Audio controls on astra steering wheel

Discussion in 'Astra' started by Andrew Welham, Jan 18, 2005.

  1. Just got my new Astra which has steering wheel audio controls on the
    lower part of the steering wheel on both sides.

    Has any one had problems reaching these controls or am i not use to them
    yet , I find it safer and easier to reach over to the radio. Especially
    as I thought the steering wheel controls were used to stop you letting
    go of the wheel. When holding the steering wheel at the ten too two
    position i have to move my hands to reach the buttons, Even at the
    quarter to three position I find it hard.

    Any comments would be welcome.

    Andrew Welham, Jan 18, 2005
  2. You don't say which year of Astra - mine's a 2000, and I never use them.
    Somehow they just don't seem natural.
    Used to have them on a Renault Safrane and used those all the time.

    (AND I hate (small) horn controls which rotate with the steering wheel.
    Have the designers never driven a car?)
    Malcolm Stewart, Jan 18, 2005
  3. year 2004, well at least its not just has problems with them
    Andrew Welham, Jan 18, 2005
  4. Andrew Welham

    tyke Guest

    I know I'm swearing in here..but Ford seem to overcome this problem ;-)

    tyke, Jan 29, 2005
  5. Andrew Welham

    Mike Guest

    "> I know I'm swearing in here..but Ford seem to overcome this problem ;-)

    Ford? I've heard of them. Dont they make condom dispensers, or something
    like that?
    Mike, Jan 29, 2005
  6. Andrew Welham

    R. Murphy Guest

    At the end of the day, its something to get used to.

    On a motorway - no problem with any of the buttons

    While manoeuvring, turning corners etc. - of curse they will move as the
    steering wheel does
    R. Murphy, Jan 29, 2005
  7. Andrew Welham

    tyke Guest

    And that's the time when you're most likely to need the everyday
    traffic. Not too many people crossing the motorway (hopefully) ;-) No give
    me the horn in the middle of the wheel any day

    tyke, Jan 30, 2005
  8. Andrew Welham

    Mike Guest

    I recall a long time ago, the earliest vauxhall that I have personal
    knowledge of that my grandfather had was a light blue Victor FB. (my own
    very first car was a Victor FE, but thats a story for another time) and -I
    think-the horn on that was a circular (could have been semi circular) chrome
    ring inside the steering wheel that could be activated with hands on any
    part of the wheel without removing hands. Maybe American influenced, dunno.


    Welcoming you to cardigan country.
    Mike, Jan 30, 2005
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