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The sixth generation 3 series, chassis code F30. 2013 model year 328i and 335i sedans now in production. Read the F30 frequently asked question thread for all your basic question and dive into all the details in the ultimate F30 information thread.

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Old 03-29-2013, 06:35 PM
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sport vs m-sport (steering wheels)

I understand there are different opinions on these. Some like one, some like the other. For those who tried both, what are the advantages/disadvantages of each?

Hypothetically speaking, if I was able to hypothetically get an M-sport wheel on a regular sport car, after hypothetically paying an extra ~$650, would this hypothetically be worth it?
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Old 03-29-2013, 06:50 PM
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The feel is different, softer leather on the M sport. The M Sport also has better gauge visibility.

I have seen more and more pop up on eBay Uk.
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Old 03-29-2013, 06:57 PM
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The M Sport also has better gauge visibility.
Oh snap. That's something I never thought of. Great tip!

So do you think it's worth extra money over the regular sport?
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Old 03-29-2013, 07:00 PM
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Oh snap. That's something I never thought of. Great tip!

So do you think it's worth extra money over the regular sport?
Touch points like pedals, shift knob, ebrake, and steering wheel are a big deal to me.

Go to the dealer and sample for yourself.

I have paid $400 for a Momo wheel before and my e36/7 has a German Raid airbag wheel that people paid $1400 for. So yeah, 500-700 for the MSport is worth it to me.
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Old 03-29-2013, 07:57 PM
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Thx man...love your posts...always very informative.

I'd love to see some other opinions on this too though.
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Old 03-29-2013, 08:19 PM
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You can also get the M Sport steering wheel on a Sport line vehicle for free if you have your dealer modify one of its existing order for an M Sport. There is a glitch in the BMW system that allows this to happen. In fact, if you build your own M Sport on the BMW website, and then switch it to a Sport line in the "available in other lines" section at the bottom of the build page, you will see that the M Sport steering wheel remains on the car after the change.
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Old 03-29-2013, 08:26 PM
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Hmmm...that is actually the reason I asked.

When ordering the car, I asked my CA about the glitch, and he told me that sure, I can get the M wheel, but it would cost me an extra $620-something, which is apparently the invoice cost for the wheel. Said it couldn't be done for free. Is that not true?
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Old 03-29-2013, 08:34 PM
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Hmmm...that is actually the reason I asked.

When ordering the car, I asked my CA about the glitch, and he told me that sure, I can get the M wheel, but it would cost me an extra $620-something, which is apparently the invoice cost for the wheel. Said it couldn't be done for free. Is that not true?
Yeah, some people get it. See this thread. My understanding is that the dealer has to have an M Sport on order and change it to a Sport Line before it goes into production.

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There's also the M Performance wheel. I wonder if the Alcantara would make your hands sweat?

I check every so often to see if they offer a wheel with the media controls and the cruise control buttons switched to opposite sides...
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I check every so often to see if they offer a wheel with the media controls and the cruise control buttons switched to opposite sides...
I'm surprised they don't, considering how many people mention that.
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imo, the m-sport steering wheel inspires me during hard cornering
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Old 03-30-2013, 07:58 AM
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There's also the M Performance wheel. I wonder if the Alcantara would make your hands sweat?

I check every so often to see if they offer a wheel with the media controls and the cruise control buttons switched to opposite sides...
Its just a Sport wheel rewrapped in alcantara.
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I prefer the M Sport steering wheel, but not enough to have ordered an M Sport instead of Sport line, and not enough to lose any sleep over it...
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Old 03-30-2013, 08:52 AM
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There's also the M Performance wheel. I wonder if the Alcantara would make your hands sweat?

I check every so often to see if they offer a wheel with the media controls and the cruise control buttons switched to opposite sides...
I would get the Alcantara wheel but that stuff has the same effect on me as chalk on a board, it just makes me cringe. Don't know why, but the feel is absolutely atrocious to me...
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Old 03-30-2013, 10:29 AM
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not enough to have ordered an M Sport instead of Sport line
That's the thing, apparently you may not have to. Can swap the wheels for about $600 extra. I think I've pretty much decided on that, and if it ends up happening and isn't just a myth, I will report back.
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That's the thing, apparently you may not have to. Can swap the wheels for about $600 extra. I think I've pretty much decided on that, and if it ends up happening and isn't just a myth, I will report back.
I probably would have spent the extra $600 had I known about that. Won't lose any sleep over this, but I probably would have opted for it.
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its probably more than 600...
the msport airbag is 1050 list.. the sport airbag doesnt transfer over. make sure the 600 isnt just the cost of the wheel. it lists for 702 by itself
i have a feeling your CA is quoting the price for the bare wheel as a dealer installed accessory and not accounting for the airbag module or the recoding needed. or he's quoting your for the M performance wheel, which takes the same airbag but looks very different.
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Hmm ok I'll have to clarify that.

The code# for the m wheel is "710", right?
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Its just a Sport wheel rewrapped in alcantara.
With a flat bottom and a "this end up" band around the top. Too sporty for my taste - not sure how I'd deal with the non-uniform wheel, but I was wondering how the alcantara felt.
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With a flat bottom and a "this end up" band around the top. Too sporty for my taste - not sure how I'd deal with the non-uniform wheel, but I was wondering how the alcantara felt.
Yep, but it's still largely a Sport wheel. To spend $$$ on a modified Sport wheel makes less sense than just getting an M-Sport wheel.
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I prefer the M Sport steering wheel, but not enough to have ordered an M Sport instead of Sport line, and not enough to lose any sleep over it...
i personally love my m-sport wheel, but yeah definitely a hard price to justify.

they really should just make the m-sport wheel the wheel for all sport lines, or maybe do away with sport line completely and just make m-sport sport.

makes no sense.

on the 320i you get the m-sport wheel if you get the sport pack (just steering wheel and suspension, sport seats and 18" rims, probably the best options package value available on any 3 series) , but on the 328 / 335 you have to buy the full m-sport package.

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I like the M Sport wheel that came on my car, but given the choice (I'd take the $600). It's a great size, and well cushioned, but you lose some room for steering wheel controls. If you have the heads up display- you don't look at the dash controls much.
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Yep, but it's still largely a Sport wheel. To spend $$$ on a modified Sport wheel makes less sense than just getting an M-Sport wheel.
I think the only wheel that would be worth $$$ to me is one that offers media controls on the left, but I don't see that happening.
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i personally love my m-sport wheel, but yeah definitely a hard price to justify.

they really should just make the m-sport wheel the wheel for all sport lines, or maybe do away with sport line completely and just make m-sport sport.

makes no sense.

on the 320i you get the m-sport wheel if you get the sport pack (just steering wheel and suspension, sport seats and 18" rims, probably the best options package value available on any 3 series) , but on the 328 / 335 you have to buy the full m-sport package.
Some of us like the sport line better than the M sport, but I do agree that it makes no sense that the M sport wheel is part of the 320 sport package, but not part of the sport line for the 328 & 335.
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"There's also the M Performance wheel. I wonder if the Alcantara would make your hands sweat?"

I have this on my 2005 E46 convertible, the rough Alcantra doesn't last long maybe a couple of years. After that, It's just a smooth leather wheel with more padding. I still like the wheel, I even tried lightly sanding it to bring back the texture, but that didn't last. Mine has all the controls that came in 2005 with the M Package.
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