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#578 of 672 next Q7 and iCar
Aug 30, 2007 (3:54 pm)
i'm just waiting for the next leap in technology.. i think it will be AUDI/VW + Apple who will lead the way in the next revolution...(2009s?) hopefully they will have the intuitive controls of the ipod... get the apple and the audi/vw engineers together and they will create a true dream vehicle and then give it to a Japanese factory to assemble.. now that will be a car of my dreams...
#579 of 672 Re: Audi Q7 steering vibrations [josephy]
Aug 31, 2007 (4:24 am)
I hope you have another Q7 as a loaner while your Q7 is in the shop?
#580 of 672 General observations after 1 year of ownership
Sep 10, 2007 (6:38 am)
About 10 months, 11K miles here on a 3.6 Premium with Nav, 19" Continentals and most other goodies.
No steering vibration, but an Oil Pressure light goes on occasionally and the gas tank flap does not flap on occasion. Other than that - a great-looking, great-feeling car.
There are a few issues though that I want to float and see if you people feel the same about...
1. Various ergonomics issues. Way too many simple operations requre either multiple steps or taking eyes off the road.
(in no particular order)
Steering-wheel-mounted cruise control too close to turn signal/high beam control - even after that much driving experience, still occasionally flash high-beams when trying to engage the CC
Windshield wipers (esp. in winter or on dirt road) - to engage the rear wiper, need to push the lever away. To wash the dirty windshield, need to pull the lever, thus dis-engaging the rear wiper. A simple enough operation that should not require a multi-step process.
Climate control - LOVE 6-step bun-warmers, H A T E that their controls are tied to Blower and there is no way to just turn the warmer on by itself.
Also, no way to shut off rear climate controls from the front - have to reach back and hunt for the button. And, when both my kids are back there and both child-locks are engaged, even more steps are needed.
A wierd "voice-recognition" button on the steering wheel which appears too moody to work consistently. (plus, according to the manual, mine should not work at all, since I do not have a particular package - go figure!)
2. CRAZY head-rests - very uncomfortable according to most/all of my rear-seat adult passengers. Cannot be adjusted. If folded, prevent the use of the seat. Block way too much of the rear view.
3. Hard-to-understand and nowhere-documented info on the MMI - such as MPG, time, speed, etc. - one of them lists mpg at 200. I WISH!!!
4. Non-foldable cargo cover - what a pain when 3rd row is up!!! Of course, the folded cover is only reserved for Europe it appears
5. Do-it-yourself spare tire - never had anything like that before, hope never to have to blow one at night on a deserted road.
6. A dealer service dept. in NYC being closed for lunch?!?! In the City that never sleeps!!! And, me having an emergency!
Lastly, as I posted in the Maintenance forum, I was taken aback by Audi CS telling me that it was up to a dealer to provide me with a loaner if/when I bring the car in for that Oil Pressure issue. Some posted that the repair took weeks, they had their engines replaced, cars declared lemons, etc... and all of that for a hefty monthly payment and potentially NO LOANER??? WOW!
Thanks for reading.
#582 of 672 Re: General observations after 1 year of ownership [vip9]
Sep 10, 2007 (1:21 pm)
I have a Q7 3.6 premium with 20" wheels, infotainment pkg, luxury 6 seat cofig, pano roof, comfort, 4 zone, and rear side airbags.
Had it 10 months and so far have about 16,500 miles on it.
I also get that oil pressure light from time to time, however only when i turn the car on, and if i turn it back off and on, it will usually go away.
I did not get the voice recognition, so for me that button is useless.
I read about the complaints you have and i may be able to help with a few:
With the problem u stated about the heated seats, i have figured out how to get them to stay on with the climate control off. You just set to what number you would like, and then press and hold the "econ" button, which also says "on/off" until the climate control goes off. the seats will stay on.
For youre problem concerning turning off the rear AC, there is a way to control it by hitting the "setup" button on the climate control panel. Once you do, scroll down to the bottom with either the left or right AC adjustment konb, depending on which side you want to adjust, and select "rear operation". here you still can not completley turn the ac off, but you cant adjust the blower to 1, as well as the air direction and heated seat.
I agree that the trip computer can be confusing and i had to get help from this site to figure it out at first. On the wiper stalk, under the stalk itself is a square button that says reset. When you press this, it scrolls the different trip computer screens on the driver info display between the speedo and tach. i believe they are digital speedometer, trip comp 1, and trip comp 2. Once you have picked one of these screens, there is a rocker button at the very end face of the wiper stalk, where you are able to scroll through the various features such as MPG instant, MPG average, Miles left to tank, Average speed, etc. These readings can be reset through the MMI, by pressing the "car" menu button. Then scroll down to "instrument cluster" and select it. There you will see trip computer 1 and trip computer 2, and when you select one or the other, you can not only reset it but pick what you would like to be displayed on the drive info display (in gauge cluster).
I also have a few complaints of my own:
1. I agree that the car cover is not well designed, because it is extremley wide and is imposible to store with the third seat up. I usually just leave it out unless we are going on a long trip. It does, however, have good ideas like the extendable flaps that clip to the 2nd row of seats.
2. I also do not like how the power tailgate opens from the button in the front drivers door or the key fob, yet it will only close from the button on the trunk. This is apparently a saftey feature, but i wish it would go both ways from the key.
3. I see below the head-lights two rectangles that look like the openings from the headlight washers, but i have tried everything to make them work and they have never popped out of their covers, no matter how long i hold the cleaning stalk in. Maybe the 3.6 does not have head light washers? Does anyone know how to use them?
Overall this is a fantastic car and the reason milage is going on so fast is because i choose to take out this car much more than i had thought, and it is an amazing traveling car. right now getting almost 23mpg driving 65mph on rural highway roads. Overall a great car, only i wish i had waited and been able to buy the rear camera without the whole techno package. Also, the 6-seat configuration i chose is really unique and that along with the sunroof are still my two favorite options.
#583 of 672 Re: General observations after 1 year of ownership [quattroporte12]
Sep 10, 2007 (2:10 pm)
quattroporte12, the headlight washers come with the S-Line package. I really resent the packaging on this vehicle, I really prefer Acura's packaging model where there are only a couple packages. With Audi's package proliferation, it is virtually impossible to find a car on the lot with what you want, you have to special order it or live with what you can find.
#584 of 672 Re: General observations after 1 year of ownership [quattroporte12]
Sep 11, 2007 (5:58 am)
Hey, quattro, thanks a lot for your input.
First off, I'd suggest you read the latest posts in the Q7 maintenance/repair Forum. That Oil pressure light is not as harmless as it may look. Audi C/S told me they now have a documented solution.
BTW, my Q also rides on 20", sorry for the typo. Looks like we have very similar cars sans the seat configuration.
I did not really voice "complaints", more like little gripes.
I know about resetting trip computers and all - it's just what's actually displayed - makes no sense sometimes.
I LOVE digital speedo - that's my permanent driver MMI display option.
Seat warmer - not the problem to keep it on while the blower is off.... it's to keep the blower off while turning on the seat warmer. A silly task requires EXTRA STEPS.
Same with rear A/C - way too difficult to control, esp at highway speeds - for NO REASON! A little engineering twick can go a long way.
As far as that voice button - according to my window sticker, I do NOT have voice package either, but the button is there, and it WORKS!!! (or so it thinks )
Mine originally "chose" a random contact from the sync contacts list, and immediately dialed that number at first touch. I had a hell of a time to try to figure out how to "unselect" that contact (after numerous apologies and assurances that I did not intend to call/harrass that person ) I wound up deleting that contact, then re-sync-ing again. After a few trial-and-error attempts I managed to store my home #... but seem to have lost a true one-touch function. It now beeps when I press, I have to scream DIAL for it to MAYBE call the number.
Of course all of that is well-documented in the manual
BTW, where is a microphone? in the overhead console by the eyeglass holder or where?
Anyway, a few more gripes to voice -
"Smart" wipers mode - slows them down to 0 at the traffic light stops... if it rains hard enough - to the point that I cannot see the light... and the wipers go back on after the car picks up speed upto about 5 mph. HELLO! Am I supposed to drive blind those few seconds? My previous car, MDX, had a great feature of a rapid wipers engaging once the break pedal is released. In the Q, once again, an EXTRA driver's responsibility of altering wiper controls.
I L O V E panorama roof... but why oh why did they NOT go that extra mile of making more of it open up?!?!
Roof rails - so nice yet so useless. Not a single opening to tie anything to them, unless you want to go through the windows or pay $$$$$ for optional cross bars.
Anyway, a great and gorgeous car altogether except for a few of these annoying little things.
And, being the 1st model year and developing some of the inevitable problems while ignorant dealers try to brush you off... I am just glad this is a short-term lease
#585 of 672 Compass Probs
Sep 14, 2007 (8:15 am)
So far no probs aside from the compass reading in the rearview mirror is not accurate. Once in awhile it reads correctly but it takes miles before it changes (i.e. driving South and compass still reads SE etc). Anyone have this issue? Thanks
#586 of 672 Re: Compass Probs [grn95]
Sep 14, 2007 (2:11 pm)
The compass has to be adjusted (for declination?).
Based on the exact place where you are located, you
have to make tiny adjustments. I believe the manual
tells you how.
#587 of 672 Re: Audi Q7 steering vibrations [7thvwaudi]
Sep 18, 2007 (2:42 am)
Thx 7thvwaudi... did they also change the parts as advised by josephy...??
I do have the same problem. The vibrations are very disturbing.
I had the car driven out of the showroom when I noticed, returned it meanwhile twice to the dealer for fixing. The dealer advised that he has the issue with other Q7 and that Audi Engineers have come to look at it but no response so far. They changed the 2 front tires on mine, vibrations reduced slightly but are now back as before. I have given my dealer the response on the parts they changed on josephy's Q7 and await the dealers and Audi's response.
I have not even 800 miles on it...and am very disappointed.