In Reply to: Steering problems posted by Jack on April 15, 1999 at 00:50:18:
: Jack here. I can't handle steering "floatiness" as you probably see from my last e-mail. Can these two problems be remedied before I get my car either in Germany or before you hand it over to me. Thanks
: : : I think I have the latter problem with my steering? Do you think it is going to cause any excessive wear on tyres or other parts until such time as the control arm ...blah blah is fixed. It does not really bother me that much since I am getting used to the slight involuntary turning especially more apparent during braking and on warped roads (not happy about it but I try not to be picky) but I just want to know whether you think there may be excessive wear. Thanks.
: : : : : Rick,
: : : : : What's the latest on the steering/brake vibration and steering floatiness on the 3-series. Based on discussions on the message board its mor prominent in with larger wheels/tires.
: : : : : Does BMW acknowledge this as a problem?
: : : : : If so, are they working on a fix for the 1999 models?
: : : : : Thanks
: : : : : : Hi, caveman:
: : : : : : We've got three on the lot with Continental Contact Sport in the 225/45ZR-17 size.
: : : : : : Regards,
: : : : : : Rick
: : : : : Actually, there are two different things going on here... The fix for the steering vibration is a valve that can be installed in the
: : : : brake line of the front brakes.... Similar to a proportioning valve. Your service department has the ability to do this now. The steering "floatiness" is related to the control arm bushings... A fix is purportedly "in the works"...
: : : Ran, I don't think you'll have any problem with excessive tyre wear.. Our BMW service rep has a 323 sport with "the problem". He's been logging many miles in a hurry, running from one BMW Center to the next. He is not seeing unusual wear patterns. I've had my new car for a couple of weeks now, and frankly, I've habituated to the "floatiness" condition. It only really happens on poor road surfaces. I've had very many new cars since I've been in the car business. I can honestly say that none has ever excited me as much as my new Bimmer!
: It is important to note that not all cars are affected, or display "the symptoms"... I'm going to have the valve installed on my new 323 (together with the armrest kit) tomorrow. I'll let you now how it works out. Your car (April build) may be just fine. BMW is aware of the condition.