Holy Crap #1: Logitech Driving Force Pro

The original Holy Crap

Holy crap, did I ever get a good deal on my Logitech Driving Force Pro steering wheel for my Playstation 2.

I had originally considered getting it in mid-2005 when it listed for CA$125, but I couldn't quite justify it. Then, a month or two back, I decided to check on it, to see if the price had come down. Dropped into Best Buy and lo and behold, it was listed at $79. So I snapped that sucker up without another thought.

When I got to the cashier and they scanned it, the price came up as $179. Yikes. I said that wasn't right, fully prepared to find that I had screwed up. We proceeded to check out the prices on the shelves and sure enough, it said $79 and "Driving Force Pro" and everything. Yay. I paid and returned home with my prize.

Switch to a couple of days ago and I'm in Best Buy-affiliate Future Shop buying Gran Turismo 4 and what should I see but the same wheel. Price? $179! So I look it up online, and as you now know if you followed the link at the start of this, that's Logitech's price too. I saved $100 due to Best Buy's screw up. Yay me.

Update early 2007:

Well, I had a problem with the brakes on this sucker -- they would stick on. So I called Logitech (364 days into 1 year warranty) and complained. So, they sent me a new one, without asking for the old one in return. So now I have one to experiment on to see if I can fix it, in which case I'll have 2 DFPs for the price of 1. Or actually for the price of 44% of one.

Update 2020:

Amid the pandemic, Paul and I had been playing a lot of playstation, so I finally got off my ass and fixed the older wheel's brakes. Turns out all it needed was a little something to hold the potentiometer for the brake pedal from shifting. A little block of high density foam from some box packing material did the trick, and now we have 2 wheels set up on dinky little folding TV tray tables, which is enough for some good racing in GT5 on my PS3.