In Reply to: Steering Problem and Brake Vibrations posted by Paul Page on April 16, 1999 at 09:19:57:
I have an 98 E36, not an E46 but I have been following this thread for a while now. The description everyone has of the "steering wandering", "steering wheel vibration when braking at higher speeds" "floating or wandering feel of the steering when on-center" etc. All these descriptions remind me very much of older cars I've had that either needed new ball joints, or needed the steering box (or rack & pinion) repaired/replaced. Now don't laugh, the worn steering gears and/or ball joints introduce "play" into the front suspension because of the overly loose fitting parts/steering gears. Maybe there is something to this? Just my input into the situation.
BTW: I'm an EE engineer (27 yrs) and am very knowledgable of mechanics from a family owned auto repair business and auto racing experience. I rebuilt my first engine when I was 12...and it ran fine!
: Does anyone from BMW read these pages? The steering and brake issues that have been all over recent postings should be addressed by the company.
: It took me a long time to convince myself that I'd rather buy a 323i Sport than an A4 2.8 quattro sport. It was a very tough decision, but ironically, it was based on BMW's engineering and quality. As soon as BMW FINALLY decides to release pricing and option information on the MY2000 models, I'll order one. Or should I???? I know the A4 2.8qms performs as well as the 323i and doesn't lack steering feel above 75 mph, and the brakes won't vibrate. I still would rather own the 323i, but it's so hard to commit to a company that won't openly admit they have a problem with their cars. How will I ever know if the problem is solved, if BMW dealers have no clue what the problem is? I want a 323i, but it's much riskier than buying a A4 at this point.