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My name is John, I'm 17 at the time of writing this, and this is my 2012 Audi A5. I learned to drive when I was in middle school, with my dad taking me and letting me drive our luxury beater car (our beloved 1999 Mercedes E320, god bless her). I racked up miles driving it after getting my permit and provisional, and drove it from the age of 15 to 17. After working (I was a paid CIW and CompTia certified web developer and computer technician) from 15 to 17, I'd saved quite a bit of money, always talking about my desire to drive an Audi sports car. So, as I was gong to various dealerships and independent sellers, looking at things from used M3s and S2000s, to Mr2s and Porsche 944s, I saw the Audi S5, and fell in love with the entire 5 series. Over the summer, I'd taken an ASE mechanic certification class, and I'd previously been certified in Networking, Programming and Computer repair, so I wanted a car where I'd be able to apply some of my skill and DIY knowledge. I also wanted something that looked Supercar Sexy. As I went to test drive this car, against the wishes of my mom, who dislikes the love of high end technology and cars that my father and I share, my father saw the ad too, and decided to tag along for the test drive. He prefers automatics, but he thought the car was a perfect fit after seeing how well I interacted with it and how happy it made me. So the same day, which was about 2 days after my September birthday, we talked to the salesman and set things up. I had went to test drive my dream car, and 3 days later, I ended up paying the down payment and fees, with my dad agreeing to pay off the car seeing that I was able to pay a significant chunk of money towards it. Like the stereotypical crazy middle - aged man in a fast car that he is, he drove it home, dipping between lanes and genuinely enjoying a feeling reminiscent to his '90s Nissans. Part of the way home, we swapped keys, as I was driving his Lexus SUV, and we drove our cars home. The gist is that I was able to use my skills to save money, and my dad saw my hard work and helped me out. An information technology job without having to pay taxes (under 18) is a beautiful thing. Now I'm a member of A50C, and a very eligible Prom Date :) The car came with the Tech Package, B&O sound, 6 speed manual transmission, and an APR Stage 1 tune. And it's the only Audi model I know of with a 50/50 weight distribution. I added the spoiler in december, have done basic Hidden Menu / VAG Com mods, and I plan to lower it on coilovers, get concave wheels and Bridgestone Potenzas, and do some type of crazy performance mod. I wanted to drop an R8 engine in it down the road, because I feel like dropping an LS in it would be the easy way out. The 4 - banger is smooth, but quiet and punchy. It's pretty fast, but a car with looks like these should probably have a better Power to Weight ratio. An Ls wouldn't add much weight, but the power makes me drool... Unfortunately, I have no idea how to get the ECU and Auxiliary systems if the Audi to talk to any ECU that isn't the 4 cylinder's so if anyone reads this and is interested or knowledgeable, please speak :) Anyways, thanks for reading! I love my car! Plan on keeping it as long as I can, even if it has to be completely rebuilt.
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