In Reply to: Unsafe at any speed...(long and not e34) posted by Andrew Fischer on December 16, 2000 at 15:09:44:
Cars with 'swing' axles will do that with a light load.
VW bugs and the Corvair (both RWD) were made Ralph Nader famous with that terrible design.
Raising a Bug (for larger tires) will make that even worse.
This is very dangerous -- axle can fold under a car in a turn causing the car to flip over.
I find it hard to belive that any modern car would repeat such a terrible design error, but it looks like someone has.
(in response to other post)
A few early RWD Fiats had swing axles (the 850 for example) but most were either a live axle (124 Spyder) or did it with a double joint so that the wheel stays |----| or /----\ (X 1/9 for example)
BTW anyone who tells you that you can't adjust camber on an X1/9 is wrong -- just slot the struts.
As an aside, I've seen some FWD cars and econoboxes with rear wheels like this: \----/ (not that extreme, of course). Does anyone have an idea as to why? I really don't see this as a way to prolong tire life, but I may be wrong.