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I bought a new A7 Black Edition today

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Hi Graham,

 

 

A bit late to this thread but it seems you've played a blinder.

 

I'm surprised to see you looking for someone to do your mods though!!

 

(Hope you're well :)  )

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Hi Graham,

 

 

A bit late to this thread but it seems you've played a blinder.

 

I'm surprised to see you looking for someone to do your mods though!!

 

(Hope you're well :)  )

Hi Paul, yeah I'm doing just fine mate thanks and the A7 was a kind of semi retirement pressy to myself - I'm a long time dead so I thought what the hell!

 

You know me Paul, give it a couple of weeks when the newness has worn off and there will be a TV receiver popped in and maybe a Homelink too.   :)   (And that's just for starters I bet!

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Well as I felt very guilty (not) of not putting up any photos then I thought that I had better make a concerted effort this morning to take some but the sun was quite low still and very bright so some of them are a bit washed out but should give you some idea of this lovely piece of awesomeness!   :)

 

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It came with an iPhone 5S and USB cable for the MMI but I've also a iPod Classic so I went to Audi this morning and picked one up which worked fine so that's another thing which is now configured and running so I'm gradually getting there. I want to try and get a couple of videos onto the Jukebox this weekend if I can but I shall need to convert them first but I'll give it a go if I get the time.

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That's lovely +++

Nice house too :)

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That looks very nice indeed.  Suits the blue now that I've seen the fuller shots.+++

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Brave choice of colour for a big car, but it somehow works.

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Thanks. I think if you were to see this in the metal so to speak then it would probably look better than the photos, the photos look OK but in real life it looks a lot better. If it didn't have the Black package with the Rotor wheels, lowered suspension etc then it may not have worked but when I look at it sitting on the drive then it's sure working for me!   ;)

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I like! Clearly that last detail the A7 needs to really work aesthetically is a bold colour! That definitely works!

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Loving the colour even more now :grin:

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Phew! I'm glad that you all seem to like it, as far as I know this is at the moment the only A7 Black Edition in Sprint Blue in the UK according to Audi UK but I have seen pics of an A7 which is (I think) Sprint Blue in the US but it's difficult to tell from just the photo but nevertheless it's not a common colour for the A7 that's for sure - well not at the moment anyway!   ;)

 

I spent some time this afternoon configuring it a bit more, I set up the mini sim and can now access Google maps, paired my Apple laptop and the wifes iPad with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, set up the myAudi account to talk to the car. the iPod Classic and iPhone 5S are now functioning fine, set up the Sat Nav for Home and favourites and a few other bits so I'm getting there.

 

I went for a drive in the dark tonight just to see what it was like as regards the lighting and it was excellent, I love the internal lighting where there is very subtle glow in the doors, footwells etc, the headlights are brilliant even though they are not the active versions but still adequate. The dash is very nicely illuminated with all the controls easy to read and at hand. The heads up display is a sight to behold and it doesn't distract like I thought it would do, it's completely adjustable for hight and brightness so you can adjust it to your requirements or just turn it off if you want to.

 

The speech dialogue system I still have to set up and train for my voice but that shouldn't take too long to do, I was very impressed with the small track pad when I was inputting addresses into the Sat Nav and being left handed then it was so easy to use.

 

So all in all, this car has completely got me by the dogs danglies so far - it's amazing. I do have one problem with it though and that is there is definitely a bang coming from the rear when going over a bumpy road, it could be something quite simple like something in the spare wheel well not tied down or maybe the rear parcel shelf but I will have to have a look tomorrow and if I can't find it then I will take it back to Audi for them to have a look at it, I'm not bothered about it but for now but I know it's there when it shouldn't be but it will get sorted - eventually.

 

Thanks for all the kind comments people and glad you like my new toy!   :grin:

 

Graham

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Heads up display is one of the best bits of technology a car can have I think.

All the stuff you need to know without taking your eyes off the road.

(And you feel like a fighter pilot! :) )

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Heads up display is one of the best bits of technology a car can have I think.

All the stuff you need to know without taking your eyes off the road.

(And you feel like a fighter pilot! :) )

 

I have to admit to having the Top Gun opening track on at the time - "Ghost Rider, this is Strike. We have unknown aircraft inbound Mustang. Your vector zero-nine-zero for bogey." - God, I'm a sad old git to remember that!  :roflmao:

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"Negative Ghost Rider, the pattern is full"

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Yay!! I'm not the only sad old git then - I don't feel quite so bad now.   :grin:

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Looking even better in the flesh ...... fantastic pics   +++

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Looking even better in the flesh ...... fantastic pics   +++

Thank you - that's much appreciated. I fitted the dash camera today taking my time to conceal all the wiring which worked out terrific - you can't see any wires at all. I also put in a few DVD's for viewing and have got Top Gun in there at the moment - well what else to start off.   :grin:   I also had a look in the boot to see if there was anything that could have been creating the occasional banging noise, there was a loose bottle of engine oil so I strapped that down plus the jack was not tightened down properly but apart from that then everything was fine so I don't think they were the problem but I won't know for sure until I go to work tomorrow.

 

So that's about it for now, she is now configured to how I want it and everything is now loaded that should be loaded, what I need to look out for now is the video in motion hack, maybe a hardware solution rather than a software solution so I can disable it as long as it's that simple of course.

 

Graham

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I have an iPhone 3GS that stays inside my car on a data contract.  It's a 3GS because it allows video streaming from it to the iDrive display.  The later phones don't.

 

It also does stuff like take instructions remotely and all manner of wonderfabulousness (new word).

 

However, I haven't applied a hack that I could to play video in motion.  If I'm stuck in traffic I've occasionally sat and watched stuff like Leon, Ronin, etc, but it got me thinking about whether I'd want the possible dangers of it in motion.  I decided against it. 

 

If I was ever in an accident through it I'd not forgive myself.  I think it is far too great a risk.

 

Even for passengers it is a bit pointless because our youngest now watches everything on her iPad.  We paid £2,500 in the X5 for the full rear entertainment system, and we had it in the Lexus too, and we learned from that - it doesn't get used.  Such is technology nowadays that smart devices do it all and you can stay safe.

 

Even when I'm browsing Facebook and Twitter (you can do those on the move) it can be distracting.  I've limited myself to when I'm sat at lights, or similar, for using many of the features.  Email is the same although that's not such an issue because the server pushes new mail out to the car so I'm not having to check that.  I'm still very wary of when I read it though.

 

In fact the only thing I use all the time that isn't a danger is WikiTour.  But that's because it reads all the information out to you over the speaker system, so there is no difference from listening to music (okay I have to hit the button when I want the next location information reading out to me).

 

If I was you, I'd not bother.  Stay safe and keep your car and yourself free of damage.+++

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I have an iPhone 3GS that stays inside my car on a data contract.  It's a 3GS because it allows video streaming from it to the iDrive display.  The later phones don't.

 

It also does stuff like take instructions remotely and all manner of wonderfabulousness (new word).

 

However, I haven't applied a hack that I could to play video in motion.  If I'm stuck in traffic I've occasionally sat and watched stuff like Leon, Ronin, etc, but it got me thinking about whether I'd want the possible dangers of it in motion.  I decided against it. 

 

If I was ever in an accident through it I'd not forgive myself.  I think it is far too great a risk.

 

Even for passengers it is a bit pointless because our youngest now watches everything on her iPad.  We paid £2,500 in the X5 for the full rear entertainment system, and we had it in the Lexus too, and we learned from that - it doesn't get used.  Such is technology nowadays that smart devices do it all and you can stay safe.

 

Even when I'm browsing Facebook and Twitter (you can do those on the move) it can be distracting.  I've limited myself to when I'm sat at lights, or similar, for using many of the features.  Email is the same although that's not such an issue because the server pushes new mail out to the car so I'm not having to check that.  I'm still very wary of when I read it though.

 

In fact the only thing I use all the time that isn't a danger is WikiTour.  But that's because it reads all the information out to you over the speaker system, so there is no difference from listening to music (okay I have to hit the button when I want the next location information reading out to me).

 

If I was you, I'd not bother.  Stay safe and keep your car and yourself free of damage. +++

 

Do you know something, you put that over really well, thank you.   You're right and it's risky in more ways than one.     +++

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I activated VIM on mine so the kids could watch DVDs.

I found I enjoyed Peppa Pig too much do disabled it!

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I activated VIM on mine so the kids could watch DVDs.

I found I enjoyed Peppa Pig too much do disabled it!

 

 

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Really like that colour!

 

Already planning having a used one of these as a replacement for my A6 Avant in 3 years time when they have dropped in price and my wee one's don't have a pushchair!!

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