[A4] a few questions on a new A4 3.0 Q.

Dan DiBiase d_dibiase at yahoo.com
Thu Dec 18 15:15:48 EST 2003

Congrats, Michael! I purchased an '04 1.8T in September and love it. I
inserted comments where I could below.... Most of the folks here have
older Audis but they still help out us noobs!

Dan D
'04 A4 1.8T q MT-6
Central NJ USA
--- michael dunston <mdunston at music.vt.edu> wrote:
> I have just purchased an '04 A4 q. and was wondering if I might ask
> other owners a few questions regarding some questionable behavior.
> the ambient lighting: according to page 76 of the manual, "ambient
> lighting illuminates important controls" via the two red LEDs in front
> of the sunroof knob and lights in the door handles.  The only lighting I
> see at night anywhere near the door handles is the backlighting for the
> lock/unlock switches.  Is there supposed to be a light somewhere near
> the actual handle?  In addition, the two red LEDs in front of the
> sunroof knob are very dim.  Even in total darkness I can only see light
> output from them when my hand is within a few inches; any farther than
> about six inches below the roof and I see no red light being cast.  Is
> this normal?

Michael, this was explained to me as more of a map light that would allow
you to read a map without ruining your night vision. I haven't tried it
yet though....

> the coming home/leaving home illumination feature:  the addendum manual
> for this says that it should occur only when 'the vehicle is parked in
> poor light or darkness with the sensors detecting little or no light at
> all' yet it happened the first time I unlocked the car at 11 am this
> morning. (it was overcast, but nowhere near 'poor light' or darkness)

Don't have this on my 1.8T.

> Although the trunk does unlock with two taps on the remote 'unlock'
> button, the 'trunk' button does not unlock the trunk. (either remote)
> I am fairly certain this worked earlier in the week when I picked up the
> car.  Has anyone experienced this?

You have to hold the 'trunk' button for several seconds, and then the
truck latch will release. It only pops up a few inches; you still have to
open it by hand but you don't need to put your hand into the latch on the
underside, just push it open.
> Is there a way to get the clock do display 24-hour time?
> I'm sure to have more questions, but thanks in advance for any
> experiences and comments you can share.

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