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    Thread: Audi S3 Steering MF Wheel w/ Airbag Group Buy Feeler...

    1. Member FreeGolf's Avatar
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      04-19-2010 04:11 PM #51
      okay so we have our first hiccup... we can do a group buy and get a group rate however there are some issues... please read what the first vendor has told me:
      "Matching Ebay pricing on a bulk quantity like this, not going to happen. The Ebay steering wheels you see are leftovers, stolen, used, misrepresented and come in low quantities. I deal with a company overseas who deals with leftover non-used factory parts for some random items. They get inventory in such a random manner that it's impossible to do a bulk order through them.

      Second concern is that to work a large discount the product must be exactly the same. So mixing leather styles, stitching colors, functions, paddles, etc will not yield the lowest possible pricing unfortunately.

      Getting 18-20 airbags set is going to be very hard. It is unlikely Audi will want to release 20x airbags from ANY market without question. In many cases airbags now require VIN to order and most certainly they do not often release 20x of them in one shot.

      I am happy to price out the steering wheels in bulk, say 10x with paddles and 10x without. The same S3 wheel with the same color and leather scheme. So let me know if that works for you and what specs you want on the steering wheel."
      so long story short... we need to all agree on the same type of wheel and agree on the amount of ones with paddles and ones with out paddles...
      personally i can live with the plain tt-s flatbottom wheel which is all black with aerated leather on each side or the s3 wheel with the silver stitching. i think for group buy sake maybe if we did the all black it would be easiest for all? thoughts? input? feedback? please let me know so i may discuss with the vendor...

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      04-19-2010 05:15 PM #52
      We should get what ever is easiest to source. i don't mind if there are a few changes. As long as we get something here its better then nothing.

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      04-19-2010 05:29 PM #53
      agreed. as stated earlier i think the wheel that matches everyone the best is the all black TT flat bottom MF wheel with the aerated leather on the sides...


      also if these wheels are anything like bmw wheels, we can get them all with paddles then just remove the paddles IF we cannot get 10 dsg and 10 non dsg buys.

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      04-19-2010 10:05 PM #54
      Couldn't agree more on that. [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]
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    5. 04-19-2010 10:11 PM #55
      if you remove the dsg paddles there will be a hole there


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      04-19-2010 10:28 PM #57
      i could live with that if it means we save a substantial amount and get one wheel across the board...
      noone will ever see those holes... however if the pricing difference is only a few dollars then its not worth it...

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      04-20-2010 11:40 AM #58
      Why not just take off the paddles and sell it to people who want to upgrade to paddles, or better yet buy all w/o paddles and everyone install their old paddles into this new steering wheel

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      04-20-2010 11:47 AM #59
      Quote, originally posted by LWNY »
      Why not just take off the paddles and sell it to people who want to upgrade to paddles, or better yet buy all w/o paddles and everyone install their old paddles into this new steering wheel

      I've never looked at the back of a steering wheel w/o DSG, but I would assume if you bought the wheels w/o paddles, there would be no holes to retrofit...unless there are and they have plastic covers?!?!
      Someone report back (not that I care, b/c I don't need a wheel, but someone else may).
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      04-20-2010 12:19 PM #60
      Quote, originally posted by krazyboi »
      Someone report back

      No DSG paddle holes.


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      04-20-2010 01:13 PM #61
      Quote, originally posted by kwanja_a3 »
      No DSG paddle holes.

      I had a feeling. Thanks for confirming.
      Now go clean your floormats!
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      04-20-2010 03:31 PM #62
      any word of pricing???
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      04-20-2010 04:12 PM #63
      i received one set of quotes from one vendor... he asked me to not post them until he can confirm them once more with his supplier...
      i am waiting for a response from two others...

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      04-20-2010 04:21 PM #64
      Quote, originally posted by FreeGolf »
      i received one set of quotes from one vendor... he asked me to not post them until he can confirm them once more with his supplier...
      i am waiting for a response from two others...

      does the pricing look promising atleast?
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    14. 04-20-2010 05:08 PM #65
      Any more updates?

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      04-20-2010 05:55 PM #66
      Quote, originally posted by neu318 »
      does the pricing look promising atleast?

      nothing jawdropping, impulse buying jump up out of your seat lets do this now...
      Quote, originally posted by SJB2 »
      Any more updates?

      no. nothing changed in one hour. lol, but hopefully soon.

    16. 04-21-2010 10:37 AM #67
      Anyone know the implications of shipping to Australia? anyone care to help?
      if so - Sline + DSG for me!

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      04-21-2010 10:51 AM #68
      idk, i would have to ask the vendor directly... another member from greece asked similar question...
      i received an email from another vendor last night saying they will have prices for me this evening...

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      04-21-2010 04:20 PM #69
      okay vendor one is out of the running after crunching numbers and trying to get a good deal going this is the second and last response:
      "We worked on this group buy last night and unfortunately there just isn't much margin in these wheels, we are going to have to decline on this group buy. "
      two vendors left in the running... let's see what happens.

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      04-21-2010 04:53 PM #70
      Can't somebody source these from the original manufacturer of these wheels? I'm sure their price to Audi is only a small fraction of the price that Audi charges. If one is to build a A3 purely from replacement parts cost, it would cost over $100k.

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      04-21-2010 07:01 PM #71
      unfortunately i do not have any way connecting with the original mfg and secondly i doubt they deal directly with the public... much like recaro, they will not sell audi seats to the public.

    21. 04-23-2010 08:19 PM #72
      count me IN!

    22. 04-24-2010 12:47 PM #73
      I sent an email to the guy in germany that i got my wheel from since this seems like its nearing a dead-end. I'll let you know what I hear back.

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      04-25-2010 01:53 PM #74
      excellent... if anyone else has any other 'connects' please do not hesitate to contact them... the more vendors we have involved the more potential we have for getting the best price possible... even though the margins/mark-ups seem to be pretty narrow as it is.

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      04-26-2010 12:35 AM #75
      by the time you get the group buy together, the 2011's will roll in with the standard FBMFSW.
      I hate cupholders

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