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I love European cars of the German variety. I have for as long as I can remember. And within German cars, I've always been partial to Volkswagen and Audi - there's something oddly familiar about them.

möbius one was designed as a log of sorts, for me to record the changes I make to this, one of my dream cars, which I am lucky....

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VCDS Modifications

05 1 2011

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A big advantage of remaining in the VW/Audi family is the ability to continue using my Vag Com cable – purchased back in late 2005 when I first purchased my 2006 Volkswagen GLI. This is the one essential tool that should be in all VW/Audi enthusiasts’ toolboxes.

As I imagined, the electronics in the 2011 S4 are definitely more advanced than they were on my 2006 GLI not only by virtue of being a newer car, but also because the S4 has a lot more “bells & whistles” than the GLI did. So without further delay, I plugged my laptop into the car and made a few changes:

  • Seatbelt chime delete.
  • Enable windows up/down via remote.
  • Disable LED DLR “wink” when turn signal active.
  • Enable video in motion. (!)
  • Enable chirp when unlocking doors via remote.
  • Enable emergency flashing lights.
  • Enable gear number indicator on central display while on auto mode (D or S).

I still want to enable the car to default to “individual” setting of steering & sports rear differential when the car is powered up but I need to do a little more research on that one.

Overall, I’m impressed with the amount of things one can tweak on these cars. Video in motion is a perfect example of this (!) and something that must be done at your own risk. Even with the latest and more advanced RNS510, I could not do this on my GLI without an expensive aftermarket adapter; now it’s a simple matter of knowing how to extract the security code to modify adaptation channels on the computer (something easily done online), changing a few variables and voilà!

I can’t believe that the investment I made almost six years ago with the tech/VAG wizards at Ross Tech, keeps paying off. I have to say it was the best spent “mod money” ever.

 

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Discuss this entry - (2 comments so far)

  1. Tom wrote on May 25 2011 at 2:01 am

    Mario,
    I just read that you were able to enable the video in motion feature. I too own a 2011 S4 and have been looking and researching how to do this. Could you email me and let me know how you did this, or at least would you mind pointing me in the right direction? Thanks!
    Tom

  2. svander wrote on May 25 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Tom,

    The process is somewhat straight forward. If you have VCDS, point your browser to this link and follow the instructions. You should have video in motion enabled in a matter of minutes.

    Good luck!

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