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Old 02-15-2014, 09:50 AM
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Retrofit sport steering wheel and retain heated steering option

I'm new to the forums and new to BMW. I'm picking up my 2012 BMW 535ix Monday morning. It has everything I would want in my BMW, including all the right colors in an out, but with the exception of one thing, a sports steering wheel. The non-sport feels hard and thin, the comfort just isn't there.

My question is, can I install a sports or M steering wheel and retain the heated option? My previous car has paddles, I would like that also and it seems that that's no problem.

Would this work?
http://www.bimmer-tech.net/shop/bmw-...-shift-paddles

I searched, but couldn't find the answer, so here I am. I hope you guys can help._a_
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Old 02-21-2014, 03:05 PM
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I'm new to the forums and new to BMW. I'm picking up my 2012 BMW 535ix Monday morning. It has everything I would want in my BMW, including all the right colors in an out, but with the exception of one thing, a sports steering wheel. The non-sport feels hard and thin, the comfort just isn't there.

My question is, can I install a sports or M steering wheel and retain the heated option? My previous car has paddles, I would like that also and it seems that that's no problem.

Would this work?
http://www.bimmer-tech.net/shop/bmw-...-shift-paddles

I searched, but couldn't find the answer, so here I am. I hope you guys can help._a_
Why don't you simply ask the seller of that steering she'll if it has a heated function?
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Old 02-21-2014, 04:08 PM
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If you have the heated wheel as a factory option (you have the button on the column to turn it on) - you just need a "heated" m-sport wheel and do the swap.
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Old 02-21-2014, 04:16 PM
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...Also note that your present airbags will not fit and will have to be replaced by the "Sport" version $$$

And I should say that I have no idea how a company like BMW gets away with putting such a crappy, anemic, standard wheel on a car in this price class. Ew!
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Old 02-21-2014, 07:42 PM
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I checked with the retailer and the the steering wheel is indeed heated, which is great news. Then I called Knauz BMW, my local dealer, and the sports airbag itself is $1000 , a bit on the ridiculous side, looks like this will have to go on the burner for a lil while
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Old 02-21-2014, 07:47 PM
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I checked with the retailer and the the steering wheel is indeed heated, which is great news. Then I called Knauz BMW, my local dealer, and the sports airbag itself is $1000 , a bit on the ridiculous side, looks like this will have to go on the burner for a lil while
Wtf is a sports airbag? Does is make a sporty sound right before it crushes your face or something? Maybe it has the M logo on it?
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Old 02-21-2014, 09:48 PM
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Wtf is a sports airbag? Does is make a sporty sound right before it crushes your face or something? Maybe it has the M logo on it?
Sport or M steering wheel requires a different airbag
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Old 03-16-2014, 01:06 AM
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Hey,

I went to two local dealers in Toronto, and they said it would be about $1400 including installation to change from the base (anemic) steering wheel to the M sport version.

Also found out it can use the same Airbags, and don't need the "sport" ones. Savings

Things to find out:

1. Does Heated Steering get transferred? (I've read a few places it doesn't)
2. Do the paddle shifters come with it?
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Old 03-26-2014, 10:45 AM
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Hey,

I went to two local dealers in Toronto, and they said it would be about $1400 including installation to change from the base (anemic) steering wheel to the M sport version.

Also found out it can use the same Airbags, and don't need the "sport" ones. Savings

Things to find out:

1. Does Heated Steering get transferred? (I've read a few places it doesn't)
2. Do the paddle shifters come with it?
This is great info, thanks for sharing.

Yes, the heated steering function can be transferred, as long as you order the right sports steering wheel. Go to RealOEM to get the right part number. Paddles are not an option, unless you code your car, then you can retrofit the paddles as well.

Btw, RealOEM confirms that the airbag is the same for anemic steering wheel vs sport. Part number as per RealOEM looks to be #32336790894

Will do this mod soon and let you guys know what I find out.

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Old 03-26-2014, 11:03 AM
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I'm not pushing a position here, I just don't want any of you to get stuck in the middle of this and then find out that the airbag is different. I was told that it was. So I just suggest that if you have not verified that it is the same, you do so before you open your wallet.

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Old 03-26-2014, 04:02 PM
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This is great info, thanks for sharing.

Yes, the heated steering function can be transferred, as long as you order the right sports steering wheel. Go to RealOEM to get the right part number. Paddles are not an option, unless you code your car, then you can retrofit the paddles as well.

Btw, RealOEM confirms that the airbag is the same for anemic steering wheel vs sport. Part number as per RealOEM looks to be #32336790894

Will do this mod soon and let you guys know what I find out.
Look at that page again, it's very confusing. The last item is "Airbag Module" for Sport or M Steering wheel, priced at $966.
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Old 08-12-2014, 02:49 PM
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This is indeed confusing. I am in the same boat looking to upgrade the anemic steering wheel to a M sports one

And have been told by several sellers that i would need a airbag from a sports wheel.

The airbag module part number required for M or sports wheel is Airbag module, driver's side SCHWARZ 32306783828

I think Base 535i has this on Airbag module, driver's side SCHWARZ 32306783826

@ilian11 @kanuk did you guys went ahead with the mod?
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Old 08-12-2014, 04:01 PM
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I have an M sport wheel (MY 2013) with airbag that I'm looking at upgrading to the 2014, pm if you are interested.

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