Hi Guys, new to the forum so please go gentle with me.
I am the very very proud owner of a 2003 A8 4.2L and I love this car. Everything about Audi scream quality. I do have 2 problems though, which are probably related to the same thing (you guys will know better than me) and I have search this forum and seen others with similar problems but not the same as mine as such!
I have 2 remote keys and the first key does not work at all (it will manually unlock/lock the car). If I put this key in the ignition, it will turn but nothing lights up? I used to have an A4 Quattro which I managed to reprogram another key but no luck with this key (I have put a brand new battery in).
Secondly, My keyless entry does not work and neither does my fingerprint reader. (It wont start anything. No lights come up on the dash with the first push down or the further push down).
I am hoping this is an easy fix, as I don't wish to take it to an Audi dealer (I am broke now after parting with the money for the car and paying for a service).
Would buying a VAG-COM be needed? If so, I can buy one of these (My laptop is Windows 7 though and I see on fleabay, only XP works). I am pretty confident on computers, so that would be ok or is there an easier/harder way.
Thanks in advance and any help is much appreciated.
The keys on these need to be programmed by Audi since they have to talk to the mothership in Germany via computer to do it.
Generally they charge an hour labour ($135 here) to do it, and recommend you take any/all keys to be done at one time.
New keys run about $150 USD each but hopefully you won't need a new one.
Keyless entry and fingerprint are something that VCDS (VAG-COM) could help you with for sure.
It's worth the money in the long run to save on labor and diagnostics even if you don't do a lot of your own work.
Genuine Ross-Tech VCDS will work on Windows 7.
The Bentley manual only works on XP or XP mode in newer windows versions.
In the interim you might find someone nearby who has VCDS and is willing to scan/reset the A8 for you.
Again, welcome to the forum and congrats on the A8 - you're going to fall in love with the vehicle !
First is the nav dvd is asking to be inserted but when I try to do that, it will not let me (eject does nothing either).
Second is when I put a cd in the multi stack, it says CD is unreadable (also MD is unreadable).
Hopefully these are easy fixes as I would like to have music and navigation working
Thanks in advance.
Typically, the DVD drive is locked to prevent the Nav CD from easily walking off. You can unlock it in VCDS (Vag-com).
Re: the unreadable CD, is the CD a purchased CD or one that you recorded on a computer? The CD players in early models tend to have problems with anything other than standard music CDs (and won't read MP3s on CD either).
Am sure you could find some locally, or order from the dealer like I did.
The AMI kit I bought came with the removal tools, so Greg may want to purchase that first and do both installs at the same time (since the patient will already be open, so to speak).
Personally, I stopped using the CD changer once I got an AMI (I put all my MP3s on a USB stick and don't have to muss with changing CDs in and out), so IMHO, I don't think it is worth upgrading the CD player to one that plays MP3s.