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Old 04-24-2009, 05:16 AM
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What steering wheel can be retrofit onto a 2006 X3?

I have a 2006 X3 that has cold weather package, but no sports package. I hate the steering wheel on this thing... What are my options for putting other steering wheels on here?

I would love an M3 steering wheel like on my e46... I'd lose the heated feature then though... What are my options to not lose any functionality?

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Old 04-24-2009, 08:42 AM
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You can use the M sport steering wheel that was designed for the X3. Think and grippy, but M-sport steering wheels in general are not heated.

You can use a 3-spoke, heated sport steering wheel from a facelift E53 X5. You can also use the sport steering wheel steering wheel, not heated.
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Don't forget the airbag in the wheel, it will be expensive to change.
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Old 04-24-2009, 09:35 AM
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You can use the M sport steering wheel that was designed for the X3. Think and grippy, but M-sport steering wheels in general are not heated.

You can use a 3-spoke, heated sport steering wheel from a facelift E53 X5. You can also use the sport steering wheel steering wheel, not heated.


So this wheel would work? Sports, leather, heated, multi-function
Part # 32306778411
http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...65&hg=32&fg=35

Tischer has it for $510. So this wheel is a nice, thick wheel? Similar to an //M one etc? The stock wheel on a 2006 X3 is junk...

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Don't forget the airbag in the wheel, it will be expensive to change.

Yep, figured as much... Uses the X5 airbag in the link above right? No issues coding it? etc to work I take it? Part #32303447095


Also, is this what the wheel actually looks like? Pulled this off a 2006 X5 on ebay:
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Old 04-24-2009, 11:22 AM
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Yup, that's the correct part number, and also the correct picture. (Sport steering wheel with heating).


Umrustung Lenkrad MFL 4-Speichen =>Sport - BMW Teilekatalog
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Old 04-24-2009, 04:56 PM
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Yup, that's the correct part number, and also the correct picture. (Sport steering wheel with heating).


Umrustung Lenkrad MFL 4-Speichen =>Sport - BMW Teilekatalog
great, thanks. Thats a worthwhile upgrade IMO...
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You can use the M sport steering wheel that was designed for the X3. Think and grippy, but M-sport steering wheels in general are not heated.

You can use a 3-spoke, heated sport steering wheel from a facelift E53 X5. You can also use the sport steering wheel steering wheel, not heated.


Just to clarify... I can put a non-heated steering wheel onto a car that has heated steering wheel? (I suppose if you order sports package and cold weather package, the M wheel must win out)... Is there an extra wire that will be dangling somewhere? I really like the //M wheel better and don't really care about heated steering wheel...

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Old 11-18-2009, 07:29 PM
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Whoooaaa... Look what I just found... An M steering wheel for the X3 with heat!

I found this when putting in specs for a 2009 X3... I wonder if this would work in my 2006? Also, wondering WTF this looks like, ha!

Part number 32303450648 was superseded by part number 32303452720.
http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...00&hg=32&fg=35
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Old 11-19-2009, 11:40 AM
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Well... i went ahead and order the M heated steering wheel (32303452720) and airbag (32303415946)...

They're both shipping from Germany so it will be a few weeks before they arrive I imagine...

I'll post pics when they arrive and are installed... My 2006 has an 02/06 build date btw...
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Is it possible to retrofit a heated wheel if I dont have the option?? I'd really like to have that feature.

Sorry for highjacking your post
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Old 11-19-2009, 12:25 PM
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I have heard/read that you can as wiring harness is the same. Here is a link to someone retrofitting it on E39.

http://bmwtips.com/tipsntricks/Steer...eringwheel.htm

I know someone who is selling an old heated 4 spoke steering wheel for CAD 80, its in good shape but alas its a 4 spoke which I don't like so much and won't lose my 3 spoke sport steering for that.
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I have heard/read that you can as wiring harness is the same. Here is a link to someone retrofitting it on E39.

http://bmwtips.com/tipsntricks/Steer...eringwheel.htm

I know someone who is selling an old heated 4 spoke steering wheel for CAD 80, its in good shape but alas its a 4 spoke which I don't like so much and won't lose my 3 spoke sport steering for that.
my old 4 spoke steering wheel is going to be for sale real soon too! =)
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Yeah but yours is not heated. The one I was talking about is heated too.
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Old 11-19-2009, 12:37 PM
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Yeah but yours is not heated. The one I was talking about is heated too.

My 4 spoke wheel is very much heated. That's why I just ordered a heated M wheel from Germany!
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My 4 spoke wheel is very much heated. That's why I just ordered a heated M wheel from Germany!
Oops, my bad. I though you had unheated one and wanted a heated+sport. Just reread your first post, of course you would have a heated steering with cold weather package.
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Oops, my bad. I though you had unheated one and wanted a heated+sport. Just reread your first post, of course you would have a heated steering with cold weather package.

No worries...

Before I discovered the heated M wheel the debate was:

- lose heat and get M wheel
- keep heat and get heated sport wheel which isnt as nice.

This clearly seems like the best option.

I'm a bit concerned that realoem.com shows the from date as 08/06 and I'm a 02/06 build date though...
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I am pretty sure the wheel you ordered is this http://accessories.bmw.ca/internet_b...&absoluteNav=1

This page just says that it is available for BMW X3 series, doesn't specify year or anything, so I am guessing and hoping that it will fit. Note the car shown in pic is European model though. That radio with basic navi never came to NA.
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Old 11-19-2009, 01:10 PM
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that link just takes me to a general page... The M wheel on that page looks like this. I am very much hoping that it looks like this:



and not the one that comes up when building a 2010 X3 on bmwusa.com:
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Yeah, the 2010 is a step back in design. The link works fine for me, although you did get the exact same page that I was referring to.
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Yeah, the 2010 is a step back in design. The link works fine for me, although you did get the exact same page that I was referring to.

Crud! How do I know if I ordered the right wheel????!!! The realoem.com drawings are useless...
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Part number and a trip to dealer to confirm what that looks like...?
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Part number and a trip to dealer to confirm what that looks like...?
0 available in the US. Special order from Germany, not returnable...
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0 available in the US. Special order from Germany, not returnable...
Dealer can certainly look it up in catalog for you. I have X3 accessory book at home, I don't think it lists the part numbers but I will check when I go home today.
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Dealer can certainly look it up in catalog for you. I have X3 accessory book at home, I don't think it lists the part numbers but I will check when I go home today.
I'm I'm the guys at Tischer now... I'll let you know...

I don't think I've ever seen a steering wheel listed as an accessory in the US, just Europe...
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Wheel just came in...

Part # 32303452720, M steering wheel for X3 with heat

Airbag is part # 32303415946

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