In Reply to: Steering "play"=no resistance on center 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.
The 1-2 inches does not sound normal. My 328 has that same no feel on center. I find tire pressure makes a big difference here. At 29 psi. it feel pretty good but higher pressures reduces feel a lot. With my car, the faster I go the better it feels. Here in D.C. area people drive average of 75 and up in certain areas.