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I'm with you on this Malph - my 2013 Q3 has done 55,000 miles and there's every chance I'll be doubling that before I consider changing it. I too heartily dislike nanny tech that has the capacity to kill you in the name of safety and am only too glad to be away from touchscreen tech after experiencing it in my previous (Jaguar) vehicle. After over 40 years in the IT industry I'm no Luddite but regard the avalanche of superfluous tech in current vehicles as unnecessary and possibly dangerous.
You are the man myself in telecoms basically in mobile side and I just hate all those tech when it comes to cars......I want to be in control. Period.
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The tech that modern cars have seems to represent incremental steps towards fully autonomous vehicles, adaptive cruise, lane departure, blind spot monitoring (side assist), cross-traffic assist, pedestrian assist and active accident avoidance to name just a few. Even in a base model Audi some come as standard - EU regs I guess. As I have written previously we are in the twilight years of driver controlled vehicles, often 'technology driven 'progress' is actually an oxymoron.
 

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Jalees: I still have a car just like that - a rare Mk 1 Ford Fiesta Million that I bought when it was 18 months old and still has fewer miles on the clock than my Q3. As you say, no ABS, no PAS, carburettor, coil and rotor arm ignition, still fun to drive and garners far more attention than either of my Audis. I hasn't tried to kill me, either.
 

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I can remember when the Fiesta was launched, I was still in my apprenticeship at the Ford main dealer in Oxford. Was a big thing at the time, Ford's 1st front wheel drive car, the dealership insisted that everyone should drive it, was a complete revelation compared with what had gone before and genuinely good to drive.
 

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My first 'brand new' car was a black Mk1 Fiesta XR2...loved it. The only problem I ever had with it was the grey stripe transfers down the side peeling off at 70mph. The radio was about as techy as it got.
 

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I was in exactly the same position, working for a Ford main dealer in Kent. They asked for volunteers to take two Fiestas (a 1.1L and a 950 Ghia) destined for use as demonstrators, out late at night to put some miles on them before the big launch in 1977. I spent two nights happily throwing the Ghia around the lanes of west Kent and it was indeed a revelation - the first FWD transverse engined Ford ever built and a huge advance on anything they'd produced up to that point. Going back to my Mk II Escort after those drives was like going back in time.

Now it's a classic in itself and I'm going back in time when I drive it.
 

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My 275bhp 4.6 litre 1200kg sub 5sec 0-60 TVR had only power steering, servo brakes and seat belts. No other safety or driver aids. Just don’t push the throttle until the car is straight.

Have you seen the new Volvo ad? Silly woman reverses out of her drive where there is no visibility and then gets a warning about a truck coming. What happened about learning to drive properly, reversing in and forwards out etc?
 

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Wow Malph, I remember the Mk 1 XR2, they looked so cool, I see they go for astronomic money these days. The early Fiesta cars had a severe lack of body shell rigidity - dumping the clutch could open the tailgate...Ford fixed it by redesigning the tailgate catch... :D
 

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Looks like we all are getting carried away :D but those were some really nice cars made you learn so many things.
 

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The swap isn't happening - the car was advertised with the Comfort & Sound pack - which with an order form in front of me it clearly doesn't have, essential 2020 Q3 spec items...the blue beast is safe.
 
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Good that you looked at the spec sheet.
But I am sure there are some good deals available near to what you were getting.
 

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John....You almost sound relieved😂
 

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Yeah Malph...would have been bad news to discover key spec missing on collection day, most annoying bit is that I'd initiated the cherished plate transfer and you can't reaffix a plate to a car once it has been removed.
 

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I've heard TRhamza on Youtube comment on how apparently the new audis appear to look and feel cheaper in the cabin, hes just bought a 2020 RS3 and seems to agree.

That said i think the 2020 models look absolutely stunning, i love the look of the 2020 Sportback.

Also, OPF delete + Intercooler + map = 520hp :sneaky:
 

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I've heard TRhamza on Youtube comment on how apparently the new audis appear to look and feel cheaper in the cabin, hes just bought a 2020 RS3 and seems to agree.

That said i think the 2020 models look absolutely stunning, i love the look of the 2020 Sportback.

Also, OPF delete + Intercooler + map = 520hp :sneaky:
Lovely and then no warranty either, there are sites in the US offering north of 700hp if your pockets are deep enough. Very few owners remap RSQ3s, probably because most feel that the performance is outstanding - grin inducing.
 
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Yeah Malph...would have been bad news to discover key spec missing on collection day, most annoying bit is that I'd initiated the cherished plate transfer and you can't reaffix a plate to a car once it has been removed.
If your looks like this I won't even bother
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I just googled Ascari Blue such a soothing colour.
 

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Lovely and then no warranty either, there are sites in the US offering north of 700hp if your pockets are deep enough. Very few owners remap RSQ3s, probably because most feel that the performance is outstanding - grin inducing.
Aye but then he knows that and accepts he’s forfeiting part of his warranty, he’s a content creator at the end of the day.

Think you’re missing my point that obtaining 520hp from a simple OPF delete, intercooler and map is a **** of a lot bang for buck, I’m sure these engines will make a 1000hp with the right mods and enough cash..

Find it hard to believe that very few RSQ3 owners remap or how you’d even possibly know such info but each to their own I guess.
 

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Over the years I have had modified numerous Audi's, some in excess of 800BHP. What I have learnt over time is that initially it's a real buzz but eventually it gets boring. One modification leads to another then you end up with a car that is better in all respects but for some people, looks ridiculous. Lets be realistic, none of us are Walter Rohl or Hannu Mikola so we won't push the standard car to it's limits, least of all a highly modified one.
 

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Aye but then he knows that and accepts he’s forfeiting part of his warranty, he’s a content creator at the end of the day.

Think you’re missing my point that obtaining 520hp from a simple OPF delete, intercooler and map is a **** of a lot bang for buck, I’m sure these engines will make a 1000hp with the right mods and enough cash..

Find it hard to believe that very few RSQ3 owners remap or how you’d even possibly know such info but each to their own I guess.
Yeah fair point - Revo Technik offer Stage 1 and 2, they have an HQ in Daventry, not far from me. I did see one of their guys at Barby Sporting, a clay shooting ground and he said that they had an RSQ3 development car, Stage 1 is just smoother at around 425bhp, Stage 2 is more radical.
 

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If your looks like this I won't even bother View attachment 1694 I just googled Ascari Blue such a soothing colour.
Yup, that's the one, Ascari is a peculiar colour, without sun the colour looks flat, almost a soapy blue, in sunlight it just comes alive.

 

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Sweet ride.
I use to have brilliant blue c class.
When sun was out it looked brilliant and blue 🤣
That colour only use to come in C63s but then later Merc decided for the rest of c class.
When it was darker it looked more on the dark and flat side.
 
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