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      07-20-2011, 03:48 PM   #1
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Replacement steering wheel roundel?

I just got a CPO 2008 M3 coupe. The steering wheel roundel is pretty bad. I tried calling the dealer to see if they would replace it but no luck. I have heard that stick on replacements are available. Where can I find these?
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      07-20-2011, 03:55 PM   #2
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I just got a CPO 2008 M3 coupe. The steering wheel roundel is pretty bad. I tried calling the dealer to see if they would replace it but no luck. I have heard that stick on replacements are available. Where can I find these?
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      07-20-2011, 05:21 PM   #3
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thats something you could google and get a million sites for.
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      07-20-2011, 06:24 PM   #4
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I found this out the hard way, the only way to replace it, is to replace the entire airbag. That roundel, unlike the rest on the car, has 3 prongs that goes into the airbag housing and are bent and rivetted into place.
Think I got my cover from jlevisw.
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      07-20-2011, 06:35 PM   #5
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I found this out the hard way, the only way to replace it, is to replace the entire airbag. That roundel, unlike the rest on the car, has 3 prongs that goes into the airbag housing and are bent and rivetted into place.
Think I got my cover from jlevisw.
+1 We do not recommend removing the stock one as it could damage the airbag. Our steering wheel roundels are very thin with adhesive on the back that is applied directly on top of the existing roundel.
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      07-21-2011, 02:09 AM   #6
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This thing can't cost more than a tank of gas. Just have the dealer replace it when you get your next oil change. I'm sure your airbag will be fine. I would avoid the DIY sticker fix.
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      07-21-2011, 02:56 AM   #7
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I found this out the hard way, the only way to replace it, is to replace the entire airbag. That roundel, unlike the rest on the car, has 3 prongs that goes into the airbag housing and are bent and rivetted into place.
Think I got my cover from jlevisw.
thanks, good to know.
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      07-21-2011, 03:37 AM   #8
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This thing can't cost more than a tank of gas. Just have the dealer replace it when you get your next oil change. I'm sure your airbag will be fine. I would avoid the DIY sticker fix.
Why?

The sticker is thin and you can't tell it's there

you're not suppose to remove the original one..unless you want to change the airbag too..
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      07-21-2011, 04:31 AM   #9
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This thing can't cost more than a tank of gas. Just have the dealer replace it when you get your next oil change. I'm sure your airbag will be fine. I would avoid the DIY sticker fix.
Got mine replaced by the dealer for my E46 a few years ago and the entire airbag assembly needed to be replaced just because of the roundel....far from the cost of a tank of gas.
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      07-21-2011, 05:06 AM   #10
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I've always wondered how people wear out the wheel roundel...

I guess I don't use my horn enough.
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      07-21-2011, 05:27 AM   #11
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I've always wondered how people wear out the wheel roundel...

I guess I don't use my horn enough.
Lol....I never touch mine. There's was a defect in the finish. Was very minor but figure since it was under warranty that I bring it up. It wasn't until after the repair was done that I realized they had replace the entire airbag. I was floored that was over $1000!
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+1 We do not recommend removing the stock one as it could damage the airbag. Our steering wheel roundels are very thin with adhesive on the back that is applied directly on top of the existing roundel.
It doesn't look too bad either.
I decided to go this route vs stickers, because most sticker kits are only wedges that cover the pie areas, which leaves the rest of the roundel succeptible to the fading from time, cleaning...etc. The stick on cover is inexpensive enough to just swap it out as needed.
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      07-21-2011, 07:44 AM   #13
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Lol....I never touch mine. There's was a defect in the finish. Was very minor but figure since it was under warranty that I bring it up. It wasn't until after the repair was done that I realized they had replace the entire airbag. I was floored that was over $1000!
I can confirm that. As I mentioned above, I found out the hard way
I did every mod on my car myself too...front lip, rear spoiler, angel eyes, spacers, grills and gills and reflector, interior LED's...everything...turned out better than I had hoped. Then I go an make a stupid mistake with the steering wheel roundel
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It doesn't look too bad either.
I decided to go this route vs stickers, because most sticker kits are only wedges that cover the pie areas, which leaves the rest of the roundel succeptible to the fading from time, cleaning...etc. The stick on cover is inexpensive enough to just swap it out as needed.
Damn those must be crappy stickers

the ones i had on my 335i were great


this happens a lot on verts cause it's exposed to the sun a lot

rare on coupes

the emblem on my e93 335i and z4 went bad

dealer changed them
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Damn those must be crappy stickers

the ones i had on my 335i were great


this happens a lot on verts cause it's exposed to the sun a lot

rare on coupes

the emblem on my e93 335i and z4 went bad

dealer changed them
Oh no, not the stickers, the roundel itself. I noticed this starting on my E46 M before I sold it. The stickers actually protected the area they were covering, it was the rest of the roundel...like the gold outer ring...that started showing blemishes.
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+2 you should have told them to change it BEFORE getting the car..
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I found this out the hard way, the only way to replace it, is to replace the entire airbag. That roundel, unlike the rest on the car, has 3 prongs that goes into the airbag housing and are bent and rivetted into place.
Think I got my cover from jlevisw.
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thats something you could google and get a million sites for.
aren't you the same fellow that asked how to launch, when simple search on this forum would've yielded about 100 threads?
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aren't you the same fellow that asked how to launch, when simple search on this forum would've yielded about 100 threads?
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Mine wore out when the car was a few months old. It was obviously a manufactureing defect. I bought a stick on replacement and it looks fine, It completely covers the original and it it looks like it came from the factory. IMO warranty or not it is rather pointless to replace the entire air bag assembly when there is such a simple and inexpensive solution.
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Damn, I didn't know the whole airbag would need to be replaced if you swap the roundel. That's intense.

Sticker is looking like the best option. I would hope they would do it under warranty though...
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Dealership scratched my roundel when putting in the performance steering wheel, so I had them replace it. Unfortunately, this one is a little off axis and looks crooked.
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There is a small Roundel sticker you put on it and it looks really good search ebay !!
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