Starting/Electrical problem after rainstorm on 2000 Audi TT

My TT developed a strange problem after a pretty heavy rainstorm. The car is completely dead - no lights, no dash, no starter turnover-not even a click. After a half dozen attempts the lights came on when the key was inserted and the car started normally. It idled normally... I turned it off and immediately tried to restart - dead. I let it sit in the sun for a second day to "dry out" but had the same problem starting. Once it started I drove around for about 20 minutes, pulled in the driveway shut it off and had the same start problem. Any ideas?

by in Branford, CT on April 15, 2011
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ANSWER by , April 18, 2011
Hello Anonymous, Is this car a convertible? If so it is common for the fabric around the rear window to tear or fray whereby allowing water to enter the car and short out the comfort module. If it is a hardtop it could have a leak that is doing the same thing. Feel free to give us a call, we would be happy to take a look for you 203-262-0569