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    2016 sq5 question

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    Looking at a 2016 sq5 with 30,000 miles. Anything to look out for in particular? Anything I would want to keep an eye on? From what I have gathered the 2016 is a very reliable car but just want to know what the general consensus is here.

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    Veteran Member Four Rings VroomVroom's Avatar
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    No issues or complaints with mine. Worth closely inspecting the brakes - if the front rotors and pads haven't been replaced, they're likely due. Good luck.
    --Jerry || 2016 SQ5 P+, Glacier White; Tech, Nappa, Black Optics, 21's.
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    ...Formerly: 13' Q5 3.0T '12 Q5 3.2, '08 A4 Avant 3.2, '06 A4 Avant 3.2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weberr89 View Post
    Looking at a 2016 sq5 with 30,000 miles. Anything to look out for in particular? Anything I would want to keep an eye on? From what I have gathered the 2016 is a very reliable car but just want to know what the general consensus is here.
    Both industry data and peoples stories indicate that the 2016-2017 Q/SQ5 are one of the most reliable vehicles ever made.

    The only real areas to watch out for that I've seen are:
    - water pump or crossover pipe coolant leak
    - catalytic converters
    - tires quality (make/model) and remaining tread
    - maintenance that has been completed (e.g. prefer one that has had the 35k service)
    - extended warranty or prepaid maintenance
    - options on the vehicle

    Also the SQ5 and Q5 3.0T are almost identical in manufacture except for minor items, and the Q5 3.0T can be made faster via a simple tune without losing reliability, for a significantly lower cost.

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    Veteran Member Three Rings elijahallen's Avatar
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    I bought mine around that mileage and then waited for 35k service before modding, at that service I noticed the water pump was leaking ever so slightly so I had that done under warranty. Itís been reliable so far and Iím throwing a lot of power at it with no issues. The brakes were just done on mine when I got it so really thatís the main thing to look at.

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    Veteran Member Four Rings SQive's Avatar
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    Check the rear brakes, too. They are known to wear as fast as the fronts, if not faster. Oil-level sensor (get a dipstick), water pump leaks. . .nothing major. I'm just about to turn 62k on mine and that's all I've had done.

    Oh! The tune. Don't forget the tune. You're going to want to bump that 354 up to 454 soon.
    2012 R8 GT, Suzuka with carbon fiber (#298 of 333)
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    2016 SQ5, Sepang, Black Optic, Technology, BBS CH-R Gold 20x10.5 with 295's
    -2014 SQ5, Monsoon, Sans pano, totaled by a Xanexed-out broad in a Denali XL

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    2016 sq5 question

    Quote Originally Posted by SQive View Post
    Oh! The tune. Don't forget the tune. You're going to want to bump that 354 up to 454 soon.
    454hp...thatís it?

    I second the idea of having a dipstick.

    Check the water pump for sure. Iím at 53k miles and mine is leaking, having it replaced this week.
    Last edited by bajan01; 02-11-2019 at 03:11 PM.

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    Senior Member Three Rings MSq5's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by bajan01 View Post
    454hp...thatís it?

    I second the idea of having a dipstick.

    Check the water pump for sure. Iím at 53k miles and mine is leaking, having it replaced this week.
    Bajan01, I tried to PM you in response to one you sent me. Your box was full. It pertains to your coolant reservoir question.
    2017 Q5 3.0T S-Line | Brilliant Black | EPL Stage 2 93 octane tune | JHM 179mm crank pulley | aFe Pro 5R (part#10-10121) filter in "modified" stock air box | 034 silicone throttle body hose | HP Tuners custom TCU tuned ZF8

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    Established Member Three Rings
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    Quote Originally Posted by MSq5 View Post
    Bajan01, I tried to PM you in response to one you sent me. Your box was full. It pertains to your coolant reservoir question.
    Cleared inbox out...try again.

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    Veteran Member Four Rings SQive's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by bajan01 View Post
    454hp...thatís it?
    That was my official dyno when going stage 2. I've since gone dual-pulley, CPS, APR v.4 tune, and TCU mods. Based on that first tune, my butt-dyno reads about 465/440, with a very broad power band. Not bad for pump gas.
    2012 R8 GT, Suzuka with carbon fiber (#298 of 333)
    2017 Q7 P+, Ink Blue, Pistachio Beige, Warm, Vision, Bose, Towing (wife's ride)
    2016 SQ5, Sepang, Black Optic, Technology, BBS CH-R Gold 20x10.5 with 295's
    -2014 SQ5, Monsoon, Sans pano, totaled by a Xanexed-out broad in a Denali XL

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    Established Member Three Rings
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    Quote Originally Posted by SQive View Post
    That was my official dyno when going stage 2. I've since gone dual-pulley, CPS, APR v.4 tune, and TCU mods. Based on that first tune, my butt-dyno reads about 465/440, with a very broad power band. Not bad for pump gas.
    Word...just kidding around. What gear did you run in?...4th?

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    It's amazing what power you guys can pull out of these 3.0 engines. 454HP in a 4door crossover.

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    2016 should be good. Has updated cam chain tensioner which was a TSB/warranty fix for 14/15. Also has updated steering components - some earlier 14/15 are more prone to electronic steering failure at near-zero temps.
    Hers: 2014 SQ5 Premium Plus
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