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Hi all

Anyone else had an issue with flickering Xenon lights on the S-Line?

Seem to be ok for about 15 minutes then have continuous flickering

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Mine are ok.Is it one or both ?
 

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I'm convinced mine "flicker" when I go over rough roads/potholes. I was wondering if it was a faulty bulb/connection, but haven't been back to the dealers yet.

Mine happens straight away, i.e. no 15 minute delay.

I was going to get my wife to drive her car in front of mine one night to see if she could see any flicker.

Be interested to know the verdict if you get it checked out, I'll post when I do so with mine.
 

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Hi PPS

The driver's side flickers and after searching the net I found absolutely shed loads of similar problems especially with A4's. There is a TSB (technical service bulletin) going back a few years, number 94-09-14. There are two separate conditions that both occur in vehicles with Bi-Xenon, with or without adaptive lighting. One xenon light on either side sporadically flickers or flashes and can go out.

Will be at dealers for this as the bulbs are only covered for 6 months as they are classed as wear and tear items. If bulb replacement is outside of this 6 month warranty then it costs circa £300 to be done. There are other parts that could be the problem: Ballast Control, Igniter and wire harness.

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Thanks Prince

I've booked it into the dealer to be checked out later this month.
 

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I think Mine its the same any solution? do they break in time?? mine does it at bat road only i have 700miles in the car... Help plz
 

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Hi Mindstorms

I had a software update carried out about a year ago and the constant flicker problem seems to be resolved. However, you will still have flicker on bad roads and that is just the way it is apparently. I have a gravel drive and they always flicker when driving on it.

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So is this normal behavior, ors should i worry? Question stills. I used to have a VW Tiguan didn't flicker (never) dough the lights where slightly different this are whiter... Thanks for the quick and precise response Prince
... you never changed them and they are still ok?
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Hmm... this makes me thankful I decided against them and stuck with the standard lights.
 

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Abso-bloody-lutely.
 

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Gromit said:
Hmm... this makes me thankful I decided against them and stuck with the standard lights.
I haven't noticed any problem with our Xenon lights (yet). My OH (an OAP
) replaced the headlights on his VW with Xenons (done fairly cheaply at a local independent VW chap) and now finds night driving MUCH easier on the eyes (it's very rural where we live) One reason why he spec'd the Xenons when we ordered the Q3.
 

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i wouldn't buy a non xenon car, even with this slight fault... xenon its a must for me... this is a minor inconvenient.. but the lights are great and they only fail in a particular situation of a VERY bad road... and only then...
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My Q3 went in to audi Maidstone for judder on headlight. There is a service note on this problem .it turns out to be normal it's our eyes that is at fault. That is wot the service tec said I did see the note and in so many words that is wot it says . ????
 

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Riiiiiight..... so basically the headlamps aren't juddering. They look as though they are but in fact they are completely steady and it's your eyeballs that are juddering. Honest.

I need a drink...
 

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Gromit said:
Riiiiiight..... so basically the headlamps aren't juddering.  They look as though they are but in fact they are completely steady and it's your eyeballs that are juddering.  Honest.

I need a drink...   <img src="http://www.q3ownersclub.co.uk/forum/smileys/smiley5.gif" alt="Confused" title="Confused" />
That's right . So it says the arc of the bulb moves
 

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Phoned audi uk today . We all need to phone them that's all of us who has bad eyes . There are no service repair as in the words of audi uk it's normal. I've told them it's a safety issue and a discomfort issue. I've ask to talk to some one higher up as I've had other cars with xenons with no problems . So once again every one who has flickering lights please call audi uk and open a case . The more of us who complain about the faults we have . the more likely some thing may get done . Edited by: Rick
 

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I had an A3 sline with the xenon lights and on bumpy roads they seemed to flicker I took the car back it was checked and was told no actual fault found, but was told that the xenons have a shutter type mechanism that changes from dipped to full beam, and there may be a bit of movement on the shutter on bumpy roads, I has the car for about 2 years never had a build failure, then has an A5 with xenons, never had and issues at all, then my first Q3 and again some flickering on bumpy roads, checked at dealer again told probably slight movement in the shutter causing the flicker, on my current Q3 not yet noticed a problem but to be fair haven't been out in the dark much. That said the flickering was only slight, and certainly would not put me off having the xenons, I recently drove an A6 with normal halogen light and couldn't believe how dim they seemed.
 
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