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    Awaiting the arrival of a 2013 Q5 3.0TDI which has been ordered with the standard 18" wheels. I know 20's look better (at a cost of $3.1k) but need a compliant ride and a no bigger hole in the bank balance so stayed with 18's.

    My question is should I paint the inner parts of the wheels (satin anthracite is the colour I am thinking) to disguise the dreaded (IMO) brake dust that seems to inflicts all euros. I would leave the spokes and rim silver (alloy) to provide a contrast. Would this look the part or total crap. Would value the forum members opinion.

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    Depends on the color of the car and design of the wheel

    Before you try painting them, i would use a good wheel wax. this way dust just washes of with a hose.
    The other thing is to replace your OEM pads with a low dust pad.
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    Yeh, should have said the Q5 is Ibis White, with all the standard exterior bits, eg not S-Line or Offroad etc.

    Didn't know you could get low dust pads, can you suggest where?

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    Plenty of places. Most of the VW/Audi specialists can help you with better advice regarding pads as different compounds have different properties. (wear, operating temperature, disc wear, noise etc)

    Take a look at ecs tuning. they have a large selection of pads for a variety of cars.

    as for the wheels, painting the inner barrels of the wheels could look good if they are done in black/antracite. A lot of premium wheel manufactures offer this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mumbo View Post
    Awaiting the arrival of a 2013 Q5 3.0TDI which has been ordered with the standard 18" wheels. I know 20's look better (at a cost of $3.1k) but need a compliant ride and a no bigger hole in the bank balance so stayed with 18's.

    My question is should I paint the inner parts of the wheels (satin anthracite is the colour I am thinking) to disguise the dreaded (IMO) brake dust that seems to inflicts all euros. I would leave the spokes and rim silver (alloy) to provide a contrast. Would this look the part or total crap. Would value the forum members opinion.
    hi Mumbo, i just want to place an order for a 3.0tdi... dealer in SYD offers $76k for standard features plus metallic paint & skyroof, may i ask you does this price sound OK? thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by happysamli View Post
    hi Mumbo, i just want to place an order for a 3.0tdi... dealer in SYD offers $76k for standard features plus metallic paint & skyroof, may i ask you does this price sound OK? thanks in advance.
    Sounds reasonable as the list is $75.5K. Does your price included dealer delivery etc? I bought mine through these guys www.fleetavenue.com.au . Give them the spec and see what they can do for you.

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    Hi lambolover had a look at ecs tuning and note they are US based. The US doesn't have the TDI's yet as far as I know, so they may not have the relevant parts? I will follow up with local specialists in Sydney. Thanks for your comments on "my plan" for the wheels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mumbo View Post
    Sounds reasonable as the list is $75.5K. Does your price included dealer delivery etc? I bought mine through these guys www.fleetavenue.com.au . Give them the spec and see what they can do for you.
    Yes, my quote is drive away price. I thought I may squeeze anther 1k but I know it's very hard? What the price you have if you don't mind?

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    You could also look at plastidip for your wheels. It's a non-permanent method, and gives you an option to change your mind down the line. Have a Google, if you are unfamiliar with the process. Getting quite common nowadays.

    As for low dust brake pads, some owners have gotten good results with Akebono. Just need to confirm whether they have pad to suit your model.

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    Quote Originally Posted by d-train View Post
    You could also look at plastidip for your wheels. It's a non-permanent method, and gives you an option to change your mind down the line. Have a Google, if you are unfamiliar with the process. Getting quite common nowadays.

    Wow not heard of this stuff before. The VW forums have a lot of guys using it. Not sure if I want to do it to a brand new car, but if I decide to NOT get the wheels sprayed it would be great to check out some colour options.

    As for low dust brake pads, some owners have gotten good results with Akebono. Just need to confirm whether they have pad to suit your model.
    Just checked out their website but no good for the 2013 Q5, however they must start producing them in a while as they cover to 2012 now. Many thanks for your post

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