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Old 08-25-2008, 01:04 PM
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Is "Active Steering" worth the 1400?

Looking at a 335i coupe, is active steering worth the extra 1400?
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Old 08-25-2008, 01:08 PM
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In one word, NO. The various automobile magazines hate it, and for 2009 I believe it has been dropped on the 128i or 328i.
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Old 08-25-2008, 01:09 PM
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To save a lengthy discussion regarding the technology and its benefits, I will summarize: No, its not worth it.
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Do a search on Active Steering, it's been discussed frequently, along with other questions such as "leather or leatherette" and "should I use premium fuel".

We have the option on our 325i sport. Long story short: It works best if you drive it as the engineers intended. Fast corners, mountain switchbacks, rural backroads (like Germany for instance), or the track. If you primarily do suburban or urban driving, forget it.
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I have it in two of my cars...and will continue to buy this option for as long as it is offered.
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Old 08-25-2008, 02:14 PM
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I loved it driving in the Alps... and still love it driving in South Florida. When I drive my other vehicles, I kind of miss it Worth the $1,400... I think so
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Old 08-25-2008, 02:22 PM
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I loved it driving in the Alps... and still love it driving in South Florida. When I drive my other vehicles, I kind of miss it Worth the $1,400... I think so
I just spent the last 7 days driving my 335i through Italy and Austria and found the sensitivity and responsiveness of the active steering/sport suspension combination to be outstanding...as well as a lot of fun to drive.

I've had my 5 series for two years now, and have never regretted having purchased AS. It makes the car seem smaller and tighter than it would be otherwise.
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Had it out on the track this weekend -- my opinion is mixed. It would help in certain situations, however in areas where I needed precise control the computer would misinterpret my steering inputs. This would result in either too much or not enough actual steering movement to get the desired effect. I would normally say its something you adapt to, but in the track situation, it was unpredictable which way it would go at a given time.

All that said, its pretty nice for daily crusing.

Where's the AS disable button?
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Had it out on the track this weekend -- my opinion is mixed. It would help in certain situations, however in areas where I needed precise control the computer would misinterpret my steering inputs. This would result in either too much or not enough actual steering movement to get the desired effect. I would normally say its something you adapt to, but in the track situation, it was unpredictable which way it would go at a given time.

All that said, its pretty nice for daily crusing.

Where's the AS disable button?
There is no Active Steering disable.........it IS your steering system. Turning off DSC completely will disable the "countersteer" part of it when you oversteer, but short of a malfunction, AS is always operational.

When I had the 325i out on the track, I thought AS worked just fine. My hands rarely left the 9/3 position because they didnt need to. Heck, I thought it was great on the track..........but the automatic gearbox was what ruined it for me .
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Where's the AS disable button?
Was kidding. Would be nice if it was possible though.
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No. I don't like it. My sis has it on her 530xi. It annoys me.
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The E90's steering ratio could be a bit sportier, IMO. I personally think Active Steering is fantastic and helps make the car feel more agile. I wish mine had it. Tough option to go for at $1400, though. You'll have to test drive one with and without and then you'll know for sure.
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Old 08-25-2008, 09:40 PM
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Search, mickey. There are almost as many AS/noAS as there are manual/auto.
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Old 08-25-2008, 10:03 PM
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Actually I have never tried it but I want to. I've read it can result in as tight a ratio as 13:1. That is EVO territory.
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Old 08-25-2008, 10:24 PM
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Looking at a 335i coupe, is active steering worth the extra 1400?
I'd recommend driving both and deciding for yourself, because as another poster mentioned - you're going to get a very split opinion here.

I really love the 3er's standard steering, so I personally haven't considered it, especially given the relatively steep price. I will also admit to being somewhat biased against it because I've read a lot of negative reviews in the automotive press since its introduction on the E60 5-Series. Still, it's probably worth a look - I'm sure the system has been significantly improved in subsequent generations.
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This is a bit OT, but it sure works well on our X5. Of course, that vehicle weighs nearly 2.5 tons. I don't know if I'd like it in a regular car. Sport Package and Active Steering make the X5 feel like it's (almost) defying the laws of physics.
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I have had it on a 5 and a 3 and would get it again. You really need to try it yourself to decide if it is worth it. When I drive a loaner 3 without it, I feel like I am driving a bus.
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If you spend most of your time on the freeway, then it can be deleted with no loss. But if you're the kind of person who goes looking for the twisties, then it's definitely worthwhile.
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I'd recommend driving both and deciding for yourself, because as another poster mentioned - you're going to get a very split opinion here.

I really love the 3er's standard steering, so I personally haven't considered it, especially given the relatively steep price. I will also admit to being somewhat biased against it because I've read a lot of negative reviews in the automotive press since its introduction on the E60 5-Series. Still, it's probably worth a look - I'm sure the system has been significantly improved in subsequent generations.
Totally agree! I haven't tried it either, but I am a little curious, especiall after reading the pro-AS comments. But I like the standard steering and never considered AS myself either.
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My ex had a prelude with 4 wheel steering, and it was awesome. Took some getting used to though.
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