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Hello gentlemen,

I may have the opportunity to purchase a leather steering wheel from a E420, supposingly a w210 (I did not see the car yet, only a picture mentionning a 1998 E420).
I know the "same" mileage cars, from a r129 to a w140 through our beloved w124 can share parts, including the standard steering wheel. May be some minor devices from the inside of the steering wheel can differ, but can be swapped. But when it comes to a 1998 w210, even though the vendor says it is a phase 1, would you bet?

Why spending time on such a part? Because it is leathermade, and it has the same color as the interior of my w124 touring! Will never find one like this, that's why I consider seriously to go that way?

I may go and see the car in few days, I will have some mor details, but if there is no chance at all it can be swapped, I will not be upset and chase another one. The donor is a 1998 E420, mine is a 1992 w124. Both have the airbag, same shape.

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It will take some work, but may be doable. Your existing wheel has contact brushes for the horn function. The 210 wheel is going to have a clock spring system. You'll need to swap the system for the wheel to work.

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W124s used 2 types (early and late).

The clockspring type was only used on the later type cars.
 

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Many thanks guys, that goes the right direction, so far.
I swapped a genuine 1994 r129 steering wheel with a 1991 or 1992 w124 one (for a temporary use), so I guess I see what kind of work and adaptation you all mean. I did it to install "what is inside the steering wheel" from one to the other, may be 1 hour job taking time and discovering issues step by step.

What I mean with the 1998 models is that:
- will the steering column end gear of my w124 will fit the inside toothed wheel of the w210 steering wheel chassis?
- will the 1998 airbag plug to my 1992 wires with the same reliability?

ps: I am always suspiscious about airbags... as long as they stay quiet we should feel happy, but I always feel worry about "what if they never blast because too old or wrongly plugged or whatsoever?"...

ps2: picture #1 is my current steering wheel, picture #2 is the blue interior of the w124, picture #3 is the target
 

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Interesting, will check carefuly what mileage the w210 is (just before the main change mentioned in your link)
Vendor says "early one".
However, I intend to purchase the steering wheel AND the airbag together, will not adapt a black airbag on a blue wheel.
Whether both fit together with strictly no risk, whether none of them will go on my car.
From pictute #1 you can see the w124 airbag plug.

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Sooooo...
I had a fruitful talking with the vendor today, and he sent me the VIN, from which I decoded the leather color code, so as to compare ro mine... but: his is 202 (blue/violet/pacific blue/...) and mine is 262 (blue).
Although from the pictures they seem to match, now I have restrain my enthousiasm an admit his looks a little bit violet indeed (let's say "less dark blue" than mine).
Your opinion about that 202 leather code?

Jean-Louis
 
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