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Old 03-20-2014, 07:05 AM   #1
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Don't get me wrong, I love my A7 but some things are bugging me too. The forum is full of posts listing all the great stuff about the A7 but not that much on areas for improvement, so I though it would be a good idea to list my pet peeves.

It's bugging me that
- I can't turn the radio off permanently, only mute it and next time I come back to the car the radio will be on
- I can't change the radio stations while on reverse (and the camera is on)
- The rear defroster is weak, it takes a long time to clear the rear window if it's foggy
- I can't close the trunk from my key fob by default
- ventilated seats are practically useless

I'm also missing
- Ability to change the steering weighting for the dynamic mode
- Air suspension (available in Europe, it's great)
- Ability to program anything to the touch pad, similar to BMW (so not just radio stations, but phone numbers and navigation destinations etc)
- More adjustments and info in MMI, e.g. ability to check tire pressures or get more info on what to do when check engine light is on

Pretty small potatoes, what's on your list?
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Old 03-20-2014, 10:34 AM   #2
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+1 on not being able to actually turn off radio/media

Would really like to have a rear window wiper - have to carry a towel to wipe it off on heavy dew mornings

I have yet to master parking with the cameras, particularly in reverse

Wish I could see the HUD when wearing my polarized sunglasses

Faster boot up of Nav, Media, and 3G connectivity

Lane assist to start working a little sooner - maybe 30 MPH?

But, definitely no killer peeves here.

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Old 03-20-2014, 11:34 AM   #3
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Radio can be turned off permanently by pushing the volume dial in and holding for a few seconds. However, it turns off everything permanently...
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Old 03-20-2014, 05:06 PM   #4
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My pet peeve is: I like to leave my preset stations on the steering wheel controls but I have to re-establish presets every time I start the car. Not a big deal just a nuisance.
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I so love my car, so even replying to a "nit" complaint thread is uncomfortable. I do have a response to the backup camera/radio issue. For "backups" that I am secure in my ability to avoid crashing into something, I simply push the parking button and all is good. This is particularly helpful when jumping into the car during an important game break when I am jumping into my car and don't want to miss any action.
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Old 03-21-2014, 04:18 AM   #6
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Hi

Don't get me wrong, I love my A7 but some things are bugging me too. The forum is full of posts listing all the great stuff about the A7 but not that much on areas for improvement, so I though it would be a good idea to list my pet peeves.

It's bugging me that
- I can't turn the radio off permanently, only mute it and next time I come back to the car the radio will be on
- I can't change the radio stations while on reverse (and the camera is on)
- The rear defroster is weak, it takes a long time to clear the rear window if it's foggy
- I can't close the trunk from my key fob by default
- ventilated seats are practically useless

I'm also missing
- Ability to change the steering weighting for the dynamic mode
- Air suspension (available in Europe, it's great)
- Ability to program anything to the touch pad, similar to BMW (so not just radio stations, but phone numbers and navigation destinations etc)
- More adjustments and info in MMI, e.g. ability to check tire pressures or get more info on what to do when check engine light is on

Pretty small potatoes, what's on your list?
Fully agree with the radio issue. It is most annoying that you can not start the car with the radio being totally quiet.
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Old 03-21-2014, 05:02 AM   #7
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Fully agree with the radio issue. It is most annoying that you can not start the car with the radio being totally quiet.
As noted above, you can start the car without the radio on.
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As noted above, you can start the car without the radio on.
No, you can not. If you turn off the MMI before shutting the car off, it will restart the car with the radio off but EVERYTHING ELSE will be also shut down (phone, navigation).

I want the navigation and the phone stay operational, only want the radio to be quiet when I start the car. No can do!

If you have a way of doing it, I would love to hear because neither my very capable Audi service dealer nor Audi Canada customer service could offer a solution.

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Old 03-21-2014, 05:44 AM   #9
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Hi

Don't get me wrong, I love my A7 but some things are bugging me too. The forum is full of posts listing all the great stuff about the A7 but not that much on areas for improvement, so I though it would be a good idea to list my pet peeves.

It's bugging me that
- I can't turn the radio off permanently, only mute it and next time I come back to the car the radio will be on
- I can't change the radio stations while on reverse (and the camera is on)
- The rear defroster is weak, it takes a long time to clear the rear window if it's foggy
- I can't close the trunk from my key fob by default
- ventilated seats are practically useless

I'm also missing
- Ability to change the steering weighting for the dynamic mode
- Air suspension (available in Europe, it's great)
- Ability to program anything to the touch pad, similar to BMW (so not just radio stations, but phone numbers and navigation destinations etc)
- More adjustments and info in MMI, e.g. ability to check tire pressures or get more info on what to do when check engine light is on

Pretty small potatoes, what's on your list?
The defroster for the driver and passenger outside mirrors only work when the mirror control switch is in the top center position. To have the passenger side mirror dip when reversing, this switch needs to be in the next position to the right, but if it is there, the defrost does not work.

There is no logic for this, the mirror dip is a great feature but it should work in the winter also!
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No, you can not. If you turn off the MMI before shutting the car off, it will restart the car with the radio off but EVERYTHING ELSE will be also shut down (phone, navigation).

I want the navigation and the phone stay operational, only want the radio to be quiet when I start the car. No can do!

If you have a way of doing it, I would love to hear because neither my very capable Audi service dealer nor Audi Canada customer service could offer a solution.
The question was whether you can turn off the radio and not have it come back on....yes you can. However, if you read my post above, I note that everything else is shut off also, as you also noted.
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Old 03-21-2014, 05:57 AM   #11
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The question was whether you can turn off the radio and not have it come back on....yes you can. However, if you read my post above, I note that everything else is shut off also, as you also noted.
Which means the RADIO (on its own) can not be turned off. The MMI can be, but that wasn't the question (or the requirement).
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If you have a way of doing it, I would love to hear because neither my very capable Audi service dealer nor Audi Canada customer service could offer a solution.
My solution is simple - put your car in park - turn the volume down - shut off the car.
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My solution is simple - put your car in park - turn the volume down - shut off the car.
And that's where the rub is. It comes back at Volume 3, not at 0 as it was when it is turned off. The same way, it comes back at Volume 15 if you turn it off at any setting above 15. If you shut down at any volume between 3 and 15, it comes back at that level. We could not find any MMI settings to change this, not even in the hidden advanced menu or with VAG-COM.

So your solution, which was the first that came to my mind when I just discovered this issue has been tried but does not work!
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And that's where the rub is. It comes back at Volume 3, not at 0 as it was when it is turned off. The same way, it comes back at Volume 15 if you turn it off at any setting above 15. If you shut down at any volume between 3 and 15, it comes back at that level. We could not find any MMI settings to change this, not even in the hidden advanced menu or with VAG-COM.

So your solution, which was the first that came to my mind when I just discovered this issue has been tried but does not work!
They must have fixed this issue in the 2014 A7. I just tested it in mine. When I turned volume to 0, turned off car and came back hour later, volume was still mute when I turned car on.

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They must have fixed this issue in the 2014 A7. I just tested it in mine. When I turned volume to 0, turned off car and came back hour later, volume was still mute when I turned car on.
Same for 2013 (S7). Turn it down to mute, turn off and restarts in mute. Cool.
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Another solution: place a blank SD card in a slot and set it as the source. When the car is turned back on, no audio is present.
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They must have fixed this issue in the 2014 A7. I just tested it in mine. When I turned volume to 0, turned off car and came back hour later, volume was still mute when I turned car on.
That's strange - my 2014 A7 has the sound come back on at 2 when you start the car with it muted. And the highest it will start the volume at is 12. So I wonder if the differences are due to which audio system, MMI firmware revision, or some regional issue?
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Another solution: place a blank SD card in a slot and set it as the source. When the car is turned back on, no audio is present.
Actually, I have the opposite problem. I have a 64 GB SD card in, and if the car has been off for more then 10 minutes, it takes a little over a minute before music will start playing from where it left off.
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Actually, I have the opposite problem. I have a 64 GB SD card in, and if the car has been off for more then 10 minutes, it takes a little over a minute before music will start playing from where it left off.
While I am only guessing on this, it seems the SD card directory is cached and it takes 10 minutes or so for the cache to clear. As you have a large card with likely many entries in the directory, it takes a minute or so to read it all and write it into the cache.
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Another solution: place a blank SD card in a slot and set it as the source. When the car is turned back on, no audio is present.
Yes, that is a work-around. Just have to remember to switch to the SD card to be the source every time you finished listening to the radio in addition to turning the volume down.

However, the original issue sure is a peeve.
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