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Old 12-06-2014, 09:32 PM
grboggs grboggs is offline
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Steering wheel

I have never had so much trouble adjusting the steering wheel up and down , in and out trying to find a comfortable position. What is with this steering wheel? If I get the wheel in a good position to drive I can't see half the gauges, move the seat down and I feel I'm sitting to low in the car. Driving me crazy!! And I hate the looks of the steering wheel, the M sport wheel is really nice looking but so expensive to swap out. I'll just keep adjusting, maybe I'll find a sweet spot.
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Old 12-06-2014, 09:42 PM
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I have never had so much trouble adjusting the steering wheel up and down , in and out trying to find a comfortable position. What is with this steering wheel? If I get the wheel in a good position to drive I can't see half the gauges, move the seat down and I feel I'm sitting to low in the car. Driving me crazy!! And I hate the looks of the steering wheel, the M sport wheel is really nice looking but so expensive to swap out. I'll just keep adjusting, maybe I'll find a sweet spot.
Have the M-Sport steering wheel...same issue. Really weird this thing, seems like an oversight on BMW's part OR we are all adjusting our seats incorrectly.

I followed the method taught in BMW M Driving School:

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Old 12-06-2014, 09:52 PM
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Recently I've read a couple of threads where people are saying the wheel blocks their view. I'm on the short side, my seat is up kind of far. The wheel position is low, almost all the way down. I've moved things around, looked from different angles, I don't see how the wheel can block the view, unless you really tall guys might be sitting up too high? Not sure.
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Old 09-24-2015, 02:07 PM
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I am with grboggs....I have had my car for 8 months and I am still struggling to find the "right" position. I just feel awkward my car when it comes to my seat and hands-steering wheel alignment. Just the damndest thing. I have looked at all the proper seating guides, and those have been of modest help at best. Th best advice j have gotten was from the BMW Genius at my local dealership. Although not ideal, those guys did help me find the best position yet.
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Old 09-24-2015, 02:15 PM
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Get the heads up display, problem solved.
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Old 09-25-2015, 11:49 AM
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Actually, my problem is not with seeing the gauges (I.e heads up display solution), but more about getting that "perfect" alignment where your hands and arms don't get tired from holding the wheel. Also, the pathetic thin steering wheel doesn't help matters..but as others have stated..I am not paying $2k to fix that problem (new steering wheel, airbag, install).
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Old 10-16-2015, 05:01 PM
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So interesting thing. My Service Advisor told me that if I were to upgrade my steering wheel to the M Sport steering wheel that fits the 2013 528, I will loose the heated steering wheel function I had with my current standard wheel. Just seems odd to me that the "premium" wheel would not be heated. Has anyone else heard the same thing?
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Old 10-16-2015, 09:05 PM
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Wrong info about the heat. I have a 2013 535 MSport with the M Wheel and it has heat. HUD is definitely nice too.
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Old 10-16-2015, 09:32 PM
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Thanks for the tip drlarryg. Seems like whenever I ask someone at a dealership service or parts dept about this is never the answer I need / want. With HUD, I rarely use it, but nice to know its there
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Old 10-16-2015, 10:02 PM
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I sit at the lowest setting and have the wheel at the highest setting. Just right.
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Old 10-17-2015, 09:17 AM
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Sounds like maybe he's going on old intel. Go back aways and the sport wheels didn't have heat. My 2015 M Sport has heated wheel also. A change I appreciate unlike others they've made.

Before leaping you might want to verify that he's not talking about the car not supporting it if it wasn't built with it. Maybe extra wiring needed even if the wheel would normally support it.


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Old 10-17-2015, 12:59 PM
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Here you go LGATL. 2013 MSport wheel w heat button.Click image for larger version

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Old 10-17-2015, 06:42 PM
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So interesting thing. My Service Advisor told me that if I were to upgrade my steering wheel to the M Sport steering wheel that fits the 2013 528, I will loose the heated steering wheel function I had with my current standard wheel. Just seems odd to me that the "premium" wheel would not be heated. Has anyone else heard the same thing?
Your advisor was most likely referring to the steering wheel from the M Performance Parts lineup. You can check that stuff online: http://www.shopbmwusa.com/PERFORMANC...MANCE/STEERING

These are alcantara steering wheels and yes you will lose heating if you choose to upgrade to that wheel. These are NOT the same steering wheels that M-Sport package on a stock 528/535/550 gets you. Stock M-Sport F10 wheel is leather not alcantara and has the heating option.

You need to specifically ask your dealer if they could get you the same leather steering wheel that comes with the M-Sport package NOT the alcantara steering wheel that's listed in the M Performance Parts catalog. No idea if its even possible to get that wheel directly from BMW (you can prolly get it from a different source though) but that's where the confusion stems from.
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Old 10-17-2015, 10:56 PM
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No issue with my LCI M sport wheel. What people are describing as a problem was something I learned to live with in the E60 but the LCI F10 is fine.
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