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The sixth generation 3 series, chassis code F30. 2013 model year 328i and 335i sedans now in production. Read the F30 frequently asked question thread for all your basic question and dive into all the details in the ultimate F30 information thread.

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Old 11-29-2011, 12:10 PM
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Variable Sports Steering?

Hi all,

Just beating the dead horse again... Option 2VL (Variable Sports Steering) or not? I am going to place an order today or tmrw.

From the reviews, it seems like nobody mentions the 2VL option...they do say that depending on the mode selected, the steering response changes. Some people are saying that "Active Steering" option actually changes the gear ratio, but the VSS just changes the steering's electrical boost/assistance. Not sure who is right and I am kind of confused now. I'd prefer a tighter and more precise steering when in sports mode, but i do not like the idea of variable ratio...

Please advise...its only $300 option
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Old 11-29-2011, 12:34 PM
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I just checked the international press release pdf for F30, and this is what I found:

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"Optional Variable Sports Steering. Optionally a new variable-ratio steering system can be specified. Variable Sports Steering provides different steering gear ratios depending on the angle of the steering wheel, so that the new BMW 3 Series responds either more directly or more softly to the driver's inputs. This reduces the number of steering wheel rotations required for bigger turns by up to 25 per cent and makes for easier, more convenient parking and turning since less effort is required from the driver. Also, the handling is sharper in general, for example when very sudden evasive action is called for. At smaller steering angles between zero and 100 degrees, on the other hand, the Sedan provides high standards of track-holding and straightline stability, and offers very precise response to steering changes. The variable-ratio steering is a purely mechanical system based on a variable-ratio steering rack."
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Old 11-29-2011, 02:02 PM
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Variable sports steering has nothing to do with EPS, HPS, or Active Steering; it can be done on all of them.

People get confused of Variable Assist (which is when the assist level varies with your speed) and Variable Rack Travel.

Your steering gear has notches in it, and that is how the pinion moves the rack. A variable rack has set of notches in the middle, and another set on the ends. Basically it mechanically varies the revolutions per mm of rack travel. The more revolutions per minute the faster your rack moves, and the less turns you need at the steering wheel to move from lock to lock.

http://www.zakgear.com/Rack.html

So your car can have the following:

Variable or Constant Rack Travel/Ratio (Left/Right steering speed increase)
Variable or Constant Assist Level (Slower/Faster steering effort increase)
Active or Non-Active Steering (Active can enhance either of the above two cases and can also "steer" the car for you slightly in the case of an ESP event)

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Old 11-29-2011, 02:33 PM
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Hi all,

Just beating the dead horse again... Option 2VL (Variable Sports Steering) or not? I am going to place an order today or tmrw.

From the reviews, it seems like nobody mentions the 2VL option...they do say that depending on the mode selected, the steering response changes. Some people are saying that "Active Steering" option actually changes the gear ratio, but the VSS just changes the steering's electrical boost/assistance. Not sure who is right and I am kind of confused now. I'd prefer a tighter and more precise steering when in sports mode, but i do not like the idea of variable ratio...

Please advise...its only $300 option
How are you placing an order? My dealer told me today they dont have the ordering sheet yet. Are you ordering your specific options or just putting a deposit to get on the list? Thanks.
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Old 11-29-2011, 03:24 PM
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Why not? Go for it.

X3 has the 2VL as part of the DHP.
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Old 11-29-2011, 06:29 PM
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Not really answering your question, but I have Active Steering. It was a little weird feeling for the first couple of days, but since then I don't notice it, except for the ease of turning in parking lots.
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Old 12-01-2011, 04:15 PM
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Anyone know anything about this option? I am ordering my car tomorrow and thinking about getting it, but its hard to choose without trying it. Its cheap at 300, but what exactly does it do?
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