$2175 for metallic paint – which rare exotic metal are they using?
Something that stays on the damn car. I’ve had to take in one of my Holden Combos twice to get the paint redone after it started peeling.
There was a documentary on the BMW factory in Virginia. It was really amazing to see that half of the manufacturing process involves painting the bodyshell. They use paint with magnetic ions in it which sticks to the steel bodywork and repeat the process a few times earlier. I’d assume that Merc and Audi would do similar things and hence charge more for paint.
Put a 15 year old E-Class next to a VS Commodore and you’ll see why one owner paid a four-figure sum for metallic paint.
Yeah – what is with Holden’s peeling? My sister’s Barina, barely 5 years old is peeling all over the roof. It’s ridiculous.
I had a 2008 Passat with metallic paint and it started to bubble and peel on all the plastic parts like the front & rear bumper.
Not impressed and no reason to think this Audi’s paint would be any better.
What did you pay for your metallic paint? 990?
While Audi is owned by VW, they are still largely seperate companies. Audi is widely regarded as having one of, if not the highest build quality in the world. Same could not be said about VW with the number of angry Golf and Polo owners.
Do you ever hear about the A3 having reliablity issues like the Golf? I guarantee that will be the same with the new A1 and Polo. These are about the only cars similar between VW and Audi. Other than that Audi mostly uses their own parts, including paint.
And the Combo? It’s peeling where it was before due to poor workmanship but in addition it’s peeling in other places so it really shows a difference between mainstream brands (Opel!) and premium European ones.
VW Passat made in Germany. Ausi Q7 made in Slovakia.
Oh the irony……
Oh and it would surprise me if they had a different supplier of paints. Audi always charges more for options. Metallic paint is no exception.
Paint finish is better on premium brands no doubt as far as visual and the number of coats. But remember car manufacturer’s apply paint according to the paint manufacturer’s recommendations and believe me there are only a few major brands like PPG etc that supply most of the paint.
The difference most of the time from a Merc and Holden is mainly the owner. Whilst a Merc is more likely to have paint protection, garaged, washed and detailed frequently, the Holden will be exposed to the elements and cleaned less often. Reverse the roles and the result will be similar..
This is probably one of the only 4WD’s that i would consider over the Disco. Quite an impressive package, and with that outstanding Fuel consumption, it seems hard to pass up in this class.
Lot of good engineering behind this thing, but it is still ugly as sin. Only the BMW X6 is worse, far worse.
I still don’t see it’s 4WD credentials. If I was seriously hitting it off road, this thing would be very low on the list of preferred vehicles.
This is for sure my next car… so much better than white good based toyota parado and co.
Sunny mate, You for sure can go into the bushland in a Q7..but would you seriously depend on it to ever come back..
What I don’t get is why it costs $7,600 to buy the sat nav alone, but $6,700 for the technik package which includes the sat nav plus a further $6,000 worth of options? Am I missing something here?
Also, the Q7 is a large beast of a car. Unless you needed the extra space, an X5 or ML300 might be a better option.
No-one in their right mind would pay those numbers for the individual options but when you consider the package against the individual prices, all of a sudden $6700 seems like tremendous value.
Its Audi playing on the naivety of their customers. They get $6700 out of them and the customer walks away thinking they’ve scored themselves a bargain.
I would have bought one all the features are awesome apart from the lack of storage around the centre area the glove box is tiny as only holds the manuals and thats full, there is a tiny tiny little cubby near the front of the gear leaver and a stupid 6 stack cd player where there should be a huge centre console, i know a mate who had one and put 150kms in 3 years on it flogged it over dirt roads and back tracks and never had a rattle nor squeak awesome awesome car
Do you remember what the stereo was like?
Crouchy, normally when you buy an option package it is more expensive than any individual option on it’s own. Otherwise it wouldn’t make sense to list the individual option in the first place.
Caradvice might be wrong in that the sat nav included in the Technik package may be different compared to the sat nav purchased on it’s own. Otherwise Audi have either done a misprint or have rocks in their head.
Chucky, I think you’ve missed the point. The only reason for Audi listing the individual prices is to make the package look like a bargain.
You may well be one of those naive customers I was talking about!
It really is a massive car. After a ride in a QE7 I got back in the Territory and it felt like a Mini. It felt really cumbersome around town although all-round vision is good and there are a lot of features in the good-looking interior. This one looks terrible on the standard 18s with the grey bumpers, significantly improved once you fit 20s.
7.8 and it’s not even a hybrid, staggering stuff. Hybrid have to do a lot better to beat this.
Yeah considering it is a bloody big SUV
Has anyone installed a tuning box or the like onto the Q7? Does it work ok?
I love this comment – made in Slovakia – if you even knew that Slovakian built is for German market and export = highest quality… and spanish, german and other built is for 2nd-dary markets…
Every one thinking to buy Audi be aware of the false commitments and I don’t think they have Quality Control as they claim
I had very bad experience with Audi Q7, I brought the new car on 28th July 2009 and i found that my car is registered as 2008, I don’t know if they sold me the car2008 as 2009 as in the system of Audi Dealer SAMACO it is registered on 2008, don’t believe about the services they claim on A PLUS as they can come to you any time to say sorry sir it is not included and show a chart which you never say when you singed on A PLUS contract,
they claim that they will provide you with alternative car when you go to service center for service and you will never get alternative car (sorry sir all cars are with other customers).
my car is in service center because it is showing 2008 model and you need to wait till they check with there management to get approval and simply this approval takes 11 days, Just to say oh sorry yes it is 2009 give us some time to rectify your problem.
you need to pay for rental car because they have mistake in there system you should pay for there mistakes.
you need to pay 8500SAR (USD2,266) to change your shoo pads front and back, you need to change the drums (A PLUS) included services for 5 years. as claimed
Sorry guys I don’t recommend to buy any AUDI cars,
I need to say the car is supper but the services are very bad after sales service is worst service I experienced
I only have to say if something falls in between the front seets and where the cd player is in the middle…. it is like a death trap..
you cannot reach under the seats easily and there are empty gaps under the plastic under the seats and ive got so many things gone lost under them. it is a nuisance when you got kids.. Hope Audi will do something about this in the future..
I was talking about Audi Q7…
a new Q7 design is due out this year. does that mean the older designs would be sold cheaper and prices of used Audis will decrease significantly? I am looking to buy a used Q7, looked at two 2010 model with 53Kkm incl sunroof and TV priced 70K and another at 35Kkm without sunroof and TV priced AUD69K. do u think these are good prices? would it drop further once new design comes out
obviously not a good idea buddy, you could buy a BRAND-NEW Q7 at 90K! If I were you I won’t pay 80 percent of the brand-new price for a used car-It’s not a virgin!