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Old 07-13-2014, 05:30 AM   #1
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Just noticed my 2014 S4 has gloss black trim with silver accents around the dash (instrument cluster). Most of the pics I have seen of the s4 interior have these pieces finished in a matte silver finish. I was wondering if the gloss black is an update for 2014 or if it comes with some other option I have (black interior w Napa? Layered wood trim?).

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Hi guys,

Just noticed my 2014 S4 has gloss black trim with silver accents around the dash (instrument cluster). Most of the pics I have seen of the s4 interior have these pieces finished in a matte silver finish. I was wondering if the gloss black is an update for 2014 or if it comes with some other option I have (black interior w Napa? Layered wood trim?).

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Hey, I'm not sure if this comes with the layered wood trim but it did come with my 2013 S4 when added the stainless steel mesh trim and compared to the silver plastic it looks more high-end IMO.
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2014/15 It came with the Layered wood. Pre 2014 cars with SS inlays also had Black trim. IMHO they all should have been that way except perhaps those with Alum trim.

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Yup, it came with the Aluminum/Black Wood Inlays option. That was one reason I opt for the alum/black wood. I would say the alum/black wood brings out the elegance of the interior as well. Well worth it IMHO!
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Thanks for the info. All of a sudden I am even more glad I got the layered wood option. Audi should probably point out that the option includes different dash trim as it might help to justify its cost for some buyers.

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That is so true! The salesperson I asked didn't even know what dash trim comes with the alum layered wood. The dealer didn't have any sample or other S4 with this trim on the lot. I did a lot of search on the web to see pictures before ordering it. I'm glad I made the right choice.


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While getting it was a nightmare, Carbon fiber is the real winner for dash trim


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If your car has CF trim you are correct. But the Piano black/satin black looks good as well. And as much I disliked the silver trim on the pre 2013 cars, Audi changed the color to a more titanium shade on the 2013+ cars that actually looked ok to me.
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I have the layered black wood/aluminum panels with the piano black dash instrument cluster trim and it looks good, and while I can't comment on the aluminum trim, I find the piano black trim to constantly make creaking plastic sounds and "popping" noises over bumps. So much so, I was thinking of getting the trim wrapped in vinyl. The only thing holding me back is whether it would be effective in dampening the creaks, and what color/pattern to do. Wrapping it in aluminum vinyl might look out of place, as would CF. Suggestion welcome.
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I have the layered black wood/aluminum panels with the piano black dash instrument cluster trim and it looks good, and while I can't comment on the aluminum trim, I find the piano black trim to constantly make creaking plastic sounds and "popping" noises over bumps. So much so, I was thinking of getting the trim wrapped in vinyl. The only thing holding me back is whether it would be effective in dampening the creaks, and what color/pattern to do. Wrapping it in aluminum vinyl might look out of place, as would CF. Suggestion welcome.
I would take the car back to the dealer. They can easily remove the trim without damaging it an place some type of shim or adhesive to stop the creaking. it should not make noise.
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Yeah, I'm just loathe to have the dealer touch anything to do with rattles. From past experience they generally make things worse.
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Yeah, I'm just loathe to have the dealer touch anything to do with rattles. From past experience they generally make things worse.
This is really not complicated, but with dealers you never know
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Where did you get that from and how much? How well does it match with the OEM Carbon Atlas trim?
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That is so true! The salesperson I asked didn't even know what dash trim comes with the alum layered wood. The dealer didn't have any sample or other S4 with this trim on the lot. I did a lot of search on the web to see pictures before ordering it. I'm glad I made the right choice.


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Love this shot with all the contrast red stitching on the steering wheel and shift boot!
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Thanks, you'll love your Magma Nappa on your Sepang Blue.
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If your car has CF trim you are correct. But the Piano black/satin black looks good as well. And as much I disliked the silver trim on the pre 2013 cars, Audi changed the color to a more titanium shade on the 2013+ cars that actually looked ok to me.
I originally thought about buying the piano black bezel and popping it in rather than the carbon. The price was the same either way. Piano black looks really good as well.

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I find the piano black trim to constantly make creaking plastic sounds and "popping" noises over bumps.
Both my original and CF bezels make those same noises. The CF bezel came with lots of little foam bits on it that made no difference at all.

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Where did you get that from and how much? How well does it match with the OEM Carbon Atlas trim?
I got it from Ocarbon. It took them longer to make that piece than it did for the entire order and delivery process for the car. I think it was $850 with a $200 core deposit that they never returned. Eventually I got tired of bugging them and gave up, so it costs $850. I would have raised a lot more hell about it, but I really wanted the CF bezel. Honestly if they don't have one in stock, don't do it.

The match is pretty good but not perfect. Due to the complexity of the part and the fact that it's hand made means that the weave pattern doesn't exactly match the other piece. It's the same fabric to start with but it has to be bent and stretched into all sorts of tiny shapes which makes it impossible. I suspect this may be why Audi didn't do it in the first place. It's really only a big problem on the very edges where the pattern kinda falls apart. Also the chrome bit around the MMI screen has a small gap on the top. The color of the CF bezel is slightly blacker than the factory trim. Despite these flaws, every single person to sit in my car absolutely loved it. So if you can overlook that and accept the compromises of a hand made part, then it'll be just fine.
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Thanks, you'll love your Magma Nappa on your Sepang Blue.
The return of the "Superman" edition. I have seen a few 335is over the years with the Medium bright blue exterior and red interiors. But very few S4s configured that way. Not my cup of tea, but if you really like yours that way, go for it.
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