We bought this Q7 as a Certified Pre-Owned (used) vehicle in 2011 when it had
|Still going strong in the snow in 2016|
There are a few drawbacks to having a ten-year-old vehicle. Our Q7 doesn't have Bluetooth or USB ports for easy phone charging or podcast listening. It does have Sirius/XM satellite radio, but no Pandora. I love Pandora, so this is a bummer during those long trips to and from Lake Tahoe. I would also like cooled/ventilated seats. We have four heated seats that work very well, but some days a well-timed breeze on my back would be so refreshing.
Why am I writing about a ten-year-old SUV? Basically to let you know that I wasn't a dummy to buy this Certified Pre-Owned Q7 in 2011. And I haven't been a dummy to keep it this long. It's a great SUV. It gets the job done and still looks stylish, feels safe, and is as solid as the day it was built. There have been a few repairs, but nothing major. I found a great local mechanic who gives it check-ups and replaced the gas cap when it failed a smog check. (The smog check place should have done the same, but instead suggested my Q7 needed some new valves according to the warning code. Turns out it was just a $10 gas cap.) We did replace the defroster/AC fan that is located behind the glove box after it started squeaking and suddenly stopped working during a frosty drive home from the mountains. A drive that reminded us of the Toyota Tercel we drove as newlyweds that couldn't keep the windows clear once the temp dropped below 40 degrees F. The Q7 fan is located in a tricky spot so that repair cost a few hundred dollars.
|The screen on the big sunroof still works|
Now I sit and wait for the prognosis from the service center with the same feeling of hope and dread as one does while waiting for news from a doctor or auditor. To distract myself, I cheated and took a brand new 2017 Q7 out for a spin. It was lovely. Beautiful. Smooth. Smart. Everything you would want in a new vehicle. I wonder if my old Q7 will smell the new leather on my jeans and give me the third-degree like our dog does when we come home from mingling with other dogs.
UPDATE: My Q7 just needed new brakes. Front and back. Rotors and pads and sensors. No biggie, right? (EEEEK!!) I elected to have a local mechanic install brakes which I bought online. This saved us about $1000, which isn't a shocker. Just be forewarned, there is a special tool needed for the rear brakes on Audis so make sure your mechanic has one or can easily get one before taking your Audi in for service.
|The Boy's Bug|
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