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I LOVE my volt!!!!! It's everything I wanted in a car and I love the technology. GM did a fantastic job.

I traded my 2015 silverado 1500 LT (I liked the truck but it wasn't for me) for the volt and the only thing I miss is the leather steering wheel. That polyurethane feel of the volt is not great. As far as I can see, here are my options:
- buy a kit online (patch of leather, stitching) and do it myself: no need to muck around with the steering wheel and low cost
- buy a non heated steering wheel for my 2018 model (Steering Wheel - GM (84392142)) but it does not seemt o come with leather so no.
- buy a previous model's steering wheel with leather, I think, (Steering Wheel - GM (84072225)) but why does the part store say it will not fit a 2018 model?
- hunt for junk yards parts from a 2018 chevy cruze with leather


Did anyone here add leather to their steering wheel? I liked the standard chevy kind and it can get cold here in south east PA (West Chester).

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If I was in the same position, I'd start with trying to find one in a salvage yard. As long as the was at it, I'd make it a factory heated unit. I'm pretty sure the harness is in place

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Thanks. Looking in online salvage yards sites, heated units are about $200. Maybe I'll do it after I install the illuminated charge port I ordered last week.
 

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I put a "wheelskin" on my Astra that I had before the Volt. It was decent,and most people thought it was a factory install, but I was always critical of my work, and eventually swapped it for a factory leather wheel when one came available. It was also very hard work to stitch the leather onto the wheel (and painful to pull the binding tight). I would also vote to check salvage like www.car-part.com. It should be an easy swap to a leather wheel. On my Astra, it was just a couple spring clips to remove the airbag, a few connectors, and a large nut to remove the wheel. It was less time than stitching a wheel. I've attached a photo of my wheelskin on my Astra. This was a photo after it was installed for a while and stretched to fit the wheel. It takes a couple months after install to really fit the wheel nicely.
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I put a "wheelskin" on my Astra that I had before the Volt. It was decent,and most people thought it was a factory install, but I was always critical of my work, and eventually swapped it for a factory leather wheel when one came available. It was also very hard work to stitch the leather onto the wheel (and painful to pull the binding tight). I would also vote to check salvage like www.car-part.com. It should be an easy swap to a leather wheel. On my Astra, it was just a couple spring clips to remove the airbag, a few connectors, and a large nut to remove the wheel. It was less time than stitching a wheel. I've attached a photo of my wheelskin on my Astra. This was a photo after it was installed for a while and stretched to fit the wheel. It takes a couple months after install to really fit the wheel nicely.
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Been there, done that. Wheelskin install was tedious, helped along by wearing buckskin gloves to pull the stitching tight.

I liked it, though, as the feel was great, and every time I drove the car, the feeling of satisfaction far outweighed the tedious install.

It's a whole lot cheaper than a wheel swap...
 

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Been there, done that. Wheelskin install was tedious, helped along by wearing buckskin gloves to pull the stitching tight.

I liked it, though, as the feel was great, and every time I drove the car, the feeling of satisfaction far outweighed the tedious install.

It's a whole lot cheaper than a wheel swap...
Yeah, I had no issues with the quality of the leather in the Wheelskin kit. It was very nice feeling leather... certainly better than the factory leather wheel in the Astra. I just didn't like the way it interfaced with the wheel at one spot where I couldn't tuck it under controls, and I had a spot where I didn't tighten a stitch well enough, so it always bothered me, but looked fine for others. It's cheaper, but I'd estimate around 2 hours of install time for it, and it's not easy work.
 

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My 2014 Ford Transit Connect van came with a leather interior, but NOT the leather wheel. I found an OEM one on eBay for $125 and swapped it for my original one. Gained the buttons for controlling the stereo too. I sold my original wheel for $75 to someone who had a base model and wanted a wheel with the cruise control buttons on it. Best $50 upgrade I ever made. If you live where it gets cold, the heated wheel is the cat's pajamas!!

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