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I thought that I would add my own experience to this thread. I recently purchased a 1999 328i, unfortunately, without cruise control. After I found out from here and other places I could fit cruise control fairly easily, I wanted it. So, at my earliest opportunity I got myself a second hand mutifunction steering wheel, with a round airbag and the cruise control retrofit wiring set from BMW (Part No 61120016012, £19.01) and printed off the instruction PDF. This weekend I fitted it all with the help of YouTube videos and this forum. Everything went fine apart from the plug under the steering column was slightly different than the pictures I've seen, but all the wires were in roughly the same place though. My biggest difficulty was getting the blue wire from the right hand side to the electrical box on the left hand side. The PDF instructions said the blue wire had to be laid through the corrugated tube behind the heating/air conditioning unit, but I couldn't find that! In the end I pulled out the radio, passed the wire though the back, then I dropped out the glovebox (so much easier than on an E36) and then into the electical box. Once I'd swapped the steering wheels I reconnected the battery, pushed the cruise button and...nothing! I was sure I'd followed the instructions to the letter, obviously not! I checked the steering column plug, thinking I'd put the wires in the wrong order. But, no it turned out I had put the pins in sockets 1,2 & 3 instead of 8, 9 & 10!! Once changed everything worked great! When I bought my car it had a triangle airbag steering wheel fitted. As I said earlier I fitted a round airbag multi function steering wheel. I have read both that this isn't possible and that it is. I would like to say that I didn't have any problems with airbag lights or such like. I hope this is of some use to someone.
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Did you ever get this working? Got the same car (2000 year though), installed my new multi-function M sport wheel last night but unsure of what I need to get it all to work. I have a cable throttle so not sure how the crusie will work.
Hi Steve,
When I fitted my multi-function steering wheel (not M sport) I used BMW Part No 61120016012 (which cost £19.01+VAT in 2015) to get the cruise control working. There are videos on YouTube showing how to fit it. As far as I’m aware, all the six cylinder E46 cars had everything the cruise control installed, whether the option was ticked or not. If it wasn’t ticked the above wiring loom and multi-function steering wheel was all that was missing. Four cylinder cars, however, were different. Hope that helps.

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Hi David,
That is really helpful, thanks!
Is that cable the only one needed for both cruise control and the multi-function buttons? (volume etc.) My audio buttons currently don't work on the wheel. (My car had the triangle airbag without buttons on before the swap)
Thanks,
Steve
If you’re using an OEM BMW radio the volume controls on the steering wheel should be working. My car had the triangle airbag steering wheel originally as well. If you’ve got a 3rd party radio it may not be set up to be controlled from the BMW steering wheel. All I did when I fitted my steering wheel was plug in the yellow (if memory serves) plug into the back of the steering wheel. The wiring loom for the cruise control plugs in under the steering column rather than the wheel itself.
David
 
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