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      06-02-2011, 11:07 AM   #23
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Fully Agree

I had my alignment done on the M3 after it was lowered. The factory had done a pretty poor job at setting it up and the car had lots of toe in causing dull steering feel BUT highly stable at motorway speeds.
That's what I could do with!!! I'm struggling with my e92 since going back to my RFTs after winters. Constantly finding it needs light right-hand down to go straight, occasionally it stays put for a short while, but keeping it in lane has become difficult and was never an issue before. It was always very planted and stable. I've also noticed the KDS data changed in Aug 2009, with different Camber figures (asymmteric) for left and right..not sure what the effect of that would be.

I had it's KDS'd a couple of wks ago, but no joy so far. Dealer is being very helpful and re-ran a KDS twice since and will be seeing it again next week. But driving it doesn't have much "joy" right now.

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      06-03-2011, 02:35 AM   #24
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Thanks folks. Got it booked in at the dealer next week, will report back.

Funny: my wife claims she has never noticed anything, says it drives fine. For me, in narrow lanes and/or at high speeds, it's like steering a boat instead of a car: tiny bit left, tiny bit right, tiny bit left, tiny bit right, tiny bit left, tiny bit right, .........
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      06-09-2011, 08:01 AM   #25
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Thanks folks. Got it booked in at the dealer next week, will report back.
Been done yet ??? Any news ???
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      06-10-2011, 08:43 AM   #26
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      06-28-2011, 02:44 AM   #27
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Had the car 'fixed'. After 4 round trips to the dealer, they confirmed that the alignment (or camber) was "way off" and adjusted it. They also said teh steering was not centred properly. Their adjustments have helped massively, but, maddeningly, the car now steers slightly to teh right when teh steering wheel is held straight. To drive straight I have to hold the wheel slightly to the left.

WFT?! Advice?

I am going to suggest to them that i will have teh car looked at by an indopendent and (a) send teh bill to them, and (b) have it checked to see if something is fundamentally wrong with it.
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      06-28-2011, 05:38 AM   #28
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hate to say this, but has the car had accident damage not every a big 1 but a front wheel hitting a kerb and parts changed on 1 side

i would take it to an indy, pay for half hour of his time just check it over

or could be as simple as taking the steering wheel off and realign it

good luck anyway
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hate to say this, but has the car had accident damage not every a big 1 but a front wheel hitting a kerb and parts changed on 1 side

i would take it to an indy, pay for half hour of his time just check it over

or could be as simple as taking the steering wheel off and realign it

good luck anyway
Well, before I bought the car, I exchanged emails with the salesman, and confirmed that the car had not been in an accident, etc. I asked a number of specific questions, and finsihed by asking was there *anything* about the car that I, as a prospective buyer, could reasonably expect to be informed about.

So if they have screwed me I am going to screw them right back.

I have suggested to them that I will take the car to an independent, get it checked and fixed, and send them the bill. They said they'd contact me some time today, so I'm waiting to see what happens...
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      06-28-2011, 06:58 AM   #30
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i've just had a nasty experience with stealers lying about what was wrong with my car and trying to make out the job was a massive one when my indy fixed the car for free and in 15 mins

go to a indy even if it's for a honest opinion
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      06-28-2011, 07:01 AM   #31
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I'd look into worn out bushes...
Thats the reason..

after being having this "light steering" for more than 9 months, you can see my previous threads, after trying 8 alignments at various places including a KDS, after changing the whle crossmember that was found defective and one engine mount, the problem was still there..

Until last week.. took the car to a BMW specialist, took him for a drive, and spotted straight away worn bushes on both lower arms. Replaced them, and viola, the car is perfect again, i must admit im enjoying driving a BMW again, than a boat in the sea
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Thats the reason..

after being having this "light steering" for more than 9 months, you can see my previous threads, after trying 8 alignments at various places including a KDS, after changing the whle crossmember that was found defective and one engine mount, the problem was still there..

Until last week.. took the car to a BMW specialist, took him for a drive, and spotted straight away worn bushes on both lower arms. Replaced them, and viola, the car is perfect again, i must admit im enjoying driving a BMW again, than a boat in the sea
Hmmmm. But bear in mind this car had done only 12,000 miles when I bought it. Could bushes be worn out that early?

I also wonder, if I go to an indy, will that affect my warranty?
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Update: dealer collected my car from me last night, at home, and left me a courtesy car (320d efficient dynamics SE). Two points: such good service makes me suspicious! Also, the 320d reminds me of how a 3 Series drives: totally balanced, feels planted, goes where you point it, gives you confidence. None of these apply to my 330i. GRRRRRRRRRRRR.
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such good service makes me suspicious!
Ha! I know what you mean!
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      06-29-2011, 06:56 AM   #35
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Hmmmm. But bear in mind this car had done only 12,000 miles when I bought it. Could bushes be worn out that early?

I also wonder, if I go to an indy, will that affect my warranty?
Worn out bushes on a 35000 mile car doesnt make sense either

But that was my problem
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Update: they have had the car several times now, they admitted the alignment was "way off", supposedly fixed it (and indeed did improve it but not totally), then gave me teh car back with the steering centred wrong - have to steer slightly left to go straight - then took it in again, supposedly fixed the steering (plus replaced all injectors under a recall, which toot two more visits), but it *still* does not feel right. They have given me various 3 series courtesy cars, all of which steer and feel far better than my car. What more can I do now? It seems they are incapable of sorting it. Frankly all enjoyment of the car is now lost.
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      07-21-2011, 02:24 PM   #37
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Are you definately sure it hasn't been pranged at some point?
Remember that an HPI check will only show whether its been recorded as a total loss, not whether its been in an accident or not. Only a proper inspection will tell you that.
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