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Posted by DG on April 18, 1999 at 12:55:39:

In Reply to: this doesn't make sense... posted by SK on April 18, 1999 at 00:36:27:

See my post, above, with the words "Internet Psycology" in the title.

The trouble is, surveys on this forum don't mean much. You just can't get a representative sampling. Some of the people that DON'T have the problem will even decide that the DO, because their car maybe just felt a little bit floaty the other night. (Where they wouldn't have even noticed anything if the forum hadn't been here).

From reading the forum, my best guess is that fully HALF of the people with E46's have complaints about the steering. Is this really representative? I don't know. It seems like if it was a noticeable problem that affected this many cars, BMW would be very much on top of it. Instead, we find dealers that have never heard of it. (I don't see much motivation for them to lie. They could just say that, yes, your car has a problem, BMW has been notified, and to date there is no fix. When there is, we will contact you, because we all want this to be fixed.)

By the way, for those that are demanding a recall: Government-forced recalls are for true safety problems, like brakes that don't work, suspension parts that break, leaky gas lines that cause fires, defective seat belts, etc. Manufacturers themselves can recall cars for things that they decide are serious. Usually, this if for things like an engine that is going to self-destruct if a part isn't replaced (and cost them lots of warranty money) if they don't do a recall ASAP. Something like vague-feeling steering isn't going to get a recall, unless it's so vague that people are running off the road. A service campaign with a TSB, maybe. This is a lower level service thing where they will fix any car where the owner complains, and maybe even ask you about it if you bring the car in for something else (if you have a good dealer).

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