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      09-02-2010, 11:47 AM   #1
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Steering Wheel Too Thick?

Anyone feel the steering wheel on the M3 is too thick? My wife test drove one with me a few weeks ago and complained that she couldn't comfortably hold the wheel. Anyone else have this complaint? And is it possible to make the wheel thinner by taking out some of the padding?
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      09-02-2010, 11:51 AM   #2
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Anyone feel the steering wheel on the M3 is too thick? My wife test drove one with me a few weeks ago and complained that she couldn't comfortably hold the wheel. Anyone else have this complaint? And is it possible to make the wheel thinner by taking out some of the padding?
Are you kidding me? this is actually one of my favorite features in the M3. I have been driving for 22 years and usually keep left hand on steering wheel (used to be a manual shift guy) but this M3 is the first car in 22 years that entices me to hold the wheel as it should be held (2&10) not just because of the shift paddles but because I love the feeling of the wheel
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      09-02-2010, 11:51 AM   #3
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it is perfect IMO. Some people do complain about it, but I love it. One of my favorite things about driving the car.
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crazy for asking this question.
I <3 it
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      09-02-2010, 11:53 AM   #5
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My wife test drove one with me a few weeks ago and complained that she couldn't comfortably hold the wheel.
Are you buying the M3 for your wife? That's really and truly awesome of you.

However, seeing the kinds of things that she is looking for, may we suggest a 328i or something of the sort for her? Maybe a nice Audi A5, Mercedes-Benz C300, lots of other choices for her out there. i drove a 328i rental once, and the steering wheel was nice and thin. Superb.


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      09-02-2010, 11:58 AM   #6
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if you think its too thick, just trade the wheel with someone who has a 335. i am sure there'll be tons of 335 owners who would be willing to trade up to an m3 wheel. you could probably ask for a trade + some cash too....

but i agree that it may be too thick for some women esp if they have small hands. my gf doesnt like my steering wheel either.
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Thickness feels good to me and my hands aren't that big.
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      09-02-2010, 12:23 PM   #9
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Get your wife some bigger hands!
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Try a 3 series steering wheel with heated option...its very thin for my liking.

The M3 steering wheel is just right...it give you good grip and good response to the road condition.

You definitely don't want to destroy the steering wheel by taking the padding out.

Buy an aftermarket replacement if you want.
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      09-02-2010, 12:28 PM   #12
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How in the world does she handle YOUR manhood if the M3 steering wheel is too thick?!?!

Remove the padding..., are you serious??
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I find the current M3 wheel to be perfect.

In older BMWs I had, I often replaced the larger s. wheels with smaller, thicker aftermarket ones.
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      09-02-2010, 12:29 PM   #14
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How in the world does she handle YOUR manhood if the M3 steering wheel is too thick?!?!

Remove the padding..., are you serious??
May be his "manhood" is more of a 3 series not an M3
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How in the world does she handle YOUR manhood if the M3 steering wheel is too thick?!?!

Remove the padding..., are you serious??
Maybe his manhood is much thinner then the steering wheel?
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      09-02-2010, 12:34 PM   #16
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May be his "manhood" is more of a 3 series not an M3
OP, I appologize, I just couldn't let this one go without a joke. but in all honesty, your question hits where it hurts. It's like posting a thread saying "Do you think the V8 sound is too loud?"
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OP, why do you name yourself after a benzodiazepine-receptor antagonist? Are you a drug rep or something?
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Anyone feel the steering wheel on the M3 is too thick? My wife test drove one with me a few weeks ago and complained that she couldn't comfortably hold the wheel. Anyone else have this complaint? And is it possible to make the wheel thinner by taking out some of the padding?
tell your wife to get back in the kitchen and stop clouding your judgement.
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      09-02-2010, 12:49 PM   #19
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Honestly the first thing I said when I sat in the M3 is the steering wheel is the perfect size. Not just thickness but the diameter too.

Can I get a "That's what she said"?
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      09-02-2010, 12:56 PM   #20
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How in the world does she handle YOUR manhood if the M3 steering wheel is too thick?!?!

Remove the padding..., are you serious??


I was thinking the same thing. But seriously, its prefecto.

SUre, if you are a women or have girl man hands, it's probably to thick.
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is this purchase going to be for you or your wife?
- if for your wife: maybe she should go with a 3series?
- if for you: yeah, don't let her drive it.
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      09-02-2010, 01:19 PM   #22
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I personally think it's great, however I do see where your wife is coming from.

I've always loved thick steering wheels. From a regular Acura Integra, to my S2000, to an aftermarket wheel. They have gone steadily thicker. The one on the E92M however is even thicker than that and actually surprised me. It's on the verge of being too much, but I think it's perfect.
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