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AB's Sophisto Grey MY20 G01 BMW X3 M40i

Audi Bairn Dec 15, 2019

  1. Audi Bairn

    Audi Bairn Moderator Staff Member Moderator Gold Supporter

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    :tearsofjoy:
    Personally it’s still life WITH Audi, as have the TT.
    Should probably take it as a compliment my X3 ownership thread’s being used for all sorts of other talking points eh :whistle2:
     
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  3. X3man

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    All that based real estate, you need to get into a 2 seater James
     
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  4. jassyo06

    jassyo06 T-Cut King !

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    I know mate got another 18 months to sort it..that's if l do get rid of my saloon which for me will be a extremely hard act to follow l still get a huge buzz from driving it and admiring it when its clean lol
     
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  5. Audi Bairn

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    Right, back on topic. I thought I’d post some pics while the car was clean for at least 24 hours. Before all you detailers slag me off, it was only a quick snow foam then sprayed with Easycoat to repel some of the spray off the roads. It’ll do for now [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]


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  7. X3man

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    Nice work Brian
     
  8. Audi Bairn

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    Cheers Nev! Not up to you professionals standard but it’ll do for now. Will be dirty on Monday again lol
     
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  9. Bristle Hound

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    X3 looking fab @Audi Bairn !
    Did you SF the caravan too by chance ... :whistle2: :D
     
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  10. Audi Bairn

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    Cheers @Bristle Hound :hi:
    Not done the van yet but will need it to be clean before the storage cover goes on :thumbs up:
     
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  11. SaraS3

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    You got one then. I was losing track in all of the chat. Looks great. I do like 3 litres+petrol
     
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  13. wab172uk

    wab172uk Now in an X3 M40i

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    Just had these fitted to my X3 M40i. Look and feel fantastic. Much better than the small cheep, hard to reach standard paddles on the car. Indeed, and those fitted to all Audi cars. Even the R8.

    Now just a small finger flick away from selecting a gear. Quite expensive at nearly £200. But well worth the money, if you like driving in manual mode.

    Company is called `Paddle Shifterz` in Germany.

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  14. Audi Bairn

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    Thanks Sara :thumbs up:

    Yeah got this mid January. Loving it so far especially the engine. Loved my 3 litre S5 and missed the engine when I got the S3. So having the “theatre” of this 355bhp motor is great. Partly got it for towing and it’s effortless even with the van on the back (too effortless tbh lol).
     
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  15. SaraS3

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    Oo be careful with that foot. You don't want any points. Nice colour, the black grill looks really nice. I had a grey 330d touring. I did look at the m40i when I realised I wanted to swap the s3, stratstones had some pre regs on at reasonable prices but I'd had a couple of c classes so knew what to expect. I knew I'd love it so played safe.
    I do like the sound of the 3 litre, even just starting up. Mine makes me giggle.
    The m40i are certain proving popular on here :icon thumright:
     
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  16. Audi Bairn

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    It is deceptively quick as it’s so smooth too. The deals in December were really good which is ultimately what made me jump ship. Tried the SQ5 but a few aspects disappointed me and Audi couldn’t live with the BMW deals. Glad to hear you’re enjoying the Merc :thumbs up:
     
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  17. Snake Pliskin

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    Car & detailing looks ace @Audi Bairn :icon thumright:

    Like Merc, BMW have really raised their game ... these cars look superb :yes:
     
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  18. wab172uk

    wab172uk Now in an X3 M40i

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    The deals were ridiculous weren't they? Mine was 28% off list. Pre-registered with 6 miles on the clock. Still sat in the showroom.

    With that deal, I couldn't say no.
     
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  19. Audi Bairn

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    Exactly, completely my thoughts too
     
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  20. Audi Bairn

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    Doing what it was intended for.......
    Towing, dog carrying and performance, all before the lockdown (no pics of performance, so these will need to do for now!)
    Hope you’re all staying safe :thumbs up:
     
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  22. Audi Bairn

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    A couple of cr@p pics after I opened the free car care kit I got with the car. Tried the tyre stuff on Saturday just to see what it was like. Not too bad imho [​IMG][​IMG]


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  23. X3man

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    Looking good Brian, one heck of a towing wagon, and nice motor for your pooch
     
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  24. RGBARGEE

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    Good luck, I have no doubt you will be back!!!


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  25. Audi Bairn

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    Cheers Nev :thumbs up:
    We only hope that the wee man is still around when we finally manage to get away in the ‘van :worried:
     
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  26. Audi Bairn

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    Thanks bud :thumbs up:
    I’ve no doubt I’ll be back in an Audi at some point in the future, although we still have the TT for now too.
     
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  27. Pinky1959

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    The caravan could be part Audi as it states Quattro EB.
    Both car and van are really nice but a lot of polishing when you do them .
     
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  28. Audi Bairn

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    Very true!
    I think the caravan will get a snow foam, soft brush on a pole (detailers squirming as I write this) and a rinse :thumbs up:
     
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  29. Audi Bairn

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    Snow foamed the front and back part of the rig. Long overdue![​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]


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  30. Snake Pliskin

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    Great looking car & caravan mate :icon thumright:

    Some surface area to cover there between the two :)

    impressive finish though & definitely the year to own & enjoy a caravan.
     
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  31. Audi Bairn

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    Sorry, no idea how a pic of the dog, post-op shaved, got in there. Apologies.
     
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  32. Audi Bairn

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    Cheers bud!
    Yeah the ‘van is easier as it’s big flat surfaces. Although the roof needs ladders lol
    Hoping to get our first trip in it very soon mate.
    How’s the AMG going? Sorry if I’ve missed any updates, things have been a bit crazy here recently.
     
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  34. X3man

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    I did wonder Brian
     
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  35. Audi Bairn

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    So, following closely on the heels of my caravan mentor @Bristle Hound we are just back from our first trip away in the van.
    I think on BH as my caravan Yoda, with me being a slightly naive / less competent Skywalker lol.
    One extremely sad note for us was that our wee dog Brodie didn’t quite make his first trip away in the van by less than a week, losing has battle against long term illness the week prior.
    Anyway, the M40i was virtually effortless on the 3 hour trip Each way on roads which, although A Class roads, challenging in places.
    Retuned 19mpg on the way up and 22 mpg on the way home (it’s down hill, anyway it looks that way on a map lol).
    I‘ve previously overtaken slower vehicles a couple of times on motorways with an empty van and no additional payload in the car, but yesterday was the first overtake of a car on an A Road whilst fully loaded lol. All legal, the guy had driven for an hour at 35 / 40mph on national speed limit roads causing huge tailbacks (many of which probably thought they were stuck behind me until I passed him lol).
    Looking forward to our next outing now.
     

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  36. Pinky1959

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    A/B Sorry to hear about the dog passing but glad you had a good trip in the van .
     
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  37. Bristle Hound

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    @Audi Bairn - You give me to much credit Brian

    Our thoughts are with your wife & you at this time at the the loss of Brodie my friend

    With those mpg figures you are making my X3 look decidedly uneconomical towing the 'van lol
     
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  38. Audi Bairn

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    Thanks buddy :thumbs up:
     
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  39. Audi Bairn

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    Thanks BH appreciated.
    Yup, 3 litre turbo petrol is the way forward lol
    :racer:
     
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  40. BarryG79

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    Sorry for the loss of the wee dug Brian.

    Hope u had a good trip otherwise.


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  41. Audi Bairn

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    Thanks Barry.
    The break was what we needed although we weren’t sure we wanted to go initially.
     
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  42. X3man

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    Really sad Brodie didn't make this trip Brian ;-( At least this hopefully took your minds off it for awhile, and let you experience the power of the beast M40i in full towing glory :bullettrain:
     
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  43. Audi Bairn

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    Thanks buddy. Yeah we defo needed away and the M40i did good :thumbs up:
     
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