EM TuningMonster Motorsport
Results 1 to 22 of 22
  1. #1
    Reverse Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Posts
    15

    for the smokers amongst us

    call this a petty gripe, but as a smoker, I have never had a worse car than my A3 to smoke in with the window open when its pissing down, or even if the rain has stopped falling and the car is just wet...

    Perhaps it is just another example of quality German engineering (not) but surely others out there have been drowned by the torrent of water running off the roof of the car through the window and onto your arms/legs.

    why couldn't Audi do what most other manufacturers do, and have a run off channel to take the water away, and stop all we fresh air lovers (or smokers!!!) getting pissed wet through !!!

  2. # ADS
    ADS
    Join Date
    Always
    Posts
    Many
     
  3. #2
    It's a 'design feature' by Audi to discourage drivers of it's cars from smoking!!!
    Dave R (h5djr)
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    A3 8V 2.0 TDI-184 Sportback Sport s-tronic quattro - Silver + lots of options - my 9th A3

  4. #3
    Garth_S3's Avatar
    1st Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    -
    Posts
    159
    To be honest, the attitude towards smokers has changed dramatically in the last few years so I don't think designers even consider them now!

    I can understand the problem putting the window down and getting wet, but it has nothing to do with smokers. If someone wanted to smoke in my car I would WANT them to get wet :D

    Rightly or wrongly (a different debate altogether), the shift is massively towards using aircon instead of needing the window down (except for a few seconds to grab a parking ticket etc) so aerodynamics and aesthetics probably play more of a role than practicallity here.

  5. #4
    2nd Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Posts
    435
    Perhaps Jonathans could install a chimney?
    A3 2.0TDI Sportback S Line 184 Quattro S-Tronic, Mar. 2014 Glacier white. Electric seats, sunroof, se suspension, heated folding mirrors, Reversing camera, Nappa leather, TPMS, Hold assist, Xenon plus adaptive lights with variable active range control, lane assist, Interior light pack, Technology pack, Comfort pack with ACC, park assist & parking system plus

  6. #5
    Reverse Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Posts
    15
    Quote Originally Posted by Twizzler
    Perhaps Jonathans could install a chimney?
    nice one !!!

  7. #6
    Rightly or wrongly (a different debate altogether), the shift is massively towards using aircon instead of needing the window down (except for a few seconds to grab a parking ticket etc) so aerodynamics and aesthetics probably play more of a role than practicallity here.
    I remember reading in an article a year or so ago that having the windows open on a car uses more fuel that have the air-con compressor running.
    Dave R (h5djr)
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    A3 8V 2.0 TDI-184 Sportback Sport s-tronic quattro - Silver + lots of options - my 9th A3

  8. #7
    Reverse Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Posts
    15
    Quote Originally Posted by h5djr
    I remember reading in an article a year or so ago that having the windows open on a car uses more fuel that have the air-con compressor running.
    aaaarghhh !! - now that explains why i (as a smoker with the window constantly open !) only get 32mpg around town out of my 2.0TDI Q !!!!

  9. #8
    Boydie
    Guest
    Buy wind deflectors - problem solved

    Or, preferabley, quit smoking! It will kill you!

  10. #9
    Neutral

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Posts
    64
    talking of letting water through the window, i let the misses drive home christmas day as i had drank far too much, parked on the drive windscreen froze, my dad jumps to the rescue and starts puring tepid water over car with kettle, misses thought he had finished and opened her window at which point he emptied the kettle into her lap and walked off :D

    glad i wasnt sober as it may not of been funny then, according to her it wasnt funny at all, n my dad doesnt know he did it,

    wonder if audi could design something to combat this, i must say that the 56 plate cleared the windscreen much quicker than my 05 currently does...

  11. #10
    Amchlolor's Avatar
    6th Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Aberdeen
    Posts
    5,602
    Pile of snow on my driver's seat when I opened the door this morning..
    '02 to '05 - Black Audi A4 1.9tdi sport
    '05 to '08 - Akoya Silver A3 sportback S-line DSG
    '08 to ? - Black Alpina D3

  12. #11
    Reverse Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Posts
    15
    Quote Originally Posted by bowfer
    Pile of snow on my driver's seat when I opened the door this morning..
    Jesus how did that get there, had it been there all night ?

  13. #12
    S3IZZO
    Guest
    I used to smoke in my 8L and I noticed this too - i'm still smoking, not in the car though but I did get a lap full of snow the other morning when I put my window down to see the mirrors when reversing out of the drive.

  14. #13
    Amchlolor's Avatar
    6th Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Aberdeen
    Posts
    5,602
    Quote Originally Posted by jonathans
    Jesus how did that get there, had it been there all night ?
    I went for the optional 'wet seat when door opens' pack.
    Actually, I think that pack is standard.
    '02 to '05 - Black Audi A4 1.9tdi sport
    '05 to '08 - Akoya Silver A3 sportback S-line DSG
    '08 to ? - Black Alpina D3

  15. #14
    went for the optional 'wet seat when door opens' pack.
    Actually, I think that pack is standard
    Did you go for the option roof (snow) rails?

    I was taking to an Austrian Sportback driver last year and he said most Sportbacks in 'alpine' countries have the roof rails as it helps to keep the snow on the roof and stop in from dropping inside the car if it has snowed during the day (their cars are usually put in the garage at night!). The same principle as the metal bars they have on their house roofs to help to stop the snow from sliding off and down you neck as you open the house door in the morning.
    Dave R (h5djr)
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    A3 8V 2.0 TDI-184 Sportback Sport s-tronic quattro - Silver + lots of options - my 9th A3

  16. #15
    stewarta13wsb's Avatar
    1st Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    glencoe, scottish highlands
    Posts
    139
    Quote Originally Posted by bowfer
    I went for the optional 'wet seat when door opens' pack.
    Actually, I think that pack is standard.
    Good one!

  17. #16
    N8
    N8's Avatar
    Kowalski Details

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Salford, Manchester
    Posts
    17,117

    My Social Networking

    Add N8 on Facebook Visit N8's Instagram Channel
    My gf smokes, not heavily. 3/4 cigs a day, no smoking in the A3, if she thinks she can smoke in the £29k car then she can think again!


    "Will these wheel fit my car PM's will not be replied to, do you research & use the SEARCH button"

    Detailing - Wheel Refurbishment - Shark Performance Software - VagbremTechnic Dealer - OEM Retrofitting - Remus - V-Maxx - Goodridge

  18. #17
    6th Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Ireland
    Posts
    2,538
    Quote Originally Posted by h5djr
    Did you go for the option roof (snow) rails?

    I was taking to an Austrian Sportback driver last year and he said most Sportbacks in 'alpine' countries have the roof rails as it helps to keep the snow on the roof and stop in from dropping inside the car if it has snowed during the day (their cars are usually put in the garage at night!). The same principle as the metal bars they have on their house roofs to help to stop the snow from sliding off and down you neck as you open the house door in the morning.
    that might stop it falling off the sides, but I was driving today and had the windscreen and rear screen cleared of snow by leaving it running with the heater on before I got in. About two minutes from my house I applied the brakes for the first time as I approached a bad bend and the screen went blank. All the snow slid off the roof and covered the windscreen. I can only assume that if the rails stop the snow falling off the sides that even more would accumulate on the roof and slide down the screen under braking.

  19. #18
    sat1983's Avatar
    4th Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Leeds
    Posts
    708
    Quote Originally Posted by bowfer
    I went for the optional 'wet seat when door opens' pack.
    Actually, I think that pack is standard.
    That well and truely made me laugh out loud!!!
    Ex 2006 A3 2.0 TDI owner

    2010 Polo GTI 6R

  20. #19
    that might stop it falling off the sides, but I was driving today and had the windscreen and rear screen cleared of snow by leaving it running with the heater on before I got in. About two minutes from my house I applied the brakes for the first time as I approached a bad bend and the screen went blank. All the snow slid off the roof and covered the windscreen. I can only assume that if the rails stop the snow falling off the sides that even more would accumulate on the roof and slide down the screen under braking.
    The snow will only accumulate when your are parked. Surely you should brush the snow off the roof before you drive away - a legal requirement in 'alpine' countries.
    Dave R (h5djr)
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    A3 8V 2.0 TDI-184 Sportback Sport s-tronic quattro - Silver + lots of options - my 9th A3

  21. #20
    1st Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Posts
    144
    the wind deflectors look like they will solve the problem
    http://www.climairuk.com/climair/pro...9&cat=0&page=1

    2007 A6 Allroad 3.2 FSI Quattro - Lava Grey, sports seats, silver Headlining, Acoustic parking, armrest, multi-function steering wheel, cruise control, Xenons, , Sat nav, GSM, Audi MMI

  22. #21
    treblesykes's Avatar
    3rd Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    york
    Posts
    688
    you mean the windows actually work? mine keep jamming at the top

  23. #22
    Reverse Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    London
    Posts
    11
    good on you, my ex boyfriend tried to smoke in mine! not a chance!
    sophie

 

 

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Single Sign On provided by vBSSO

Garage Plus, Vendor Tools vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.

Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO