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Old 21-04-2014   #16
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Re: Leather steering wheel / gearstick option

I've just shot some photos of the wheel on the Panda.

In the large shot it doesn't look too bad, but the close up reveals the plastic grain.

What I can't convey is the feel of it.

I enclose a shot of the wheel of the 500 Lounge as a comparison- there are already shots of the leather wheel of the Panda already up.








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Re: Leather steering wheel / gearstick option

Quote Originally Posted by SuffolkBexx View Post
I'm not 100% sure, though when hubby spoke to them he did refer to it as the leather steering wheel kit so we rather assumed it was both. They should be ringing us over the the next few days to confirm a delivery date, so I'll find out what's happening then. They intend to fit it when it arrives at the dealership as far as I'm aware, so there should be time for us to check it out first.

I have read several comments elsewhere about the gear stick not being as nice, some even saying they wish they could choose one without the other. Seems I may be lucky and have that choice lol.
Personally I like the leather gear knob.....agree also that the leather s/wheel is streets ahead of the std offering....
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I've just shot some photos of the wheel on the Panda.



In the large shot it doesn't look too bad, but the close up reveals the plastic grain.



What I can't convey is the feel of it.



I enclose a shot of the wheel of the 500 Lounge as a comparison- there are already shots of the leather wheel of the Panda already up.


















The 500 wheel looks really nice! I wish the Panda had more customisation options for the dash, there are some really lovely options on the 500.

I kind of wish we could have another test drive so I can feel that plastic wheel again lol.
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Re: Leather steering wheel / gearstick option

An update and not a very good one....

The dealership called to talk about the steering wheel. They stated how fitting it at the showroom would normally cost 300+ and it and it looked like they wanted payment. They didn't realise we had been told it was standard by the salesman and that we weren't expecting to pay anything. In addition, they said they could only fit the leather wheel and not the gearknob.

We're now waiting for another call after the chap speaks to his manager. To be fair, I don't mind paying for it, but I feel a bit peeved that we're probably going to be asked to pay more than the factory fitted option and won't even get he gearknob. :/

I'm not sure why the salesman told us it was standard when it clearly wasn't. I should have questioned it further, but wrongly assumed it was a specification change that wasn't reflected on the website yet. I know they were keen to sell us the stock car, but it would have made them more money if we'd made a custom order because we'd have gone for several other add-ones as well.
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Further update and good news - they're not going to charge for the wheel! Shame about the gearknob, but no biggie.

The car is at status 50, so awaiting transport from Portsbury. The dealer says there is a good chance it will arrive by the end of the week, but not to hold him to that.

Can't wait! I'm over eight months pregnant now and having a lot of trouble getting into our CRV lol.
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Further update and good news - they're not going to charge for the wheel! Shame about the gearknob, but no biggie.

The car is at status 50, so awaiting transport from Portsbury. The dealer says there is a good chance it will arrive by the end of the week, but not to hold him to that.

Can't wait! I'm over eight months pregnant now and having a lot of trouble getting into our CRV lol.
Well done with your result I wouldn't worry about the matching gear knob
as IMHO it's not as nice as the wheel (I might be changing mine...)

I hope your next few weeks go smoothly


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Re: Leather steering wheel / gearstick option

Good that you don't have to pay for the wheel.

Don't get too excited at the dealership when the car arrives- visions of 'Call The Midwife'!
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Well done with your result I wouldn't worry about the matching gear knob

as IMHO it's not as nice as the wheel (I might be changing mine...)



I hope your next few weeks go smoothly





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Thanks Chris. I would have liked to have seen the gearknob, but I'm not too worried as many seem to think it's not worth having. Hope it's not too much of a pain to get yours changed.
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Good that you don't have to pay for the wheel.



Don't get too excited at the dealership when the car arrives- visions of 'Call The Midwife'!

Haha, I'm hoping it won't come to that! That said, I've got a stash of puppy training pads to protect the seat upholstery just in case!
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Just to update, the leather wheel was fitted today. It's definitely nicer than the old plastic one and I particularly like the addition of the two nobbly bits where your thumbs rest.

The dealership kindly loaned us a Nissan Qashqai for the hour the work was being done. That was something of a beast in comparison and despite having all the mod cons, I was glad to see our little orange rocket again.
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Re: Leather steering wheel / gearstick option

Whilst I love the leather wheel in our T/A 4x4, the last thing I would call it is 'soft leather'. Quite the opposite in fact! It certainly does not have the same tactical feel as say in a BMW, but for the price it is a fine thing and is my personal preference over FIAT's standard plastic rimmed item. Re the gear knob, i can see why folk may prefer the plastic item, but I would not change it for a plastic one as it feels quite nice and chunky in the hand and is a good match for the steering wheel. Not sure if it is just the knob that is lather covered or if it also includes a leather gator.

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Whilst I love the leather wheel in our T/A 4x4, the last thing I would call it is 'soft leather'. Quite the opposite in fact! It certainly does not have the same tactical feel as say in a BMW, but for the price it is a fine thing and is my personal preference over FIAT's standard plastic rimmed item. Re the gear knob, i can see why folk may prefer the plastic item, but I would not change it for a plastic one as it feels quite nice and chunky in the hand and is a good match for the steering wheel. Not sure if it is just the knob that is lather covered or if it also includes a leather gator.

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I've just had another look (and feel ) at mine, and IMO the gaiter's the
best bit of the set Really nice soft leather.

The gear knob's OK and looks the part, it's just that I'd prefer it to be round!


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The dealership kindly loaned us a Nissan Qashqai for the hour the work was being done. That was something of a beast in comparison and despite having all the mod cons, I was glad to see our little orange rocket again.
that'll be the imminent DPF failure looming..!!

Nissan charge 1k each year to keep it running

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that'll be the imminent DPF failure looming..!!



Nissan charge 1k each year to keep it running



stick with FIAT

Funnily enough, we'd considered a Qashqai or a Juke in the past, but were rather unimpressed after being in the former. It felt very low down with poor visibility compared to the Panda and something of a tank to get around in. The fancy proximity cameras seemed to tickle my hubby, but not something we would ever fork out so much money for! Oh, and that bizarre electric handbrake, that took a bit of getting used to!

I've heard about this DPF thing elsewhere. Yet another reason I prefer to steer clear of diesels lol.

I was actually hoping we'd be given a 500 to drive around in, would have liked to have seen how it compares to the Panda.
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Re: Leather steering wheel / gearstick option

just you wait, read the other posts on here, sometime down line... where people are complaining that the leather splits / slips it's hide and ends up stretched / puckered over time.

All that glitters is not always gold it seems
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