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Old 11-13-2012, 11:59 PM   #1
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I love my F10, but its starting to show a problem that I had with my two previous E60's: tarnished steering wheel logo. The outer chrome rim is starting to fade and discolor in several patches. I don't know how this has happened on my past 3 cars, and I have told my dealer about the problem. They can't replace the steering wheel logo because its attached to the airbag.

I thought the car wash guys were using some harsh detergent on the interior of my old E60's so when I got my F10, I made a point to not have them clean my interior. Unfortunately, after a year and a half, my new car is having the same problem.

Does anyone else have this problem and any solutions on how to fix this aesthetic issue? Its pretty annoying to look at all the time.

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It seems to be fairly common issue. It could be sun light, I have the same issue. I have not heard of this issue with any luxury cars..
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I love my F10, but its starting to show a problem that I had with my two previous E60's: tarnished steering wheel logo. The outer chrome rim is starting to fade and discolor in several patches. I don't know how this has happened on my past 3 cars, and I have told my dealer about the problem. They can't replace the steering wheel logo because its attached to the airbag.

I thought the car wash guys were using some harsh detergent on the interior of my old E60's so when I got my F10, I made a point to not have them clean my interior. Unfortunately, after a year and a half, my new car is having the same problem.

Does anyone else have this problem and any solutions on how to fix this aesthetic issue? Its pretty annoying to look at all the time.

The "chrome" rim of the steering wheel roundel is not tarnishing. It is wearing off. I cleaned the interior of my e60 regularly using only a quality detail spray and microfiber cloths. It never required hard rubbing because, quite frankly, it wasn't necessary. And I never had the need to handle the logo in the center of the steering airbag except for a few times (over 5-6 in 6 years / 60K miles) to instinctively hit the center to blow the horn in an "emergency situation.

Consequently the roundel did have a minor 'depression' - noticeable only on close inspection.

HOWEVER, the chrome trim around the edge of the Roundel was beginning to look as if it was rubbing off. I did, thinking it was dirty, try some auto polish. but it didn't help - looking really close it was readily apparent the 'chrome' edge was wearing off ever so slightly - permitting the grayish plastic underneath to show through.

I suppose that if the car received harder use this 'blemish' would have been more evident. But, I traded the car on a 2013 535xDrive 3 weeks ago.

I wonder if whoever is supplying these trim pieces to BMW has been made aware of this quality control issue. It's probably something as simple as ensuring the chrome flashing on the plastic is a little thicker ... or that some clear protectant finish is applied in final production. I don't think it would require a NASA research team to figure this one out.

Certainly BMW cannot be happy about minor trim pieces wearing out RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOUR EYES!

I recommend you asking your BMW Service Adviser to ask BMWNA to review this situation - it's not an unusual one and deserves some consideration. If this happened on my relatively new BMW F10 you bet I'd expect them to replace the airbag cover (that's required since the Roundel is firmly fixed to it) without making so much as a PEEP about it.
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Ooopppss, didn't notice it was such an old thread.
I had the same issue on my 2004 525i about two years in. Since it was still under warranty I complained to the dealer about it and they replaced the whole steering wheel. Yep, the whole thing. Apparently the roundel is attached to the airbag module and they have to replace the whole thing.
Keeping my fingers crossed on my 2014 535i, the steering wheel leather itself is showing bad signs of wear already.
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