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

Brian J White brian at bjwhite.net
Thu Dec 18 15:51:22 EST 2003

At 15:00 2003-12-18 -0500, michael dunston 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?

It has to be extremely dark to see this red glow.  It's not meant to be 
bright, but you should see redness on your hand down near the radio controls.
This light is adjustable with the gauge lighting as well.

>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)

I have no clue here as my car (gladly) doesn't have this feature.

>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?

Hold it for a few seconds.   It's delayed.

>Is there a way to get the clock do display 24-hour time?

I've been wondering this myself.  My guess is that it's adjustable via the 
computer connection to the car.  You can order a VAG-COM and go through the 
setups or take it to the dealer.  I doubt the dealer has had many requests 
for it though and may look at you like a leper.


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