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.
What you are experiencing is definitely not normal. Don't have a clue about what is causing it. I have a 323i automatic w/ premium 2 package and my car is so rock solid and true at speeds WELL over 70 that it practically drives itself with very little correction needed at the wheel. have the Conti 205/50 all season tires.
Best steering car I've ever owned! (I'm sure the sport model handles better, but I liked the Premium package).