2015 Audi A3: Infotainment System Fritz-Out
January 6, 2015
I was driving to an Edmunds testing session in our 2015 Audi A3 2.0T Quattro S Tronic just a few days ago when the infotainment system had a minor meltdown (the photo you see here is a near-reenactment of the event, not the actual event).
I had a CD going in the glove box player, and it was 21 seconds into Shovels and Rope's "Kemba's Got the Cabbage Moth Blues" when the song stopped and a high-pitched warning sound reverberated throughout the cabin.
Now at this point you might be asking, "Who the heck still listens to CDs?" Answer: Old Man Monticello, at least when I get a new one in and before I transfer it to my iPod.
To that point, I ask, "Who the heck still puts CD players in glove boxes in 2015?" Answer: Audi.
But back to our thoroughly intriguing story.
I tried turning down the stereo's volume. Zero effect. I tried simply muting the audio system. Nothing. I tried reaching over and ejecting the CD from the glove box. Again, nothing (kind of a long reach from the driver's seat, too). Just that dang warning sound.
This went on for a minute or two, and then suddenly the Audi's infotainment screen retracted into the dash. I thought, "Oh great, now you've gone and done it Monticello." But the screen immediately popped back up out of the dash, said it was "initializing" and shortly thereafter all systems were working again.
I popped my CD out just to make sure it would do so, then slid it back in and it was back to playing Shovels and Rope. This time it played all the way through "Kemba."
I'm not sure if the Audi's CD player simply doesn't like Shovels and Rope (why wouldn't you, though?), or what exactly caused the fritz-out. We'll keep an eye on it. Of course, if this was all related to the CD player it may be awhile before something like this happens again. I don't think too many folks on our staff still listen to those things.
Mike Monticello, Senior Road Test Editor @ 4,007 miles