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Regina_TT
05-18-2009, 07:04 PM
We pulled an all-nighter to squeeze the Q5 in, but the 3M Stone Guard kit is now on to save my paint. I'm sure some of you will be cringing, but I debadged her while my buddy at CAS (http://www.customautoshield.com/) was applying the 3M. Helping to continue to pass the time I plugged in the VAG-COM tool to have a poke around. I was able to add the "convenience window" feature that is deactivated for North America (allowing me to roll down windows, roll up windows and close the sunroof with unlock and lock buttons on the key.) I also disabled the "winking" LED (LED DRL turning off when signal light is used) that is activated for North America. Finally, just for fun, I activated the "gauge sweep" function. The speedo and tach now quickly sweep through their entire range when I start the Q5. If there's any interest in these features I will post instructions.

Here's a few exterior shots from when we were finished at 6:50 am.

http://gallery.me.com/tony.v.smith/100083/IMG_1367/web.jpg?ver=12412991330001

http://gallery.me.com/tony.v.smith/100083/IMG_1365/web.jpg?ver=12412991190001

http://gallery.me.com/tony.v.smith/100083/IMG_1369/web.jpg?ver=12412991540001

http://gallery.me.com/tony.v.smith/100083/IMG_1371/web.jpg?ver=12412991680001

http://gallery.me.com/tony.v.smith/100083/IMG_1373/web.jpg?ver=12412991820001

http://gallery.me.com/tony.v.smith/100083/IMG_1375/web.jpg?ver=12412991970001

http://gallery.me.com/tony.v.smith/100083/IMG_1376/web.jpg?ver=12412992120001

On a side note, just after taking a break in the front of the shop at around 1:00 am, we came across three punks who had made their way into the back of the shop and were going through my buddy's A4. We chased them out the back, managed to catch one of them (who could only manage to grab the first aid kit from the A4) and flag down a police car that happened by. As it turned out, he was scared enough to give up his friends, spent the night in jail and being 19 years old, will be tried as an adult for this and several other break and entries in the neighborhood.

Parents, don't let this happen your kids!

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beemercer
05-18-2009, 07:39 PM
On a side note, just after taking a break in the front of the shop at around 1:00 am, we came across three punks who had made their way into the back of the shop and were going through my buddy's A4. We chased them out the back, managed to catch one of them (who could only manage to grab the first aid kit from the A4) and flag down a police car that happened by. As it turned out, he was scared enough to give up his friends, spent the night in jail and being 19 years old, will be tried as an adult for this and several other break and entries in the neighborhood.

Parents, don't let this happen your kids!

http://forums.audiworld.com/images/smilies/cool.gif

Car looks great. Those kids are lucky that they got caught by someone as rational as you, some people would deal the punishment themselves [=(][wrench] ( <----- That's me beating the punk over the head with a wrench).

sakimano
05-18-2009, 08:44 PM
looks solid. Are those the TTS wheels?

p.s. de-badging is fine...it's de-ringing that's truly cringe inducing!

Regina_TT
05-18-2009, 10:39 PM
Car looks great. Those kids are lucky that they got caught by someone as rational as you, some people would deal the punishment themselves [=(][wrench] ( <----- That's me beating the punk over the head with a wrench).

Thanks! One of the boys with me that night would rather have taken the kid back to the shop and worked him over I'm sure, but we were all glad we ended up catching repeat offenders. Nice improv on the smilies!

Regina_TT
05-18-2009, 10:39 PM
looks solid. Are those the TTS wheels?

p.s. de-badging is fine...it's de-ringing that's truly cringe inducing!

Thanks, Saki!

Those are the 20" Q5 S Line wheels...maybe I should put them on the TTS? [>_<] I've hear they are already disco'd. The 2010 S Line wheel is supposed to be that five tri-spoke wheel (introduced on the RS6) that you can get on every other new Audi. Not a bad wheel, but lacks originality. I was even happier I got the 2009 wheels when I read that.

P.S. I knew you would be fine with the de-badge.

gummi
05-19-2009, 09:59 AM
We pulled an all-nighter to squeeze the Q5 in, but the 3M Stone Guard kit is now on to save my paint. I'm sure some of you will be cringing, but I debadged her while my buddy at CAS (http://www.customautoshield.com/) was applying the 3M. Helping to continue to pass the time I plugged in the VAG-COM tool to have a poke around. I was able to add the "convenience window" feature that is deactivated for North America (allowing me to roll down windows, roll up windows and close the sunroof with unlock and lock buttons on the key.) I also disabled the "winking" LED (LED DRL turning off when signal light is used) that is activated for North America. Finally, just for fun, I activated the "gauge sweep" function. The speedo and tach now quickly sweep through their entire range when I start the Q5. If there's any interest in these features I will post instructions.

I'm definitely interested in all the features you've posted here. Would appreciate the instructions, and where can I find a VAG-COM tool? [up]

PS> Does any of this void warranty by chance?

Regina_TT
05-20-2009, 12:54 AM
I'm definitely interested in all the features you've posted here. Would appreciate the instructions, and where can I find a VAG-COM tool? [up]

PS> Does any of this void warranty by chance?

I'll get on the posts. The best place to find a VAG-COM tool is from Ross-Tech (http://www.ross-tech.com/). There are cheaper units on eBay, but it sounds like they are bit of a roll of the dice.

No single modification you make to your vehicle can void the warranty in it's entirety. A direct modification that causes something to fail on the other hand, will likely not be covered under warranty. It's fairly common sense even though your dealer may want you to believe differently.

The VAG-COM tool is used by most shops that are not dealers that service VAG vehicles. There's no reason why using the tool to make minor changes to your vehicle should be any different. That being said, every dealer is different. Depending on your relationship with them, you may want to keep these little "tricks" to yourself. Magicians code.

DISCLAIMER: Keep in mind that I am an amateur. By using any of the material I post, you are assuming all responsibility for your own actions and their possible outcomes on your car. I do not work for Audi or VAG, nor do I speak on their behalf regarding their policies.

Anthony
05-20-2009, 01:09 AM
Man the S lined Q5 is so damn good looking! [up] BTW, the VAG-COM mods listed are the same trio familiar to the B8 A4 crowd. I'll be looking to do all of those to mine this week, as well as the "E-code Headlight Mod" which deactivates the amber parking lights (which mine no longer even have since I actually am running E-code housings and am getting bulb-out warning lights).

svirgianda
06-10-2009, 12:09 PM
Sweeetttt......btw..how do take off the front licence plate grille?

Regina_TT
06-10-2009, 04:33 PM
Sweeetttt......btw..how do take off the front licence plate grille?

The license plate holder is completely removed and a filler panel is installed. My car was ordered with the filler panel instead of the license plate holder because we don't have front license plates.

svirgianda
06-11-2009, 12:35 AM
Thanks for the info

ibiski
06-13-2009, 01:42 PM
Car looks great, although I'm not a fan of the color. S-Line is the only trim one should consider when buying a Q5. Without it, the car looks very generic.

Poncherelly
08-05-2009, 07:36 AM
I'm definitely interested in all the features you've posted here. Would appreciate the instructions, and where can I find a VAG-COM tool? [up]

PS> Does any of this void warranty by chance?

You can buy a VAG at Ross-Tech or find someone in your area here: http://www.vagtoolfinder.com/