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Old 09-02-2011, 09:45 AM
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Heated Steering Wheel

Unfortunately I forgot to add CWP.. my car has completed production and is on it's way to the States. Is it possible to order the heated steering wheel from BMW and have it swapped with the wheel incoming on my 535i xDrive M sport? It's the last 11' build, canceling would not be possible because only 2012's can be built.
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Old 09-02-2011, 10:05 AM
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sorry, but that's it. no upgrade there since it's not just the steering wheel!
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Old 09-02-2011, 10:18 AM
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Well have you tried talking to your dealer to see if they will let you out of the purchase and let you re-order a 2012? You may lose your deposit, but if the heated steering wheel is that important to you.....
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Old 09-02-2011, 10:36 AM
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FWIW, the last car I had with a heated steering wheel was my 1997 528i. On all of the cars since then, I had sport or M Sport wheels, and they didn't offer heat on them. (It became available on the 2009 M3; mine is a 2008.)

The heating system and seat heat come up so fast that it's tolerable to drive without the wheel heat, even on days when the car was sitting for 12 hours in single-digit temperatures (Fahrenheit).
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Old 09-02-2011, 11:18 AM
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The heating system and seat heat come up so fast that it's tolerable to drive without the wheel heat, even on days when the car was sitting for 12 hours in single-digit temperatures (Fahrenheit).
Its only tolerable because you don't have it. Once you have it its hard to do without it. My X3 don't have it and its a PITA to drive in the very cold weather even though the heat comes up pretty fast. Heated steering wheel is "one" of the best options BMW came out with if your living in a cold climate area, IMO.
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Old 09-02-2011, 11:28 AM
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I'm debating the same thing on some 2011 535I M-Sport cars my dealer has located that I could get via dealer trade.
They have M-Sport, Premium I & II, Sport Auto with Paddle shift, but no cold weather with the heated steering wheel. Heated front seats are included, but I think I too will miss the heated wheel I enjoy on my 2010 535i...
The reality, I'll probably pull the trigger if they get the deal to where I think we are going to be. Now if we can only convince dealers outside of PA to not drill the front bumper for the license bracket until the car is sold...!!!
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Old 09-02-2011, 12:36 PM
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. Now if we can only convince dealers outside of PA to not drill the front bumper for the license bracket until the car is sold...!!!
My CA wrote it on my PO not to mount the bracket and they didn't. IMO it takes the beauty away from the car with the bracket on. Good luck
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Old 09-02-2011, 12:54 PM
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Heated steering wheel - HA! It's 100 degrees in Nashville today. Come down here and store up some of this heat and you won't need a heated steering wheel!
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Old 09-02-2011, 02:46 PM
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Old 09-02-2011, 03:02 PM
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Well have you tried talking to your dealer to see if they will let you out of the purchase and let you re-order a 2012? You may lose your deposit, but if the heated steering wheel is that important to you.....
I would get killed on a 2012 build with the same options. Residual is 52%. Plus the options aren't bundled like the 11's. It would be significantly more for a 2012 price wise for the exact same car as my 2011. Doesn't make any sense to cancel.
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Old 09-02-2011, 03:02 PM
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Immune Deficiency?
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Old 09-02-2011, 03:03 PM
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sorry, but that's it. no upgrade there since it's not just the steering wheel!
Supposedly it is possible.. so I am told by the salesman who I purchased the vehicle from.. we shall see...
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I'm debating the same thing on some 2011 535I M-Sport cars my dealer has located that I could get via dealer trade.
They have M-Sport, Premium I & II, Sport Auto with Paddle shift, but no cold weather with the heated steering wheel. Heated front seats are included, but I think I too will miss the heated wheel I enjoy on my 2010 535i...
The reality, I'll probably pull the trigger if they get the deal to where I think we are going to be. Now if we can only convince dealers outside of PA to not drill the front bumper for the license bracket until the car is sold...!!!
Curious, if you could say what they are charging for the dealer trade and transport?
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Old 09-02-2011, 05:48 PM
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Immune Deficiency?
Cold hands with unheated steering wheel.
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If you can't get the factory option, consider Mr. Miyagi's technique.
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The heating system and seat heat come up so fast that it's tolerable to drive without the wheel heat, even on days when the car was sitting for 12 hours in single-digit temperatures (Fahrenheit).
Well alas, he won't have heated seats either. If he forgot CWP then I'm guessing he didn't order the stand-alone heated seats. I'd be more upset about the seats than the steering wheel.

EDIT: Whoops, my bad. If he got P2, he has heated seats. Nevermind .
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I'll grant that a heated wheel would be nice in the deep dark cold of winter and maybe even in summer when people like my common-in-law son have cold hands because of poor circulation. But for the rest of us if we can't or won't do Miyagi's technique may I suggest the BMW Lifestyle driving gloves? These pigskin wonders keep you from blistering your precious holders whether the wheel is -30 at the end of winter or 130+ from sitting in the sun on a summer day. Even if you have dry hands they will help you get a grip on things. Not that kind. Their buttery soft leather just seems to add to the luxury feel of the whole experience. I highly recommend. IMO bottom line was a part time fix (heated wheel) or a $45 year round solution.

P.S. In a pinch a good thin pair of properly fitted shooting gloves will work as well, and you can sill pick up a dime with either if need be.
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Well alas, he won't have heated seats either. If he forgot CWP then I'm guessing he didn't order the stand-alone heated seats. I'd be more upset about the seats than the steering wheel.

EDIT: Whoops, my bad. If he got P2, he has heated seats. Nevermind .
I have heated seats. I ordered M Sport, Premium 1 & 2, Smartphone Integration.
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I'll grant that a heated wheel would be nice in the deep dark cold of winter and maybe even in summer when people like my common-in-law son have cold hands because of poor circulation. But for the rest of us if we can't or won't do Miyagi's technique may I suggest the BMW Lifestyle driving gloves? These pigskin wonders keep you from blistering your precious holders whether the wheel is -30 at the end of winter or 130+ from sitting in the sun on a summer day. Even if you have dry hands they will help you get a grip on things. Not that kind. Their buttery soft leather just seems to add to the luxury feel of the whole experience. I highly recommend. IMO bottom line was a part time fix (heated wheel) or a $45 year round solution.

P.S. In a pinch a good thin pair of properly fitted shooting gloves will work as well, and you can sill pick up a dime with either if need be.
Thanks for the option.. there's just nothing like driving with your bare hands on the wheel.. gloves can't compare to the grip and feel of ones hands.
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Old 09-04-2011, 01:43 AM
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good luck, but i seriously doubt that they will be able to do it
heated steering wheel is a great feature, but i stick with 2011 and not get killed with significant price increase of 2012
i am sure in 2 weeks u will forget about it
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I think going to dealer and asking for retrofit isn't the best way. There are likely two viable options:
1) go to a high end custom shop and ask if they can figure out how to retrofit. They Will likely buy a BMW heated wheel and then create their own manual power timer switch to operate it so you don't need all the other circuitry that goes with it. Will seem normal to you. I know my custom shop has done this sort of thing before on Mercedes.
2) contact DCT motors pets and see if they can create one for with built in switch so you just need to plug and play. DCT typically makes you a new steering wheel out of a new or traded core, and you have to send in your old one. They can pretty much do anything you want. This may well be most cost effective path.
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Curious, if you could say what they are charging for the dealer trade and transport?
The vehicles we located have been sold so I'm searching or contemplating a 2012 order. On my 2010 535I they did not charge me extra for dealer trade which was about 2 hours away, but I had to live with miles on the car before delivery. The relationship between dealers can be good or bad, not all are willing to trade or give up cars in stock. They have typically given me $300-$500 over invoice (not dealer cost) - plus I get the Nav & Loyalty incentives on the 2011. The current search has been limited to the region so the trade cost was not a separate issue. I have a couple cars further out that I have asked him your exact question, but not sure. The further the dealer, the less cooperation on giving it up. I'm contemplate buying from the distant dealer and getting a one way, but I want to trade my 2010 and don't want the unknown of trade value a distant dealer would give me unknown before driving many hours.
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I think going to dealer and asking for retrofit isn't the best way. There are likely two viable options:
1) go to a high end custom shop and ask if they can figure out how to retrofit. They Will likely buy a BMW heated wheel and then create their own manual power timer switch to operate it so you don't need all the other circuitry that goes with it. Will seem normal to you. I know my custom shop has done this sort of thing before on Mercedes.
2) contact DCT motors pets and see if they can create one for with built in switch so you just need to plug and play. DCT typically makes you a new steering wheel out of a new or traded core, and you have to send in your old one. They can pretty much do anything you want. This may well be most cost effective path.
Thanks for the options. The price doesn't matter. I'd rather just drive to my dealership down the street and order a new wheel if possible, have them install it and be done. Ultimately, I would like the steering wheel to be exactly the same as if I ordered the M Sport w/ the CWP. The car is leased and I don't want a different wheel or have to deal with a custom set up where I have to press another button somewhere else on a gadget created to be retrofitted into my vehicle.
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Old 09-05-2011, 05:35 PM
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good luck, but i seriously doubt that they will be able to do it
heated steering wheel is a great feature, but i stick with 2011 and not get killed with significant price increase of 2012
i am sure in 2 weeks u will forget about it
I won't forget about it. I actually need it. Noted above regarding immune deficiency.. I am cold constantly.. hands, feet, body etc. whether it's 10 degrees or 100. The heating steering wheel is a must.
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