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Steering "play"=no resistance on center (archive)

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Posted by HSJ on March 05, 1999 at 09:53:06:

Thanks to everyone who responded but I'd like to explain what I meant:

At 70 mph or greater there is no "feel" when the steering is on-center; the steering wheel offers no resistance to going off-center. When turning, in contrast, the steering wheel offers resistance to turning further in a particular direction.

I know this happens when you drive at high speeds, but the level of play I am feeling in my 328 is much too high.

I've driven an e36 328i loaner (just last month), an E-class Mercedes (in Germany at 130 mph for long distances), and various other cars. None had such a dead center.

At 80 mph I can move the steering wheel side to side about 1-2 inches in either direction from center.

I guess I've got to go test drive another e46--pretend like I don't already own one at another dealership.

I just hope it's my car rather than the whole e46 line.

-HSJ


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