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fanatec sq shifter quality/reliability?

Discussion in 'Sim Racing Hardware' started by Bez, Dec 19, 2015.

  1. Bez

    All the gear, no idea...

    I finally managed to get hold of the missing clutch for my heusinkveld pedals and have started thinking about upgrading my thrustmaster shifter to a fanatec sq shifter. My main worry is build quality as i see too many complaints from customers about fanatec products failing.
    Is the fanatec shifter much of an improvement over thrustmasters offering and has anyone had any problems with reliability and build quality of the fanatec shifter?
  2. There are plenty of Review's that cover this topic already, Easy Answer Yes its Durable and Yes it BLOWS the Doors off a THR8
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  3. Bez

    All the gear, no idea...

  4. Dont apologize Bez, you didn't do anything wrong, Its just nothing we need to start a new thread on. GTP has a few Really quality threads on the subject and you can get a Variety of guys opinion's on the shifter.
  5. I own a TH8RS and a CSS SQ v1.5. I prefer the TH8RS for H-Pattern and the CSS SQ v1.5 for sequential. Both are durable so nothing to worry about there.
  6. Curious what do you like more about TH8RS.
    I owned one for over a year, just recently switched to CSS and IMO SQ in both H and S mode just blows TM out of the water.
  7. The feel when shifting in H-pattern. Fanatec CSS SQ is noticeably better feeling in sequential though for me.
  8. Peroxide


    My shifter sequential spring broke after four months.

    Took from October to mid December for Fanatec to service it.

    My mate got one at the same time, and now his six-speed sensor broke.

    I love the shifter, but my experience is not that it is rock solid and durable.
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  9. Azure Flare

    Azure Flare
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    I've been using mine for over a year, (v1.5 to be exact) and it doesn't even break a sweat.
  10. Flying Kefran

    Flying Kefran
    From Gran Turismo to pCars

    I have the original Clubsport shifter (V1.0) since the beginning (3 years ?). The H mode does not work anymore but I only use the sequential mode so it is not an issue for me.

    It is a great product especially if you want both SQ and H. The sequential behaviour if very nice, the travel is a bit long but it gives its unique feel to this shifter... But it would have been better if it was adjustable.

    I have changed for the Derek Speare Design 2015 shifter (sequential only) but I keep the fanatec for PS4/Xbox One. I consider the DSD shifter as an upgrade even if prices are relatively similar.

    The Heusinkveld webshop also currently has their shifter in stock: it is cheaper than fanatec sq or dsd. It might be an interesting option too.
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  11. mine broke after a few months (gearstick just came off :O_o:)
    emailed a vid at fanatec
    10days later i got it back, fixed
    haven't had a problem since

    quality : :O_o:
    customer service: :thumbsup:
    shifting feel: :thumbsup:
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  12. I have css sq and there is 1 main design flow - The spring for the sequentuial mode WILL brake soon or later(depends how often is used on sequential mode). Mine broke after 2-3 months while I was not using it too much on SQ mode. Fanatec sent me new spring and I replaced it - it is fairly easy byt annoying. Now I m waiting for it to brake again :)
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  13. seriously?!
    i haven't driven it in sq yet but that's not great news
    hope there's a youtube vid of it once it breaks this way
  14. Paul Jeffrey

    Paul Jeffrey
    Sim Racing News Editor Staff Premium

    Had mine nearly 2 years and its great, perfect working order, strong and solid feeling and i'm exceptionally happy with it.

    Good choice, however I don't have experience of other shifters so my opinion is fairly limited.

  15. Ya had mine only a few months and H shift started acting up - would not stay in specific gear (3-4 mostly) - so H shift is useless. But i had first model before they upgraded the sensors. I assume they will be much better. Other than that the Fanatec feels WAY better then TH8rs. Im back to using the Th8rs now and i will say its faster and i make less mistakes. :) and its bomb proof!!!!!!
  16. Just thought I'd add to this for the benefit of anyone else who reads this thread.
    Last night the sequential shifter torsion spring broke in mine, this is the third time. On average it brakes every 7 months. I use the shifter one day a week.

    To add to what Tim Meuris posted above.
    quality: :O_o:
    Spring quality: :poop:
    customer service: :thumbsup:
    shifting feel: :thumbsup:
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  17. Tssss, lot of complaints in sequential mode...
    I haven't tried it yet since I only raced paddles and mostly Hpattern in AC
    In H pattern it feels really good and I can't say I regret buying a css
    but honestly I regularly check the Heusinkveld engineering website till there's more news about their H-shifter.
    I think their buildquality will be more bulletproof
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