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      11-27-2012, 12:29 PM   #23
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That's how I see it.

BTW, does anyone actually wear out the leather steering wheel? If so, how long a period of time/mileage? My last BMW at 6+years and 55k miles, the sport steering wheel was still just like new.

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      11-28-2012, 11:35 AM   #24
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So I have the Sport Line 335i without heated wheel and would like to replace it with the M Sport steering wheel. When I was messing around on the BMW website, it estimated the labor alone at $1100 for parts and labor, plus taxes. Of course, the website doesn't take into account that on the Sport Line it should be a direct replacement (i.e. no airbag module or button).

Has anyone done it themselves or know of a resource so I can see what is involved? I can handle a wrench pretty well but don't want to mess up an airbag or set off fault codes.
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Don't cover it -- no need to. I have a 2000 E46 and the steering wheel looks as good as when it was new. As others have said, clean it regularly using established leather care products and you'll be fine. As for covering other things, that is purely personal preference and TMI from some of you!
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      11-28-2012, 01:16 PM   #26
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All I can think of now is my mother in law with the plastic seat covers still on her couch.
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      11-28-2012, 04:59 PM   #27
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Call me an anal bastard when it comes to keeping my new M Steering Wheel from getting dirty or worn out.

I ordered the 13' M Sport and I want to find a steering wheel cover that wont f*** the wheel up with an indention because it's too tight.

Any recommendations for a good wheel cover?
Funny. I saw a friends steering wheel rip and blow up like a Ball Park Frank years ago.

He concluded that this was due to eczema on his hands---he perpetually used a lot of medicated lotion to protect his hands.

Apparently, these lotions have acid in them to help exfoliate the dead skin cells. Acid and stitched leather do not a mix make.
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Go to Walmart. İn the automotive section you can find colorful steering wheel covers. While you are there you should also pick up matching sheepskin seat covers which will keep your seat clean and warm.
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Funny. I saw a friends steering wheel rip and blow up like a Ball Park Frank years ago.

He concluded that this was due to eczema on his hands---he perpetually used a lot of medicated lotion to protect his hands.

Apparently, these lotions have acid in them to help exfoliate the dead skin cells. Acid and stitched leather do not a mix make.
Hand lotions are extremely nasty to everything.

I'm a product designer and hand lotions will eat through paint, plastic, and just about anything with prolonged exposure. I actually burned a nice mark into the door of my wife's Nissan from the Sunscreen I had on my arm after going to the beach.

If you ever look at a woman's cell phone that has soft touch paint on it you'll probably see it's half eaten away. It will even creep through solid plastic and cause it to stress crack after enough time.

So don't let women in your car unless they're in a body bag...wait that came out wrong.
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      11-29-2012, 08:46 PM   #31
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Thought it was just me but I hate that shine that comes with leather wear, especially the wheel. I see cars less than 2 years old with 'shiny' wheels.

Don't cover it, wearing gloves would be the best option, otherwise wash your hands of oils before touching it, wipe it down with damp cloth weekly, minimize touching the wheel when driving.
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I obsessed over my M-Sport and M3 wheel in my e92, it was life altering. I would wash my hands, without fail, before getting in my car every single time. Still after a few months the leather developed a slight shine to it. I had a few cleaners I would use that made the leather appear dull again, but the shine would always come back after a few drives.

I think the only way to keep it look powder dull like it is when its new, is to drive with a pair of knit gloves. I think even leather gloves would create enough friction to remove some of the matte clear coat applied to the leather.

Another technique I use is not sliding my hands on the wheel when turning. I would either grip the wheel firmly, or not at all-no letting the wheel slide underneath my hands ever. This started when I got an alcantara wheel, and after 3 years the wheel still looks immaculate.

So to sum it up:
•Always wash hands
•If needed, use knit gloves
•Never let the wheel slide underneath your hands
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Also be aware of type of soap you use to wash, as many contain moisturizer to put more oil back on your hand than what you started with.
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OP: When you look back after several years and XX,000 miles of driving and ownership, which would you rather remember:

-- How well you took care of the steering wheel?
-- How much fun you had driving the car like a bat out of H-E-Double-Hockey-Sticks?

Just drive the car and enjoy it.
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minimize touching the wheel when driving.
This plays out well in my head

"Sorry officer I lost control of the car, I didn't want to get the wheel greasy and then that truck pulled in front of me".



Or in the middle of summer

"No officer, these are my racing mittens"

They make leather care products, there is no "magic coating" applied to leather. It's not soft touch paint that's going to delaminate over time.

Leather wears due to oils, and pressure. Pressure flattens out the texture of the leather, and the dead skin from your hands will fill up the nooks and crannies to make it seem smooth. There are plenty of leather care products that you can use once a week/month/3 months that will keep your wheel looking fine.

I have OCD, and you people make me feel normal. Jesus I can't bear the thought of what happens when you get your first door ding.
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I have OCD, and you people make me feel normal.
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      11-30-2012, 06:50 PM   #37
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i usually put me left elbow on the door sill(top near the wondow) and put the wheel between the left middle and left index finger. if that makes sense
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i usually put me left elbow on the door sill(top near the wondow) and put the wheel between the left middle and left index finger. if that makes sense
Sure, if you do not plan to turn.

I've had track students like this - not wanting to actually hold the steering wheel in both hands and truly control the car.

A steering wheel is a tool, not a decorative object.
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Sure, if you do not plan to turn.

I've had track students like this - not wanting to actually hold the steering wheel in both hands and truly control the car.

A steering wheel is a tool, not a decorative object.
have you ever been to south florida?
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have you ever been to south florida?
Yes, more often than I would prefer and, unfortunately, I usually need to travel there in the summer.

Drive the way you want to. I, for one, will however not be sharing your steering . . . "technique."

Come to think of it, I now have yet another reason to avoid south Florida roads . . .
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