Last edited by WopOnTour; 08-08-2012 at 08:02 PM.
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Hey WOT, does switching from "Auto" to "Off" on the stick cause the displays to revert to "Day mode" and fully bright? I thought that only affected the headlights, not the displays... I guess I'll have to check now!
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So how is that any different from my other car? The difference is that it actually worked in my other car. And my wife's car. And the car I traded in to get the Volt. And my parent's car. And my neighbor's car.
What's especially dangerous about this problem is when one backs out of a garage or shaded parking spot: the camera may turn on in reverse, but it's nearly impossible to see until the display switches to day mode. So if my son leaves his bike in the driveway or there's a neighbor's dog standing behind my car, there's going to be an accident - an accident that could be prevented if the darned display brightness could be overridden.
I can see how it could be an inconvenience with the delay. Perhaps you could keep a flashlight in the car and shine it on the DRL sensor when you start it? Not sure if it would work but might be worth a shot. Not a bad idea to have a flashlight in the car for emergencies anyway.
Or turn the garage lights on but then you'd have to get out to turn them off. Which would kill the 10 sec delay anyway.
EDIT: I guess I should add: i didn't even know that knob existed until i let my toddler play with the controls (with the car off). He apparently turned that dial all the way to superdim without my knowledge. The next time I started my car, my displays were very dark just as the original poster described. It wasn't until this thread that I clued into the fact that there was a brightness control at all. <-- sure I assumed there was but had not yet bothered to read the manualfor it . For me this solves the problem and is completely independent from any autosensing for the exterior lights.
Last edited by sgtpokey; 08-08-2012 at 11:49 PM.
That's the solution, for sure. Again, this isn't a huge problem (if it's even a "problem"), just a minor annoyance along with all the other minor annoyances that collectively feel like a larger issue. But as workarounds are found for each one, they become less of an annoyance. Still would like to see all these nettling things refined on future models, but for now they are what they are. In the grand scheme of things, having to adjust that brightness dial down when I'm driving at night (and then remembering to put it back to full brightness in the morning) is not that big a deal - but it's still annoying that it's not handled better.