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Centre armrest, retrofit..

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by stevethejambo, Dec 1, 2005.

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    Hi guys,

    Not been on here for a long time, Ive missed all the good information!

    I was just wondering if anybody has retro-fitted a centre armrest to their A3 yet? I have an 04 1.9 Tdi and I quite fancy doing it, having just bought the car at the end of its lease.

    Is it expensive to do, and is it fairly straightforward to do?

    Had a search on the forum but I couldnt really find anything.

    Cheers!
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    If you want any bits for VW/Audi let me know as the guy who is supplying the pedals for me can get anything if it's listed on EKTA normally for 10% less than Vag Parts but with a lot cheaper delivery.

    J.
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    If you want any bits for VW/Audi let me know as the guy who is supplying the pedals for me can get anything if it's listed on EKTA normally for 10% less than Vag Parts but with a lot cheaper delivery.

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    Have you driven one with an armrest?

    I find it gets in the way if you use the handbrake. Others have made the same comment.

    Think Top-Gear said the same!
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    I find it gets in the way if you use the handbrake.


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    That's what I've found out on mine. It doesn't get fully in the way only on the top notch....
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    Thats the reason I did not order one for mine, on the demo cars is /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/swear.gif me off totaly
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    I have an SE and the armrest fitted as standard. I find it gets in the way of using the handbrake but I have found a very good use for it. I have attached my bluetooth GPS receiver to the plastic underside. This has worked well and enabled me to run a 12v feed from the 12v socket through the centre console and into the armrest. I normally drive with the armrest in it 'up' position out of the way, but when I leave the car I fold it down and the GPS is out of sight. I also tend to put my navigation PDA inside the armrest, again out of sight.
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    Initially the armrest is annoying, but after a while you get used to it and begin to like it. At least that's what I found
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    Yeah, working for a garage, Ive driven a few A3's with the armrest and I think I can get used to it. Its a bit unpractical but I miss not having one!
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    I find I can only use the armrest when driving automatics.. you just kind of leaaaaaan to the left, then you lose movement in the entire left hand side of your body /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif
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    Mine was easy enough to take off to fit my GPS wiring so I can only assume it would be easy enough to fit. It's only held on by one bolt, although you will need to cut a hole in the plastic towards the back of the centre 'tunnel'. If you would like a copy of the ETKA parts diagram and ELSAWIN instructions let me know.
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    must admit its the only thing i missed from my cab. couldnt seem to find the parts on vagparts.com - did anyone else have any joy? i seem to remember the stealer quoting me about 400quid - ouch!


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    If you want any bits for VW/Audi let me know as the guy who is supplying the pedals for me can get anything if it's listed on EKTA normally for 10% less than Vag Parts but with a lot cheaper delivery.

    J.

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    J - I haven't got access to ETKA, but I'm wondering about the US alloy DSG paddles for sportbacks. Any chance of some investigation?

    Cheers m8

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    You need to email vagparts to and tell them your car, colour trim and type of trim, they will get back to you with a price.
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