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Old 08-03-2016, 12:32 AM   #1
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Steering wheels

Hello all,

I'm (still) looking for an E46 318i and looking and a couple from the 2000-01 era and later, I'm seeing two different types of steering wheel on cars from about the same time (pics attached). Was there a choice when these care were new? Any insight as to what the difference is?
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Old 08-03-2016, 12:58 AM   #2
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The first picture is a sport steering wheel.

The second picture is a normal steering wheel.

I have a sport steering wheel for sale if you want to look forward that.

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Old 08-07-2016, 11:51 PM   #3
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No difference. Some of the 318i's may be a "M-Sport" package, meaning they have the M3-style bumpers, steering wheel etc.

There is no difference in the actual car itself.
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Old 08-13-2016, 03:14 AM   #4
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First picture is of a 'sport steering wheel' which came in newer cars, nothing extra ordinary.
Second one came on older e46s and is a follow on from e36 and e39s. The only difference maybe very old cars with this wheel came with a single stage airbag.
There is this one too which came after the above I believe and is shared with e36s


The M sport steering wheel which came with the M sport package pictured below. They are thicker and have thumb rests. Really nice and a 'must have' to enjoy these cars in my opinion.


Then you have the M3 e46 SMG that had more or less the same wheel but with paddle shifters and the 3 color stitching


I have this retrofitted to my 318i e46 steptronic.

In summary you can retrofit any of these wheels. The one I have done being slightly complicated as it needs the slip ring to match. Otherwise its more or less bolt on.
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Old 08-13-2016, 07:11 AM   #5
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If you see this wheel, run, and don't look back
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Old 08-15-2016, 04:33 AM   #6
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If you see this wheel, run, and don't look back
That's from cars with SSG transmission (I never saw one on a 318i)
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Old 08-15-2016, 05:06 AM   #7
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That's from cars with SSG transmission (I never saw one on a 318i)
Just in case he stops looking at 318's
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Old 08-16-2016, 04:42 AM   #8
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Just in case he stops looking at 318's
Ofcourse, would be my advice too even though I've had no problems with my N42B20 engine I would recommend anyone buying now to look at a 6 pot.
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