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Posted by Dan on July 08, 2000 at 14:11:57:

In Reply to: A couple of suggestions: posted by Karl Haug on July 07, 2000 at 20:26:08:

... to turn this into a 540 vs. 528 thing, so I appreciate your constructive comments. I actually had a '97 528i 5sp. before this car and loved it in all respects except it is underpowered.

I have the OEM Dunlop 2000E's on the 540i, which generally seem to be fine. Anyone have specific experiences with Michelin Pilot's on the 540i vs. the Dunlops?



: Tires can make a gigantic difference in steering feedback. I'll never forget how a loaner set of Dunlops instantly turned my Porsche into a Buick Roadmaster. Several posts have commented that the OEM Continentals aren't great tires, and you might see if you can temporarily swap your present tires for something else like Michelin Pilot Sports. Alternatively, try running the front pressure temporarily up to 45-50 psi and see if things improve. Finally, call Tire Rack and talk to them to see if they have any suggestions, or visit their web site and see if your tires have gathered any user feedback.

: Wheel alignment can also degrade steering feel. If you have a REALLY good alignment shop in your area, it may pay to have your alignment checked and optimized for steering feedback. Toe and caster are the parameters that need looking at.

: Regards.

: -K.

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