As a bit of a Gran Turismo nut I have to admit to spending a little too much money on steering wheels over the years.
Sadly the Driving Force EX was not money well spent. at first glance it appears to be an improved version of its predecessor the Driving Force (also known as the GT). It is well built, wheel has a great feel and the vibration feedback is strong and gives a lot of car information in game, all the usual Logitech quality is there.
Except.... who designed the shifters? For this wheel Logitech opted to drop the very functional large paddle shifters and instead use a pair of analogue buttons set into the rear of the wheel on the horizontal spokes. These just are not good enough, they can be difficult to find even when the wheel is straight but if you have to shift gears at any other time it can be very difficult indeed.
Its a shame too because the rest of the wheel is well designed and set out, the addition of a full array of controls in the centre are a welcome addition as they don't get in the way and eliminate the need for a second controller just to navigate menus.
The pedal box is the same unit shared by many of the logitech variations, except the newer G series which feature steel construction and a third clutch pedal.
Overall, this wheel is only any good if you never want to use manual gears which, if you are investing in a wheel controller, probably isn't you.
So if you want to experience a trouble free driving experience my advise idvise is to go for a different logitech, the GT if you want cheap brilliance, the G25/27 if you can afford it.
The Logitech Driving Force wheel for PlayStation 2 takes the driving experience to a level of driving realism in Gran Turismo 3 A-spec, as well as other driving games that support force feedback. With its dual-clamp system, it can be easily and securely attached to a desk or table. Thanks to the unique lap attachment included (which clamps to the wheel and rests comfortably and securely between the gamer's knees) gamers can also enjoy driving with the wheel even when there is not a table to which it can be conveniently clamped.
There are eight wheel-mounted action buttons and an analog D-pad for easy control of car functions, while "start" and "select" buttons make game navigation simple. Realistic gas and brake pedals provide for easy acceleration and braking, while rubber hand grips offer premium comfort and precise steering control. Its two wheel-mounted paddles can be used as gear shifters or as gas and brake controls.