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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 02-03-2013, 02:26 AM
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Car is shaking while driving! Please help...

I have a 2005 3 series. The older style. Anyway, my car started shaking while driving and I have not idea what it would be. It is not a side to side shake like my old toyota camry did when it was out of an alignment. It was a front to back motion, felt strong in the steering wheel as well as the gas. Even when I was break it was still happening. I would love to have an idea of what it could possibly be before I take it into the shop where I don't speak the same language. I'd like to have a google translate of possibilities ready so I can have a starting point. Thanks for the help!
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Old 02-03-2013, 05:36 AM
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Possibly a brake caliper that is not releasing. Carefully check if one wheel is hot next time it happens.
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Old 02-03-2013, 06:24 AM
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I'd start here ...
- The main causes of vibration while highway driving (0) (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & while highway braking (1) (2) (3) & why it's not rotor "warp" (1) & severe ABS shuddering while slow speed braking on bumps (1) & how fluid-filled thrust arm bushings crack and tear causing the BMW to vibrate at speed (0) (1) (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) & a comprehensive TireRack vehicle vibration diagnosis chart (1) (jpg) with wheel match mounting hints (1) & how a worn drive shaft, flex disc, center bearing, or "giunti Boschi", aka giubo (it's not spelled guibo although it sounds like it is to some) can cause the vehicle to vibrate (1) (2) (3) (4) & how to repair the rear driveshaft seal by the differential (1) & how to repair the inner constant velocity (CV) half-drive shaft (1).
Please read the suggested threads and add value, either by pictures or by descriptions, so the next person stands on your shoulders.
See also: E39 Bestlinks & How to easily find what you need
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