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My B5 (2001 GLS) is still running and I realize the design for convenience is aged.

for one thing, it used to have a DIN size holder for storage but that is now occupied by gauges. Any ideas I could add storage for the driver without reach far (the plain old glove box is too far for what I like)?

for another thing, I need at least a second 12V power socket (maybe even a third, :) nobody smoke in my car so the cigarette tray is a waste of space. is there some PnP solution I can add socket there (I can do the wiring if needed).

thanks in advance!
 

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Upgrade to a B5.5 center console. You can add power outlets if you like.
will the e-Brake configuration the same? or do I need to get B5.5 e-brake as well?

Get the :b55: lower dashboard panel (the one below the steering wheel), I have it and it's awesome! :thumbup:
do you have part numbers? any recommendation for part source?

Should I say the best bet to get either a B5.5 center console or a lower dashboard panel is to head for a junk yard?
 

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Get the :b55: lower dashboard panel (the one below the steering wheel), I have it and it's awesome! :thumbup:
For that, do I just need the panel itself, or do I also need to get the aluminum support piece behind it from B5.5?

What about the fit of all the other stuff on that panel (they are 1. headlight switch; 2. dimmer swicth; 3. OBDII connector)?

(I think i will be heading to L&T enterprise at allentown at some point to get the stuff).
 

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will the e-Brake configuration the same? or do I need to get B5.5 e-brake as well?



do you have part numbers? any recommendation for part source?

Should I say the best bet to get either a B5.5 center console or a lower dashboard panel is to head for a junk yard?
you will also need the b5.5 e-brake. your best bet is to go to a junkyard and find these interior pieces. they will probably be so cheap too!
 

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There have been some in the classifieds too. Just make sure the color matches as the Beige and Black colors changed at some point with the B5.5
 

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this is what I end up having



I actually got a set of B5.5 central console / e-brake from local junk yard. But the plastic is a bit rot from elements (from a broken wreckage sitting in the yard for who knows how long).

So I probably will never install it. the e-brake handle is still in great shape (it is leather - not plastic). If anyone need it, it will be yours for the shipping cost.

the additional socket is retrieved from junkyard B5.5 console. it just fits but require planing and a lot dremeling. I wired it to a new fused line of switched power as I was doing VDO gauges right there.
 
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