1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Carista App Now Avaliable For the 8V A3/S3 - PFL & FL Covered

Bristle Hound Dec 12, 2016

  1. Bristle Hound

    Bristle Hound Moderator Staff Member Moderator MQB Platform

    9,248
    12,578
    113
    For anyone who doesn't know what this is

    Its a more basic & a lot cheaper version of VCDS IMO
    http://www.caristaapp.com/

    Covers -
    Basic OBD2 diagnostics
    Advanced diagnostic
    Customizations
    Service indicator reset
    Electronic parking brake tool

    The most recent update on the 9th December now covers, of all things, the 8V A3/S3 PFL & FL models
    http://www.caristaapp.com/vehicle/Audi/A3/S3 (Mk3: 2013+)/2016
    Scroll down 2/3 of the page

    The folks on the B8 A4/S4 section have been using this app for a while now
    http://www.audi-sport.net/xf/threads/carista-app.237050/

    I've used it on my S4 & its dead easy to use
     
  2. Avatar

    Google AdSense Advertisement


  3. azibux1

    azibux1 Well-Known Member Team Sepang Audi S3

    2,074
    2,642
    113
    That does look nice

    How fool proof is it?

    Chances of trying to make a customisation and it ruining something?
     
    Rob2k68 likes this.
  4. Spaceman_RS3

    Spaceman_RS3 Well-Known Member Team Ibis Team Panther Audi S4 Audi RS3 Audi Avant Owner Group

    1,447
    833
    113
    Cracking I fancy that to set the beep and the oil temp up cheers for the heads up
     
    WarwickL and azibux1 like this.
  5. WarwickL

    WarwickL Well-Known Member TFSI Owners Group Team Sepang Audi S3 saloon Black Edition quattro DSG

    1,160
    1,998
    113
    I mentioned this in the VCDS thread - the S3 8V release

    They have three subsets of customisations which have limited options so far but more are coming (still in beta test)

    I can confirm on mine that the process works well.

    I've enabled chirp on lock (can be done for unlock as well), windows down and up on long remote press, indicator setting, oil temp on all screens, adding menu items for options to the MMI.

    About 20 customisations on offer.

    Disable Start/Stop, exhaust flappers (and around 60 more) etc still in beta but not far away
     
  6. azibux1

    azibux1 Well-Known Member Team Sepang Audi S3

    2,074
    2,642
    113
    Very tempting! :D
     
  7. WarwickL

    WarwickL Well-Known Member TFSI Owners Group Team Sepang Audi S3 saloon Black Edition quattro DSG

    1,160
    1,998
    113
    There is the OBDeleven app as well (android only)
     
    Roric Pennington and OneOfOne like this.
  8. WarwickL

    WarwickL Well-Known Member TFSI Owners Group Team Sepang Audi S3 saloon Black Edition quattro DSG

    1,160
    1,998
    113
    There is always a chance of screwing something up every time you do anything to the car :)

    The app has been through beta testing and from my experience the developers are cautious.

    OBDeleven, not so sure.
     
    Bristle Hound and azibux1 like this.
  9. Hal Adams

    Hal Adams Well-Known Member Team Nardo VCDS Map User Audi RS3 Black Edition

    537
    266
    63
    Warwick - do you know if it will, either in its current form or beta trial, activate a rear camera installation?
    I am happy to pay the cost for the necessary parts to do this, but not so happy to buy a VCDS for its activation that I will, in all likelihood, never use again!
     
  10. WarwickL

    WarwickL Well-Known Member TFSI Owners Group Team Sepang Audi S3 saloon Black Edition quattro DSG

    1,160
    1,998
    113
    Best to contact Carista direct

    FB page or via email

    Current version doesn't offer that

    Cheers
     
  11. WarwickL

    WarwickL Well-Known Member TFSI Owners Group Team Sepang Audi S3 saloon Black Edition quattro DSG

    1,160
    1,998
    113
    My view of the three main customisation tools are ...

    VCDS - for the owner who has a few VAG cars, wants to do in depth customisations and be in complete control of the process. Great customer support, reliable software/hardware and generally foolproof (given you can keep setups locally). Priced accordingly (some suggest eye gouging). There are knockoffs but nowhere near as capable or as reliable or as well supported.

    OBDEleven - a dumbed down version of VCDS with restricted capability and android only. Clumsy coding capability and possibly dangerous in the hands of some users. Good online support. Pricing model is OK but a little eye gouging versus Carista but for what it does, good value. Great tool for the 8V. Have heard of a couple of owners getting in a lot of trouble using the coding options it provides. Personally not aware of any customer beta testing they may have or are doing.

    Carista - an even more dumbed down version of VCDS with no coding capability - basically a select on/off capability and for now, on the 8V, limited customisations (but more coming). Unique versus OBDeleven in that it is android and iOS. Good online support. Carista are cautious about updates and have a very good beta testing procedure with beta users.

    For most of us, the mobile apps (OBDeleven and Carista) are fantastic tools that allow us as owners to make the basic changes we want with very little cost versus VCDS.

    Audi could have jumped on this and delivered their own offering, either as a customer app or a dealer option. I understand why they wouldn't touch something like VCDS but the dumbed down Carista approach is pretty fool proof - basically an on or off selection for each customisation. I would have been more than happy to pay the dealer to implement everything I wanted but no, not the Audi way.
     
    pedro61163, Scottyg and Bristle Hound like this.
  12. Avatar

    Google AdSense Advertisement


  13. azibux1

    azibux1 Well-Known Member Team Sepang Audi S3

    2,074
    2,642
    113
    Any idea when these extra Carista 8V features are coming? Only ask as you seem 'in the know'
     
  14. WarwickL

    WarwickL Well-Known Member TFSI Owners Group Team Sepang Audi S3 saloon Black Edition quattro DSG

    1,160
    1,998
    113
    Not really in the know, just participating in the beta testing. Don't have any info on when other than "soon".

    From Carista just now on their FB page :)

    Finally! Customizations for the MK7 family are now officially available in Carista! VW Golf 7, VW Passat B8, Audi A3/S3/RS3, Seat Leon 5F, Skoda Octavia 5E, Skoda Superb Mk3 and their smaller siblings: VW Polo 6C, Seat Ibiza/Toledo, Skoda Fabia/Rapid 2015+ are all in.

    But that's not all: more customizations for all of those are coming up before the end of 2016 in another free update!
     
    azibux1 likes this.
  15. DJAlix

    DJAlix VAG Car Coding Site Sponsor Team Ibis VAG Can Professional VCDS Map User Gold Supporter quattro ODIS (Offboard Diagnostic System)

    4,358
    3,596
    113
    Pretty good descriptions there :)

    Audi do have their own offering called Offboard Diagnostic Information System (ODIS). It comes to two flavours, ODIS Service and ODIS Engineering and its whats used within the dealership / service network. ODIS can do everything which the three above listed applications can do and much much more, the problem is that the workshop staff don't know how to use it outside of the "guided" fault finding function for the most part. If people think that VCDS has an eye gouging price tag then ODIS is "kidney and children selling" in order to fund by comparison lol

    Another tool worth a mention is Vag Can Professional. Does everything VCDS does bar adaptation maps and is almost as fully featured as ODIS Engineering.
     
    azibux1 and WarwickL like this.
  16. WarwickL

    WarwickL Well-Known Member TFSI Owners Group Team Sepang Audi S3 saloon Black Edition quattro DSG

    1,160
    1,998
    113
    Dealers here refuse to make any changes.

    Even simple things
     
  17. DJAlix

    DJAlix VAG Car Coding Site Sponsor Team Ibis VAG Can Professional VCDS Map User Gold Supporter quattro ODIS (Offboard Diagnostic System)

    4,358
    3,596
    113
    Pretty much the same here (uk) and mainly for three reasons:
    1. it's not worth their time to get involved
    2. follow up support
    3. most have no idea how to do it lol
     
    Scottyg, Bristle Hound and WarwickL like this.
  18. WarwickL

    WarwickL Well-Known Member TFSI Owners Group Team Sepang Audi S3 saloon Black Edition quattro DSG

    1,160
    1,998
    113
    Specifically on the topic of OBDeleven versus Carista, this was a recent post by Carista on their FB page which is a good summary (sure, I'd expect them to favour Carista but it is accurate)

    OBDeleven actually charges you per-setting, per-use. Their general functionality that's included in the overall "pro" app is almost impossible to use from an interface perspective, but again, that's up to you to decide. Their app is only compatible with their proprietary adapter and vice-versa (and only available for Android). In Carista, everything "just works" - there's no configuration, no prior pairing, no account creation, no picking specific ECUs or technical functions, and no messing with bytes and bits. We hide all of that complexity away from the user. And we believe our prices are reasonable and much lower than going to a service shop even once. Everyone decides for themselves what makes sense for their own use case.
     
  19. WarwickL

    WarwickL Well-Known Member TFSI Owners Group Team Sepang Audi S3 saloon Black Edition quattro DSG

    1,160
    1,998
    113
    The response I got from three dealers was

    "We aren't allowed to do it, Audi prohibits us from making any changes to the system delivered"
     
  20. azibux1

    azibux1 Well-Known Member Team Sepang Audi S3

    2,074
    2,642
    113
    Nice! Rather soon indeed then

    Will be keen to see details on them once released
     
  21. DJAlix

    DJAlix VAG Car Coding Site Sponsor Team Ibis VAG Can Professional VCDS Map User Gold Supporter quattro ODIS (Offboard Diagnostic System)

    4,358
    3,596
    113
    Could indeed be the case.

    I actually ordered a Carista Dongle yesterday. Was new very very cheap on eBay so I thought to grab it and see what it's like.
     
  22. azibux1

    azibux1 Well-Known Member Team Sepang Audi S3

    2,074
    2,642
    113
    Be keen to hear your thoughts!! :D
     
  23. WarwickL

    WarwickL Well-Known Member TFSI Owners Group Team Sepang Audi S3 saloon Black Edition quattro DSG

    1,160
    1,998
    113

    I'm just using a cheap ELM I got off eBay - Carista even tell you which ones are the best to get on their website. Cost me $8 from memory and works perfectly fine. You aren't tied to their adapter but TBH, if I were getting one now, I'd just buy their one to ensure compatibility (they don't ship them here as yet however).
     
  24. azibux1

    azibux1 Well-Known Member Team Sepang Audi S3

    2,074
    2,642
    113
  25. WarwickL

    WarwickL Well-Known Member TFSI Owners Group Team Sepang Audi S3 saloon Black Edition quattro DSG

    1,160
    1,998
    113
    Depends on the firmware - some older ones won't work. Carista mention it on their website. If in doubt, get their one. Works via wifi connection with iOS, not BT so no, yours won't work unless you are using an android device.

    Edit - from the Carista help page

    What hardware do I need in order to use Carista?

    You may use either our official Carista OBD2 adapter or a generic ELM327 adapter. If you use a generic one, make sure it conforms to ELM327 v1.4 or newer and that it uses Bluetooth for Android and WiFi for iOS. For more info, watch this video:

    .
     
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2016
    azibux1 likes this.
  26. Hal Adams

    Hal Adams Well-Known Member Team Nardo VCDS Map User Audi RS3 Black Edition

    537
    266
    63
    Carista appear not to allow direct contact and I am not on FB, hence my question to you!
    I somehow imagine it will not go as far as what is needed to install the camera (other knock down versions do not allow this as well) plus, I think I will only get online problem support using VCDS, so will have to bite the bullet (UNLESS anyone knows someone with VCDS in South France..??) and fork out the price.
    Anyone though looking for a cheap VCDS, watch this space as there might be one available in a month or two!
     
  27. WarwickL

    WarwickL Well-Known Member TFSI Owners Group Team Sepang Audi S3 saloon Black Edition quattro DSG

    1,160
    1,998
    113
    I've had good email response from Carista but as I said, their offering is designed as a simplified option enabler, nothing more.

    They say that very clearly on their site.

    Edit - I'm not affiliated with them in any way other than being a customer, hence my reply :)

    Frankly, a more in depth customisation tool is of no interest to me.
     
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2016
  28. azibux1

    azibux1 Well-Known Member Team Sepang Audi S3

    2,074
    2,642
    113
    Thanks! :)
     
  29. Darroch

    Darroch Active Member

    142
    194
    43
    Will the app allow me to auto dip the wing mirrors when in reverse gear for a FL ?
     
  30. azibux1

    azibux1 Well-Known Member Team Sepang Audi S3

    2,074
    2,642
    113
    Might try this app later! Just realised my ELM is v1.5 so should be good to go :D
     
  31. azibux1

    azibux1 Well-Known Member Team Sepang Audi S3

    2,074
    2,642
    113
    Do they not already do that if you put the selector into the passenger mirror position?
     
  32. azibux1

    azibux1 Well-Known Member Team Sepang Audi S3

    2,074
    2,642
    113
    OK so I tested it out... Very swish!

    Enabled alarm chirp on lock and unlock... and also oil temp on DIS scroll

    One strange thing I noticed though was that after enabling the above two, my option for folding mirrors on locking was turned off. So I put it back on. I then connected Carista again to check something (and ended up changing the indicator flash from 3 to 4), got out, locked car and again, no folding mirrors. Seems whenever I go in / change something with Carista, it unchecks the folding mirror box?

    Anyway, test it, locked car, got in, started car (ignition on only), then locked again and they did fold... So will see how it goes and if it unchecks itself or not when carista is not connected

    Anyone (@WarwickL or @DJAlix probably know) know what the 'auto headlights activation threshold' is? Can set it to low, normal or high. Is it the speed at which auto high beam assist kicks in? Or something else?
     
  33. Avatar

    Google AdSense Advertisement


  34. WarwickL

    WarwickL Well-Known Member TFSI Owners Group Team Sepang Audi S3 saloon Black Edition quattro DSG

    1,160
    1,998
    113
    Mirror dip from factory only works if you have the folding mirror option fitted - not all areas have that option as standard. You can use coding to make mirrors without that option fitted but it uses the adjustment motors for dip and not as effective as the mirrors with the folding motors installed. Carista is implementing in next update for those without folding mirrors.

    Enabling a new option in the MMI resets some settings to default - you just need to enable those again in the MMI. Only happens when you make a change with Carista. Otherwise, the options you select in the MMI stay enabled, or disabled, depending no your choice. This is by design from Carista.

    The headlight setting manages the auto headlight on based on the sensor.
     
  35. azibux1

    azibux1 Well-Known Member Team Sepang Audi S3

    2,074
    2,642
    113
    That's good then, nothing to worry about

    Yeah got a response from them on Facebook, is to do with darkness for auto lights, not speed for auto high beam

    Have sent you a private message Warwick
     
  36. WarwickL

    WarwickL Well-Known Member TFSI Owners Group Team Sepang Audi S3 saloon Black Edition quattro DSG

    1,160
    1,998
    113
    I meant to tell you, "Daytime running lights (DRL) activate parking light". activates rear lights as DRL's :)

    Silly name to call it but yep.
     
  37. azibux1

    azibux1 Well-Known Member Team Sepang Audi S3

    2,074
    2,642
    113
    Aha that is silly, I thought it would be something to do with what you'd normally refer to as a parking light. Might look into switching that on.
     
  38. WarwickL

    WarwickL Well-Known Member TFSI Owners Group Team Sepang Audi S3 saloon Black Edition quattro DSG

    1,160
    1,998
    113
    Yep, I guess what they were trying to say was activate parking lights as DRL's :)
     
    Rob2k68 and azibux1 like this.
  39. WarwickL

    WarwickL Well-Known Member TFSI Owners Group Team Sepang Audi S3 saloon Black Edition quattro DSG

    1,160
    1,998
    113
    Let me know what you think as I haven't done that one yet.

    Not sure of the point ?
     
  40. azibux1

    azibux1 Well-Known Member Team Sepang Audi S3

    2,074
    2,642
    113
    No I'm not too sure either... Suppose you can be seen better and some probably think it just looks better?
     
  41. ammo-mcr

    ammo-mcr Active Member

    130
    41
    28
    anyone got a link to the cheap adapter they bought from ebay , i purchased one few weeks ago and it didnt work so a direct link to the one they purchased thats works would be helpful to us all
     
  42. WarwickL

    WarwickL Well-Known Member TFSI Owners Group Team Sepang Audi S3 saloon Black Edition quattro DSG

    1,160
    1,998
    113
    No point posting link to mine as it is an Aussie seller. Any ELM 327 with firmware ver 1.4 or greater should work fine.

    wifi version for iOS and BT version for android (you can use the wifi version with android as well but can't use the generic bt units with iOS)

    My suggestion was to buy the Carista unit though - $30. Does BT for iOS and android and works plus gives you 1 months free access to the software
     
    ammo-mcr and azibux1 like this.
  43. azibux1

    azibux1 Well-Known Member Team Sepang Audi S3

    2,074
    2,642
    113
    WarwickL likes this.

Share This Page