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Old 09-28-2006, 10:26 PM   #1
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Default '05 STi steering wheel wear & tear

Hey guys, before I take my car to the dealership, I wanted to ask your advice.
My steering wheel shortly after 10k miles on the car has started wearing and discoloring. The perforated leater on the sides and bottom is fine, it is the leather on the very top that's the problem. It basically would appear as though it's "rubbing off." Now, I've consulted the dealership in St. Louis over the phone. The service manager said that I should have a warranty to cover it, and that I should take it to the dealership here in Columbia, to have them look at it.
Currently I have 25k miles on the car. I'm not too sure about the "interior" warranty, if there is one, and how long it lasts. Well I'm sure there is one, but what are the chances I get a new steering wheel out of this? All I do know is that my friends use the same interior cleaner, grip the wheel just like me , and some of which have three times the milage, and some less.. However, none of their steering wheels have this "wear and tear" on them. Unless I have some weird acrid sweat.. ?
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Old 09-28-2006, 11:23 PM   #2
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Seems like it could be a 50/50 ordeal as far as the dealership replacing it. The wear and tear on steering wheels seem to vary from car to car. Like you said, everyone drives their car differently so the worn areas on the wheel itself will be in different areas. I will clean my wheel with Meguiar's Leather Cleaner/Conditioner regularly - and so far at 80K, it still looks really nice. There's no avoiding the shiny look of leather after it's worn in, but there are no rips or areas wearing off.
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Old 09-29-2006, 12:00 AM   #3
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Seems like it could be a 50/50 ordeal as far as the dealership replacing it. The wear and tear on steering wheels seem to vary from car to car. Like you said, everyone drives their car differently so the worn areas on the wheel itself will be in different areas. I will clean my wheel with Meguiar's Leather Cleaner/Conditioner regularly - and so far at 80K, it still looks really nice. There's no avoiding the shiny look of leather after it's worn in, but there are no rips or areas wearing off.


no my steering wheel isn't getting the shiny look..
it's getting the dull, colorlossed look
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Old 09-29-2006, 12:13 AM   #4
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Stop driving with one hand on the top of the steering wheel! JK
Mine is still going fine so far.
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Old 09-29-2006, 01:19 AM   #5
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i have a steering wheel cover. Black leather does not work well in az.
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Old 09-29-2006, 04:23 AM   #6
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Stop driving with one hand on the top of the steering wheel! JK
Mine is still going fine so far.
seriously, i have been only gripping the sides - which i prefer for more aggressive driving obviously. however it's nice to cruise with one hand high

damn lemon steering wheel..
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Old 09-29-2006, 10:55 AM   #7
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that should be warrantied because that is by no means a "normal wear and tear" part... brakes and clutches aren't covered for a reason, but this is.
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Old 09-29-2006, 11:03 AM   #8
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I have the exact same problem. 13k on my car though. Took it to Mastro Subaru and am currently waiting for my replacement wheel which is being covered under my warrantee.
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Old 09-29-2006, 11:28 AM   #9
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I had this same issue with my '03 wrx. It looked like my fingers rubbed the leather away from the top of the steering wheel in the pattern of my hand.

Hasn't happened to the STI yet.
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Old 09-29-2006, 11:37 AM   #10
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I have the exact same problem. 13k on my car though. Took it to Mastro Subaru and am currently waiting for my replacement wheel which is being covered under my warrantee.

what warranty is that covered under? bumper to bumper? i have no clue.. any idea when it expires? i need to go in and get a new steering wheel if you got one!
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Old 09-29-2006, 01:26 PM   #11
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The steering wheel, like the rest of the car is covered under the 3/36 bumper to bumper warranty under wear and tear. Take it to the dealer. (don't tell them what you use to clean it, just tell them it is wearing)
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Old 09-29-2006, 01:27 PM   #12
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that should be warrantied because that is by no means a "normal wear and tear" part... brakes and clutches aren't covered for a reason, but this is.
Actually, they are covered, for 3 years or 36K miles!! (seriously)
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Old 09-29-2006, 01:40 PM   #13
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i have a steering wheel cover. Black leather does not work well in az.

does it have flames on it??

brakes are covered but not clutches... pressure plates are.
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Old 09-29-2006, 03:23 PM   #14
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does it have flames on it??

brakes are covered but not clutches... pressure plates are.
Clutch plates and discs ARE covered under normal wear for 3/36. Pressure plates, if defective are covered under powertrain for 5/60.
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Old 09-30-2006, 12:03 AM   #15
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Clutch plates and discs ARE covered under normal wear for 3/36. Pressure plates, if defective are covered under powertrain for 5/60.

yes this is true.. i've had a clutch + flywheel replaced under warranty.

thanks for the tip rexygirl. i went to the dealer today, and showed them the steering wheel - they told me to wait a while.. go figure either way it's gonna wear cause now i'm gonna grip it.
good to know about breaks because i asked them about that, and the tech said he didn't know.. now i'm gonna hit them up for that too! might as well, right? paid a lot for the car and warranty as far as i'm concerned.
this dealership hates me though, it's funny.. no one wants to help me at the service counter.. they never work on stis (which makes me nervous but oh well, anything they fubar will get fixed one way or the other) and it's a chrysler/ subaru dealership..

wish me luck!
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Old 09-30-2006, 03:35 PM   #16
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had the same problem, black was wearing off at top of wheel, dealer replaced under wart. no probs. 7k miles on 06 OBXT
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Old 10-01-2006, 01:07 PM   #17
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had the same problem, black was wearing off at top of wheel, dealer replaced under wart. no probs. 7k miles on 06 OBXT
good to know... i'm gonna hit the dealer up for brakes all around, and a steering wheel.
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Old 10-01-2006, 02:20 PM   #18
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good to know... i'm gonna hit the dealer up for brakes all around, and a steering wheel.
Your brakes have to be below a certain spec for them to do them under warranty. If you go in and tell them to replace your brakes, you will pay for them. Tell them they are noisy, and if they are below specs, they should replace them. The closer to the end of the warranty you are, the better chance you have.
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