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

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Posted by Brad Hopper on March 05, 1999 at 11:41:55:

In Reply to: Steering "play"=no resistance on center posted by HSJ on March 05, 1999 at 09:53:06:

Thanks for the clarification- As I mentioned in my reply, I don't feel any slop in the wheel at
any speed. I too have noted no center resistance,
which is a small bummer- seems like it should be there. I do, however feel that once you are off center, the car pulls in that same direction-
perhaps this is due to the road crown interacting
with the suspension and perhaps I need a tweak
at the dealer. Has anyone got tips on suspension settings?

My previous car was a Miata which did not show any of this behaviour on the same roads. No slight intended but the Miata handled much better than the E46 due to it's lighter weight, lower stance and almost perfect 50-50 balance. But then it's not half of the car in most other respects.

I almost bought a '99 Miata but opted for the
superior appointments, trunk, automatic, power seat, etc. after 200K miles riding the clutch in
Silicon Valley traffic.

Love my choice.

Brad
'99 Orient Blue w/Sand
Sport/Premium

: 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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