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I'm in the process of retro fitting the official VAG arm-rest to my mark V, and currently have about 30 bits on my table all awaiting assembly!

I wondered if anybody on here has an arm-rest already fitted that hasn't got the slot for the CD Changer? Is the hole for it blanked off or is there just no hole? (If you see what I mean?!)

Also, has anybody got an exploded diagram of the arm-rest assembly from a workshop manual or something so I can see exactly what needs to go where?

I'm planning to post up some photograph's of the install and write up a few words to help anybody else who plans to do this, but a bit of help on the above would be appreciated to get me going!

Thanks!
 

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I have an arm-rest fitted without a CD changer - as far as I can tell, the hole/cubby is a different shape.

I'll snap some pic's of it later on, to give you an idea.
 

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Be interested in knowing the part number(s) for the kit and how it goes together.....heep us posted!!
 

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I know VAG parts sell kits, foned them up and apparently its quite a bit of work for a novice like me :(

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The CD changer sits in a different "bin" and I had to buy it from VW (basically it replaces the whole bottom part of the armrest, photo can be supplied if anyone's interested). I haven't had time to fit it (and CD changer ) yet so I can't give any advice on that side of things.
 

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Quote: posted by Mork on 11/10/2004 20:12:05

The CD changer sits in a different "bin" and I had to buy it from VW (basically it replaces the whole bottom part of the armrest, photo can be supplied if anyone's interested). I haven't had time to fit it (and CD changer ) yet so I can't give any advice on that side of things.

How much did the "bin" cost you mork? Is it the only part you need to fit a changer?
 

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For the bin (actually called the console) the cable (from head unit to changer) and the insert (just a bit of rubber mat that sits on the bottom of a little storage hole in the console) it all came to ?54.00 inc VAT.

I'm having 2 minds whether I can be bothered to fit the CD changer though, so watch this space, I might sell the changer and the Console and the cable as a job lot, reason being I've had a 6 CD changer before (in my MK4) and hardly ever used it.
 

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I'm planning on getting a 6 disk DVD changer (you can get em for around ?250 now), for when I get an MFD2 satnav unit. Hopefully I can fit the changer in the arm-rest, instead of the boot.
 

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Thanks for the pic KuniD. Clearly shows me I've got the wrong part! I'll sort out getting that changed today and hopefully have a go at fitting the whole lot together this weekend.

I don't think I shall run to the expense of the CD changer etc just yet!

Thanks for the help so far people.
 

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Tooks,

How much were the parts in total to convert from original console to armrest? How do you route/connect the ducting for the rear air vents?

Matt
 

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Hi,

I've just bought the Centre Console & 6 CD Changer project from Mork. And immediately run in to a whole load of problems. The CD changer works fine. However the problems are as follows:

1. You need fitting instructions. As mentioned above the job is a b*****r for a novice such as me. After ages searching the internet, the only manual I could turn up was in german. I could see that this manual had an english section but the guy on the german website had, naturally, not scanned this bit. (He had also encrypted it in a password zip file but I got around that minor prob.) It was also a very poor quality scan. I emailed the german guy and he very kindly also sent me a scan of the english section. Unfortunately, it was an even poorer quality scan but, from the two versions and extensive use of babelfish translator I have more or less decoded the instructions. If anybody wants them, I can email them to you.

2. The instructions say at the beginning that the work is complicated, requires specialised tools and should only be done by trained personnel. This seems to consist of "removal wedges" for some of the trim and a diagnostic tool in case the Radio doesn't recognise the CD-Changer (something about syncronising the codes.) In my case the latter was unnecessary, the RCD300 Radio immediately recognised the Changer.

3. I initially started this project without instructions and was bewildered by two seperate fly leads that were connected to one end of the loom that Mork had bought and sold on to me; one was brown with ring attachment at the other end (as I especteded this was an earthing lead) and the other was blue & gray. This stumped me, but when I decoded the manuals, this is actually the power supply. The section in manual to fit this suggests tee-ing it in to a cable that comes out of the back of the "electrical controller unit" which, according to the manual, is located next to the steering column under the dash. The manual seems to suggest this is dead easy to access - just removed the cover under the dash - the reality is that I just cannot find the unit - I had this cover off and was starting to disassemble the fusebox, etc when I got a dose of common sense and thought I really do not know what I'm doing here. I suspect that this might be a Right-Hand vs Left-Hand Drive difference, but the English version does not throw any light on this. Anyway, I rationalised that as long as I am taking the feed of a fused live supply it should be OK. Eventually tapped into the live supply for the radio itself.

3. As mentioned, some of the instructions bear no relation to reality. The instructions call for the removal of the gearshift gaiter by just "unclipping it". Despite an hour of working around this problem, I just could not work out how to do this. Also, the instructions call for the removal of a clip prior to removing the "handbrake handle". Now, I have a GT TDi, so its a leather handbrake cover and this does not have a clip and the leather looks like it is stapled onto the handle, so thats definately not for removal.

4. As well as the replacement centre console and the cable, I have found you also need a replacement centre air duct. This is where I have reached my limit. The replcement duct is a slimmer version without the "spur" up to the "cooling hole" in the original armrest cubby. (I think this is supposed to keep your sarnies cool !) The CD Changer will not fit into the replacement armrest slot as the original duct stops it being pushed far enough down. I do not have this replcement air duct and cannot find out the VW part number for it. My dealer was spectacularly useless and the internet parts suppliers do not appear to have started stocking such parts for a Golf 5 as yet. If anybody knows / can get the part number for this repalcement air duct I would be very grateful. Also, if anybody knows of a cheap place to source it I would be even more grateful, as was not expecting any more expense for this project. It should also be said that, even if I can get this part, I am still stuffed until I can work out how to get the gaiter and then the front centre console section off, beacuse, the air duct replacement joins the forward duct somewhere underneath this console. It is also under here (I think) that the correct earthing point for the brown wire is located. However, I have found a good alternative for this under the front passenger dashboard.

Sorry for the long rambling post but I thought some people might like the benefit of my experiences and maybe somebody can help?

Regards,

Harry.
 

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Harry, sounds like you've been having a nightmare!!

I eventually retro fitted the armrest assembly over the weekend, but didn't need to remove anything as far forward as the gear lever.

The duct you mention is available. I would suggest you give Martyn or Alan a call at Vagparts (01793 487700) who have been really helpful sorting me out the parts I needed.

Back to my retrofit, I had the duct to connect to the vents in the arm rest console, but after wrestling with it for half an hour, I realised there was no point fitting it because there's nothing to connect it to forward of the handbrake! On cars not factory fitted with the armrest, there's no ducting heading rearwards. To plumb it in would mean yet more parts and removing bits of dashboard and I wasn't up for that! Basically, the rear vents are now just for show!

As far as me getting an armrest and somewhere to store a bit more stuff though, it fits the bill perfectly!

I've taken a load of pics to help others with retro installation, and I'm writing a commentary too so will post this up somewhere once it's finished.
 

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OK - just contacted VAGparts as Tookey suggested and, after a bit of discussion, they worked out what I was after. They may have one in stock or else they can easilly order me one up. The downside is that the project has just taken another ?26 hike!

The remaining problem is that I still cannot how to get the gearshift gaiter off - anybody got any bright ideas on this? (I am wondering if the GT TDi one is different from the other models again?)

Harry.
 

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the gaiter as in the leather bit.. yeah just had mine off to refit a panel that VW didnt!

It just literally unclips, all u do it push it up a bit from the bottom and pull up...not too hard

*disclaimer* if you do this and it breaks i wont take any resposibility *disclaimer*
 
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