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      10-23-2012, 03:23 PM   #595
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Please forgive me if this has been mentioned before, but my car is new to me and 594 posts is a lot to go through... But I recently noticed a behavior that I hadn't heard about or read about in the owners manual. When the power is completely switched off, the illumination of the lamp controls will stay lit for some amount of time. (Maybe under all conditions, but at least at night when it's dark enough to notice.) I assume that this is so you can easily find the lamp controls in the dark in order to turn them on if you need to. The next morning I noticed the illumination was extinguished, I assume in order to preserve battery charge.

Not anything cool that one can DO with the car, but a nice little, helpful feature.
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      10-23-2012, 03:24 PM   #596
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I know this thread is long but did anyone mention the two hidden compartments in the trunk yet? I saw them yesterday when I was digging around and they are perfect to hide all my cleaning supplies.
The ones under the lift-up floor bit? Yeah, handy storage. I have the owners manual there. Did you notice that you can lift up that flippy bit far enough such that it'll latch against the top of the trunk so you don't have to hold it up?
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      10-23-2012, 05:23 PM   #597
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thats cool, I didn't even see that
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Please forgive me if this has been mentioned before, but my car is new to me and 594 posts is a lot to go through... But I recently noticed a behavior that I hadn't heard about or read about in the owners manual. When the power is completely switched off, the illumination of the lamp controls will stay lit for some amount of time. (Maybe under all conditions, but at least at night when it's dark enough to notice.) I assume that this is so you can easily find the lamp controls in the dark in order to turn them on if you need to. The next morning I noticed the illumination was extinguished, I assume in order to preserve battery charge.

Not anything cool that one can DO with the car, but a nice little, helpful feature.
are u talking about once everything is off and u are about to leave the car, u flip the high beam to turn on the follow me home lights that stay on a certain amount of time that u have set to allow u to get to your destination? or is it the lights found under the door handles to show the curb, the light under the door, or the light shining in the gap of the interior door when the doors are closed?

Must be talking about the individual illumination of the seats on the side of the opened door
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      10-24-2012, 09:56 AM   #599
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are u talking about once everything is off and u are about to leave the car, u flip the high beam to turn on the follow me home lights that stay on a certain amount of time that u have set to allow u to get to your destination? or is it the lights found under the door handles to show the curb, the light under the door, or the light shining in the gap of the interior door when the doors are closed?

Must be talking about the individual illumination of the seats on the side of the opened door
Nope, none of the above. I'm talking about the lights circled below. To be clear, not the lights those controls operate, but the actual lights ON the controls. They remain on even when the car is closed up, locked, and absolutely everything else has turned off.
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Have you figured out how to view the song/channel info in the split screen view (I have nav in the other split screen)...agreed, Acura hasn't caught on to this yet.

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One cool thing that I realized yesterday was that the sirius idrive menus are awesome compared to other cars I have driven.

A couple of cool features:
First the sirius radio portion of idrive has a strip of icons on the left of the screen. You can customize the way that the stations or song are displayed. For instance, I was listening to alt nation yesterday and under alt nation was a list of the other rock stations. I saw an icon to customize the menus on the left and each click changes the way the menu is viewed. You can click it to see a lists of artists playing on the various stations. Click it again to see all the songs that are playing on the various stations, etc. You can also see which songs play next on various stations or songs that were previously played. This is so awesome.

One additional thing that I noticed on the Sirius menu is that you can add to favorites. For example, if you like Motley Crue you can add them to your favorites and it will find their songs for you, or if you like one of their songs you can find it using the favorites function.

This is awesome and the idrive Satellite radio menus and functions behave similarly to the actual sirius radio hardware that you would buy from them or in the store. This is where the technology has surpassed the Japanese. You cannot find these functions as least on Hondas with Nav and satellite radio.
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Nope, none of the above. I'm talking about the lights circled below. To be clear, not the lights those controls operate, but the actual lights ON the controls. They remain on even when the car is closed up, locked, and absolutely everything else has turned off.
Am I the only one lost on this?
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Am I the only one lost on this?
He's just talking about the illuminated headlamp switch which stays illuminated for a few mins after you lock the car.
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I noticed two things tonight after getting my car back from the Auto Stop/Start reprogram at the dealer:

1) Turn signals flash twice in a series of 3 when using the "kick" feature to open the trunk with comfort access

2) The door handle LED lights all come on while reversing at night

The first one was new after the programming, the latter may have been there all along but just notices it. Pretty cool...
This is cool, I noticed this on my car too after they did a big software update to resolve a window issue. It makes the trunk thing easier because you know your kick worked, and it looks good!
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There are a variety of screens to choose from as the default tooling around. Many times I like all the station and song info, others I like the trip computer.

My new favorite is Efficient Dynamics. It has a cool graphic that shows when the battery is getting juice from low driving loads and graphics for the ASS and when the air is on. It's kind of cool.
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He's just talking about the illuminated headlamp switch which stays illuminated for a few mins after you lock the car.
Bingo!
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This is cool, I noticed this on my car too after they did a big software update to resolve a window issue. It makes the trunk thing easier because you know your kick worked, and it looks good!
...the sequence of 3 is a bit over the top (2 would have been perfect) much in the same way that the industry standard 3-blink tap found in many manufacturer's turn signal stalks would be better as 4-blinks...details I suppose!
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How do you do the kick feature?
Just discovered where the heating button and left side pocket storage bin are today, so bear with my stupidity...
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From my experience....

"you put your right foot in...."

"you pull your right foot out...."

That's it... Dont put it back in... dont shake it all about (and DONT get caught humming the tune out loud.. very uncool )

Seriously, straight in/out - mine normally opens on about 1/2 sec delay
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Strange my door handle LEDs dont turn on while in reverse at night
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Strange my door handle LEDs dont turn on while in reverse at night
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Neither does mine! I think it might be a part of driver assist package
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From my experience....

"you put your right foot in...."

"you pull your right foot out...."

That's it... Dont put it back in... dont shake it all about (and DONT get caught humming the tune out loud.. very uncool )

Seriously, straight in/out - mine normally opens on about 1/2 sec delay
lol..nice.
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Neither does mine! I think it might be a part of driver assist package
Try it with lights set to 'Auto'.
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what aggrivates me is that I have to push the unlock button on the dash twice to open up the passenger doors??
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what aggrivates me is that I have to push the unlock button on the dash twice to open up the passenger doors??
No, you don't.

Go into Settings and change it.

1. "Settings"
2. "Door locks"
3. "Unlock button"

Choose "All Doors"

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thanks dude, didnt know that but will try it out tomorrow
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