I would not consider it "cheap" if Ford used the same steering wheel across multiple models and platforms. That is just good manufacturing practice. The less variability in you products insures better quality and is easier on your supply chain. Not to mention that it does result in a cheaper (but not cheap) price per product (both component and final assembly).08HybridOK said:Hard to say. I wanna say Ford is 'cheap' and makes multi use parts, but I know for the 08 Escape there's 2 different wheels, not interchangable. I forget what the deal is, but it has to do with the spines as well as other things.