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      02-27-2011, 07:45 AM   #1
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Heated steering wheel

has anyone added heat to their M sport wheel
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      02-27-2011, 07:57 AM   #2
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Is that even possible? I thought I got every option possible, and to my surprise, the steering wheel is not heated!! I was quite surprised, especially since my way cheaper Ford truck has that!! I don't understand how the seats can be heated and not the steering wheel, I guess it would add too much weight to the car
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      02-27-2011, 12:03 PM   #3
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With a wheel this fat, it would take 5 hours for it to heat up.
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      02-27-2011, 12:06 PM   #4
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I didn't even know this existed as an option in cars these days. Sort of cool I suppose, but I wouldn't pay extra for it.
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      02-27-2011, 12:28 PM   #5
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has anyone added heat to their M sport wheel
It's not an option on the m3 wheel but the x5m has it so there must be a way! Although I kind of like the feel of the cool leather and it does warm up fast (not like the rubber/ vinyl of some cars)...
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      02-27-2011, 01:16 PM   #6
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A great amenity that I miss alot. Would have definitely paid extra to check that option box!
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      02-27-2011, 01:23 PM   #7
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I don't drive my M in the winter so I never considered seeing if it could be done. It sure would be nice on my Toyota Tundra though, at -40C the wheel stays cold for a long time even after the cab has heated up. Sometimes I point a couple of the vents at the wheel to help it warm up quicker.
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      02-27-2011, 01:26 PM   #8
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the heated steering wheel options force a downgrade in leather on the steering wheel, have it on my X5, it's nice but definitely not necessary
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      02-27-2011, 05:07 PM   #9
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That's a great idea! Add some more weight! I'm sure that a heated steering wheel will be offered on the F3x M3.
I hope so.
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      02-27-2011, 05:59 PM   #10
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Gloves work just fine (or mitts, if you are Canadian) . I think M3 is the only BMW in production that does not have this as an option (even Z4 has it!)
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      02-27-2011, 06:37 PM   #11
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Mr. Can't detect sarcasm, can't detect sarcasm.
No, I GOT your sarcasm. I'm just from the school that believes a car can offer some comforts too. That would be unlike the boy racer posers in their CF roof coupes, cruising out of town in 30 mph traffic, day dreaming about their first day at the track. Oh, the horrors of another pound added to the M3 despite their fat asses.
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      02-27-2011, 07:22 PM   #12
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i have it on the z4 and love it

too bad the m doesn't have it

o well
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      02-27-2011, 07:27 PM   #13
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That's a great idea! Add some more weight! I'm sure that a heated steering wheel will be offered on the F3x M3.
Yeah think of all the extra weight. I am sure you must have swapped the big fat M wheel out for a real skinny one. You must lose sleep at night thinking about the performance wheel with all the electronics in that

Could care less about the heated wheel - never use it in the X5 and I also drive the M3 in winter.

It is a nice option on a motorcycle though to extend the season.
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      02-27-2011, 09:49 PM   #14
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No, I GOT your sarcasm. I'm just from the school that believes a car can offer some comforts too. That would be unlike the boy racer posers in their CF roof coupes, cruising out of town in 30 mph traffic, day dreaming about their first day at the track. Oh, the horrors of another pound added to the M3 despite their fat asses.
LOL!
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      02-27-2011, 11:27 PM   #15
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i have it on my wife's X3
LOVE IT!!!
what weight?
you're talking about a thin metal trace inside the steering wheel and a switch
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      02-28-2011, 06:20 PM   #16
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      02-28-2011, 07:12 PM   #17
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According to the it should have it on the right side of the steering wheel. Damn you manual!
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      02-28-2011, 07:23 PM   #18
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The M3 what's supposedly a "sports car". It's people like bighat that makes these cars heavier and heavier by the generation. I'm very glad I can afford a Cayman S. True drivers car.
Not trying to argue with you here, but the M3 was never a sports car. It's a sedan/coupe based car with sporting intentions. That the E30 M3 whooped the asses of many sports cars earned it its reputation. Even the E30 M3 offered better comfort than the sports cars it was competing with, as because it was based on a sedan/coupe chassis, it offered better interior room and ergonomics.

These days, with safety requirements and increased customer demand for certain creature comforts, all cars are heavier than those of the past years. There's no hope in arguing that. To get a lightweight car, either you're spending tons of money on CF or even all-aluminum chassis (can you imagine the people on this board bitching about the price of fixing a crashed aluminum chassis?), or you're going to have a bare bones car, or both.

So, even the E90/E92 M3 of today offers performance one can typically find only in sports cars (yes, there's more competition now with the C63, Panamera, etc.). However, the E9X M3 is not longer worried about being existent to homologate a racing version, as the ALMS M3 race car uses a bespoke tube-frame chassis. So BMW doesn't have to compromise by offering it's customers a less than ideal package in the name of being better for racing (read: lacking creature comforts and luxury, which most expect at this price point).

As you've stated, if you want a more driver oriented car, the Boxster/Cayman combination are ideal, but of course the compromise there is they only seat two. But if that suits your needs, then why not. Options are a good thing.
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      02-28-2011, 08:23 PM   #19
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. It's people like bighat that makes these cars heavier and heavier by the generation. I'm very glad I can afford a Cayman S. True drivers car.
Clap, clap, clap. So glad you can satisfy your desires with another car. Those of us with a BASIC understanding about what a road car is all about are happy for you. I can get a felony speeding/ reckless driving violation and not break 5k rpm in my fat ass E93 vert. So I can't have a heated steering wheel because one day a year you want to take your amateur driving skills to the track? While there, you bitch about the presence to the creature comforts I enjoy that weigh less than the left cheek of your ass? So you're lapping at 10/10s and the weight of the car is holding you back? Didn't think so.
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Never noticed a need for it and I drive it in cold weather, this wheel doesn't seem to absorb heat from my hands very quickly compared to other cars I've had, thick padding and nice soft leather I suspect. My E46's wheel was always ice cold for the whole trip home, this one I can take my gloves off minutes after getting in the car.
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Never noticed a need for it and I drive it in cold weather, this wheel doesn't seem to absorb heat from my hands very quickly compared to other cars I've had, thick padding and nice soft leather I suspect. My E46's wheel was always ice cold for the whole trip home, this one I can take my gloves off minutes after getting in the car.
It goes beyond the heated steering wheel issue. It's about those insulting buyers that want an option they don't -- like a sunroof over the fugly CF roof. It's asserting they know what's best and everyone else is a PROBLEM that is influencing BMW in an evil, non-purist way.
Heaven forgive those lost souls that sadly think a retractable top might be enjoyable. God, it weighs so much!!!

EVEN if one bought an M3 and drove it on the track 2 days a month, that's 28 days of road driving of rest of the time. Forget that 95% of the owners of these cars will NEVER see a track in their personal car. So why the craziness on weight vs. features?

Yea, I knew my M3 didn't have a heated steering wheel. It didn't stop me from buying it. Have to say that I miss it though. My last two 650s had it and its been cold this winter.

Make these things options and let owners decide what they want. Screw comments from the boys racers so quick to judge the decisions of everyone else.
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