2 major snow events I been through, windshield won't stay clear and ice forms, impeding the wipers swiping. Can't get the defrost hot enough. Is this a symptom of the diesel?
Well, I'm not too far from you and the little driving I did, I had the similar issue - ice forming on the blades and some ice on the windshield.
Perhaps if I had driven longer the front windshield defroster would have cleared the window better.
There is a windshield defrost button. Are you using it? Also, turn your temp up.
yes & yes...80 deg temp on the MMI, cranked the fan speed to 11/12 max setting.
I cannot believe I am the only driver with this experience.
The first time this happened around Christmas, I stopped several times within an hour to try clearing the blades.
I wonder if this is a HVAC setting issue of some kind? A round here we've had a brutal winter so far. Extremely cold, way more snow than normal and no problem with the Q5 to date. I haven't done anything with the settings so no idea what it might be.
I've not had any issues with my 2014 2.0T in Wisconsin, but I have found it odd that I have yet to notice any air coming from the two center vents in the dash this winter. I use "Auto" mode all the time with a 72F temperature setting. The two side dash vents put out plenty of air and so do the windshield vents. I've assumed that there is some logic built in that re-directs air away from the center dash vents and to the windshield vents when the temps are cold.
This is just conjecture, but I wonder if those with problems are seeing lots of center dash vent flow and not enough windshield vent flow. Perhaps there is a software update that would help.