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Old April 17th, 2017, 14:13   #1
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Loved everything about my golf, but my family outgrew it and it had been struggling in severe weather and back mountain roads.. It was primarily our road trip/recreational vehicle and not a daily commuter for the last 4 years, most all those miles were towing my adventure trailer and hauling my dogs and son.. I was a staunch keeper until I got my wife Pregnant last fall, then with a 2nd son on the way I started to sway and eventually caved.. However I had no desire to walk away from the TDI platform.. Had I planned accordingly all those years ago I'd of bought a wagon in the first place and still be driving it today.

Drove the Audi home on a ~600 mile road trip, other than not having a clutch pedal it was ideal.. alot more comfortable than the Golf had been on that trip, made it home with no back/neck/butt pains.. The Adaptive Cruise control was amazing, it pretty much drives it self on the highway..

Plan on buying a set of 18" OE Rims, putting all terrains on it for Winter/Spring before the year is up, and getting a Malone Stage 2 tune for it once the money for the fix is in my pocket.. In the next few weeks I gotta get the front 2 windows tinted to match the rest.. other than that she's perfect and I wont be doing much else with it.

My butt dyno tells me its just as quick as my Golf was tuned, the Q7 dont feel as big as it is.. until you hit the brakes and you feel the weight transfer. Turning radius seems comparable to our CC, not as good as the golf but not as terrible as I thought it could be..

The extra height is nice, It seems having headlights higher off the ground helps alot for night driving and now I can still see out the back window when the trailer is hooked up.. I was parked next to my dad's Jeep w/AAS in Dynamic Mode and was clearly sitting alot lower, then I cranked it to Lift Mode I had more ground clearance and was sitting higher than his was.. With some All Terrain tires this will get me into alot more back country camping sites w/out worry.. You guys shoulda seen some of the roads I took the Golf through, I had been considering lifting the Golf for a while, but my Westy hitch could not be height adjusted so the trailer would of had to been lifted w/the car.. here's a capture of a video I took while driving back to Camp one morning last year:

Taking the Q7 out this Weekend for our first Camping trip of the year, thanks to Dieselgate I'm one happy camper..
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Old April 21st, 2017, 04:26   #2
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You'll love the 3.0 TDI. Buy a Chipwerke Pro module on eBay for $300 and it'll really come to life.
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Old April 21st, 2017, 14:59   #3
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I finally ordered my Chipwerke. I see it as "fix insurance" in addition to whatever other merits it will no doubt have. It arrives on Monday.

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Old April 22nd, 2017, 06:38   #4
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I finally ordered my Chipwerke. I see it as "fix insurance" in addition to whatever other merits it will no doubt have. It arrives on Monday.
Mine didn't come with directions. You unplug one sensor, plug it into the chipwerke harness, and plug the other end into the sensor. I mounted the module on the drivers side of the strut mount bar and attached the harness to the harness that runs under the engine cover using the included zip ties. It takes 5 minutes or so to install.
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Old April 26th, 2017, 11:38   #5
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Good to hear it's finally home. That silver looks great, I bet that limestone is nice too. Take a picture with it lifted up for us if you can please =)

Adaptive Cruise Control. The business or what?
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Old April 26th, 2017, 14:07   #6
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The adaptive cruise control is nice. I've had it on while approaching a sharp turn and the brakes slammed on because it senses the guard rail.
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Nice upgrade! I always loved Q7s.
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