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Things You Didn't Know Your A3 Did!

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by Jay.Ing, Aug 29, 2008.

  1. Staz
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    [Sep 2, 2008]
    You need to get your electric windows module software updated. Read this:

    http://www.audi-sport.net/vb/showthread.php?t=57556

    If you enable the extra DIS features with VCDS you can also do this from the menu.
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    [Sep 2, 2008]
    extra features? what extra features? what's the option to change in VCDS?
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    [Sep 2, 2008]
    I think it's a MY07/08 thing mate.

    It's nothing special, it allows you to:
    • switch DRLs on and off
    • switch indicator comfort function on and off (3 flashes)
    • put wipers into service mode
    • turn auto rear wiper on and off (when reverse is selected)
    • select footwell light brightness
    • change CH/LH delay (I think, I don't have auto-lights but someone mentioned this before)
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    [Sep 3, 2008]
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    [Sep 3, 2008]
    Mine's MY07. Do you know where the setting is in VCDS?
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    [Sep 3, 2008]
    It may just be 08 then as I reckon you'd have noticed it when going through the options, just as I did.

    It's either on Conv or Electronics and it's towards the end using the long coding helper. Don't know what byte/bit but can find out if you want.

    Need to plug in today anyway.
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    [Sep 3, 2008]
    I've got a 12v charger in my glovebox. I have to take it out to plug it in though.
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    same here! except mine was just after a year! lol!!!!
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    [Sep 3, 2008]
    I dont think I do but will have to check that one lol
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    i checked this as well but cant seem to find it lol, i got a flipping head rush tilting my head trying to finding it lol
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    [Sep 3, 2008]
    Ok central electronics,

    Byte 22 Bit 1 is DRLs switchable via menu
    Byte 23 Bit 1 enable advanced comfort menu
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    [Sep 3, 2008]
    how about how the steering wheel electric assistance caries on for a second or so after you turn the car off to make it easier to 'lock' the steering lock.... think thats a nice touch
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    [Oct 27, 2008]
    While at a standstill Push the left little knob on the instrument cluster for 3 secs and your DIS does a self test!!! Only found out cos i was trying to change my clock!!!! ;)
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    [Oct 27, 2008]
    tap the reset button twice on the bottom of the right stalk and DIS shows your speed digitally, tap reset again and you can find out your oil temp, when the car wants an oil chage and service and your chassis no
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    [Oct 27, 2008]
    How many of you know about the mini sun visor which hinges down from above the rear view mirror?
    I was me ages before I accidentally discovered it!
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    [Oct 27, 2008]
    holding the unlock button down on the keyfob opens all windows, holding the lock button down on the keyfob closes all windows

    there was also a way to get loads of car readings etc on the climate control display but dont know where that thread is

    does that work on 8L aswell?
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    Ha Ha, found that out yesterday too.
    Thought I had broke something.
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    [Oct 27, 2008]
    you also access all the local preferences with the double tap thing like clock, miles, C or F etc
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    [Oct 27, 2008]
    Thats just the DIS, nothing magical about that
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    [Oct 27, 2008]
    Things i didnt know my S3 did.

    Free cold shower in the morning when I drop the windows... :)

    Sorry. couldnt resist :lmfao:
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    [Oct 27, 2008]
    The air-con settings are changed depending on which radio-key is used to un-lock the car.
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    [Oct 27, 2008]
    Have you tried this in other makes of cars?
    I always have, just out of sheer curiosity.
    I've yet to come across an electric window equipped car that doesn't do this.
    Once I get past the 'I wonder if it does this' stage, I never use it again though.:sm4:

    If I leave my lights in the 'on' position, they (front and rear) stay on until you lock the car, at which point they fade out at the same rate as the interior lights.
    I think that's pretty cool, I didn't pay extra for it.
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    While moving push the left little knob on the instrument cluster and it sets the speed warning at the spped that you are currently at. It resets to your default speed when you turn off car. Only found out cos i was trying to change my clock!!!! ;)(on the move oops)
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    Speaking of the air con settings, there is a way to switch between dual climate and operating both sides from one switch. I think its by pressing econ-auto-econ. Not sure tho, but it works! I'll have a play and post the 100% correct procedure..
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    [Oct 27, 2008]
    I accidentally switched this on a few times when my A3 was new.
    It drove me nuts, as (IIRC) it couldn't be switched off easily.
    I was usually in slow moving traffic when I switched it on too, so for the rest of my journey it would trigger over 19mph....:keule:
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    [Oct 27, 2008]
    Although im sure there is a button sequence that means you dont have to hold the button to do it..
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    [Oct 27, 2008]
    The only way you'd find out about these things is if you read your manual for fun.
    To quote Alan Partridge;

    "No way, you spastic, you're a mentalist"
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    [Oct 27, 2008]
    Probably the thing I hate most about my S3.
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    [Oct 27, 2008]

    Agreed. :rolleyes:
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    Your a man though (I'm assuming). Men dont read instruction manuals until after they've broken it by guessing at what to do :lmfao: Thats what happens with me anyway!
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    [Oct 27, 2008]
    I spent a good part of my working life reading manuals. Mostly for new computer operating systems and new software etc. I also spent a large amount of time sorting out the problems people got themselves into on computers by not bothering to read the manuals. It makes a pleasant change to read the Owner's Manual for my car. It amazing how many little things you can pick up on.
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    Deja Vu like a mo fo!
    :lmfao:
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    [Oct 27, 2008]
    A3's do that too! ;)
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    [Oct 27, 2008]
    That's just the cars way of getting back at you for leaving it out in the rain all night!! Mine spends the night in a nice dry and cosy garage so it never does it to me in the morning.
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    I'm afraid I take the polar opposite view here, David.
    IMO, anything that requires the use of a manual has been badly designed.
    I expect the operation of anything I buy to be intuitive.
    If I have to resort to a manual, I get mightily hacked off.
    'Perusing' a manual for no particular reason never, ever, crosses my mind.
    An Argos book would have more appeal.
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    Each to his own - Perhaps that's why so many people know so little about their A3s or BMWs for that matter. The same applies to most things TVs, DVD recorders, PVRs, HiFi etc to name but a few. Personally I actually enjoy reading the manuals and learning all about whatever product I've purchased. I often go on the internet and download a manual to see how a particular items works to help me make a decision whether to buy it or not.

    I agree that the basics should be intuitive but all the extra little things that are built into a modern car and many other things a lot of people will have never heard off let alone know how they work.

    The same is true with computers. The basics should be intuitive but most software can do so much more than the basics. But, both as a network manager and a new software tester, I've always had to know a lot more than just the basics. In a lot of cases users do things a very hard and complicated way whereas there is often a much simpler way. The number of times a user has said to me 'That's much easier than the way I do it' when I've shown them the 'correct' way. Also if they screw things up I've been the one who has to sort out the mess they have created.

    Try telling that to the pilot of a Jumbo Jet!!
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    Ive got to agree as well. But its nice to get that 'l never knew it did that' feeling when reading threads like these.
    Now all lm waiting for is the one where someone says if you push this and that the output of the car drops to 100bhp so l can do it when l go back to work for a month and leave my S3 with the wife.
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    [Oct 28, 2008]
    Again, I would suggest that anything not easily worked out for oneself is automatically somewhat irrelevant.
    No offence, but who gives a monkeys that each different key remembers the respective driver's climate settings?
    You're the only person I know where you/your wife even use different keys!
    Everyone I've ever known just uses the one key.
    After all, if they're not driving the car, they don't need a key for it!
    IMO, these are clever little things for cleverness's sake.
    If 99% of people never know it's there, it isn't needed.

    Indeed, as a side argument, dual zone climate, in itself, is largely irrelevant.
    Can't agree on the same temperature in an 8' x 5' car?
    Must cause arguments in one's mono-zone living room then...:whistle2:
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    [Oct 28, 2008]
    Some people obviously give a monkeys otherwise threads like this wouldn't exist and be so popular.

    People who don't read the manuals don't know all the features of their car, just because they don't know doesn't mean they're not going to use it when they do find out. It might not be needed but then electric windows aren't needed are they?

    To have a car which doesn't need a manual means everything would either need to be controlled by a very comprehensive MMI type system, which would be very expensive to incorporate, or everything would need to have massive labels explaining what the button does!

    I know from all the air con threads that a lot of people don't know that the ECON button turns off the air con. The button should be labelled 'Air Con Off' or 'Economy Mode'. And even then some people won't know that air con and climate control are different things. Why not just put ECON and explain what ECON means in the manual?!

    You have to remember that not everyone is as smart or wise as you, and there are some lucky people who own Audis as their first car, they won't know how to do everything just by sitting in the car and playing.
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