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Old 01-19-2008, 07:56 PM   #1
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Default Center Console Armrest for US Astras

The one thing I find missng from the Saturn Astra is a center console armrest. Every compact car I have owned since 1977 has had one. It was a dealer installed option on my '92 SC2, the the Astra seems to lost this feature on the way here. I see pictures of one on the Opel Astra. Does anyone know of an aftermarket armrest/bin for these cars? Is one available from Opel? My wife wants to carry more than 6 CDs in the car and have decent access to them, so the glovebox is out.
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Old 01-19-2008, 08:24 PM   #2
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A dealer installed accesory center armrest is supposedly in the works for sometime in the near future.
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Old 01-20-2008, 12:45 AM   #3
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If i heard right Saturn Motorsports has one for sale that they sell in Europe for around 200 dollars


Here is the part number from there web page.

07- Astra 3-Door Foldable Middle Armrest
[72017071D3] $199.00



http://www.saturnmotorsports.com/cat...dcb415efed475c
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Old 01-20-2008, 03:07 AM   #4
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No center armrest, no sale. What a ridiculous item to leave out.
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Old 01-20-2008, 09:19 AM   #5
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No center armrest, no sale. What a ridiculous item to leave out.
What a rediculously trivial reason to write-off the car, especially when the previous post tells you exactly where to get one. Me thinks you don't like the car for other reasons.
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Old 01-20-2008, 01:09 PM   #6
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If i heard right Saturn Motorsports has one for sale that they sell in Europe for around 200 dollars
Great lead! Thanks! The web page description is not very detailed, so I requested more information from them. It looks a lot different from the Opel Astra armrest. This will be a good reference to what the dealers may offer. I have the local dealer/salesman looking into what Saturn is planning on this.

This one really looks like either an oversight or they just haven't gotten it into the product mix yet. Since it was a dealer option on my '92 SC2, I figure it will be for the Astra. Since it is an add-on, it will not affect ordering the car. I just don't know why they are behind on it given the other dealer accessories there are and the fact it is part of the Opel product mix. It may be a color issue as the interior colors look different on the Opels vs. the Astras. Whomever is supplying the armrest to Opel, may not have the Saturn version ready for delivery.

As soon as I get more information on this subject, I will update this thread.
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Old 01-20-2008, 01:49 PM   #7
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No center armrest, no sale. What a ridiculous item to leave out.
Good lord people, give it time the damn cars just hit the ground. I am sure there will be an option or at least a dealer istalled accessory.
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Old 01-20-2008, 04:27 PM   #8
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or for most aftermarket parts go here

http://www.lmfvauxhall.co.uk/store/home.php?cat=981

I have one of the armster consoles in my Astra and they are great , they also fold up between the front seats when you dont need it
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Old 01-20-2008, 05:22 PM   #9
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U folks do realize there will be more option's Next Year. First year Vehicle's always have things that need to be changed.
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Old 01-20-2008, 05:31 PM   #10
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U folks do realize there will be more option's Next Year. First year Vehicle's always have things that need to be changed.
Can't wait a year to replace the old Honder. The lack of a center console armrest/storage bin is minor. Especially, now that I know there are aftermarket possibilities.
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Old 01-24-2008, 02:44 AM   #11
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Fear not..... Boomerang Enterprises of Boulder, Colorado is the company that was commissioned by GM/Saturn to design and manufacture that Astra armrest. We designed a folding center armrest that will provide extra storage and a retractable cup holder. The unit is in production now and will be available sometime in March. This armrest is far superior to anything currently available in Europe for the Astra. In fact, the prototype was in the Astra at the SEMA show where Opel saw it and has expressed interest in importing it for the European market. I am reluctant to post these pictures as they are not official marketing photos but here is a sneak preview of the unit. This is the official GM accessory and will be available at every Saturn dealer in North America. Feel free to contact me for any additional information or with any questions.

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Old 01-24-2008, 09:33 AM   #12
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Hi Chris: Thanks for the update. I will make sure to "one up" the salesman tomorrow when I order my Astra! One question: Does the armrest have any storage capacity for CDs in cases? Thanks again for the news.
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Old 01-27-2008, 07:37 AM   #13
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Hey that's actually a very nice armrest. Not that I need it since eating is banned in my car (we europeans don't understand your obsession with cupholders ) but it actually looks much better thought out. Send some our way when it's done!
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Old 02-10-2008, 05:55 PM   #14
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... This is the official GM accessory and will be available at every Saturn dealer in North America. ...
When can we expect to find it at our local Saturn dealer?

Is "Available in March" when it will start being shipped from Boulder, or when it will be in stock at Saturn dealers?

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Old 02-10-2008, 11:37 PM   #15
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When can we expect to find it at our local Saturn dealer?
Best I can get from my local dealer is that they will be in when they get there. As of Friday, they had no price, no ordering information, nor delivery date. The dealer knows about it, and has the picture that Chris kindly provided. I blew the image up about 200% and gave it to them. I will keep asking them every couple of weeks to see if they have heard anything. As usual, Saturn's live chat consultants are clueless.
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You could order one today .... if you knew where to look.
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Old 02-12-2008, 05:09 PM   #17
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You could order one today .... if you knew where to look.
Richard: Do you know where to look? If so, what is the retail price and installed price?
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Old 02-13-2008, 01:25 AM   #19
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Armrest update:

We officially introduced the Astra Armrest at the 2008 NADA show in San Francisco. Please visit our website for more info. These will begin to be available at Saturn dealers in March. Feel free to contact me with a PM with questions or for further information.

http://www.astraarmrest.com

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I had a very nice telephone conversation with Mr. Fisher this afternoon. He assured me the armrests were on track to be available to the dealers in March. Chris also said this product is extremely well engineered and very strong. He was not at liberty to share pricing with me, but I really don't care. Chris also said that once the Boomerang armrest was installed, the cubby where the existing cupholder resides will be open and usable for other stuff. Check out the link that he posted in his last post. If you like what you see, tell your retailer to go to the site and call Boomerang about getting the armrest for their dealership.
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