2004 E46 320d - Touring sagging rear springs. Is it normal?

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    My 2004 320D Touring with 80K miles has a noticeably sagging rear end. It looks as if there is a heavy weight in the boot, weighing the back down. I have seen other tourings looking the same.

    Is this normal or is there something wrong?

    Are they prone to broken / sagging springs or is it just that BMW cut corners and use the same springs in the touring as in the saloon and the extra weight in the back makes it sit lower?
     
     

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    Not uncommon for broken e46 rear spring, usually bottom coil snaps off but have seen both top and bottom coils snap on same spring. only thing that determies ride height are your springs.
     
     

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    Springs will lose their compression over time and therefore the car will become lower.

    The handling may also start to deteriorate

    Springs can be replaced in pairs and are usually available from the STealers, Euro Car Parts, German Swedish and French and are probably obtainable from most auto factors
     
     

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    It hasn't got air springs has it?

    If it has auto leveling suspension, it would have ride height sensors which can give this effect if they are faulty.
     
     

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    There are different springs for vehicles with a heavy specification, for vehicles expected to carry heavy loads, for sports suspension and for rough roads. Your dealer parts man will be able to show you this on his system. The standard ride heights are also available from your dealer service department.

    On this basis, your Touring almost certainly started life with a heavier spring and correct ride height.

    As already stated above, you have almost certainly been struck by the very common broken spring problem. The bottom 1.5 to 2.0 coils break off and the ride height is reduced and the spring rate increases slightly.

    If both are broken then there is nothing dangerous about it though it may be inconvenient and inappropriate for your usage of the vehicle. When only one is broken then they tend to wag their tails like a happy collie at any provocation.
     
     

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    as mentioned above, E46 springs are well known to snap. Mine were replaced under warranty last july (at 45k miles) and my friends snapped a while ago at around 75.
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    well I *was* bmw driving champion lol. 4 months! best I start again...
     
     

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    Now this is interesting enough to raise the topic again. My E46 has a low RHS rear. It was not like it when I bought it but a long hall with a heavy weight in one side seems to have had an effect with a compression of say 1.5 inches lower ride height on the RHS. Now handling seems fine but it is just bugging me immensley (sp). When I had teh horns sorted, see other thread, I asked the BMW dealer to inspect the springs as they had heard of some springs breaking. Sure they had. But upon inspection they found both OK. They measured from axle centre to arch and advise both are within BMW spec. So I continue with sloping motor. Grrrrrrrrr. Wait till my tools arrive I am looking underneath and sorting this out. Is teh spring change an easy job anyone?
     
     

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    pop on a saloon...unbolt the shock and lever the arm down by standing on the disc.
    not sure if the touring is the same,but it should be.
    what i've felt,what i've known
    never shined through in what i've shown.

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