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Old 12-14-2009, 07:12 AM
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Handling Inconsistencies? 335xi

I have an '09 335xi with sport package that seems to be handling in a "loose" manner....

It doesn't feel like it's out of alignment, such that it "pulls" from one side to another (stays relatively straight if you take hands off wheeel), but while driving at highway speeds on very flat, smooth roads, I feel like I fight with it a bit..........it drifts. Hard to explain, but I feel like I always have to keep some pressure on the steering wheel to keep it on line....like the car moves from side to side a bit without the steering wheel moving?

I have 10k miles on the car, brand new tires and have no other issues.

Is this something that is common? Will the dealer recognize this as a potential warranty issues (tighten the steering????), or will I probably have to get an alignment?

One of those things most people wouldn't care about, but having had 3 BMW's, this issues takes away that confident driving experience.

Thoughts appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 12-14-2009, 07:26 AM
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Have you verified and checked tyre pressure before driving off recently? Also, on single or dual-lane roads the roads are constructed so that they angle slightly towards the outside in order to facilitate water drainage. On a multi-lane highway though, it shouldn't be as big a deal.

Anything related to tyres and alignment is only covered for the first 1000mi (1600km) or something like that, so I doubt you will be in warranty coverage.
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Old 12-14-2009, 08:01 AM
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The Xi's don't come with sports suspension. I noticed the handling was a bit loose when driving a 335xi sedan loaner. You could always have a tech take the car for a drive and see if they notice anything.
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Old 12-14-2009, 09:04 AM
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There's probably something wrong with your wheel/tire/alignment setup
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Old 12-14-2009, 10:55 AM
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check your tire presure
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