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Thread: Looking to buy a MY13+ Q5 - Advice Welcome

  1. Default Looking to buy a MY13+ Q5 - Advice Welcome

    I'm currently looking to buy a used Q5. I have a growing family, and the Golf my Wife and I share is good but we really need a second (and bigger) family car.

    I'm looking at MY13 (or above) 2.0 TFSI models primarily, but also considering the 3.0 TDI if I can stretch the budget a bit.

    Appreciate any advise anyone has as I start looking in terms of things to look out for (issues), specific features/options that are especially useful and I should try to find a vehicle with etc.

    I'm looking at the MY13 or above as it's (as I understand) the mid-cycle refresh and the earlier 2.0 petrol engines as well as DSG gearboxes had issues which the later ones seem to avoid.

    I'm also considering doing the following to whatever I purchase, and anyone who has done these things I'd be keen to hear outcomes.

    1) Retrofitting an Android Auto/CarPlay system into the factory MMI (AliExpress have a few options that seem to integrate well into the factory MMI). We have this in the Golf and I'll really miss it otherwise.

    2) A stage 1 ECU tune with a Bluefin/Superchips, which in theory takes the 165KW engine to about 200KW and 350Nm to 425Nm. If anyone has done one of these tunes on a Q5 or equivalent Audi engine I'd love to know more about actual results (either hard stats or even anecdotal thoughts).

    Thanks in advance!

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    After driving both the 2.0 TFSI and the 3.0 TDI (Both MY13) I don't think I could settle for the petrol. That 3.0 TDI is just so effortless to drive with heaps of power and torque.
    Last edited by ajobbins; August 21st, 2019 at 01:59 AM.

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    Yep, great combination. It does feel heavier in the front end compared to the 2.0T (and therefore through corners, roundabouts etc) but it’s an effortless engine with plenty of grunt when you need it. Would definitely be my pick in the Q5 range.

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    MY13 have two variants

    1. MK1 (09 to 13)
    2 MK1 (09 to 16) face uplift.

    I would probably look for the second option. Easiest way to check,
    updated Grill, you can retrofit Light but not Bumper grill.

    Cheers



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    Quote Originally Posted by neoalius View Post
    MY13 have two variants

    1. MK1 (09 to 13)
    2 MK1 (09 to 16) face uplift.

    I would probably look for the second option. Easiest way to check,
    updated Grill, you can retrofit Light but not Bumper grill.
    Awesome, thanks! Yes, I've been looking out for the sharper corners on the grill as the easiest way to pick the facelift.

    Still have some wife convincing to do - she think's buying a used European car will be a money pit. Maybe it will, but YOLO and I want to drive something that is exciting and nice. I spend 2hrs+ a day commuting, and I want it to be fun and not just a means of transport. Missed out on a couple of decent ones from dealers here in Melbourne that were really sharply priced and immaculate (A 2013 and a 2014, both facelifts) for about $26,000. Might have been able to get that over the line, but the rest for sale at the moment are pushing $30k or more.

    She did suggest I look at leasing a brand new one - but I just can't bring myself to spend that kind of money at this point, knowing that how much it will depreciate, and all the duty and luxury car tax on a new one.

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    I will prefer TDI over TFSI due to oil burning issue.

    Donít buy Audi if you donít know service history or itís not been followed as per Audi recommendation.

    Best is if itís always been serviced at audi/European specialist.

    Cheers


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