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      01-16-2013, 02:35 PM   #1
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Steering wheel funky discoloration

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600 miles on my 2013 M3 and I notice this strange discoloration on the airbag cover on the steering wheel; almost like some sort of fading action going on. I'd take a picture of it but I dropped it off for the first service this morning. First thoughts, could I have potentially used some sort of abrasive cleaner on it but no, just a moist microfiber towel to pick up the dust. My loaner is a 2012 328 coupe and guess what, it has the same fading/discoloration going on too.

Anyone else with a 2013 seeing this? I'm pretty sure I'm losing HP because of it. I talked to my SA about it and we're waiting to hear back from the shop foreman.

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Here's a pic of the loaner I had which has the exact same discoloration. The dealer replaced mine under warranty.
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      01-16-2013, 03:07 PM   #2
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I had nearly all my BMW steering wheel airbag badges replaced because of this. They seem like a faded blue, and/or the yellowing of the badge. Strangely enough, all the replacement badges never changed color. My current E90M3 service records show the previous owner replaced it as well, and it looks like the outside roundel, dark blue/white ... perfect.
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I have cleaned and condition the leather, steering wheel interior trim pretty consistently and never had a problem

I think the key is proper cleaning to prevent this

Do you have any pics OP?
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...seem like a faded blue, and/or the yellowing of the badge. ...and it looks like the outside roundel, dark blue/white ... perfect.
This is it exactly!

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Not yet, but soon.
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Did you eat one of those blue BlowPop suckers we all loved so much as kids and then sneeze on your steering wheel?

I like to troubleshoot...
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Did you eat one of those blue BlowPop suckers we all loved so much as kids and then sneeze on your steering wheel?

I like to troubleshoot...
NICE! Normally I'd claim guilt but it's on my loaner too. I don't eat that much candy.
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My SA just called. Car is ready and they replaced that steering wheel cover under warranty. I'll try to get some pics from this loaner since it has the same issue.
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My SA just called. Car is ready and they replaced that steering wheel cover under warranty. I'll try to get some pics from this loaner since it has the same issue.
Sweet- good resolution.
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