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Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by kash0, Feb 14, 2005.

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    Hi, would it be at all possible to retrofit the sports multifunction steering wheel from the sportback into the hatch, has anyone had this done? Thanks
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    Do you mean just fit the wheel? Or hook up all the controls as well?

    If you're just swapping the wheel then it may fit - but the sportback has new audi 'slack jaw' steering wheel centre to go with the same front grill. The 3 door wheels are 'normal' style to match the car.

    Aren't the multi function wheels those grim 4-spoke things anyway? I'm sure they are in the UK.

    If the car was built for a normal wheel then it won't have the wiring for a multifunction wheel.
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    That's one thing I don't like about the interior of my A3 sportback.
    The steering wheel is hideous.
    Hardly a big deal though.
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    I must admit when I first saw a picture of one I thought it was horific but to be honest it looked OK on the one I test drove. Not as nice as the 3 door one but OK all the same.
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    Showing my age here,but the first thing I thought when I saw the A3 sportback wheel was 'Austin Allegro'....
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    My sentiments exactly. When I ordered my Sportback I asked if it would be possible to get the 3-door steering wheel. The salesguy went and had a chat with their techies and although they weren't 100% sure if it would actually fit or not, they wouldn't do it beacuse they were afraid that the control signal for the airbag might not work properly.

    I am stuck with the standard Sportback wheel now and although it isn't as bad in the flesh as it is in pictures I still don't like the looks of it. It does feel great though! The combination of perforated and non-perforated leather is just perfect!
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    I meant the controls, currently I can only have that horrible 4 spoke wheel if I want a multifunction wheel in my 3 door.

    In terms of wiring I thought that the wiring exists but its not in use as I have no multifunction wheel, so if I were to put the 3 spoke multifunction wheel in from the sportback, it would just be as easy as hooking it up to the existing wiring that is available for the 4 spoke multifunction wheel. ( Mind you I don't care for the new look wheel either but the multifunction wheel would be very accommodating in the 3 spoke guise).

    Thanks.
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    kash0,

    So you mean order the 3 door with multifunction so you get the right wiring, then swap for the 5dr wheel afterwards?
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    Yep, exactly, do you know if this at all possible?
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    If the dealer doesn't know then I don't think it's advisable to try, now we all have unexploded bombs strapped inches from our faces!! (sorry, i mean airbags)

    The airbag is probably a different type to fit in the different wheel shape, they cost a lot more than the wheel too I think?

    Try speaking to a few dealers, you might find a mechanic who knows a bit more.
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