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Old 10-16-2005, 05:00 AM   #1
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M3 steering wheel install

I bought an M3 steering wheel to install in my car, the wheel comes without any of the trim and without the wiring (slip ring?). I was planning on reusing the multifunction trim from my current sport wheel along with the round airbag. For the wiring do I just swap the harness slip ring thing from my existing wheel into the new one? I would think so but I just wanted to make sure i dont need to order something... sorry if this is a stupid question and i tried searching ... thanks
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Old 10-16-2005, 10:48 PM   #2
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I just bought one too. This one I won on ebay. Price seem pretty good. What do you guys think? $222.00 I just need to MTrim? Do I buy that from the dealer?

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YOU ARE BIDDING ON BRAND NEW 3-SPOKE BMW-ORIGINAL M-TECH STEERING WHEEL IN BLACK LEATHER.

BMW part number: 32 34 2 282 020

Diameter: 370 mm.

Production date: 2004.

THIS EXCLUSIVE STEERING WHEEL IS ORIGINALLY MOUNTED EXCLUSIVELY IN BMW M3 E46 AND M5 E39 (SEE THE ///M-COLOURED THREADS) BUT CAN BE FITTED INTO ANY OF THE FOLLOWING VEHICLES REGARDLESS OF IF YOU HAVE MULTIFUNCTION OR NOT:

BMW 3-series E46: 316i, 316Ci, 316ti, 318i, 318Ci, 318ti, 318d, 320i, 320Ci, 320d, 320td, 320Cd, 323i, 323Ci, 325i, 325ti, 325xi, 328i, 328Ci, 330i, 330d, 330xd, 330xi, etc. All limousine, touring, coupe, cab and compact produced after 01/06/2000.

BMW 5-series E39: 520i, 520d, 523i, 525i, 525d, 525td, 525tds, 528i, 530i, 530d, 535i, 540i. Ale limousine and touring produced after 01/03/1999.

All BMW X5 (E53): 3.0i, 3.0d, 4.4i, 4.6i.

All BMW 7-er E38: produced after 01/03/1999.

All BMW Z3: produced after 01/04/1999.

IF YOU HAVE ANY OF THE ABOVE VEHICLES WITH THE REGULAR 3 SPOKE STEERING WHEEL ALL YOU NEED IN ORDER TO FIT THIS STEERING WHEEL IS THE M-TRIM AS THE MULTIFUNCTION (OR THE TRIM REPLACING THE MULTIFUNCTION IF YOU DONíT HAVE ONE) AND THE AIRBAG ARE COMPATIBLE.

THIS M-TEC STEERING WHEEL IS SOLD AT IT APPEARS IN THE PICTURES, I.E. WITHOUT MUTLIFUNCTION BUTTONS AND WITHOUT M-TRIM.

If You donít know the exact production date of Your car, You can decode it by entering the last 7 figures of vehicleís VIN-code into the following link:

http://www.bmw-z1.com/VIN/VINdecode-e.cgi

See the attached ETK diagram (picture 6) in order to find out what are the BMW part numbers that You might need to aqquire in order to fit this steering wheel into Your car.



Please read the description carefully, ask if thereís something You donít know, as I do not recall any of my auctions. Thank You!


GOOD LUCK!!!
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Old 10-17-2005, 04:15 AM   #3
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I got the same thing ... the only thing is the wire that is in the picture above is not in mine ... hence my orginal post/question. At this point im planning on just pulling the wires from my sport wheel and putting them in...? I paid almost exacty the same but without the wires
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Old 10-17-2005, 04:21 AM   #4
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How long did it take for you guys to receive yours from the ebay seller who'se located in Sweden (the one djray bought)? I won mine on Sep 16, and the guy wasn't able to ship it out until Sep 23 (when he was on vacation in Poland). I still haven't received mine.

Apparently it normally takes 2-3 weeks to get to the U.S. if it's shipped from Sweden. The guy checked and found out from Poland it can take up to 5-6 weeks to arrive to the U.S.

Hope I get mine soon!
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Old 10-17-2005, 10:49 AM   #5
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The wires should work fine from your old one.
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Old 10-17-2005, 01:56 PM   #6
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I just won the item yesterday and I already sent the payment. Im waiting for him/her to respond back with the details. I'll keep you posted.
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Old 10-17-2005, 03:34 PM   #7
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Sorry about starting the thread in the wrong forum ... only my third thread and i wasnt really thinking. I bought mine from ebay also but the seller was in Ohio. According to the track should arrive wed or thur... then the wait until the weekend for instal. All in all i guess its gonna be about a week and a half from winning the auction to recieving the wheel
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Old 10-17-2005, 04:00 PM   #8
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Here's a link that gives you a general idea but since you have a 323, the removal of your current wheel is different because there are 3 Torx screws holding it (can't remember the size). Anyway, this should help:

http://www.my330i.com/mod23.php

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Here's what a simple, quick search brought up:

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/search....archid=1988954

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Old 10-18-2005, 10:47 AM   #9
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All the torx screws on our cars are either 20 or 25 usually.
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Old 10-18-2005, 06:12 PM   #10
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I found references for the steering wheel bolts to be either t-25 or on some e36s t-30, but what im wondering is I think I have the spring clips not the torx screws. My 323 was from the next to last month of production and from looking at the diagram at realoem and form the p/ns I have the same sport wheel as do the more current e46s.
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Old 10-28-2005, 01:05 AM   #11
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What's the BMW part number for a complete wheel with black trim, without the airbag and with the black stitching and with the controls? I think its time to upgrade my entire sport wheel.........
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Old 10-28-2005, 01:06 AM   #12
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Here's what a simple, quick search brought up:

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/search....archid=1988954

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Old 10-28-2005, 11:43 AM   #13
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Yeah, I found that out later, oh well. It serves as a hint to use the search button.
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Old 10-30-2005, 06:14 PM   #14
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okay, so I received my wheel this past friday and installed it today! Took about an hour. It was so easy to do. I followed these instructions and bam! http://www.my330i.com/mod23.php#GIt was done. Take a look!
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OMG! It feels so nice to drive the car with this wheel. I love this wheel! Thanks to Qalbeli from Ebay. This wheel came from Poland! Below I included his link with some other wheels that he's selling. Just wanted to give him his props!


http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/NEW-B...spagenameZWDVW
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Old 10-30-2005, 07:11 PM   #17
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Did the airbag light come on after the installation??

I should be getting my steering wheel soon. I even bought the M bottom "Y" panel from the dealer! It was such an expensive piece! I paid an equivalent of US$185 with taxes for it!!
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Old 10-30-2005, 07:36 PM   #18
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$185 for the plastic cover?
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Old 10-30-2005, 07:42 PM   #19
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OMG! It feels so nice to drive the car with this wheel. I love this wheel! Thanks to Qalbeli from Ebay. This wheel came from Poland! Below I included his link with some other wheels that he's selling. Just wanted to give him his props!


http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/NEW-B...spagenameZWDVW
He actually was on vacation in Poland at the time. He said he sent my steering wheel around the same time, but I still haven't received it and it's been 5 weeks since he sent it.

Qabeli said however that when he gets back from vacation again on Nov 7, he's going to send me another one using priority mail. I can't wait to receive mine!
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it retails for US$104.. or at least that's the listed price from BMW.

but parts here are more expensive in Canada, coupled with the 14% taxes so it came out to be around US$185given the current exchange rate
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