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Missing Radar detector thingy?

Discussion in 'New A3/S3 (8V Chassis)' started by scrofts007, Dec 2, 2013.

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    glospete Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for that - now it's clear! But like so many other Audi features they do like to confuse (Pre-Sense Front = City Emergency Braking, but Pre-Sense Basic is entirely different). Bit like the Hold Assist and Hill Hold Assist, and Ultra as well. Arghh!
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    Pretty sure all S3's only have the dome sensor.
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    So can other MY15 S3 and A3 owners confirm that they do or don't have flat sensors?
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    My MY15 s3 has the dome
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    I asked my dealer via email what I will have as I'm not a fan of the flat. He said dome and that's a November delivery. It seems all S3's have dome, I'm sure there is some technical reason behind it such as bumper, other equipment added, etc, etc.
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    My A3 S Line Cabriolet MY 15 has the flat one.
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    My car has arrived at Exeter Audi today and they sent me some photos of it coming off the transporter. And I do believe from this photo that it looks as though it has a dome radar sensor - and mine is a lowly 1.4TFSI. That seems to blow the theory that domes are only being fitted to S3 models - unless they have fitted an S3 engine in my car LOL. My car has the Driver Assistance Package and I wonder if that has anything to do with it?

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    It seems that if you have the driver assistance package, you get the dome sensor !
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    But I wonder why when the extended speed range up to 124mph has now been dropped from the DA description. Very odd!
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    My new S3 that's just arrived at the dealer has a dome radar thingy. No assistance pack.
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    Going by all the posts it looks like it's the A3s with driver assistance pack and all S3s that get the dome, all the rest get the flat sensor.
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    But i wonder whether there's a technical reason?
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    It's done by date too. I have the dome, but no driver assistance pack (though I have all the components of it).
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    So you've got an A3 just with ACC then and nothing else?
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    What? No - my spec is in my signature! I just don't have the driver assistance pack, but I have all the parts form it specced separately. The configurator wouldn't let you spec it with some other option I had at the time I ordered, for some reason.
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    Sorry I meant no other driving assist, etc not kit in general.

    Think yours is one of the only A3's ( with the white A3 above ) to have dome and not flat. Nothing concrete either way to say what dictates what you get as seems like the S3 theory is out now.

    Either way the dome looks a lot better.
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    I'd be interested to see if the dome radar performs better in any way (range?), I suppose time will tell.
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    I have no driving aids (lane assist etc.) but have the dome - the dome was the only version fitted until some months ago. At the time the flat version started appearing someone in a thread here did some investigations and dscovered that the dome does indeed have increased range compared with the flat version. This would account for it being fitted where the driver assistance package is fitted, to allow for the higher speeds. I wasn't aware this had now been dropped from the DA description, but surely they wouldn't fit the dome unless it was needed, as presumably the flat one is cheaper (otherwise they'd fit the dome on all cars as single inventory would be less expensive than stocking both).
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    There are plenty that were built around mine and before with the dome - like I said, the build date matters as well. The flat one was only introduced later.
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    Yeah, they've obviously introduced the flat sensor after production began and the S3 and certain other cars still get the dome, but why does the S3 get the dome when the Drivers Assistance Package has not been selected? In this case surely you wouldn't need the extended range of the dome.
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    Good question, long shot but maybe something to do with speed of acceleration and braking power in the S3 OR maybe because it has a different front bumper, etc.
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    It's probably a prestige thing.
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    Has anyone been able to come up with a definitive answer about the flat v dome sensor for ACC then? :think:

    Reading this post, there still seems some confusion on the matter

    This issue doesn't effect me because I havent spec'ed ACC, but just thinking of other members who have :thumbs up:
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    No, would still love to know which cars have flat sensors and which cars have dome sensors
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    Even on my Mac your signature isn't that big.
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    I thought that this had been resolved. For current cars I think that the dome version is fitted to all S3s that have ACC. It is also fitted to other versions where the Driver Assistance Pack has been optioned. Any others get the flat version. Quite why I have no idea!

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