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    Lightbulb new a3 sline uncomfortable still after 6k

    ive had my new a3 now for over 4 months now and have put over 6 k on the clock, I'm still finding the car very uncomfortable to
    drive, it is a sline but i can't seem to get a position where my wrists don't hurt on the steering wheel . my wrist seems to really ache after a little while, theres less elbow room on the door card than my previous a3. keep adjusting seat and steering wheel but to
    no joy, anyone else have same problem, especially ache in the wrist/arm?
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    You can always try building up some strength in your wrists? There is a fantastic male pastime which can help you with that

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    I'll be honest it's not very often I have my arms on the door card. I find it very comfy to drive overall.

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    I don't have any issue with this, pity you can't get the best driving position for you, but I don't spend too much time on straight roads, but when I do I find the car very comfortable


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    See ...........being 5ft 8 and a shortarse has its benefits! I find it very comfortable ........ And as for the s line suspension I've got it and compared to my m3 I tell you it's like driving an a8 exec spec , lovely jubbly!

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    Quote Originally Posted by s33nyboy12 View Post
    See ...........being 5ft 8 and a shortarse has its benefits! I find it very comfortable ........ And as for the s line suspension I've got it and compared to my m3 I tell you it's like driving an a8 exec spec , lovely jubbly!

    Sean
    Probably only comfortable because of the cushion you're sitting on to see over the steering wheel.
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    My discomfort seems to be getting worse .. Aching wrists and shoulder discomfort in right arm .. Anybody got a solution for a good posture position in new a3 sline with sports steering wheel .. The wheel just seems too small ?

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    I also have aching right wrist and shoulder. Im prone to it due to too much mouse activity and climbing at indoor walls. But the new A3 has set it off again. I found relief by setting the Steering to Wendy mode (Comfort) Makes the steering light. Im lanky type with very long arms, my previous VW Passat was fine. I have my seat low steering height central and pushed deep into the console.

    Shoulder exercises that may help are.
    Rotator Cuff
    Resistance Band Exercises : Rotator Cuff Exercise with Resistance Bands - YouTube

    Hope it mends, I appreciate its a real pain
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    No wrist issues but it took me ages to get my seating position sorted. There are huge number of permutations and over time have become more impressed with the number of things I can change.

    Newer cars have higher windows for safety reasons so the old idea of an elbow on the top of the door card is extremely difficult to do.

    The two adjustments I discovered last and which allowed me to perfect it were the angle of the seat base (ratchet handle front right of seat) to drop the rear of the seat base (to make it more like a bucket seat) and then adjust the steering wheel for reach as well as rake. The nice feature when adjusting reach is that all stalks and flappy paddles move with the wheel so are still easy to use

    If you have manual, do you ever rest your hand on the gear lever? Vibration will cause it to ache on anything but a short journey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyM100 View Post
    The two adjustments I discovered last and which allowed me to perfect it were the angle of the seat base (ratchet handle front right of seat) to drop the rear of the seat base (to make it more like a bucket seat)
    Interesting...I've suffered from back / neck problems in the past and was told by an osteopath that you should set the base of your car seat as flat as possible to help with such things...
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    I sat in my A3 adjusted the seat and wheel and not touched it since.
    Seat as low as it can go, wheel lowered until you can just see the button to reset the trip and wheel pulled out an inch.

    Very pleased I was playing with my A1 driving position for 2 years, thats right up to the day I sold it.....

 

 

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