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Due to pick up my Q3 this Friday afternoon and was just wondering what everyone's experience was with collection day at your local Audi dealer? Did they make a big song and dance of it? i.e. car under covers, sectioned off in the showroom so no one could go near it? etc etc etc.
 

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I don't think my local dealer makes a fuss on delivery. Last Audi I collected in March 2012 (A3 Cabrio) was handed over outside in the rain!!
 

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I believe the car-under-covers-in-showroom-ceremonial-unveiling bit is standard for Audi, but only if they have the space and time available. If there are multiple handovers booked for one day it wouldn't be possible.

At Gromit's Retreat Audi, Mrs G's A3 handover was nice but low-key, whereas my Q3 had the full treatment.
 

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I had to wait over 90 minutes longer they wanted to take photo's. MRS got a box 2 audi glasses I got a baseball cap.

Lots of Danish pastries and tea & coffee on offer but it was the 1st sep so to be expected.

Best handover was Kia
 

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Mine was driven up from Oxford, and handed over to me on my driveway in the rain...
Then for my first drive, I took the delivery driver to their next appointment to collect a BMW X5 to return to Oxford - but she used the journey to explain all the gadgets.
 

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A very good experience , was in a seperate pick up room all clean and new . Very enjoyable
 

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2 Audi glasses and a baseball cap!! All I got was a 150 feet yacht and an executive jet!. At least that is what I thought I was entitled to having received the final invoice for the car.
 

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I think they look at how much profit they've made on the deal before handing out freebies. I negotiated a deal so tight it squeaked, and what did I get?

Yup, you've guessed it - sod all.
 

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So I can't expect anything extra tomorrow, either, as I played my salesman off against an internet supplier!
 

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I was right. 2 leather key fobs and a cup of coffee! And the salesman forgot the cable.

However the Q3 is great.

First day's fleeting impressions .....

PLUSSES
Very light steering
Roll free cornering
Very quiet cabin (compared to diesel M-B)
The colour scheme is stunning, especially with the walnut trims.
Radio/speakers are great. Tons better than the A3 Cab.

MINUSSES
Start/stop system. I shall always turn it off.
Fuel consumption in suburban London today 17-18mpg
Complex electronics. MUST READ BOOK!
Boot's a bit small with the skinny spare.

Photos to follow over the weekend.
 

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Hessel, Hull gave me and the missus a coffee and his and hers audi baseball caps....
To be honest, it suited me fine, i just wanted to the the beast out on the open
 

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Congrats on the new acquisition!

I concur with all plus & minus points. Don't worry about fuel consumption - it'll improve. After 5000 miles I'm getting 27-28mpg cocking about in town traffic, up to 37.5mpg on a run if I'm poodling along admiring the scenery and about 32mpg if I'm giving it some welly on a motorway.

As for the electronics, you're dead right - RTFM!
 

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The 3 new car hand overs at Audi I've experienced have been tedious to say the least.

Just seemed to take an age to get all the paperwork done, it was never all ready, the salesmen always had to go and get something printed
Averaged at least an hour for the 3, one took nearly 2 as the car was a dud. Remember to inspect it all thoroughly
 

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Indeed, but yours is diesel - twoaudis has a petrol TFSI, as do I. It kind of makes a difference...
 

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Duh!! Not getting the auto signature! In retrospect, TFSI sounds very good. I've now retired and mileage is very low, so might look at the TFSI!
 

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That's exactly the reason for my change from oil-burner!
 

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The TFSI is a lovely engine - I first met it in Mrs G's A3, the 1.4T version. The TDI diesels are really good, but I like the smoother, quieter petrol engine without the still slightly restrictive rev. range, equally-slight throttle lag, slow warm-up and DPF worries. Not for everyone, I know, but suits me fine.
 
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