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Old 05-09-2002, 11:17 PM   #1
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will dealer install my M3 steering wheel for my 330i?

I live in Bay Area, and anyone knows which dealership is willing to install the steering wheel for me, and how much would I expect?
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Old 05-09-2002, 11:34 PM   #2
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uhhh

try installing them urself?

It doesnt hurt to learn new things

but i dont live in so cal sorry dunno:sad:
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Old 05-10-2002, 11:10 AM   #3
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Sure they would, but you just gotta pay. Expect them to charge you 1-2 hours of labor. You are better off installing it yourself. It's really not that hard. I can walk you through it if you need help.
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Old 05-10-2002, 11:28 AM   #4
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Re: will dealer install my M3 steering wheel for my 330i?

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I live in Bay Area, and anyone knows which dealership is willing to install the steering wheel for me, and how much would I expect?
Not a hard DIY. Get a long socket wrench for leverage! My SP wheel was way overtorqued and took a while to break free.
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Old 05-10-2002, 11:52 AM   #5
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yeah dude.... DIY.... 15 - 30 minutes.. make sure and disconnect the battery.

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Old 05-10-2002, 11:58 AM   #6
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DIY...it's very easy...

here's a link to the procedures...

http://www.bmw330ci.com/DIY_M3_Wheel.htm

Make sure you have a breaker bar to get that center nut off. It's on there very tight!
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Old 05-10-2002, 01:35 PM   #7
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While I agree that it is a simple and short DIY - I was also considering having the deal install my M3 wheel... When I get it.

Reason being - liability. Sure I can slap it on and it should work. But if I install it myself and the airbag doesn't work in an accident or deploys prematurely when it's not supposed to - BMW sure isn't going to cover it. They'll have a pretty easy time proving my 00' 323 didn't come with it and I'll have no paperwork saying they installed it.

If it is a 20-30min DIY for me as an unexperienced non-mechanic, I would assume it would be no longer for a BMW Technician. Thus I would not expect any dealer to charge me for 3-4 times what it actually takes... I would suggest asking to watch or just going to another dealer (fortunately I have 5-6 around me).

So assuming the moons align properly and I can find a willing dealer who will charge according to what it actually takes, I think I might spend the ~$40 to have the BMW dealer do it....
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Reason being - liability. Sure I can slap it on and it should work. But if I install it myself and the airbag doesn't work in an accident or deploys prematurely when it's not supposed to - BMW sure isn't going to cover it. They'll have a pretty easy time proving my 00' 323 didn't come with it and I'll have no paperwork saying they installed it.
The Airbag scared the holy heck out of me...but I followed the DIY instructions...especially the battery part! The OBDII computer does a continuous diagonostic of the airbag circuits when you start the car and during operation...if there were any problems with that circuit the SRS light would have come on and I'd have gone to the dealer. So far, nothing. So as far a liability goes...my $40K car should tell me there is a problem BEFORE an incident, not afterward during a lawsuit. Counterpoint is that the ODBII system wasn't giving you proper feedback as you 'faithfully' expected it to...after all, it was designed and mandated to tell you when things are broken!

(just remember UPLUG THE BATTERY before doing anything with the steering column)
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