Oh, I cherish every little button of my sweet german chunk of perfection
Yes it is a little childish - using the buttons on the steering wheel, but I certainly do it.
I usually use the buttons on the stereo itself, but sometimes I feel like changing the music volume without moving my arms - just a finger.
No, it's not a necessity, it's just that feeling that YES, my car is ready for my every move. It kinda makes me feel taken care of, you know?
Here in Europe not every family can have a RWD car. I consider myself lucky and feel very proud for my E46 320d. (RWD in Europe = basically BMW, Benz, and Lexus, synonyms to power, luxury, and coolness)
Back to the topic - I spent some time while choosing my (used) car, checking out everything about BMW details.
Like the location of the buttons for windows - of course it is the only logical place for them. This way the driver doesn't have to let go of the s.wheel or change hands, just to open/close the window.
Same for the steering wheel controls - volume is used much more then cruise control, so it is on the left side of the s.wheel - where the "main" (left) hand is always present.
Cruise control is on the other side, where the "steering side-kick" (right hand) sometimes visits the steering wheel, because it is mostly used on highways, when both hands are free of "active driving" like constant shifting and turning in the city.
Makes absolute sense to me and switching them around would ruin my idea about german "think-it-all-through-very-carefully"-ness.
My s.wheel is exactly like the first pic of the first post by Delmarco (THIS ONE
) and I am absolutely in love with it. From all the s.wheels on E46, this is the sexiest one (IMO of course).
It does have a "little detail" that need correction though.
I CAN'T BELIEVE such a beautiful s.wheel, with "finger curves" (have NO idea how they are called correctly in english), with all the controls, little M badge, and IMITATION of leather!!!
The car's interiors are leather, only the steering wheel is not. Why don't the BMW people just kick me in my private parts, too?
Yes of course I will send it to the factory to "dress" it properly. Pics will be here, but not too soon - it takes quite a while for a s.wheel to get wrapped in leather (mostly because of traveling to and from the factory).