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Old 07-02-2013, 04:10 AM   #1
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I have problems opening my boot with my foot. So far, after many tries, I only succeeded twice! I do kicking motion and also stepping on pedal motion. Whats wrong?
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Greetings,
I have problems opening my boot with my foot. So far, after many tries, I only succeeded twice! I do kicking motion and also stepping on pedal motion. Whats wrong?
When the first 2013 A6s were delivered exactly one year ago in the U.S., this feature was enabled in the first shipments (including mine). Problem was, not only did it work intermittently no matter what St. Vitus or hokey-pokey dance I tried, but the lid would often open on its own as I walked by the rear fender with the key in my pocket. When I complained, the service manager told me Audi was having problems with the design so put out a bulletin to disable it and that they had discontinued enabling it at the factory for all subsequent shipments. I'm assuming with a "boot", you are in the UK. What year do you have?
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Do you have the power boot option? I do and it works every time. I understand the US models only pop the trunk/boot, but don't actually open the "lid" like the Euro models with power boot do.
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I just receive my car last weekend. I'm in Malaysia and I do have the power boot, or trunk, option. I know it is there, but success rate of less than 10% of opening it with foot gesture is a real joke. I went to Ford show room and tried the Kuga, it works every time.
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I just receive my car last weekend. I'm in Malaysia and I do have the power boot, or trunk, option. I know it is there, but success rate of less than 10% of opening it with foot gesture is a real joke. I went to Ford show room and tried the Kuga, it works every time.
The Ford works so well because you can only open the driver's door 10% of the time. This way you're assured of being able to crawl through from the back.
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Car and Driver tested the power trunk two years ago in Europe, and their comment was better leave that to German engineers to figure that out.
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Car and Driver tested the power trunk two years ago in Europe, and their comment was better leave that to German engineers to figure that out.
Probably Audi will show this feature in Iron Man 4 movie...
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Try swing your foot and let your tip of the shoe touch the button side of the car. I had it 98% of the time successful rate.
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Ya, now i manage to get in open most of the time. My foot need to kiss the butt and kick in a rhythmic swing. Thanks.
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I have a 2014 TDI Prestige model that I took delivery on a few weeks ago. I smelt some kind of burning smell emanating from the rear passenger side wheel and I got down under the car to see if there was any kind of road debris stuck to the exhaust (there wasn't... thinking it might be a caliper problem). To my surprise, when I stood up, the trunk popped open.

I proceeded to wave my foot like a loon to try to replicate it (got it to open one more time).

When I got home, looked in the manual, and there it was on page 39 -- Luggage compartment with movement activated opening. They say to use a kick motion. I tried it a few times again and had a better hit rate. Wondering if anyone else sees this standard? It's a pleasant surprise, to be sure.

On another note -- any suggestions about the burning smell? This is the first time it happened. I've got about 450 miles on the car, and this was a 20 mile trip, mixed speeds (half highway, half city).
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On my 2013 A8, the foot trick works quite well to open the trunk.

Procedure as follows:

1. Have key in pocket, hand, in purse, on your body somewhere.
2. Kick foot twice under center of rear bumper with a straight in/out motion. (In - Out - In - Out)

Works every time for me.
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Too bad, it can't do kick to close (on a powered boot lid)!
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Too bad, it can't do kick to close (on a powered boot lid)!
Two words. Tort Reform.
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Old 08-05-2013, 04:56 AM   #14
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On the BMW 5 series a lot of people complain about the hit rate. We have found that if you do a motion as if kicking a football (as suggested above) right under the license plate it works very well. A lot of people wave their foot side to side - that does not work most of the time. Once I learned the proper way, it works almost every time in my car.
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This sounds like a great feature that I wish we had on our 2012 -- anybody know if a retrofit is possible?
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As I reported this last year on my 2013 A6 (before I had the trunk sensor disabled since mine occasionally opened the trunk on it's own as I walked by the rear quarter panel), the only way to get it to work reliably is:

You put your right foot in,
You put your right foot out,
You put your right foot in,
And you shake it all about,
You do the hokey pokey
and you turn yourself around,
That what it's all about.

Attracts a lot of stupefying stares usually followed by hysterical laughter and finger pointing in the parking lot but, hey, no pain, no gain. (The hokey pokey and turning around parts are absolutely necessary for it to work. Trust me on this).
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Having played with it for a few more days now, I think the reliability must have improved since 2013. The kicking motion works consistenly, and I haven't gotten any false positives. Only problem was yesterday i was holding a huge box, kicked my foot to open the trunk, and it lifted up driving the box into my nose. Had I been following the hokey pokey protocol, I would have turned myself about following the footshake, thus saving myself from facial trauma.

I think it would have been even nicer to have the power trunk close, and I'm aware that a retrofit kit exists for that, but the cost probably outweighs the benefit.
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Having played with it for a few more days now, I think the reliability must have improved since 2013. The kicking motion works consistenly, and I haven't gotten any false positives. Only problem was yesterday i was holding a huge box, kicked my foot to open the trunk, and it lifted up driving the box into my nose. Had I been following the hokey pokey protocol, I would have turned myself about following the footshake, thus saving myself from facial trauma.

I think it would have been even nicer to have the power trunk close, and I'm aware that a retrofit kit exists for that, but the cost probably outweighs the benefit.
Are you in the US? I thought Snagitseven's kick truck release was a fluke for the US models. I never have been able to open the trunk with my foot. Honestly, I have not even looked under to see if anything for that accidentally made it on my car.

As for power trunk, there is a kit. OEMplus makes it. $1295

http://www.oemplus.com/electronic-ha...it-p-3076.html

Cool idea, and I want it, but $1300 is a bit of money to spend for that feature. Not to mention, that is the purchase price. Still need to install it.
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Are you in the US? I thought Snagitseven's kick truck release was a fluke for the US models. I never have been able to open the trunk with my foot. Honestly, I have not even looked under to see if anything for that accidentally made it on my car.
I'm guessing from these reports, Audi has resumed the "feature" on 2014's, hopefully with an improved sensor that doesn't have a mind of its own. Be glad your 2013 trunk sensor is missing or inactive. (I can send you mine if you enjoy pulling your hair out).
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Yes, I'm in the U.S. I thought it was another fluke as well but then I read the manual and it seems like they are including it in 2014 models.
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