View Full Version : Wheel advice: buy now or later?
21 January 11, 14:56
Hello I would like some advice on whether I shoud buy a wheel now or wait. I currently dont have a wheel, I play mainly gt legends with a keyboard (feels kind of sad playing with keyboard). But Ive got my eyes on a fanatec carrera wheel as its in my price range. atm I dont want to spend more the a Ģ100 unless unless its really good like the carrera wheel but want something at least as good as a dfgt.
I am asking this as wheel prices have gone up, and the price of certain things never come down. Ive read somewhere that prices of wheels have gone up due to demand from gt5 but i dont know if this is true. E.g. the logitech force ex went from Ģ30 to Ģ40. And poeple pay ridiculous prices for second hand g25s.:angry:
So should I wait for a price drop or possibly a different wheel or even a new wheel that may be coming out soon, or buy the wheel now in case the price goes further up. Am not that desperate to get a wheel since I dont play video games that much, but would nice to get one b4 rfactor 2 comes out.
21 January 11, 15:06
From my experience sky rocketed price never drop until no one wants it and it's already too late to buy.
Also I don't think Fanatec is going to lower down their price so if you want it and it's in your budget then get it now. Another thing with Fanatec wheel is they are out of stock quite easily.
I don't think that wheel prices are very variable, maybe some vendors upped their prices temporarily with GT5 but that surely isn't how the wheel market usually works. Price fluctuations will not be more than 10 'credits' anyway, and IMHO 10 euros/dollars/pounds for a couple of months of fun is a good price and not worth the long wait :)
21 January 11, 20:15
The G25 was $300 at release and dropped to about $245 after a year or so. I paid $280 I think for my G27. What do they cost now? I haven't looked lately. The wheels last a long time. In fact, I have never broken any of my Logi wheels. I had a MOMO for a few years which I gave to a friend and replaced with another MOMO. Then I got a G25 and ran that for a few years before I stuck a drill bit through some wires and shorted it out. But you can't really fault Logitech for that. Now I have a G27. I have driven a lot of miles on all of these wheels. I have been very dedicated to simracing for about 10 years now. Dedicated as in at least 3 hours a week consistently for 10 years. I can't think of a cheaper hobby really that brings so much joy.
I say go for it ASAP! If you are into racing and/or driving in real life, then you will probably never get bored of simracing and it is well worth the cost. I would rate rFactor and my wheels as the most bang for the buck purchase I have ever made.
My dilemma right now is should I spend $599 on CST pedals. :)
BTW, all priced quoted in USD. :)
22 January 11, 15:38
ya, just donīt wait now and go for a wheel. in fact itīs ur choice, logitech or fanatec, both are great. donno about the new thrustmaster.
g27 racer here. just love it. :)
22 January 11, 16:00
me mate got a DFGT the other day and not a bad wheel, G27 here as well.
23 January 11, 16:00
Thanks for the replies
Just as I initially thought that the prices are unlikely to go down, so I will buy a wheel within a week or two.
I now just have one question now about the DFGT, is the DFGT any better than the carrera wheel, since I could buy fanatec pedals seperately with DFGT and it would cost around the same as the carrera wheel. I mean if the DFGT is not that much better than the carrera wheel then I might as well go for the fanatec, which means I will also have a H-shifter.
25 January 11, 18:49
Never try Fanatec Carrera but it has whole package for racing.
Not sure about how FFB in Carrera is, but DFGT is really good and smooth also the wheel is easy to turn (in a good way) which makes it good for drifting.
If you buy pedals separately it will become 2nd controller. Most of racing games work with multi controller configuration. If you're not annoyed to configure it. But (again) buying pedals later will be a lot more expensive than got a complete set at the first time despite you got a very good set of pedals.
Almost forgot another important thing, if you decide to buy a Fanatec please consider about postal service in your area. If it's good then there will be no problem. But if they work kinda 2 days in a week like in my area then forget about it. That's another reason why I don't buy Fanatec.
re ERMAX,s post
$280 for a G27 ,guess they did go up..... this is the price from a local store where I live
$$$$369.99$$$$ big difference
1 February 11, 16:42
Wow.. What the hell is going on? Did GT5 really create that much demand? Well this can't be a bad thing for the sim community. All these console guys will now have the tools for real sims on the PC. Maybe they will be more tempted to jump ship. The guys that don't jump to real sims will grow tired of GT5 and will be off loading their wheels on eBay.
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