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    Thought i would pop to bmw and ask if my car had the retro steering fit done back in 2001. as i read on wikpedia that the cars of 2000, and 2001 had a retro fit done to the steering to damper them up a little, i thought i would check this as my steering is vague to say the least!i went there 3 monthsago and was told it was my rear trailing arm bushes and front trck rod arm! these were replaced with powerflex rears, i did the arm to. and also powerflexed the front bushes aswell, i also did the eibach springs and 4 wheel alignment! but car is still vague! a month ago i took it to bm again and this time they went for a test drive and not an inspection, they said it drives fine, better than his! but i am not convinced that bmw would let a car leave the show room like this! i meen at 70 mph you are constantly correcting the steering wheel, doesn't feel safe! so its in again for a good look underneith!
    which brings me back to the first question, did bmw do the retro fit! and all people at the dealership, said they have never heard of this! 50 years of experiance and i was the first person to mention this??????????? We will wait and see, i an under the impresion it will only be fixed with a later rack!
     
     

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    I feel it's very odd that you are still mentioning that your car steering is feeling vague despite everything you have done. It should be feeling a lot tighter and in touch with the road

    There has to be something else that requires inspection and possible replacement due to be tired

    I hope BMW can identify a problem and put your mind at ease
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by A20 RYM View Post
    I feel it's very odd that you are still mentioning that your car steering is feeling vague despite everything you have done. It should be feeling a lot tighter and in touch with the road

    There has to be something else that requires inspection and possible replacement due to be tired

    I hope BMW can identify a problem and put your mind at ease
    thats just it, it shouldn't, but it is?
    Even checked the rear subframe, and looks fine. so come friday i will wait and see.
    what i really wanted was to take a post 2002 car out and feel the difference!, but as bm put it "we don't have any 46s on the lot as they are to old" Made me feel nice and cheep! lol.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by vauxfan View Post
    thats just it, it shouldn't, but it is?
    Even checked the rear subframe, and looks fine. so come friday i will wait and see.
    what i really wanted was to take a post 2002 car out and feel the difference!, but as bm put it "we don't have any 46s on the lot as they are to old" Made me feel nice and cheep! lol.
    Go to another dealer given their attitude.

    As for E46s, they are happy to sell them on their approved schemes when their is a big margin to be made!
     
     

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    That boost retrofit was only done on 2001 330i models. There was also a recall for an articulated steering bush, but on LHD models only.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by NealP View Post
    That boost retrofit was only done on 2001 330i models. There was also a recall for an articulated steering bush, but on LHD models only.
    i read that, but was also told that it affected the late 2000 models to!, bm hoe ever claim to know nothing.
     
     

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    I seem to remember at the time of the facelift launch (2001) that BMW said it had improved the feel of the steering as older models felt vague...

    My 330i is a pre-facelift, and feels comfortable enough at speed - but I do have worn components which are getting changed as I go - wishbones & steering rack next.
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    has any one got proof of this officially from bmw?
     
     

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    Well just got back from bmw, they had 3 new m3s in, a blue 1 a white 1,mmm, and a four door red 1, very nice, the blue and white had the black wheels and carbon fibre rooves.
    car got a good look over and came back out! the sales guy, in charge of booking in and services called me over! this was after watching 5 sales guys trying to put a jumper pack on a new 5 series in the showroom, and non of them had a clue, in fact i saw them put the leads on both ways round
    he guy told me the car had been well looked over and with the after market springs and bushes every thing looked fine, even the rack looked good! next he said to have the 4 wheel alignment, but stressed the car would be difficult to do as for my modifications with non standard parts! to which i explained they are improved top of the chain parts, eibachs designed for bmw standard suspension and powerflex bushes designed as an upgrade! then he said that he didn't know where i now wanted to go with this as the car had 120,000 miles on it and that WHAT DO I EXPECT!!!!!!snobery is still rife is see! a bmw with over 100,000 miles then is expected to feel crap!, good to know if your folking out £40k-£50,000k on a new bmw. it can't handle milage
    my only point of concern now then is i think the only thing to consider is the later, more tighter rack! oh and some good front tryes.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by vauxfan View Post
    has any one got proof of this officially from bmw?
    Proof of a newer rack, or proof of a recall for some models?

    Being honest, a main dealer is the last place I would bring any car which is outside its warranty. They live for the current range, and depending on their staff turnover rate will have little experience of - or interest in - previous models.

    There are enough specialists who will takew your car & set it up properly, giving you honest advice about the steering etc.

    Or maybe drive someone else's E46 for a "compare & contrast" session?
    E46 330i Touring (Sold)
     
     

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