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Old 04-15-2011, 09:26 AM
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Peeling Steering Wheel Trim

I’ve read that the peeling of the steering wheel trim is an ongoing issue. I also have read that many have had them replaced under warranty. I unfortunately was not so lucky. SA states “normal wear and tear – not covered” and “most likely due to oils on my fingers.” Ridiculous for a high end car to have this issue and refuse to cover under warranty. I called BMW and they said they would investigate. All they did was call the SA who told them the same thing. BMW then told me that the SA is the end all and that no further action that can be taken. They suggested I try another dealership or talk the SA into changing their position. Really? Idiots.
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Old 04-15-2011, 09:28 AM
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Try another - mine were peeling and they replaced with the newer design - no thin rubber coating, just plastic...
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Old 04-15-2011, 02:50 PM
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edit: I agree that you should try another dealership. If you can get it under warranty that's the way to go. Only do what I suggested below if it's something extra you'd like to have.


I just came across this yesterday - http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E90-330...eels/ES205576/ - if you feel like spending about $70 for something special. Just a thought. It says it's for the Performance steering wheel, but I can't see any reason it wouldn't fit any sport steering wheel.
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Old 04-15-2011, 03:17 PM
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There DIY instructions on E90Post.Com. Buy a new one at Tischer BMW online.

You do have to remove airbag though, so dont mess that part up or you have a new nose and lips...
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Old 04-15-2011, 04:14 PM
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I'd advise trying another dealer also. It should be a warranty item.
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Old 04-15-2011, 04:16 PM
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I had mine replaced twice under warranty. Seriously call BMWNA 1-800-831-1117
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Old 06-11-2011, 07:05 PM
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Try another - mine were peeling and they replaced with the newer design - no thin rubber coating, just plastic...
Yep! I had the same problem and went to the dealership yesterday and they replaced it under warranty. No thin rubber coating. Looks great! Thanks for the tip.
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Old 06-13-2011, 09:53 AM
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Ditto for me. The dealer replaced the steering wheel and door pull trim under warranty.

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Old 04-13-2012, 07:10 PM
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FYI...I pulled my "peeling center" off earlier today, sanded it down, painted it flat black and 1hr later, voila ...it looks great (the smudges are just from installation, I forgot to wipe it down)
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Old 04-15-2012, 03:57 AM
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FYI...I pulled my "peeling center" off earlier today, sanded it down, painted it flat black and 1hr later, voila ...it looks great (the smudges are just from installation, I forgot to wipe it down)
Looks good gobbell.

What did you use to sand it? Have any recommendations on paint? Just flat black 'rattle-can'?

Thanks!
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Old 05-23-2012, 01:50 PM
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Sanding:
1. I started with a bristle sander attached to a drillpress. not too aggressive, just enough to remove the OEM crap.
2. Then sand with 220 & water, then 500 & water, then 1000 & water


Paint:
1. 2-3 coats of valspar rattle can paint for plastic. unfortunately, they only have gloss black. Thus the need for the next step.
2. Paint 2 coats of regular flat black rattle can (not for plastic) on top of the gloss to mute the tone to a matte.

I also did this on my wife's Infiniti and it looks awesome.

$10 in paint. One hour of time. Can't beat it!

By the way, on the 2006 330i, you DO NOT have to remove the airbag unit. You will have to be gentle with the plastic though.

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Old 05-23-2012, 02:27 PM
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Will this work on the other BMW steering wheels? Was just going to replace it but maybe I'll try this first.
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Old 05-23-2012, 02:34 PM
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why not...its just plastic.
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Old 05-23-2012, 03:09 PM
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Kinda think it might be a pain to sand between the bottom opening. Let alone attempt to paint. Might give it a try, always up for the challenge.... Battery is my number one issue right this minute.
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Old 05-23-2012, 08:30 PM
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Sanding:
1. I started with a bristle sander attached to a drillpress. not too aggressive, just enough to remove the OEM crap.
2. Then sand with 220 & water, then 500 & water, then 1000 & water


Paint:
1. 2-3 coats of valspar rattle can paint for plastic. unfortunately, they only have gloss black. Thus the need for the next step.
2. Paint 2 coats of regular flat black rattle can (not for plastic) on top of the gloss to mute the tone to a matte.

I also did this on my wife's Infiniti and it looks awesome.

$10 in paint. One hour of time. Can't beat it!

By the way, on the 2006 330i, you DO NOT have to remove the airbag unit. You will have to be gentle with the plastic though.
Sounds pretty easy. Does the center cover (horn button) just pop off when you pull it? I hate to force it until I've heard.

I find 3 screws in the back of the steering wheel for the piece I want to paint, are they #1 phillips? Torx?

Thanks again!
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Old 05-23-2012, 10:14 PM
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Old 05-24-2012, 05:31 PM
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I also went to my SA and he said that the peeling was not covered because it’s due to "normal wear and tear." The SA even brought out the manager (for show) who hardly gave it a glance and said, "He'd love to replace it, but he couldn't because it's not a warrantee item." The car is a 2007 CPO with only 35,000 miles.

Is it not be covered because the car is out of the manufacturer warrantee and it is only covered under CPO guidelines? Does this dealership (BMW Seattle) not really care because they didn't CPO the car and I didn't purchase the car from them?

It's really infuriating when others are getting the problem fixed!
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Old 05-25-2012, 10:17 AM
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Ok, after more research, I found how to remove the airbag cover, the little slots aren't where I thought they would be, so I took a picture, and shamelessly stole a pic from a poster named bavarian19 and marked it up to try and help out.

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stolen from bavarian19 and added some verbiage


After removing the wheel cover, I just used some extra-fine steel wool, and rubbed off the remaining paint(wet sanding in the sink). Now it's all uniform, and I'm not sure if I'll paint it, or leave it raw. Below are before/after pics. I'm pretty satisfied for now, but I did have to invest $3 USD in steel wool!

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Hope this helps!
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Old 05-25-2012, 10:31 AM
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Nice of you to post those detailed photos, one way or the other.
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Old 05-25-2012, 10:50 AM
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Awesome pictures! I now know what must be done if the dealership won’t take care of me. It doesn't look too hard. A possible airbag in the face was going to keep me from doing it myself, but those pictures have given me some confidence to give it a try.

How close is the color of the post steel wool plastic piece when compared to the door handle plastic (which I believe is the same peeling crap as the steering wheel)? Thank you so much!
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Old 05-25-2012, 01:42 PM
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They,replaced my,plastic wheel with a brand new leather wheel. No questions asked. Under warranty. And my SA. Threw in new Matt's said mine were a little worn.
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Old 05-25-2012, 02:39 PM
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Awesome pictures! I now know what must be done if the dealership won't take care of me. It doesn't look too hard. A possible airbag in the face was going to keep me from doing it myself, but those pictures have given me some confidence to give it a try.
One would think exposing customers to the risk of serious injury doing it themselves would be sufficient additional incentive, if BMW otherwise decided not to step up and cover the replacement of the defective part.

Anyway, hope all y'all who are going to DIY disconnect the negative battery cable first.
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Old 05-25-2012, 03:35 PM
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One would think exposing customers to the risk of serious injury doing it themselves would be sufficient additional incentive, if BMW otherwise decided not to step up and cover the replacement of the defective part.

Anyway, hope all y'all who are going to DIY disconnect the negative battery cable first.
I was going to say that too. You can also let the car go into sleep mode. Otherwise I'm pretty sure you'll get an airbag warning after you put things back together.
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Old 05-25-2012, 04:52 PM
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They,replaced my,plastic wheel with a brand new leather wheel. No questions asked. Under warranty. And my SA. Threw in new Matt's said mine were a little worn.
Matt is my SA's name too.
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