1995 E36 318is coupe - Suddenly feels very dangerous to drive..

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    Hi Guys

    My car has changed literally overnight from a great handler to a car I am scared of and that feels dangerous.

    Its a '95 318is and I have done the following since purchasing a year ago:

    - Fitted Hot tuning Coilovers with new top mounts all round
    - Fitted Powerflex Front and Rear trailing arm Poly-bushes
    - Fitted 17" Mortorsport M3 replica wheels
    - Fitted Falken 452 tyres
    - Full laser geometry alignment before Xmas by a very well recommended and professional company.

    Up until yesterday I was completely confident to throw the car about and felt the handling to be predictable. There are no untoward noises coming from the car and all of the arch gaps are the same as they have always been since fitting the coilovers. However, coming home last night I was suddenly aware of the following characteristics:

    - Steering feels very light and twitchy at speed. The car does not pull to one side though. No vibration through steering wheel at all, nor wobbles.
    - on roundabouts / corners it feels like the back end is crouching while the front is rising (maybe what is causing the above).
    - On corners / roundabouts I turn the wheel and it feels like the back end is going to let go, even at relatively slow speeds.
    - When braking fairly hard and at speed the rear feels light and twitchy.
    - Car feels like it is tram lining more than usual and also feels like the rear wheels are having an influence on steering somehow.

    I feel very un-nerved in the car now. I am the only one who really drives it so I definitely know that a difference has occurred.

    Last year one of the coilover dampers failed (rear N/S) and it was immediately obvious through noise and crashy ride. It was replaced and has been fine for about 7000 miles since.

    In the snow I slid into a kerb with my rear wheel at 4mph and dented the edge, but have never felt any problems with the way it drove after the incident. The wishbone looks straight still.

    I have had my Old man, best mate and today a garage test it and they all say they cant notice any problems.

    Would the following have an affect?

    - Worn ball joints (no noises though)
    - Any other bushes that are original that have worn
    - Loose, oil covered or hardened alternator belt that drives the p/s pump

    Any guidance would really be appreciated as I feel like I am going to die driving it! :(

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    i would check the rear sub frame mounts first, is the car have any noises on take up of drive mate?
     
     

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    Thanks for the reply - no abnormal noises although there has been squeaking from the rear turret areas since fitting the coilovers....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zircon View Post
    Thanks for the reply - no abnormal noises although there has been squeaking from the rear turret areas since fitting the coilovers....
    Exactly the problem i am having driving me insane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zircon View Post
    Thanks for the reply - no abnormal noises although there has been squeaking from the rear turret areas since fitting the coilovers....
    ok what coilovers are you using, are the rears just springs with adjusters or are they full shocks with springs
     
     

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    Hot tuning - i know they are cheap but they have felt great for months now.

    I was under the impression they were gas filled - is that correct?

    The rears as
    re seperate springs with height adjuster plates and seperate dampers....
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    mate
    have you checked the front rear arm bushes ( lolly pops) as these can cause the rear to feel lose, i have just had this problem with mine i thought there was something wrong with the nsr but it turned out that was all that was causing the problem, the coilovers i would say are fine
     
     

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    Yes - replaced the front and rear trailing arm bushes with powerflex ones 6 months ago......
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    I'm having the same problem.... Rear feels like it's falling away and dipping more when cornering. If it's the same as me then it's the bushes. Mine are fubard


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    Must be something about Basingstoke - its where I work! Perhaps we should meet up and compare!

    It does feel similar to when my old bushes (OEM) were due to be replaced, but I shouldnt have that problem with the Powerflex ones, unless I have some of the imfamous faulty ones.
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