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Old 08-03-2014, 04:49 PM   #1
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Default Gear shift **** alternatives?

Are there any aftermarket replacements for the gear shift ****? After seeing the D4's our's looks pretty low rent to me.

Wondering if a VW Phaeton would fit.

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Old 08-03-2014, 09:44 PM   #2
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If you want the D4 shift assembly, it would be best to buy a D4. IMHO.
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Old 08-03-2014, 10:22 PM   #3
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Default Or in Audi's biggest market for D4's...

Florida, most any water going yacht with the same basic look to the throttle. That's what Audi pandered to with the look IMHO.

More seriously for the OP, I don't recall any post on this in the past many years now for the D3. In Audi's, a guess would be to look at similar era Audis that might have some sporting pretensions and better grade interiors--S6, S4, RS4, etc. Phaeton would be another possible as you mention, as maybe would a Bentley Continental--though good luck finding one for a rational price on a Bentley. Hmmm, might be a bunch of those in FL too...
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Old 08-03-2014, 10:29 PM   #4
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Florida, most any water going yacht with the same basic look to the throttle. That's what Audi pandered to with the look IMHO.
Maybe the shifter from a early '70's Camaro with an automatic can be retrofitted to a D3?
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Actually, no need for GM. 1975 Audi 100LS had similar Jim Rockford look.
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Maybe the shifter from a early '70's Camaro with an automatic can be retrofitted to a D3?
Now that's funny. A staple (or upside-down u) shifter on a D3.
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IIRC the D3 was available in Europe with a manual transmission. I wonder what that **** looked like? Probably not interchangeable but interesting. Over to A8parts.com...A8 D3 - A8 Parts Forum
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