2012 Audi A8 Long Term Road Test


2012 Audi A8L: Phennighausen, You Were Right

June 04, 2012

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My bad for not telling Brent that it in fact WAS the Valet Mode left on that made our 2012 Audi A8's trunk release buttons, etc. unresponsive, as commenter Phennighausen suggested in Brent's post.

On Friday when Brent sent out an email to me (this weekend's driver of the A8) and Vehicle Testing Manager Mike Schmidt about it, Schmidt suggested I check the Valet Mode button. Sure enough it was lit up just so. After turning that off, the trunk release is functioning normally...and I neglected to tell Brent.

However, another issue seems to have popped up with our Audi: the function where the mirrors fold in automatically when you park is glitchy. Once upon a time when you kept the knob in the "fold mirrors" position, every time you parked and shut the car off the mirrors would tuck in, reminding me of a bird tucking in its wings while it settles in. But now, even with the knob in that position, I have to manually switch the knob around for the mirrors to react. And then when I go to start the car and flip the switch back to unfold the mirrors, most times it doesn't respond right away. Phennighausen, any ideas?

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 16,232 miles

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