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Old 08-12-2014, 09:10 PM
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paddle shifters?

Is there an M wheel that includes paddle shifters and heating? If so, can you upgrade a non M with this wheel?
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Old 08-14-2014, 06:37 PM
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My non-M 2013 has paddle shifters and a heated wheel. 5.0
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Old 08-15-2014, 05:41 AM
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Is that just a steering wheel upgrade I need to do? If so, can you point me in the direction of where to buy one?
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I don't know what would be involved in an upgrade -- obviously the wheel itself, but wiring?

Start with RealOEM or another site with parts diagrams and see what you can figure out about your car versus one with sport package or the paddle-wheel. You also will need to be able to recode the wheel or find someone who can, I'd bet.

As you can see, I have a few bits but really don't know the answer to your question.
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Old 08-20-2014, 01:44 PM
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Is there an M wheel that includes paddle shifters and heating? If so, can you upgrade a non M with this wheel?
There are 2 versions of the X5M steering wheel -
1 has paddles with heat
1 has paddles without heat

Yes, you can upgrade to this wheel though the paddles and heat functionality will depend on what you currently have. From my understanding, for paddles to work you need an LCI Sport or M Sport model. I'm pretty sure pre-LCI models won't allow the paddles to function, and I don't believe they will on LCI base/premium models. Someone can correct me if they've seen otherwise. Also, if you don't have a Sport or M Sport already, you will need a different airbag.

Regarding the steering wheel heater, I was never able to find good information on this, but from what I did find you need to already have a heated steering wheel for this functionility to work (can't mount a heated steering wheel on an X5 and have heat if it didn't already have it)

I have a 2012 M Sport w/o paddles (June 2011 build - no paddles until October 2012 builds) - I just upgraded to a non-heated X5M wheel and the paddles work. I found mine for sale on xBimmers - you may need to search around. For some reason there doesn't appear to be anywhere that sells these pieced together? I couldn't find any. You can add up the parts on realOEM.com and combined it's well over 1K to build this wheel (wheel, upper trim, lower trim, airbag harness, wiring, 2 paddles).

If you can find one on the forums I highly recommend it - the tri-stitching and paddles are really nice. Even if you have an M Sport with paddles, the X5M paddles are nicer....IMO.
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Old 08-23-2014, 01:31 PM
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I had heated wheel from new. I wanted paddle shift and installed a beautiful nappa leather paddle shift and heated wheel on my 35 diesel with sport package. The heated function works, but unfortunately the paddles do not.

Ah well, the wheel looks cool though.




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