Actually, I don't even know if it's a problem or a feature. I've seen that if I forget my indicators on (either left or right) and remove the keys + close the door the headlights and the back lights on the same side with the indicators remain lit.

It's my first Audi and I only have it for a month, so excuse the stupid question. Is this a feature of some kind or a possible electrical problem. I should mention that if I leave I don't leave either of the indicators on, the headlights turn off without any problem.

Seems like an electrical problem. I'm amazed that it actually happens every time, on both sides, so it could be some kind of useless feature.

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That's actually standard Audi & VW behaviour, not an electrical problem.

  • Cool to know. Is there any reason for it? I don't see a practical reason, but then again I'm not the most experienced driver.
    – Rad'Val
    Commented Jul 20, 2012 at 21:40
  • I can't remember why they did it, but I do remember that they've been doing that at least since the late 80s/early 90s. Commented Jul 20, 2012 at 22:28
  • Porsches do that as well. I'm told it's due to some foreign (to the USA) requirement where cars temporarily parked on the street are required to have just one side lit up. Commented Jul 23, 2012 at 12:36
  • in the uk its a legal requirement (although no one bothers) to have parking lights on when you are parked on a road with a speedlimit in excess of 30mph or if the vehicle is in excess of 1500kg.
    – Mauro
    Commented Jul 23, 2012 at 12:48
  • I remember it was fairly common in Paris for cars on narrow streets to park with two wheels on the sidewalk. Drivers there usually parked with their side lights on.
    – TMN
    Commented Jul 23, 2012 at 17:21

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