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Have decided to change my old, thirsty Isuzu trooper for a Q3, but,as a caravanner, wondered if the 4 wheel drive would be a better bet than the front wheel version. I want to keep the cost down as much as possible and wondered if anyone else had used a Q3 for towing.
 

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Hi Don. I boughta Q3 for towing my caravan. It tows very well & returns around 30mpg while doing it.
 

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I have no experience of towing with a Q3 but noting Trapper's comments I would think that the quattro would be the way to go. Towing inevitably involves weight transfer rearward resulting in reduced pressure on the front wheels, therefore a 4WD system would cater for this, even a Haldex system where 4WD is only engaged when needed.

I know this is probably stressing the obvious but 4WD would seem to be the sensible option.
 

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I have been towing with my Q3 2 wheel drive for 18 months now. I have had no problems at all the only thing is if I pull away quickly from a stand still the front wheels spin. The factory fitted tow bar is superb. It retracts away completely out of view. Also if a bulb has gone on the caravan it is highlighted on the DIS.
 

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Hi Repton1978 collecting my Q3 SE with Audi tow bar at the end of this month. When the towbar is stowed away do you cover or protect the "towball" itself with a cap or whatever?
 

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The tow bar comes with its own cover. It just covers the ball. I do not think that it is necessary to cover any more than that. Mine has not got dirty at all.
 

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Thanks for that, may have some more questions for you as I mull over everthing. Cheers
 

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Hi Repton 1978 is there any instructions in your handbook or elsewhere re running in period before hitching up to a caravan? Thanks
 

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Hi gbundy
To quote the manual " A new vehicle should be run in over a distance of 1,500 km. For the first 1,000 km the engine speed should not exceed 2/3 of the maximum permissible engine speed - do not use full throttle and do not tow a trailer or caravan. "

I cancelled my first planned trip until I cover 800 miles. Hope this helps. Happy shed dragging.
 

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Cheers and thanks once again. gbungy
 

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Hello Repton 1978
After the 8/900 miles for run in when does the first service /oil change happen Is it the same as BMW condition based setup.
My current car a 120d F20 didn't have its first oil change until 19000 miles i didn't like this. I am from the old school oil change era changing after a short period run in then a oil change after that dropping into a set miles routine. How does Audi do it?
thanks Arightpest
 
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