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I think the problem exists for all sizes of tires (archive)

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Posted by Sameboat on April 16, 1999 at 07:45:14:

In Reply to: STEERING PROBLEM - "NEW" insight from DC posted by Scott Tominovich on April 15, 1999 at 16:54:15:

: I have a 99 328i sports/premium package, 5 speed, black/tan. The car is awesome. However, I too have noticed the wandering feeling when driving at high speeds. I called everyone of the local DC dealers (about 5 in all) and told them about the problem. All of the service departments told me the same thing....17x8 low profile tires are going to wander a bit in the grooves on the road..put on their by narrower tires. Does anyone have this "problem" without the 17x8s?

I am not sure if what the dealers told you is true. I have had that wandering/floatiness steering feel since day one that I picked up the car. At first, I thought that was due to the winter tires (Micheline Alpin 195/65/15) that I put on the car. But my second car, a Honda Civic with the same Michelin winter tires does not have that wandering/floatiness feel. Well, a couple of weeks ago, I put on Pirelli P7000 Supersport (225/45/17 on 17x8 rims) and the problem persists. Yes, I agree that the flatter tires track the road contour more than the narrower ones, but I should not feel kind of out of control on speed beyond 110kph/70mph.

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