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Old 03-11-2011, 12:57 PM
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How is the standard steering wheel feel / look compared to the sport. I've heard that the standard wheel is too thin??, but having to change the wheel means having to add the whole sports package. I havent had a chance to test drive the vehicle yet, will this weekend. Any steering wheel feedback will be great!
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Old 03-11-2011, 01:15 PM
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The sport steering wheel feels great.
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Old 03-11-2011, 01:16 PM
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Get the sport wheel!
It is one of the extras I enjoy every day!
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Old 03-11-2011, 01:17 PM
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Loved the sport steering wheel. One of the reasons I had to get the sport option.
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Old 03-11-2011, 02:06 PM
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Both are nicely wrapped in leather. BMW is really known for this and their seats in terms of interior. The sport package steering wheel is a bit meatier and has extensions at 10 and 2 o'clock and has some nice brushed aluminum accents as well as looking a bit more streamlined. There is a third wheel, which is the M-Sport wheel which is even fatter than the sport wheel, in my opinion too fat for average user, but fine if you are a knuckle dragger like me. I think the sport wheel is the best balance of form and function of the three.
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Old 03-11-2011, 02:59 PM
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I have only two regrets with my car: NOT ordering the sport steering wheel and the anthracite headliner.
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Totally personal preference. No one can tell you which one is better.

Having said that, there is absolutely no way I would have purchased this car without the sport wheel. Number one, I have big hands and the regular wheel is too thin for me. Second, I'm not sure if the airbag hub is smaller on the sport wheel, but with the standard wheel, it seemed larger and more obtrusive, as TJ Park said. The wheel actually behind the airbag hub a bit and with the stock wheel, to me, it felt strange.
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Old 03-11-2011, 05:05 PM
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I have the m-sport package and love the thicker steering wheel. When I drove a loaner for a day, I found the standard wheel too thin for my taste.
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Old 03-11-2011, 05:32 PM
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Sport steering. Trust us. It's a no brainer
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Has anyone replaced the stock steering wheel with a sport version? I have a 2013 528, and I agree the stock wheel is very thin and feels weird in your hands and not very comfortable to hold on longer drives. Trying to figure out if this is a worthwhile upgrade, the cost of doing so, and ultimately...is it worth it?
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Old 04-14-2015, 08:33 AM
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I don't know the exact cost of the upgrade but I would never get the stock steering wheel after feeling the difference from a loaner to my sport version (2nd pic in op).
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Old 04-14-2015, 09:38 AM
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I don't know the exact cost of the upgrade but I would never get the stock steering wheel after feeling the difference from a loaner to my sport version (2nd pic in op).
And M-Sport even thicker - 2011-13 looked the same as sport but with matte/black out chrome; 2014+ has the universal sport wheel with round center airbag cover.

On the new M wheel, I highly dislike it since the sides are cut lower and it's uncomfortable to use paddles on NON-M cars (i.e. 535i M-sport VERSUS M5). On M cars, the paddles are longer and it works fine.

BMW didn't think this through...
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Old 04-14-2015, 10:07 AM
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Thanks for the feedback guys. I am pretty sure changing the wheel will be a much needed improvement, but have the feeling this could be $1000 job when purchased/ installed. My prior W212 MB E-Class had the perfect steering wheel, but awful seats (5'ers are much better). Guess you get the good with the bad.
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Old 04-14-2015, 10:52 AM
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How is the standard steering wheel feel / look compared to the sport. I've heard that the standard wheel is too thin??, but having to change the wheel means having to add the whole sports package. I havent had a chance to test drive the vehicle yet, will this weekend. Any steering wheel feedback will be great!
I had the standard steering wheel on my 2012 and the sport on my current 2015. As expected, the sport steering wheel feels better, its a bit thinker and the palm grip is a bit more comfortable. The leather feels much better in the sport steering wheel, don't quote me on this, but I think the sport wheel is smaller in diameter as well.
If you are looking at a 2015, then it will come with the sport steering wheel no matter what trim you buy, this is new for the model year 2015. The other option is the MSport wheel which come with the MSport package. The MSport wheel is even thicker and has a differenct design. Personally, I prefer the look and feel of the sport steering wheel better than the MSport. Below is a picture of the MSport wheel.

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Old 04-14-2015, 10:54 AM
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Lgatl, did you go for Tue upgrade? I have a 2013 528 as well and would like to get the sport steering wheel...please advise or share experiences if you went ahead with the upgrade...
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Old 04-14-2015, 11:13 AM
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I had the standard steering wheel on my 2012 and the sport on my current 2015. As expected, the sport steering wheel feels better, its a bit thinker and the palm grip is a bit more comfortable. The leather feels much better in the sport steering wheel, don't quote me on this, but I think the sport wheel is smaller in diameter as well.
If you are looking at a 2015, then it will come with the sport steering wheel no matter what trim you buy, this is new for the model year 2015. The other option is the MSport wheel which come with the MSport package. The MSport wheel is even thicker and has a differenct design. Personally, I prefer the look and feel of the sport steering wheel better than the MSport. Below is a picture of the MSport wheel.

What is pictured in the above post is the M wheel -- not the M Sport wheel. The M Sport wheel does not have the tri-colour stitching and is solid in the "arm" going from the centre to the bottom. I have the M Sport wheel, and it is a fine wheel, but not nearly as nice as the M wheel!
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Old 04-14-2015, 11:31 AM
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What is pictured in the above post is the M wheel -- not the M Sport wheel. The M Sport wheel does not have the tri-colour stitching and is solid in the "arm" going from the centre to the bottom. I have the M Sport wheel, and it is a fine wheel, but not nearly as nice as the M wheel!
I stand corrected, here is the MSport wheel:


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@Headup....no, I have not done the steering wheel upgrade yet. I was actually trying to do some research here on the Fest to get an idea of what I would be looking at in terms of expense, and what the user feel experience was after the replacement.
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@Headup....no, I have not done the steering wheel upgrade yet. I was actually trying to do some research here on the Fest to get an idea of what I would be looking at in terms of expense, and what the user feel experience was after the replacement.
I was seriously thinking of upgrading until I saw the price...... Around $700!!! YIKES)!!!!!!!
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Old 04-14-2015, 05:35 PM
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@Ezaircon4jc......where did you get the price of $700 (dealer, e-bay)? Was that the cost of the part + installation? Since my car is still under warranty, I am going to have to go the dealer route if I do so.
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@Ezaircon4jc......where did you get the price of $700 (dealer, e-bay)? Was that the cost of the part + installation? Since my car is still under warranty, I am going to have to go the dealer route if I do so.
Both...... Just the wheel. Some of the "M" wheels were well over a grand!!!!!!!
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Whenever I have a loaner with the standard wheel, my hands start aching after using it for 15 minutes because of how thin it is. And my hands are small.

I think the standard wheel is just not a good wheel for a car of this level of luxury. It is so basic and not comfortable.
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Old 04-15-2015, 05:53 AM
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Remember, its not just the steering wheel, you have to change the air bag too. The last time I price out a sport wheel, parts and labor not from dealer, it was somewhere in the vicinity of $1400.
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Old 04-18-2015, 06:14 PM
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I have the standard wheel and am thinking about upgrading. That '15 sport wheel looks nice
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Old 04-18-2015, 07:37 PM
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@Headup....no, I have not done the steering wheel upgrade yet. I was actually trying to do some research here on the Fest to get an idea of what I would be looking at in terms of expense, and what the user feel experience was after the replacement.
Oh ok...I'm doing pretty much the same thing...there is one post down below that makes a valid point about needing an airbag as well ...and the cost then is close to $1400! Yikes !! At that point I am seriously reconsidering it...

I have a standard wheel which I like fine because that's what I have had since day 1 I guess, but whenever I have had a loaner, they have had sport steering wheels and it has made me go ''MMMMM...delicious' ..every single time...the feel in the sport wheel is simply superior...no questions asked...so if you are debating on the feel of the wheel...I can tell you to have no doubt that the feel is better in the sport wheel...

One question I do have is that I have a heated steering wheel right now, so I would need...a HEATED steering wheel and airbag.....
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