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Re: THE SHIMMIES (archive)

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Posted by JPR on August 10, 2001 at 14:56:13:

In Reply to: Re: THE SHIMMIES posted by R.Mui on August 10, 2001 at 12:33:31:

I had the same trouble, after replacing the bushings my shimmy was fixed. 735i '88. It was a pain figuring out what the problem was. My mechanic of 30 years, so he says, was all over the map until we found it. Sheeeze.

Although this is an annoying problem (just fixed mine 3 days ago by replacing the upper control arm bushings) I am not sure if this could be classified as a design fault of some sort??? I mean, unless they use urethane bushings (which degrades ride quality some what) there's no way they can prevent the rubber from going bad in 3~4 years, huh? Especially the control arm bushings that literally take all the weight of the car at braking.

Has anyone posted the question to BMW Head office. This problem ocures on nearly all modles built between 1982-1998. My 735 89 has it and now my 530i V8 93 has same problems. the e32 has BMW M5 17" rims and the e34 has Alpina 17" too. So not down to aftermarket wheels. Who has the answer to all our wheel woble problems.

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