[A4] Trip Computer?

Dan DiBiase d_dibiase at yahoo.com
Fri May 5 07:51:40 EDT 2006

Brian J White <brian at bjwhite.net> wrote:  Trip computer didn't come as standard until 2000....before that it 
was always an option.
But, you can tell in 1 second whether or not it has a trip computer 
or not as the center area between the speedo and tach are completely different.

With trip computer...

Without trip computer...
Note the little squares in the middle...those are idiot lights.... 
One of the bands below is the outside thermometer...

Well,  the 20056 A4 loaner I had yesterday had the info display like your  first picture, Brian, but didn't have the trip computer. From the top,  it showed the radio station, the outside temp, miles-to-go until empty,  and the transmission settings. Unless they moved the controls from the  windshield wiper stalk, there was no computer on that car.
  As an aside, the car I drove was a non-quattro (and I assume non-sport  suspension) CVT car. That CVT is really hard to get used to, as the  revs climb to about 1800 and stay there as you gain speed, if you're  accelerating at a leisurely rate. Very bizarre. But in 'Tip' mode there  are seven 'gear' settings, and there is also a Sport mode that gives  the same seven settings. But with FWD and no sport suspension, I  couldn't wait to get my quattro Sport car back!!!
  Dan D
  '04 A4 1.8Tq MT-6
  Central NJ USA

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