In Reply to: Is this a good idea? posted by Jim on April 15, 1999 at 14:37:50:
: I'm expecting to get my car any day now. Should I get the dealer to take a ride with me on the highway and go 65 mph, then slow down and see if my car shakes? If it does, should I walk away and lose my deposit($500)? Spending $35k+ and having a car that shakes when I brake is a waste of a lot of cash in my opinion.
I think all E46 has this steering problem. I remember reading a HK version of Car and Driver in one of the last year issues, the writers were invited to Germany for the initial test drive of the new E46(only for media). In the article, the writer said they loved the car and everything, but at the end, they mentioned something about the car seems to steer left and right on its own at high speed liked 100mph+, and they described it as riding on a mad bull. They said they hoped this is because it was a pre-production car and will go away in the production ones. They were wrong! I drove two different E46 on the freeway, at different time of course, 328i(mine) and 323i(test drive), and I noticed the two has the same steering problem.
I didn't notice my car has the steering problem until 700 miles on the car is because I didn't even drive faster than 65mph on the freeway before breaking it in.