About Audi Q7
Offering purposeful acceleration, agile handling abilities and sharp styling, Audi Q7 has been built by the German automobile manufacturer Audi AG, part of the Volkswagen Group since November 2005 as a large size luxury crossover Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV). Originally introduced as Audi's first SUV, Q7 slots above the mid-size Q5 and compact Q3 entries. Competing against the Volvo XC90, Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 and Porsche Cayenne, Q7 received five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Now, Q7 is in its second generation.
The first-generation Audi Q7 (internally designated Typ 4L) was produced from November 2005 to 2015 based on the Volkswagen Group PL71 platform. It was offered in only one body style, 5-door wagon but came in two trim levels: base and Premium. During this generation, Audi Q7 was powered by a 3.6 L V6 rated at 280 hp and 266 pound-feet of torque or a 4.2 L V8 with 350 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque and 3.0 L turbocharged diesel V6 producing 225 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. Then the 3.0T rated at 272 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque and 3.0T S boasting 333 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque replaced the gasoline engines. These engines sent power through 6-speed or 8-speed automatic transmission to Quattro all-wheel drive system. Current Q7 was unveiled at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in January as a 2016 model. Now, Q7 is available in Premium and Premium trim levels and it gets power from 2.0 L turbocharged I4 rated at 252 hp and 273 pound-feet of torque and 3.0 L V6 producing 333 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque. The diesel-powered plug-in hybrid variant called the Q7 e-tron TDI Quattro will also be available in the U.S.
Audi Q7 Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
Boasting solid value, first-rate craftsmanship, a wide array of sophisticated luxury and safety features and exceptional ride comfort, Audi Q7 becomes a premium luxury SUV that any understated opulence buyers have come to expect from Audi. But for precaution, you should know these common problems on Q7:
First, the last issue that Audi Q7 drivers want to meet would be the engine problem, which is said the most common and serous issue on the vehicle according to car repair statistics site Repairpal.com. Since once the engine starts to wear, the vehicle will be on the verge of breaking down, you had better be aware of these typical symptoms of engine failure provided by professional Q7 repairmen. It often starts with strange sounds such as whining, squealing or rattling from the engine; then it evolves in engine running roughly, misfiring, stalling and even suffering from hard starting or inability to start; the vehicle may also lose power while acceleration and have decreased fuel economy. Once the Check Engine Light is lit, please make sure the Q7 spark plug, oxygen sensor, oil filter, air filter, fuel pump, valve cover gasket, engine mount, engine control module and valve cover gasket are working properly.
Second, as a crossover SUV like Audi Q7, crossing over all kinds of road conditions safely needs a well-functioning braking system. But for Q7 drivers, the braking system seems to be very vulnerable. Some said after a while of driving, the brakes will become super noisy and roughly operated, the brake pedal also pulsates a lot, rear brakes also get locked, especially on wet surfaces; the brake fluids may also leak on the ground, the parking brake could not hold the vehicle properly and the Brake Warning Light and Parking Brake Light will be activated. Under such circumstances, the Q7 brake line, brake pad set, brake disc, brake drum, brake caliper, brake proportioning valve and parking brake cable are often the culprits.
However, Q7 seat belt, windshield wiper, wiper blade, fog light, headlight, antenna and cabin air filter should be maintained routinely since they are helpful in creating safe and comfortable driving environment but they are exposed to harsh conditions always.
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