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My understanding is that one of the changes for the '08 model year on the M5 was that the leather on the steering wheel is smoother than in previous years.

My '08 does not seem to have this smoother steering wheel leather. I compared it to another '08 in the dealer's showroom, and mine is definitely different. Interestingly the leather on the emergency handbreak is of the smoother variety.

Does anyone else not have the smoother leather on their '08 M5?
 

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I think the leather might be different if you have heated steering wheel. my understanding is that the heated steering wheel is a little thicket between 3 & 9 position
 

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I do not have the heated wheel and it is smooth.
 

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Heated steering wheel is not smooth for '08. I have that option and wated the other steering wheel but the BMW rep that came to the dealership to investigate my claim said he could not honor that swap. Oh well.
 

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You mean "wouldn't" .......He "Could" if he wanted to....They have a fair amount of leeway when it's comes to making a customer happy....
 

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You mean "wouldn't" .......He "Could" if he wanted to....They have a fair amount of leeway when it's comes to making a customer happy....
Well said. It's amazing how they try and skimp their premier customers like we've bought a 325i. (not that it would be acceptable in either case but you get what I'm saying)
 

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I have the heated wheel and it's the hard leather version.
 

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I'm hard, but my '08 steering wheel is soft!:M5thumbs:

And my steering wheel is not heated! I am all the heat the car needs!:hihi:
:cheers:
 

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mine is soft I think... can someone post pics of differences?
 

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That's not what she said...
She really was not able to say anything. She was a little choked up!:hihi:

Okay, this thread has been officially jacked!

Sorry benfmd!lovelove

However, I did answer the original question in a previous post. :M5thumbs:
 
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I'm hard, but my '08 steering wheel is soft!:M5thumbs:

And my steering wheel is not heated! I am all the heat the car needs!:hihi:
:cheers:
I feel the same way about my car!
:cheers:
 

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2008 car: Heated wheel and it is rough.....just how she likes it.;)

(Sorry, I tried to stay on topic, but the thread got the best of me)
 

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2008 car: Heated wheel and it is rough.....just how she likes it.;)

(Sorry, I tried to stay on topic, but the thread got the best of me)
Peer pressure!:hihi:
 

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Damn it. I want heated but also smooth. Guess not possible.
Yeah if i had known i wouldn't have got heated. I still think the heated wheel is smoother then the 07 wheel. Idk though prolly the same one.
 

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Can we get pics? If I get chance I'll snap mine. Non-heated, and feels soft. My friend's 06 wheel is harder but that may because it is shiny and worn, though I heard they did improve the wheel for 08 (peeling issue now gone.)

Now, what we really need is someone to make a leather replacement part for the wheels' airbag cover. The plastic looks cheap and feels cheap because it is cheap. RPi, ESS???
 
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