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Old 05-08-2012, 04:47 PM
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2011 X3 35i drifting to the right

Has any one had this problem. Car drifts slightly to right at any speed. Have realigned twice, tire and wheels rotated & balanced at BMW service. Service contacted BMW. They said" we are aware of this problem, we will contact the dealer when we have an answer". No time frame
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Old 05-08-2012, 06:31 PM
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2011 X3 drifting to the right

I have a 2012 that drifts to the left. Maybe, just maybe, if we can get yours and mine to mate, and, if they have twins, we can each keep one of the offspring...

Seriously, my steering wheel is just a tad off center to the right, and when I center it, the car drifts left. I haven't had the alignment checked yet. It shouldn't be off after just 2800 miles, correct?

Any thoughts?

Thanks.

Richard
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Old 05-08-2012, 07:07 PM
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Check out this thread: http://x3.xbimmers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=681442

May help you out with a software update
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Old 05-08-2012, 10:22 PM
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Has any one had this problem. Car drifts slightly to right at any speed. Have realigned twice, tire and wheels rotated & balanced at BMW service. Service contacted BMW. They said" we are aware of this problem, we will contact the dealer when we have an answer". No time frame
given.
I have had on and off steering pull and unbalanced steering force issues starting from day one. When I first brought it in back in Oct, 2011, they were able to confirm that the car was pulling and checked alignment, which was fine, and swapped tires around till the pulling went away. About 2 months later, the right hand pull returned along with a general unbalanced feeling between right and left hand turning. I had the software update done about 4 weeks ago and complained about pulling when I brought it in. The tech stated that he couldn't confirm the pulling. On the workorder they stated that they "Performed electronic steering wheel calibration". The steering was good when I picked it up, but it is still intermitantly pulls to the right and has a generally unbalanced feel between left and right turning force and smoothness. Even when not pulling to the right, it turns much easier and smoother to the right. Very dissappointing. FYI, I don't have any options that give me the ability to adjust the steering on my car other than turning off DSC. I have a July 1, 2011 x 35i. I plan on bringing the car back in again for this issue.
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Old 05-09-2012, 08:41 AM
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It would be good to know if there is something in common with the steering mechanism. Variable sport steering or not?
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Old 05-16-2012, 05:35 PM
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Thought I had the same issue with my 2011 X3 3.5I when I first picked it up in April 2011.
Found out that my right front tire(rft tires on this car)was losing pressure for some reason.
Adjusted the tire pressure to factory specs and problem went away.My vehicle currently has 11000 miles
Checked the pressure on all four tires every two weeks from this point on.
Not sure if that would solve your problem but it might be something to check.
My X3 has no other issues and I am even getting used to the run flat tires, which I hated at first.
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Old 05-16-2012, 09:22 PM
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Thought I had the same issue with my 2011 X3 3.5I when I first picked it up in April 2011.
Found out that my right front tire(rft tires on this car)was losing pressure for some reason...
Tire pressure monitoring system provided no warning?
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Old 05-17-2012, 11:57 AM
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Failed to mention, tire pressure monitor did provide a warning.
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Old 05-18-2012, 04:30 PM
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I brought my car in today for the steeing issue for the third time. The shop foreman drove the car and agrees that it pulls slightly to the right and the steering effort is greater when turning left than right. He said they will try to fix it through alignment or tire rotation but couldn't guarantee they could get it perfect due to the electric sterring controls that don't have really anything in the way of adjustment. I'm not looking for anything less than a nice balanced feel of the steering and no pulling
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Old 05-18-2012, 05:51 PM
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Tire pressure monitoring system provided no warning?
Tpms doesn't provide warning unless PSI is 20% below min door specs.

Pulling can occur at a much lower PSI in my experience if left and right greatly varies.
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Old 05-18-2012, 07:31 PM
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My alignment was off, and drifting stopped once it was corrected. As to the "tip in" problem, it seems better with the software update, but on one occasion, as I was just starting forward from a stop, the car suddenly started revving as if it was in neutral, though it was in "D." Has anybody else had this happen after the update? It only happened once, but I had to pull over, stop, and turn the car off. It finally stopped doing it (once was enough...it reminded me of my last issue with my 3 series (the high pressure fuel pump business).

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Old 05-19-2012, 06:59 PM
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Has any one had this problem. Car drifts slightly to right at any speed. Have realigned twice, tire and wheels rotated & balanced at BMW service. Service contacted BMW. They said" we are aware of this problem, we will contact the dealer when we have an answer". No time frame
given.
Tell them if they cannot give your the courtesy of a time frame that you will begin lemon law proceedings. They should say, "We are working on it, and will check back with your weekly until this is resolved." This is just the kind of thing they like to drag out until you get tired of badgering them.

Sorry, but I cut no slack when dealers behave this way. It is inconsiderate and unprofessional. You aren't buying an escort. you are buying the "Ultimate Driving Machine" and part of that is service.
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Old 05-21-2012, 06:57 AM
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Drift to the right

Thanks to all for your input. I will take the car in for yearly maintenance in a couple of weeks
and ask them to continue to try to solve the problem also will ask for a software upgrade.
I will report back after yearly maintenance.
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Old 05-28-2012, 10:24 PM
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Brought my '11 35i (9500 mi) in for the third time for pulling issues. Drove with shop foreman and he agreed that the car was pulling slightly to the right and that the car turns easier to the right than the left. They are replacing one of the spindles, not even sure which one yet. They are supposed to finish up tomorrow. I'm happy that they are acknowledging there is an issue again.
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Old 06-01-2012, 07:35 AM
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[QUOTE=jdavid2;6862233]Brought my '11 35i (9500 mi) in for the third time for pulling issues. Drove with shop foreman and he agreed that the car was pulling slightly to the right and that the car turns easier to the right than the left. They are replacing one of the spindles, not even sure which one yet. They are supposed to finish up tomorrow. I'm happy that they are acknowledging there is an issue again.[/QUOTE

Got the car back after the replaced the right spindle and things looks good so far after 3 days. Doesn't appear to be anymore pulling/drifting to the right and the steering now feels balanced. They said they had another X3 that they replaced the spindle on it to resolve a similar issue. I'm very happy with the time and effort they put into resolving this issue.
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