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Old 03-14-2013, 07:06 PM   #1
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e39 M sport steering wheel fitment

There's a guy local who has a M sport steering wheel for sale, but it's from a 2003 525i.

It looks the same as the E46 M sport wheel. But will it be a direct fit in my 02 325i?

EDIT: Yes I know about the airbag now, after making a fool of myself in my last thread. <3
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Old 03-14-2013, 08:48 PM   #2
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It should fit! E39's and E46's shared the same steering wheels I believe. Pics of said wheel?
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Old 03-14-2013, 09:23 PM   #3
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Is it the fatter round wheel? I know some of the M5's had those. It should still fit regardless though.
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Old 03-14-2013, 09:59 PM   #4
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It should fit! E39's and E46's shared the same steering wheels I believe. Pics of said wheel?
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Is it the fatter round wheel? I know some of the M5's had those. It should still fit regardless though.
According to ECS Tuning when searching for the wheel for my sedan, or a 525i I get the same wheel.

Heres the link
http://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-E39-M-SP...063119&vxp=mtr

$375 picked up. Sound reasonable? Said I could install it before purchase.

I'm not sure it's really necessary but since I got the sport seats, my steering wheel doesn't flow anymore lol

Pic of the inside of my car:
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Old 03-14-2013, 10:57 PM   #5
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-E39-SPOR...item416c0e5064

This one? Yes, it will fit and the airbag is compatible. I think it will look nice, post pics if you get it. My steering wheel looks terrible, the top is dry-rotted and cracked. Too bad mine's a '99.
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Old 03-14-2013, 11:15 PM   #6
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that is way too much money for a used wheel. you can buy a new one from tischer for that price.
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Old 03-14-2013, 11:15 PM   #7
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-E39-SPOR...item416c0e5064

This one? Yes, it will fit and the airbag is compatible. I think it will look nice, post pics if you get it. My steering wheel looks terrible, the top is dry-rotted and cracked. Too bad mine's a '99.
No no no! This one


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that is way too much money for a used wheel. you can buy a new one from tischer for that price.
That's what I'm trying to figure out here. I can buy one from a fellow fanatic cheaper, I just prefer local so I can see it in person. Just a thing I have.

I saw a thread saying people got the wheel/airbag for 350-400 now at a dealer? Going to call in the morning but can anyone chime in?
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Old 03-14-2013, 11:21 PM   #8
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My bad, that one will defiantly fit and look spot on!
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Old 03-14-2013, 11:29 PM   #9
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My bad, that one will defiantly fit and look spot on!
Thanks
Yeah just found out that the E39, and E46 shared the same wheel. I'm pretty sure it's plug an play.

Only now I'm contemplating putting the money towards this wheel. Or an MtechII rear and dual exhaust... >.>
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Old 03-14-2013, 11:36 PM   #10
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The wheel is functional and your main interaction with the car. Exhaust and rear bumper are bling.
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Old 03-14-2013, 11:40 PM   #11
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The wheel is functional and your main interaction with the car. Exhaust and rear bumper are bling.
I feel like it would complete the look on the interior, since I added the sport seats. Does the feel of the M wheel have a noticeable difference?
I mean, the M6 wheel feels amazing but..
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Old 03-15-2013, 12:01 AM   #12
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Spend your money on maintenance instead of wannabe fast.
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Old 03-15-2013, 12:27 AM   #13
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Spend your money on maintenance instead of wannabe fast.
Wait, you're telling me the steering wheel won't add 40HP?
Got everything but the cooling system done when I purchased the car. Doing the cooling system pretty soon, especially with this texas heat.
Don't hit me with the "maintenance first" I went by that before I joined the forums here. It's common since IMO..
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Old 03-15-2013, 12:42 AM   #14
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Spend your money on maintenance instead of wannabe fast.
Its not about "wannabe fast"... if you maintenence is up to date, why not upgrade your steering wheel? The M3 wheel is much nicer while driving than a stock wheel. I love my M3 wheel! Probably one of my favorite mods.
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Old 03-15-2013, 12:44 AM   #15
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But OP... That is too much for a wheel. Look on the classifieds for better deals! I would highly recommend you do the SMG M3 retrofit so you can use paddle shifters with your steptronic transmission!! Thats what I did. Very simple and much more fun to drive

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Old 03-15-2013, 12:46 AM   #16
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Get the 3 spoke wheel, a lot better than 4 spoke. Easier to turn with a thumb against bottom center spoke while changing gear with the other hand.

on wait, an automatic!! Whatever then

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Old 03-15-2013, 12:53 AM   #17
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It will fit.
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Old 03-15-2013, 02:33 PM   #18
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I thought this was worth a share.

Decided to call BMW and get a price on the wheel. He tells me there's more to it than just swapping, and it will need to be coded, and I would probably be spending about $2000.
Seems legit.
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Old 03-15-2013, 02:36 PM   #19
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I thought this was worth a share.

Decided to call BMW and get a price on the wheel. He tells me there's more to it than just swapping, and it will need to be coded, and I would probably be spending about $2000.
Seems legit.
Coded? What needs to be coded?! Thats the stealership for ya!
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Old 03-15-2013, 02:39 PM   #20
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Coded? What needs to be coded?! Thats the stealership for ya!
Yeah he kinda blew my mind... Finding a wheel would be easy if I bought one and had it shipped. I'd just rather see it before dropping money on it. Especially a wheel with an airbag.
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