Phone-Pairing Secret - 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI Long-Term Road Test

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI Long-Term Road Test

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI: Phone-Pairing Secret

September 23, 2013

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI

Some Edmunds editors were talking about the pros and cons of technology in our long-term cars and the topic of the 2013 Volkswagen Passat and phone pairing came up. The secret, Ed Hellwig said, is to ignore the phone icon on the left of the steering wheel. It will not get you where you want to go. Instead, you work off the Multi-Function Indicator (MFI) in the center of the instrument panel.

Since I had just signed out the car for the night, this was a valuable tip. I easily found my way to the Phone menu in the MFI and proceeded with pairing from there. Bluetooth Audio was also a cinch to fire up.

This was a reminder that sometimes the easiest way to learn a bit of car tech is not through guesswork or a manual, but to have someone walk you through it. Also helpful are tech videos like this one, created by a dealership, Luther Park Place Volkswagen in Rochester, MI.

When you're learning the ways of a car, do you prefer trial and error, show and tell, or RTFM?

Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @ 7,657 miles

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