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Evening to all the Q30 owners who frequent this forum....all 5 of you.

Looking to buy a new car (to me) over the next few months.

As the subject line says....it's either an Audi A3 Sportback (either 1.4 engine or 1.8) or a BMW 4 Series...420i with Xdrive. I will probably tweak either to improve tractability, MPG and mid range grunt.

Then there's the Q30.....

Seems to fit my bill....automatic, petrol, 4 seats and 4 doors with a hatch (for the dog). Needs to be comfortable and a cruiser. It will not do many miles in a year. Needs to have a bit of grunt as well.

Is there anywhere in then UK who can "breathe" on a Q3. Read on the forum about one guy who was going to get his Q30 tweaked.

Have a few concerns.....reliability, maintenance (where?). Can any Nissan dealer do it or a good independant dealer for the usual stuff? Is there any particular weaknesses or things to watch out for. Will be based up in Aberdeen. Scotland. Saw one owner on here get a decent specced Q30 for £12500 from a Mazda dealer with 20k miles on the clock. Not too fussed about residual values as intend keeping it bfor a long time.

How good are they?

Thanks in advance.
 

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Hi Flying Scotsman. Not been here for a while so accept my apologies for the late reply.
As you have concluded to ask how good they (Q30) are is very subjective but on this Q30 site very easy to answer 🤩. The majority here love them 🖐.
Very rare, very understated and very unique IMHO 🕶 my only advice I would give is to double check the room in the rear seats if you wish to take four adults some of the time.
For just me, the lady and the dog I find the car is quiet, quick enough and roomy. I would look out for a 2.0t AWD if you have low temperatures and snow etc and you live away from major roads. The LED headlights have issues with moisture ingress so that's something to think about as they are expensive to replace. No other issues really and the M270 makes good gains with a stage 1. DCT can handle 450Nm too. It's no type R, but is on par with GTI, RS etc so GT sums it up I think.
Wishing you good luck on your search if a Q30 might be the vehicle for you. 👍
 

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No need to apologise. Just me, the boss and the dog here as well. The boss has a Suzuki SCross for 4 people and all the luggage. I just need something to pamper myself in my old age. Am looking at the 2.0T AWD model. A few on the go at the moment but used car prices just bonkers at the moment so may wait a few months but keep my eyes open for a good one at a reasonable price.
 

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Hi Flying Scotsman,
Same as Cornish really; been a bit lax on the site for a while but in answer to your question, I was fancying a GLA when I bought my Q30 (which is essentially a GLA) but the difference in price persuaded me to check out the Q30. In my opinion the Q30 drives better, has a better ride and is quieter than the Benz. It also costs less and if you hunt out the right one is better equipped.

As Cornish rightly says the 2.0 awd turbo dct is the goldilocks car but don't overlook the 1.6 it is a very capable machine. I have a 2018 1.6 turbo intouch, city black edition with tech pack in Ink Blue which gives you goodies like Nav, 360 degree cameras and park assist and regularly returns 49/50 mpg on a run and 40 mpg in town. I was fortunate enough to get mine just before the prices started to get silly so my one owner 25k model came in at £12.5k.

Any garage can service/repair them and as they are 80% Mercedes most parts and specialist knowledge are readily available. In terms of what they are like to own and drive, I bought mine last year when I retired and handed back the company car having spent years covering 30k miles a year in good spec Mondeo/Insignia etc and was looking forward to driving less miles. The trouble is that I now go out for a drive in the Q30 just because it is such a nice thing to do, it has put the pleasure back into driving for me, and despite driving new cars for 30 years it makes me feel special in a way a new ford never did, they look great and are super rare, and the best bit? the smug feeling I get when I see a GLA on the road and know my Q30 is a better car and probably cost 10k less. The only real downside is having to constantly explain to admirers what it is as they are so rare. If you doubt that check these links



Again as Cornish says make sure the inspection bungs are on the back of the headlights and obviously the usual service history etc other than that drive a couple and get one bought, I don't regret it and am sure you wont
 

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Hiya. Thanks for the reply. Much appreciated and backs up what others have said.
£12.5k!!! You lucky man. They are now around £16k.

Think I will wait for a bit and hopefully they will come down in price but i'm not holding my breath. Being in Aberdeen there are not many here, nor in Scotland, but one has just appeared in Airth which I will go down and have a look at this weekend. Re the inspection bungs......with the bonnet open can you see those bungs? Many thanks.
 

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No they are in the wheel arch just behind the headlight you cant miss them as they are quite big black rubber inspection covers, you will definitely notice if they are missing, They tend to have been not refitted after work on the lights or washed out driving through deep puddles too fast (its amazing how powerful the water can be, I once had a full inner wing liner washed out on an Insignia doing that) its only a potential problem with the LED headlights which are not serviceable and cost about £900 each but that is the same with any car equipped with them, they are well worth having though.
I think cornish blue had a thread going on this with some pictures
 
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