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The sixth generation of the BMW 5 Series Sedan (F10) was produced from 2011 - 2016 with LCI updates arriving in 2014. In the US BMW offered a hatchback 5 Series Gran Truismo (F07) and the rest of the world also go a Station Wagon/Touring version F11.

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Old 12-12-2014, 10:44 AM
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Heated Steering Wheel not very warm

Purchased a 2014 528I this summer with the cold weather package. Started using the heated steering wheel, however, it does not get very warm. What should I expect? I cannot even feel the heat if I wear a thin pair of gloves. Appreciate feedback from others who have one.
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Old 12-12-2014, 10:45 AM
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same here, compared to my other car. but the seat heaters are very hot.
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Old 12-12-2014, 10:50 AM
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Agreed, the heated seats can get very warm
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Old 12-12-2014, 11:22 AM
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I don't think I would want mine any warmer than it gets, but then I'm not wearing gloves. It was 25 here this morning and both the steering wheel and seats were warm and cozy.
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Old 12-12-2014, 11:42 AM
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Thanks, mine is hardly noticeable without gloves. Sounds like I need to bring it into BMW to be checked.
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Old 12-12-2014, 12:02 PM
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The whole idea of heated steering wheel is that you don't need to wear gloves. I would say if you cannot feel the heat without the gloves, then you have a problem.
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Old 12-12-2014, 12:10 PM
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The whole idea of heated steering wheel is that you don't need to wear gloves. I would say if you cannot feel the heat without the gloves, then you have a problem.
+1.

My steering wheel gets warm and I don't even need to see the light and know that it's on. I don't wear gloves when I am driving though. It's not Lava-hot like the seats on high, but since there's only one setting I wouldn't want it that hot anyway.
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Old 12-12-2014, 01:12 PM
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Purchased a 2014 528I this summer with the cold weather package. Started using the heated steering wheel, however, it does not get very warm. What should I expect? I cannot even feel the heat if I wear a thin pair of gloves. Appreciate feedback from others who have one.

Mine get very warm , and I have to turn it off , and it seams that as the car warms up it cools down . Thermostat kicks in ?

The drivers seat heating element has been replaced twice , the shelf only stays very warm / hot on the 3rd and 2nd settings , on

the lowest setting then it goes cold -

The passenger seat front shelf stays on , on all 3 settings warm , very warm , hot .

It's possible that the steering wheel , the seats and the STOP / GO gas saving mode , A/C default switch are all tied to the same

thermostat . I think this because of the way they all function / or turn themselves {A/C} off as the temperature drops .

BMW is constantly up-dating the computers on the i drive , so it's worth a check to see if there is an up-date to correct this .
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Old 12-12-2014, 01:18 PM
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With mine I can feel the heat within 15 seconds or so, and it gets uncomfortably warm after a few minutes. I don't leave it on once the steering wheel has reached body temperature.
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Old 12-12-2014, 08:35 PM
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mine gets quite warm, but it takes a few minutes to feel it
I usually turn it off

seat heat is great; some had said it wasn't as good as in the past, but I think it is as good as my E93
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Old 12-12-2014, 09:10 PM
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Another vote for the steering wheel heat is definitely felt. As others said, with 1 setting, I think it's about perfect. I feel it heat within about 30 seconds, takes maybe 1.5 minutes to reach full temp. I too usually turn it off once it warms up -- the wheel cools a bit but never gets as cold as it was sitting for hours. Sounds like the OP has a problem that needs checking.

Oh, one more thing. I haven't proven this or anything, but I wonder if the amount of heat is related to outside, or cabin temp. Reason is, I've sometimes thought the wheel seemed warmer when it was very cold -- maybe my hands are just colder and the wheel feels warmer.
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I can feel the heat in my F10, but in this car the heat isn't as noticeable as my previous F10 (regular Sport, not M-Sport).

And my E60...in the words of Alicia Keys...that steering wheel was on fire...
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Doesn't get cold enough in Oklahoma for me to need the heated steering wheel, but I've used it a couple times to see what it was like when the weather got cold enough. I would describe mine as warm, but spotty. Maybe if I left it on longer the heat would have spread across the entire steering wheel, but I was basically only able to feel it in certain spots.

The heated seats on the other hand, wow, good thing I can change the distribution of the heat in iDrive. I don't need my butt to get that hot!
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Doesn't get cold enough in Oklahoma for me to need the heated steering wheel, but I've used it a couple times to see what it was like when the weather got cold enough. I would describe mine as warm, but spotty. Maybe if I left it on longer the heat would have spread across the entire steering wheel, but I was basically only able to feel it in certain spots.

The heated seats on the other hand, wow, good thing I can change the distribution of the heat in iDrive. I don't need my butt to get that hot!
I have the standard steering wheel (unfortunately, not the Sport wheel), and it pretty much gets the same warmth all around. However, there is no heating other than the rim itself, so when your hands touch other areas, like where the spokes meet the rim, you still feel coldness. I don't think this is really a fault, but the difference in temperature at those points is very noticeable. Otherwise, I find the temperature is pretty much the same across the surface. I actually wouldn't want the wheel to get hotter than it does.

For the seats, and I learned this with my first '11 535i, the seats work differently from my previous '05 and '08 3-series. That is, they heat up unbelievably fast, compared to most other cars, but they give the initial impression that they're going to roast you, even on the lowest setting. I think this is more like a "preheat" function. After a few minutes, the temperature reduces to a lower, more constant level. When it's really cold here (like 20's), I start the seat on level 2 just until I feel a little heat, then back down to 1.
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The heated seats on the other hand, wow, good thing I can change the distribution of the heat in iDrive. I don't need my butt to get that hot!
I didn't realize the heat could be redistributed. I just played with mine and now it's more to my liking.

This car has lots of surprises.
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Old 12-13-2014, 04:29 PM
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I actually like how warm the seats can get. It keeps my lower back comfortable
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I didn't realize the heat could be redistributed. I just played with mine and now it's more to my liking.

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Where are the heat distribution controls? Thanks
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Where are the heat distribution controls? Thanks

You go to iDrive, climate, Seat Heating? Then you can adjust what proportion to both the back and seat.
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you go to idrive, climate, seat heating? Then you can adjust what proportion to both the back and seat.
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You go to iDrive, climate, Seat Heating? Then you can adjust what proportion to both the back and seat.
This has been discussed before. My '14 535i (and '11) with standard seats does not have this feature. I think it might only be on the 550i with the Executive package, or some other item that also provides the extra distribution capability.
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This has been discussed before. My '14 535i (and '11) with standard seats does not have this feature. I think it might only be on the 550i with the Executive package, or some other item that also provides the extra distribution capability.
My '11 535i M Sport has this feature.
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This has been discussed before. My '14 535i (and '11) with standard seats does not have this feature. I think it might only be on the 550i with the Executive package, or some other item that also provides the extra distribution capability.
Must be a LCI multi-contour seat feature, my 15 with MC seats has it, but my 12 with MC did not. My bad back thank you for pointing this wonderful feature out to me.
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Must be a LCI multi-contour seat feature, my 15 with MC seats has it, but my 12 with MC did not. My bad back thank you for pointing this wonderful feature out to me.
My '14 LCI 535ix has Multi-Contour seats, and the seat-to-back heat ratio is adjustable in iDrive. So yes, the feature appears to be tied to MC seats (at least in later models).
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Old 12-15-2014, 10:28 AM
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I have also noticed that the heat on the steering wheel of my '14 535d is not as strong as it was on my '11 535i. It took much longer to warm up, then didn't get as warm.
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My '11 535i M Sport has this feature.
As does my '11 550 non-M Sport. It may be either a Premium package or Convenience package feature (at least for MY11), I have those two.

On a side note, the title of this thread could win a 'First World Problem' award if those were given out
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