Martin, thanks for the tip on getbmwparts.com. I'll check them out.
The bmw parts person mentioned something about reprogramming the control unit and mentioned that the labor on just that should take about $400 -- not sure what that is about and whether that is really required.
btw... I have never had the opportunity to see the M sport steering wheel in person, but I saw the leather M steering wheel that comes with the 135i -- it seemed so awesome-- it was small and thick and very stylish, with part perforated leather.
Will it be possible to fit that 135i steering wheel (along with its airbag) into a F30 without issues?