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      07-23-2011, 02:22 AM   #1
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M3 Steering Wheel on 135i?

Hello, I have a friend who sold me his steering wheel from a 2008 M3 (paddle shift) when he upgraded to the BMW perf. steering wheel.

Will this wheel fit on my 135i (sport package, paddle shift) without extensive modification?

I love the stock steering wheel but since I got the car used a bit of the finish around the buttons is peeling off.

I hope his steering wheel would fit on my car as I do like the M tri-color stitching on it.

Thanks for any help you can offer!
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      07-23-2011, 04:19 AM   #2
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I think so. Check with Tischer's or United's website... they sell them as upgrades for non M models. The only thing is your car will need to be an auto IF your steering wheel has the paddles.
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      07-23-2011, 04:25 AM   #3
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Yes, I have seen it done on 135i before
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      07-23-2011, 03:59 PM   #4
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I think so. Check with Tischer's or United's website... they sell them as upgrades for non M models. The only think is your car will need to be an auto IF your steering wheel has the paddles.
I have an automatic transmission and the car is equipped with the sport package so it has an "M" sport steering wheel with the paddles.

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Yes, I have seen it done on 135i before
Do you have any links by any chance?

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      07-26-2011, 09:59 PM   #5
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Where could I get the swap done that wouldn't cost an arm and a leg?
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      07-26-2011, 10:25 PM   #6
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I doubt any problem with the steering wheel. Just check with your local BMW maintenance center and i would suggest let them do the work for you.
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      07-26-2011, 11:19 PM   #7
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If your steering wheel is pealing or cracking or anything that's under warranty. Same thing happened to mine....I took it in, looks like new.
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      07-27-2011, 03:30 AM   #8
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Just do it yourself. It's a steering wheel, it's not hard. I know there are write-ups in the M3 forum for it.
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      07-31-2011, 08:50 PM   #9
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Just do it yourself. It's a steering wheel, it's not hard. I know there are write-ups in the M3 forum for it.
don't you need special tools to remove the steering wheel?

I have added things to my previous cars but I wanted to keep this one pretty much factory and/or only have the dealer do any installations that I might add.
I paid all this extra money for the 6 year 100,000mi warranty and would hate to come out of pocket for more maintenance or things that they say aren't covered etc.
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      08-02-2011, 03:18 PM   #11
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If my steering wheel trim is peeling I understand that I could get it replaced under warranty. Does anyone know if they have to take the whole steering wheel off to replace the trim? If so, maybe I can get them to swap the wheels then...
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If my steering wheel trim is peeling I understand that I could get it replaced under warranty. Does anyone know if they have to take the whole steering wheel off to replace the trim? If so, maybe I can get them to swap the wheels then...

Noop. That pannel around the buttons comes off w/o removing the steering wheel. I would think any good dealer would only charge you an hour or two labor to install your M3 wheel.

You never told us IF your car has an Auto/DCT trans or if it is a 6MT. Do you want those paddles to work?
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      08-11-2011, 05:00 AM   #14
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I have Automatic transmission with paddle shift currently
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      08-17-2011, 03:20 AM   #15
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      08-17-2011, 06:59 AM   #16
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I thought the steering wheel on the Msport packaged cars was teh same as the M3 other than the stitching??
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I thought the steering wheel on the Msport packaged cars was the same as the M3 other than the stitching??
I would say simular but not the same. Plus the leather used on the M3 steering wheel looks (and feels) much nicer than the 135i M-wheel.

This is one mod that I really want to do myself! Has anyone installed their M3 steering wheel themselves?

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      07-27-2015, 06:59 PM   #18
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I've been searching a lot of steering wheels threads and couldn't find an answer...

Of the wheels pictured above, is the 135 M steering wheel (perforated) actually thicker than the base 135 wheel?

And a favor to ask - Can someone who has the 135 M perforated wheel above measure the wrap around circumference of the steering wheel (not including the thumb portion, of course) and post it here..?

Thank you.
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I've been searching a lot of steering wheels threads and couldn't find an answer...

Of the wheels pictured above, is the 135 M steering wheel (perforated) actually thicker than the base 135 wheel?
Yes

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And a favor to ask - Can someone who has the 135 M perforated wheel above measure the wrap around circumference of the steering wheel (not including the thumb portion, of course) and post it here..?
Should be able to do that.
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I would say simular but not the same. Plus the leather used on the M3 steering wheel looks (and feels) much nicer than the 135i M-wheel.

This is one mod that I really want to do myself! Has anyone installed their M3 steering wheel themselves?

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I have the M3 steering wheel on my 135i but I am 6MT. I know the M3 DCT paddles won't work with the auto trans without modification, but I think the physical mounting points are the same between both wheels. So installing the stock paddles on the M3 wheel should work just fine.
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      08-29-2015, 04:43 PM   #22
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How much better is the M3 steering wheel?
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