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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-13-2017, 09:42 PM Thread Starter
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Heated Steering Wheel Could Be Improved...

This is my 1st Winter with my Pacifica and the weather just started getting a little colder here in Buffalo, NY. The heated steering wheel is an option that I really like and I've had it as an option on all of my cars for at least the last ten years, including my previous (2) Chrysler T&C's. The colder the weather progressively gets throughout the Winter, the more I appreciate that option, especially when it senses the outside temp being below freezing and automatically turns on and preheats when using the remote start.

During the last week, we've had sustained temps hovering below or around the freezing mark and I've noticed that even with the heated steering wheel option engaged, the wheel has a metal trim ring that stays cold for quite a while. It's like having a 1/4" sliver of ice radiating cold from the center of the wheel... I'm sure that on a longer trip it would warm up, but for the short 15-20 minute trips, it never allows the wheel to feel as warm as all the other heated steering wheels that I've had in the past.

Not a huge deal for me, but on future Pacifica models, if given the choice, I would gladly trade-off the fancy metal trim ring on the steering wheel for a plain leather one that gets warm quicker.

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-13-2017, 09:47 PM
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the ring never gets warm. It is a bad design. It looks good but functions badly. I would gladly do without the metal trim to have a fully warm steering wheel.
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the ring never gets warm. It is a bad design. It looks good but functions badly. I would gladly do without the metal trim to have a fully warm steering wheel.
This is essentially what the Touring L Plus has. You would likely lose the two-tone color, but you should look into swapping with a heated wheel out of a Touring L Plus if the ring bothers you that badly.

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Yup, the cold metal ring has been one of the pet peeves that a lot us have been complaining about for a while. They should really change the design, but even if they do, that won't help current owners.
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This is essentially what the Touring L Plus has. You would likely lose the two-tone color, but you should look into swapping with a heated wheel out of a Touring L Plus if the ring bothers you that badly.
I have a touring L plus and it has metal cold spots on the wheel as well.
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I have a touring L plus and it has metal cold spots on the wheel as well.
The switches on the wheel are metal and can be cold, yes, but it doesn't have the metal ring around the entire outside edge of the wheel like the Limited trim does.

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IMO - The ice cold metal ring is so uncomfortable next to the heated part that it completely negates any value in having a heated wheel. That metal ring needs to be removed in future Pacificas. I generally love all the well executed design features in the Pacifica but this particular one is a minor fail to me. I don't even turn it on anymore.
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Here's another vote. The metal ring is a face-palm-level design miss. It's hard to understand how it got past a basic design review, especially when the designers work in the deep freeze in Michigan. I could see it if California or Florida (or Italian) designers made this mistake, but I'm going to guess that at least several engineers (and hopefully a designer or two) in Detroit noticed the issue before it went to press, but got overridden by a suit with a weak grasp on design fundamentals and--well--thermodynamics.
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I haven’t experienced it myself yet but recall reading someone mention that the ring also can get blazingly hot when the sun is shining on it on a hot day. So fail both ways.

Wonder how hard it is to swap a steering wheel

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What if you vinyl wrapped that ring around the steering wheel? Would that reduce the level of cold/chill it would have?
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