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Old 06-24-2014, 09:01 PM   #1
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I tried some careful prying around the edges, but it doesn't seem inclined to pop out. Before I break it, does anyone know where or how exactly the coin tray presumably snaps into the center console, and where to pry to pop it out?

I plan to install something a little more useful there but want to see my options while it is out.
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I tried some careful prying around the edges, but it doesn't seem inclined to pop out. Before I break it, does anyone know where or how exactly the coin tray presumably snaps into the center console, and where to pry to pop it out?

I plan to install something a little more useful there but want to see my options while it is out.
dont pry it open. There is the switch near the cig lighter. If you look closely there should be a rectangular ****. push it to the right the coin tray will come up.
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dont pry it open. There is the switch near the cig lighter. If you look closely there should be a rectangular ****. push it to the right the coin tray will come up.
You think to this

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I think that Redd asked for this. This is a coin tray


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Redd,
There is no explanation of how you can remove. If you accidentally break it, it's not expensive $ 10
http://www.jimellisaudiparts.com/pro...58323-V10.html
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Thanks, Spijun.

Yes, you are right (as usual). I stowed the ash tray liner in the rear a long time ago. I found that without the liner, I can keep a mini-light and some SD cards in the ashtray without any problem. Or a gas card, etc. But with the liner? It is just too small to be useful for anything.

The coin tra is more like what we call a "zero panel" in the US. That's a filler panel or cover which exists only to fill a hole in the dashboard (it has "zero" purpose) often used when left hand drive and right hand drive parts are swapped around, or parts for options are not installed. Zero panels usually are just snapped in and can only be removed by releasing the snaps from behind. In this case it would mean removing the center console cover, or perhaps the gearshift trim can be removed to access it.

But for ten dollars...it may be worth breaking out. (Wow, an Audi part for less than $25?!) Of course, domestic shipping will add another eight or ten bucks to that.
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Redd,
Here's how to remove a portion of the center console where the coin holder

Price in Germany is EUR 2.9


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So, if I use the special service tool 3409 or a suitable screwdriver (carefully) I can pry out the gearshift boot leather, and perhaps insert a digit under the coin tray to release it.

But failing that it appears that I must see if two of "Bolt #3" (of course only one appears in the diagram) are present under the ash tray cover, to get full access.

Perhaps this weekend, I'll try removing the leather from the gear shift to see if that can be done. In the spirit of guerilla warfare and unauthorized access, I'll even try using a hard plastic prying tool instead of Special Service Tool 3409. (Just call me an outlaw.)
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I changed leather shift ****, it's that simple.
Need any plastic trim removal tool

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trks...at=0&_from=R40
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_no...+Removal+Wedge
http://vw.snapon.com/SpecialToolsDet...temId=10140046
http://www.ebay.com/itm/OEM-Tool-340...-/380885665344

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So this is what that panel is! Somehow I assumed it was part of the climate system, perhaps due to its vent-like appearance... I'd love to see what, if any other use you can think of for it.
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" I assumed it was part of the climate system,"

Someone didn't read his manual.

You realize, if you don't score above 98% on the exam, they come take your car back?
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LOL!!! I'm embarrassed...I didn't know it was a coin holder either!
I actually thought the coin tray was the small area just in front of the arm rest.


Update: It only holds six quarters and they rattle.

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I was thinking of turning this into an iPhone 5 holder/charger. Similar thoughts anyone?
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Right now I've got a phone holder on a flex stalk, attached by suction cup just outboard of that spot. Of course that intrudes on passenger kneespace.

So my own plans are to remove the coin tray and install some type of mounting base (hello 3D printer?) in there, for a phone stalk. Making it powered, adding a charging line, all easy once the access is open.

I guess in AudiLand the lowlife don't smash your window to steal any coins they see. Here in the Colonies...one doesn't leave coins out in sight, unless one plans to lose them. And the window.
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Please re-post your success, or lack there of, Redd. I've ordered an extra coin tray myself ($20 w/shipping) and am planning to play around with it.
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I popped the leather boot, and it is very snug on my fingers trying to reach under the coin tray. Which I tried to wiggle around with a spudge. I didn't feel any movement underneath it, and I suspect the coin tray is sitting in a plastic "surround" the same way that the ash tray liner sits in a surround.
Didn't have time to see how far that could be pushed without breaking it but I suspect your spare will show us where the release tabs are.
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LOL!!! I'm embarrassed...I didn't know it was a coin holder either!
I actually thought the coin tray was the small area just in front of the arm rest.


Update: It only holds six quarters and they rattle.
I use the gold dollar coins, and they hold them perfectly. There is even a little pinch when you put them in. and no rattles.

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That's a coin holder?!?
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I use the gold dollar coins, and they hold them perfectly. There is even a little pinch when you put them in. and no rattles.
Great! Now if they would just install parking meters and car washes that take those, we'd be all set.
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