it looks on the outside -- Q3 Prestige (with S-Line, Power Liftgate, Bose Stereo, etc).
 

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