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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 01-05-2013, 05:36 PM
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Old 01-05-2013, 06:54 PM
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The stitching was OK on my steering wheel but the leather was starting to show some wear so I bought and installed one of these.
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Old 01-05-2013, 07:05 PM
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The stitching was OK on my steering wheel but the leather was starting to show some wear so I bought and installed one of these.
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Old 01-05-2013, 07:17 PM
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Old 01-05-2013, 10:15 PM
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The stitching was OK on my steering wheel but the leather was starting to show some wear so I bought and installed one of these.
How's it feel? Was it hard to do? Does the wheel feel thicker by alot?

I have the wheel the 328 had originally but the leather is junk. Thus could be a good way to salvage it...
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Old 01-06-2013, 04:18 PM
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Old 01-06-2013, 04:26 PM
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May I suggest replacing that chrome trim and setting it on fire?, other than that it looks pretty good.
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Old 01-06-2013, 04:52 PM
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Old 01-06-2013, 04:57 PM
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may i suggest replacing that chrome trim and setting it on fire?, other than that it looks pretty good.
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Old 01-06-2013, 05:07 PM
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Old 01-06-2013, 05:51 PM
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May I suggest replacing that chrome trim and setting it on fire?, other than that it looks pretty good.
Yeah I was planing on replacing the chrome, I just got it and I've been busy working this weekend. But yeah very good suggestion. haha
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Old 01-06-2013, 06:00 PM
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I wonder what went through whoever did that's mind

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How's it feel? Was it hard to do? Does the wheel feel thicker by alot?

I have the wheel the 328 had originally but the leather is junk. Thus could be a good way to salvage it...
It just feels slightly thicker, but not objectionably soand it has a much better feel than the 15 year old sun hardened leather of the original. It wasn't hard to install, just time consuming to stitch it in place. Took about 2 hours, but I messed up going around one of the wheel spokes and had to unstitch and restitch about 1/3. The trick seems to be frequently checking the alignment of the three seams (the cover is made from 3 pieces of leather) and making certain they stay aligned.
For $17 I think it was a good deal.
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Old 01-06-2013, 06:14 PM
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$17 is pretty good. Not sure if I would want to install it, though...
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Been lurking for the past month since I bought my '94 convertible. This is my first BMW experience and I must admit I am kicking myself for waiting so long. Sold my Jeep Wrangler which was fun, just never had a chance to put it in it's element on a regular basis. With my e36, I have fallen in love with driving again. Just can't wait until warmer weather so I can put the top down.

Car came with new top, new paint and new upholstery. 200k+ miles and the engine/transmission feel great. It only had a few minor problems. Since I bought it, I have replaced bushings, two tires, brake and clutch pedal switches, crash sensor relay, radio, fog lights and a few dash bulbs as well as reglued the door panels. You, know, the usual. This forum has been a huge help! Now if I can just fix that sagging glove box door! ;-)

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Old 01-06-2013, 09:24 PM
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Looks nice. Makes me miss my 318 vert.
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It just feels slightly thicker, but not objectionably soand it has a much better feel than the 15 year old sun hardened leather of the original. It wasn't hard to install, just time consuming to stitch it in place. Took about 2 hours, but I messed up going around one of the wheel spokes and had to unstitch and restitch about 1/3. The trick seems to be frequently checking the alignment of the three seams (the cover is made from 3 pieces of leather) and making certain they stay aligned.
For $17 I think it was a good deal.
Thanks! I think I'll do it.
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Old 01-07-2013, 07:51 AM
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wow, almost missed this.... nice chrome?


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Old 01-07-2013, 04:31 PM
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