2012 Audi A8 Long Term Road Test


2012 Audi A8L: Rear-Seat Climate Control Mystery

March 28, 2012

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For this trip up north to the 24 Hours of Lemons race at Infineon Raceway, we dragged dog Mya along. She's enjoyed seat time in the 2012 Audi A8L before but never for a 800+-mile roadtrip. In any case, yes, it was all plush and cozy back there. Even during the really chilly mornings, I turned on the seat heater for her. Couldn't tell if she liked that but it made me feel good doing something for her.

The only real issue was the fact that we STILL couldn't figure out how to make air come out of the rear-seat vents. The B-pillar vents work just fine, but no luck with the vents tucked behind the front-seat's center armrest.

For what the owner's manual says about it, hit the jump.

OK, it says this.

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But doesn't give you that option on the screen.

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What gives? And as I said in the previous doggy post, there aren't any controls in the rear seat's center armrest or near the vents. Anyone have an idea how to get air back there? As it was we just aimed the vents on the dash Mya's way.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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