Originally Posted by Kris Hansen
Water vapor. VERY common in cold weather. You NEED to let that car warm up and run long enough to burn the water off. Shame on Audi for saying it's "your problem".. They should coach you to avoid such repeated short trips at all costs.
Kris...1st...Thanks for responding. Audi has told me repeatedly that I need to drive the car for a time long enough to burn this off. I understand this would be ideal...but it's not reality. I don't remember receiving a disclaimer when I purchased this car "Do not buy this car if you're only going to drive it 10 minutes to work". My wife has made this same commute for 11 years in 4 other vehicles and we have never had this problem. Audi and every other manufacturer tests (or should test) their cars in various environments including cold weather, desert etc extensively before releasing these cars into production. I have suggested to Audi that perhaps a different (hotter)thermostat would allow this car to burn off this moisture. I timed how long the car took to warm up to full operating temperature last night (44 degrees F). In 8 minutes of idling it never came up to full operating temp. It took 5 more minutes of driving for the needle to reach the normal range.
At the end of the day the car should perform irregardless of whether or not people make a 10 minute trip or a 2 hour trip.