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Old February 11th, 2018, 15:03   #1
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I've have a full B&O stereo system in my Q7 and my buy-back is scheduled for next week. Was wondering if I can remove the speakers from the vehicle BEFORE I return it?

I'm not going to remove the MMI or anything, just the speakers from the doors, back, sub, and the pop-ups from the front. I'd need to remove the door cards to take out the speakers...so the doors will look "strange"

Has anyone returned a vehicle with the speakers taken out and was there any issue? TIA
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Old February 11th, 2018, 15:51   #2
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Hi,

I've have a full B&O stereo system in my Q7 and my buy-back is scheduled for next week. Was wondering if I can remove the speakers from the vehicle BEFORE I return it?

I'm not going to remove the MMI or anything, just the speakers from the doors, back, sub, and the pop-ups from the front. I'd need to remove the door cards to take out the speakers...so the doors will look "strange"

Has anyone returned a vehicle with the speakers taken out and was there any issue? TIA
What are you going to do with the speakers once you remove them? Sell them and try to profit some more from this fiasco? Are they original to the car? If not put the speakers that came in the car back in.
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Old February 11th, 2018, 17:02   #3
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Was this the factory stereo ? If not - do you have the OEM speakers to put back in ?

You do need to do some back reading of older threads about what has happened with people who took items from their car. In short - if the stereo isn't working when you return it, you may have problems.
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Old February 11th, 2018, 20:21   #4
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What are you going to do with the speakers once you remove them? Sell them and try to profit some more from this fiasco? Are they original to the car? If not put the speakers that came in the car back in.
I was actually going to remove the speakers and put them in my other Q7. Not looking to profit, just re-use.
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Old February 11th, 2018, 20:23   #5
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Was this the factory stereo ? If not - do you have the OEM speakers to put back in ?

You do need to do some back reading of older threads about what has happened with people who took items from their car. In short - if the stereo isn't working when you return it, you may have problems.
The B&O system was a $6300 upgrade when ordering the Q7. It came from the factory that way, so it is the OEM speakers...at least for me.

I'll try to use the search to determine what other's have experienced. Is there a good "this is what happened when I took XYZ out of my car and returned it"?

Thanx
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Old February 11th, 2018, 20:42   #6
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My wife had to turn the car on, move it 5’, then sign paperwork. They never looked at the car.
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Old February 11th, 2018, 23:29   #7
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Doubt it would make any difference one way or the other in terms of the buyback but the speakers aren't worth the time to R&R them...twice. Better speakers exist for a few hundred dollars. Similar to the "Fender" option, chances are when you pull the B&O speakers they won't be anything other than standard speakers from Panasonic or Hitachi or something along those lines.

They also aren't likely to work very well with a headunit that isn't meant to drive them so just tossing them in a different Q7 without the rest of the audio upgrades will sound subpar even compared to the standard setup in whatever Q7 you buy. If you don't have the audio upgrade, you won't even have all of the speaker locations to transfer them into.
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Old February 12th, 2018, 04:02   #8
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I have read some -anecdotes- about turning in cars, and there doesn't seem to be a clear answer to the question in the OP. As the buyback process has changed over time, there seem to be more rejections of cars due to "stripping." Bottom line is, you do something like take out the speakers, you're taking a chance. A big chance? I doubt it.
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Old February 12th, 2018, 04:36   #9
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Raj,

I certainly read stories in the beginning of owners stripping the cars considerably and Audi still buying them back. By the way are you stalking me? Or am I stalking you? LOl. This is a pretty good forum for getting TDI information.

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Old February 12th, 2018, 04:54   #10
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Invest your time with your family, pursuit of sticking it to VW will only get you so far.

I second the speakers are only a 1/4 or less of the system, the DSP and amp is prob where the money was spent.

It amazes me VW stuck with the north american market. (BTW I now regret sending back my '10 jetta with steel rims and studded snow tires).
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Old February 12th, 2018, 08:48   #11
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Raj,

I certainly read stories in the beginning of owners stripping the cars considerably and Audi still buying them back. By the way are you stalking me? Or am I stalking you? LOl. This is a pretty good forum for getting TDI information.

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Too funny Kevin...thinks it's me taking your lead
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Old February 12th, 2018, 08:51   #12
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Doubt it would make any difference one way or the other in terms of the buyback but the speakers aren't worth the time to R&R them...twice. Better speakers exist for a few hundred dollars. Similar to the "Fender" option, chances are when you pull the B&O speakers they won't be anything other than standard speakers from Panasonic or Hitachi or something along those lines.

They also aren't likely to work very well with a headunit that isn't meant to drive them so just tossing them in a different Q7 without the rest of the audio upgrades will sound subpar even compared to the standard setup in whatever Q7 you buy. If you don't have the audio upgrade, you won't even have all of the speaker locations to transfer them into.
The speakers themselves are in fact https://www.bang-olufsen.com/en plus they sound fantastic, especially in relation to the Bose.

I could easily get at the amp (in the rear tire area) and the DSP is programmable. So It would be taking out the speakers, the amp and be done. But alas, I don't want to jeopardize my buy-back and not sure.
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Old February 12th, 2018, 09:20   #13
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Just put the door panels back on.
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Old February 12th, 2018, 11:39   #14
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You can do it. Slap some cheapies in there.

Imaging all the folks who got VW's, took stock speakers out, replaced with better speakers. But don't read as better, read as "different"

You think VW cares? Or would say "NO, put stock speakers BACK!!!"

Heck no. Replacing speakers with a speaker of your choice is a reasonable act when you buy a car. Most folks toss their OEM speakers anyway.

Not like you're taking the hood, trunk lid, and all the seats.
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I was actually going to remove the speakers and put them in my other Q7. Not looking to profit, just re-use.
Well then just swap um. No harm no foul!
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