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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 12-01-2012, 11:31 AM
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Euro spec 528i e39 steering wheel.

I found a msport 3 spoke steering wheel however the person is in England.
He has a 528i single stage steering wheel.
I have a 540i single stage steering wheel. Sounds easy and bolt on BUT does anyone know if its built differently??
Meaning steering wheel offsets and the splines??
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Old 12-01-2012, 12:20 PM
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This is easy to find out if you're confused that a RHD vehicle may have a totally different BMW part nbr and set up versus your LHD e39....use the part database.

If you use a site like http://realoem.com/bmw/select.do and look up the 3-spoke steering wheel for you car...then copy and paste the BMW 11 digit part nbr in the part nbr search box (click on the USA & EURO boxes) and search for ALL BMW models that can use that same part...you'll get a list of all compatible models. And it will list USA & Euro models if you clicked on the boxes to search both sides of the part database.
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2006 E53 X5 4.4i (Sterling Gray) 12/05 mfg date <<~>> 97 740iL (Arctic Silver) 3/97 mfg date
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99 540iT (Orient Blue) <<~>> 95 525IT (Alpine White)
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Old 12-01-2012, 03:49 PM
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If the build date of both vehicles are before '99 then its a single stage bag and will work
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Old 12-01-2012, 11:16 PM
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Old 12-01-2012, 11:18 PM
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I was just wondering about euro spec to USA spec. If the steering wheel had a different wheel angle.
Yes they are BOTH single stage systems.
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