Created by Fredrik Andersen - Thursday, april 22 2015, 16:18:32
This retrofit fits the following models:
Audi A3 8P Hatchback (2003 - 2013)
Audi A3 8P Sportback (2004 - 2013)
IntroductionWhen I tried opening the armrest lid the other day the plastic latch broke. As a new lid id quite expensive I started looking for alternatives.
PurchaseOnce the damage was done I started reading multiple forums and quickly figured out that I was not the only one experiencing the same issue.
Most forums described that it was not possible to purchase the plastic part alone, so most people tried gluing the plastic part together again. This did sound as a pretty good option but as I lost the metal clip once the plastic part broke I didn't see any other options than replacing the parts.
I therefore started looking for a new armrest lid as I was dreaming about a leather one with silver stitching. Audi Zentrum Flensburg unfortunately couldn't find the part number and no forums seems to be able to help me. I therefore started looking for other options on ebay.
On ebay I quickly located this article and I did also purchase it at the end.
If you however still have the metal clip, you can order this instead.
None of the two above parts are original Audi parts. There is a Audi logo printed into the plastics but it is no where the same as what I had. There is as well no part number, only a few strange digits. It did however fit perfectly and works like a charm.
When removing the old plastic from the armrest I found a part number on the inside, when I tried looking up that part number I figured out that it was for the entire lid. So it seems like it is not possible to order the plastic part and metal clip alone as original parts.