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    Quote Originally Posted by Dromond View Post
    My friend just sheared off a stud switching wheels on his fairly new Crosstrek. It hasnít happened on any of mine.
    at goodyear getting tires for the xc90 - the tech is telling the lady next to me the studs on her jeep not looking good and what does she want to doÖ as an audi/volvo guy I only know about shiny bolts


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    Quote Originally Posted by twomartinis View Post
    at goodyear getting tires for the xc90 - the tech is telling the lady next to me the studs on her jeep not looking good and what does she want to doÖ as an audi/volvo guy I only know about shiny bolts
    You're right! I guess I never really appreciated the design enough before, but now that you mention it, I've never had any issue with my wheel lug bolts (or the hubs they bolt in to) on any of my Volvos. And if I had to replace them, they're only like $5/each. But seems its not an uncommon occurrence for people to have broken studs and lug nuts of all things (looking at you, Ford) on more standard vehicle fare. And people act like Euro cars are so much more expensive and PITA than domestics. HA!

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    Studs arenít hard to replace or particularly expensive either, fwiw. No idea how much fuckery and expense is involved if you jack the threads in your hub, but I do prefer the bolts.
    focus.

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    Sheared a lug off on my WRX by crossthreading, what a moran. Subi's have weak lugnuts for sure. New lug was <$10 and it was a 30 min job. For said moran.
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    Took the new sled on its first long road trip over Thanksgiving, 723mi each way.

    First observation (as compared to the old full time 40/60 awd Allroad) was holy shit the gas mileage. I was getting just about 600mi to the tank and I was cooking too - cruise at 85 and my preset 90mph alarm went off a bunch. I blew past the first Costco I’d normally fill up at and saw I still had a half tank plus. I’m sure all the gadgetry helps (decoupling Quattro, lowering the car all the way, etc).

    Second was, this thing has just gobs of power in reserve when you need it. Mountain passing, getting around long lines of holiday travelers camping on the left lane, Ohio drivers… all of it. Easy peasy.

    The seats are still fantastic. My old allroad’s were second place to my XC70s and these have taken position 1 or 1a. The heat/vented option is so nice on a long drive.
    I still call it The Jake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BmillsSkier View Post
    Took the new sled on its first long road trip over Thanksgiving, 723mi each way.

    First observation (as compared to the old full time 40/60 awd Allroad) was holy shit the gas mileage. I was getting just about 600mi to the tank and I was cooking too - cruise at 85 and my preset 90mph alarm went off a bunch. I blew past the first Costco Iíd normally fill up at and saw I still had a half tank plus. Iím sure all the gadgetry helps (decoupling Quattro, lowering the car all the way, etc).

    Second was, this thing has just gobs of power in reserve when you need it. Mountain passing, getting around long lines of holiday travelers camping on the left lane, Ohio driversÖ all of it. Easy peasy.

    The seats are still fantastic. My old allroadís were second place to my XC70s and these have taken position 1 or 1a. The heat/vented option is so nice on a long drive.
    Ha. Was just gonna post my own first TR. Around 600 miles in 48 hours ending yesterday. Still playing with all of the settings. "Comfort" makes the car so easy to go long without it being too floaty. Barely feel the road. Agreed on the seats. My setup was built in nav for the virtual cockpit (cause it's so damn cool) and carplay for the upper screen. At night, I liked the upper screen off. Yes to gas mileage! Yes to blink and overtake. The thing is built for sex.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BmillsSkier View Post
    travelers camping on the left lane, Ohio driversÖ
    why say it twice?


    I do miss the big audi tanks - having huge range can mean one less stop on a long trip. Did NC to NY laps for 20 years, one stop with the audi

    some eye candy / face off



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    Quote Originally Posted by beaterdit View Post
    Sheared a lug off on my WRX by crossthreading, what a moran. Subi's have weak lugnuts for sure. New lug was <$10 and it was a 30 min job. For said moran.
    Spent a few years in the seventies as a tire jockey and only recall breaking three studs with the impact gun. All on the same car. An old car. Perhaps my ham handedness saved him a crash on the road? VW bug bolts could be a pita and saw many a nut rounded off on chryslers with their stoopid reverse threads and their ignorant drivers. Scary times though with construction vehicles, truck tires and tractor wheels. Glad I got into computers after that so that I could electrocute myself several times.

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    somebody quantum leaped back to the Ď80s



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    Quote Originally Posted by twomartinis View Post
    why say it twice?


    I do miss the big audi tanks - having huge range can mean one less stop on a long trip. Did NC to NY laps for 20 years, one stop with the audi

    some eye candy / face off


    Couple of sharp looking sleds there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by twomartinis View Post
    somebody quantum leaped back to the ‘80s



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    Would you look at that thing.
    I still call it The Jake.

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    Iím driving the wagon a lot lately because..dogs. Iím going to fix the rear shocks. $1400. Itís only booked as a 3 hour job. I just hope that solves the rough ride..

    Also needs but putting off:

    Oil level sensor. $500. Just wait till it needs an oil change and then itís basically free labor.

    I bought a Mercedes oil measuring stick just to be safe. The w211 has no dipstick available so you have to use the measuring stick and use the cap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BmillsSkier View Post
    Would you look at that thing.
    A friend owns one in white. Post facelift, 5 cyl, syncro, same wheels. Runs, but he almost never drives it.

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    Audi owners, on the B9 and it looks like same same on the guys that bought the new A6 Allroad... there's that black plastic casing between the windows. The passenger side was into a mean north wind last weekend and the whole side of the car froze solid. I accidentally scratched that trim with the ice scraper. Anyone done the same? Any tricks to buff it out? TIA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lowsparkco View Post
    Audi owners, on the B9 and it looks like same same on the guys that bought the new A6 Allroad... there's that black plastic casing between the windows. The passenger side was into a mean north wind last weekend and the whole side of the car froze solid. I accidentally scratched that trim with the ice scraper. Anyone done the same? Any tricks to buff it out? TIA.
    Are you talking about the red circle? Mine is a little swirly. Certainly not as clean/clear as the panels.

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    Yes, exactly. Area in the red circle.

    I scratched it pretty good with the ice scraper. I guess Iíll have to ask a detailer if thereís rubbing compound or something that will buff it out. Looks pretty ragged right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lowsparkco View Post
    Yes, exactly. Area in the red circle.

    I scratched it pretty good with the ice scraper. I guess I’ll have to ask a detailer if there’s rubbing compound or something that will buff it out. Looks pretty ragged right now.
    Probably the same principle as cleaning headlights that get hazy, but ... not 100% sure

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    Quote Originally Posted by lowsparkco View Post
    Yes, exactly. Area in the red circle.

    I scratched it pretty good with the ice scraper. I guess Iíll have to ask a detailer if thereís rubbing compound or something that will buff it out. Looks pretty ragged right now.
    If you can feel the scratchís with your finger nail buffing will be difficult and a rotary polisher will work best. Start with a 400 grit polish and move up from there. Even if you canít get the scratches completely out polishing will smooth the edges of the scratch so less visible.

    Hand polish will just make it worse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4matic View Post
    If you can feel the scratchís with your finger nail buffing will be difficult and a rotary polisher will work best. Start with a 400 grit polish and move up from there. Even if you canít get the scratches completely out polishing will smooth the edges of the scratch so less visible.

    Hand polish will just make it worse.
    Thanks. I have a rotary tool I can use. Itís a weird material, I assume really hard plastic. But, it has a mirror finish and feels and looks almost like black glass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lowsparkco View Post
    Audi owners, on the B9 and it looks like same same on the guys that bought the new A6 Allroad... there's that black plastic casing between the windows. The passenger side was into a mean north wind last weekend and the whole side of the car froze solid. I accidentally scratched that trim with the ice scraper. Anyone done the same? Any tricks to buff it out? TIA.
    If you can't quite get it right and feel like giving up, you could always just replace that trim piece. $172 at the dealer. Door Applique, Part Number: 4K0837901 but verify your Y/M/M.
    https://parts.audiusa.com/p/Audi_202...4K0837901.html

    Found a "genuine Audi" one on eBay for only like $60!: https://www.ebay.com/itm/203532652247
    OEM parts has it for like $120: https://audi.oempartsonline.com/oem-...0837901?c=az0x

    I don't know how easy/difficult it is to replace in actuality, though. Personally, I'd explore a trim swap, though instead of fooling around with buffing and what not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lowsparkco View Post
    Thanks. I have a rotary tool I can use. Itís a weird material, I assume really hard plastic. But, it has a mirror finish and feels and looks almost like black glass.
    I have that same look on my sedan. Itís probably clear coat. Donít run the rotary too fast and also donít move the tool around too fast. You have to let the polish work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MontuckyFried View Post
    If you can't quite get it right and feel like giving up, you could always just replace that trim piece. $172 at the dealer. Door Applique, Part Number: 4K0837901 but verify your Y/M/M.
    https://parts.audiusa.com/p/Audi_202...4K0837901.html

    Found a "genuine Audi" one on eBay for only like $60!: https://www.ebay.com/itm/203532652247
    OEM parts has it for like $120: https://audi.oempartsonline.com/oem-...0837901?c=az0x

    I don't know how easy/difficult it is to replace in actuality, though. Personally, I'd explore a trim swap, though instead of fooling around with buffing and what not.
    Good idea, thanks. Knowing I can get one relatively affordably Iíll probably ride it out this winter and replace it in the spring when I clean it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4matic View Post
    I have that same look on my sedan. Itís probably clear coat. Donít run the rotary too fast and also donít move the tool around too fast. You have to let the polish work.
    Thanks for the tips. Iíll probably watch some YouTube before I get after it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4matic View Post
    I have that same look on my sedan. Itís probably clear coat. Donít run the rotary too fast and also donít move the tool around too fast. You have to let the polish work.
    FWIW I had this stuff disintegrate & peel on my A3ís passenger pillar. It was more like a kynar coating than a clear coat, guessing maybe 20-30 mils thick? Not sure if the design has changed with that link to the applique.

    It definitely seemed like tough stuff though, in my case pretty sure it lost adhesion to the base metalÖ but see no reason why you couldnít buff out a light scratch.


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    I'd wait to replace it until after you scratch it the 2nd or 3rd time.

    Or get some black gloss wrap and wrap all the pillars- it's a nice flat surface that a novice could wrap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lowsparkco View Post
    Good idea, thanks. Knowing I can get one relatively affordably I’ll probably ride it out this winter and replace it in the spring when I clean it up.
    Good call. Definitely worth getting some more mileage out of this one before dicking around with it. Especially since it's that time of year where our cars just remain gross for the foreseeable future, nobody but you will notice the scratches anyway.

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