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Old 01-02-2005, 10:48 AM   #1
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Does anyone know which steering wheel comes when factory leather is installed on a 2005 4 cylinder? Is it a leather wrapped 2 spoke or the 3 spoke as found on the V6 models?
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Old 01-02-2005, 07:42 PM   #2
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It's the leather wrapped 2(?) spoke wheel.

All I know is that it isn't the v6 wheel
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It will be a black leather wrapped 2 spoke wheel.
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Default Re: Leather Steering Wheel 4 Cylinder

So it appears that Saturn is installing 3 different steering wheels on 2005 models:

1) 4 cylinder with cloth gets the black plastic 2 spoke wheel
2) 4 cylinder with leather gets a leather wrapped black 2 spoke wheel
3) V6 models get the 3 spoke wheel

It would be less expensive for Saturn to install 2 different steering wheels.

The 3 spoke wheel has a much nicer floating horn switch, while the 2 spoke wheels have a membrane horn switch.

After driving the V6 loaner for a few days, I really like the 3 spoke wheel much better. Maybe fate will deliver a 3 spoke leather wrapped wheel on my 4 cylinder with leather on order!
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Default Re: Leather Steering Wheel 4 Cylinder

Saturn provided a color matched 2 spoke wheel on the 2003 models with leather, and the black rubber covered wheel on cloth models.
In all honesty, I like the thickness of the 3 spoke over my 2 spoke, but I find the 3rd spoke aggravating at times. On long trips I usually lay my hand in my lap turned palm side up and hold my wheel at the 6 o'clock position (contortionistic, I know)... it isn't the best placement for airbag deployment, but certainly a lot better than having my hand inside the wheel.
This is somewhat the reason behind my quest to see if the new 4 spoke ION wheel will fit the VUE - with my impending leather purchase this summer (hopefully), it might be part of the upgrade.
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Isn't the ION wheel smaller in diameter?

I've got a V6 loaner right now as my 4 cylinder is in to get the shifting difficulty looked at. I do like the fatter, 3 spoke leather wheel better than the skinny 2 spoke rubber(?) wheel in my VUE.

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Isn't the ION wheel smaller in diameter?

I've got a V6 loaner right now as my 4 cylinder is in to get the shifting difficulty looked at. I do like the fatter, 3 spoke leather wheel better than the skinny 2 spoke rubber(?) wheel in my VUE.

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The 4 spoke ION wheel is larger in diamater than the old 2 spoke wheel, but I think it might be an inch or so smaller than the wheel in the VUE.
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Default Re: Leather Steering Wheel 4 Cylinder

I'd love to get a leather wrapped wheel for my VUE, but the amount of money involved in such a swap is outrageouus....anyone know of a cheaper way of swapping to a new leather one?
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Default Re: Leather Steering Wheel 4 Cylinder

If you have the two spoke wheel you could look for a used leather wheel from
a L car. I bought a black leather wheel from a wrecked 2002 L300 for $40
plus $50 to install

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Holy dead threads Batman!

I have an 05 VUE. I have access to an L-Series Leather steering wheel and air bag. My wheel and bag are grey while the L-Series bag and wheel are black. Does anyone know if the L and Vue bags have the same connectors? or if they interchange at all?
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Default Re: Leather Steering Wheel 4 Cylinder

Has anyone thought of putting, or have put the 6cyl wheel in the 4cyl car?
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I would love to have the new V6 wheel in my 4 cyl but I don't want to buy a new air bag. I'd rather upgrade to the 4 leather and keep my bag.
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