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      11-21-2012, 05:22 PM   #1
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Heated steering not very warm?

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Has anyone had issues with their heated steering wheel not getting very warm or taking a very long time to warm up? My wife's X3's heated steering wheel turns on and stays on but doesn't really warm up. Compared with my e60 the e60 heats up very quick and I usually need to turn it off because its getting almost too warm. With the e83 it gets lukewarm at best, the other day I drove it on the highway for about 45 minutes before it got to what I would consider warm.
Initially I thought maybe its a battery voltage issue because I was having some signs of a dying battery so I bought a new agm battery last night, installed it but that didn't help. Now I'm wondering if maybe it could be the relay that's malfunctioned? I'm basically trying everything else besides the actual steering wheel because the steering wheel is super expensive. I thought maybe it could even be the slip ring but I talked to the head tech at my dealer and he says usually if their is a issue with the slip ring that it would throw a code. If anyone has some insight it would be greatly appreciated.
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I know that my wife X3 e83 steering wheel and seats do not nearly warm up as fast or get as hot as my old 528i e39 or X5 e53. My mom also has an X3 e83 and her seats are the same way as my wifes. They just dont heat up like the old ones do. The old seat warms would get so hot but these new ones just get warm.
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I know that my wife X3 e83 steering wheel and seats do not nearly warm up as fast or get as hot as my old 528i e39 or X5 e53. My mom also has an X3 e83 and her seats are the same way as my wifes. They just dont heat up like the old ones do. The old seat warms would get so hot but these new ones just get warm.
thanks for the info, this seems to be what everyone is saying that I have talked to so I guess I won't worry about it.
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