Frantic Fan Speed - 2012 Audi A8 Long-Term Road Test

2012 Audi A8 Long Term Road Test

2012 Audi A8L: Frantic Fan Speed

March 31, 2012

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So, t'other day I was driving in our Long Term 2012 Audi A8L when I noticed a small feature that was incredibly irritating. I stopped, took some photos of the offending piece of equipment and then returned to driving this otherwise spectacular sedan.

Then I got home, looked at the pictures and thought to myself, "You know, I might be the only person in the world who's irritated by this." So I ditched that idea and went with something else. And then I read this quote by cr_driver in Josh's "Magrath is a Weirdo" blog, "Like this is news Josh! LOL The little baby girl of IL that has a reputation of whining about everything is Magrath."

On that note....

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With the "auto" function off on our A8, turning the temperature up or down results in a change in fan speed -- I can't live with that. If I wanted the fan to go faster, I'd turn the fan to one of the 900 other settings. I don't. What I want is the temperature of the air to rise or fall. Think the difference between being in a house with radiators and one with a central heating fan. Or the difference between being in a smoky room and having someone blow smoke directly into your face.

I'm fully aware that by keeping the fan speed lower the car will not get cool as quickly. I'm okay with that. I'm not okay with cars telling me how I want things AFTER I've already turned off the automatic features.

Maybe cr_driver's right, but I like what I like, and I do not like this.

Mike Magrath, Features Editor, Inside Line

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