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Old 04-07-2013, 11:33 PM
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BMW change steering feel?

Hey guys,

What I enjoy the most about the bimmers was the steering. I'm a previous owner of a 2009 335 and I just came back from test driving a 535.

Now does anybody know if BMW has changed the steering? It just feels like there is MUCH MORE assitance than previously. Maybe its because it's a 5 series? The sales person told me that they are trying to move towards being a "luxury" brand which meant more power assist.

Someone please enlighten me and tell me it ain't so.


Thanks,
DJ
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Old 04-08-2013, 12:30 AM
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Old 04-08-2013, 01:20 AM
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I gotta go to a Used Car Lot tomorrow and drive an E92 to remind myself of what that "classic BMW steering feel" is all about, since people say that car capitalized on it very well.

Coming from 4 straight Benzes, I totally love the F10's steering feel. It feels 1 part confined luxury and another part properly weighted, sportily inspired.
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Old 04-08-2013, 05:30 AM
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Hey guys,

What I enjoy the most about the bimmers was the steering. I'm a previous owner of a 2009 335 and I just came back from test driving a 535.

Now does anybody know if BMW has changed the steering? It just feels like there is MUCH MORE assitance than previously. Maybe its because it's a 5 series? The sales person told me that they are trying to move towards being a "luxury" brand which meant more power assist.

Someone please enlighten me and tell me it ain't so.


Thanks,
DJ
Coming from a 08 335 coupe, the F10 will feel like a Lexus to you. My wife use to have a 2011 328i and the steering was way too tight in parking lot speed, If thats the BMW steering feel, I will take a pass on that. I find the F10's steering feel just about right. The 2014 F10 is suppose to have modified steering feel, whatever that means, I hope BMW doesnt mess it up.
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Old 04-08-2013, 05:51 AM
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Three, actually.
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Old 04-08-2013, 08:06 AM
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My 2002 E46 has fantastic steering, but you do feel every single bump, pebble or groove in the road and will also feel every bushing or sway bar groaning too. It was a considerable improvement from my 2001 330Ci that had the first iteration of "one fingered parking assist steering" that I think they put there to attract more yuppie-ish females and it was a bit light (I never bothered getting it upgraded) but never felt disconnected. Trust me people were going insane back in 2001 when it first came out and BMW had to offer retrofits to early buyers. I picked mine up in Sept 2000 so it was a very early 330.

I don't mind the electronic steering on my F10 and since the car is rather comfy and disconnected anyway it's not a show stopper or anything and in sport mode quite stiff even though the "feedback" is a bit fake. They'll get these features updated more and more as technology progresses at least they are trying.
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Hey guys,

What I enjoy the most about the bimmers was the steering. I'm a previous owner of a 2009 335 and I just came back from test driving a 535.

Now does anybody know if BMW has changed the steering? It just feels like there is MUCH MORE assitance than previously. Maybe its because it's a 5 series? The sales person told me that they are trying to move towards being a "luxury" brand which meant more power assist.

Someone please enlighten me and tell me it ain't so.


Thanks,
DJ
It is so, not because it's a five, earlier fives had similar feel to your E92. It's an F-series trait and it's very, very different. Some love it others think BMW messed up one it's primary advantages and most desirable attribute.
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It is so, not because it's a five, earlier fives had similar feel to your E92. It's an F-series trait and it's very, very different. Some love it others think BMW messed up one it's primary advantages and most desirable attribute.
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Old 04-08-2013, 08:40 AM
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there may be 1,000 gripes about the f series BMWs, most are BS.

the steering is not. my f10 had the hydraulic steering (since xdrive) but i did happen to drive a RWD with electronic steering. the best way to describe it is numb. i hope they make changes to this, as it really defines the BMW ultimate driving machine description.
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