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Old 02-03-2019, 07:54 AM
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M240i Wheel Alignment

I have a 2017 M240i that i special ordered and took delivery of with 6 miles on the ODO. I have had it for almost 2 years and put 20000 miles on it.

Since new the steering has been a bit vague and rubbery on center, pretty disappointing in a brand that bills itself as the UDM. But i wasn't surprised because of all the complaints/reports i have read about how modern BMW have lost the "driving feel" particularly concerning the electro-hydraulic steering... i figured that was just the way it is. Don't misunderstand, the car tracked straight, didn't pull or tramline or anything else that would make one thing alignment issue. The steering wheel was straight...

It has also had what i call a power-on rear wheel toe steer issue, that i didn't notice until i worked through a self imposed 1500 miles break-in and i started getting on the throttle. I am familiar with the issue from previous experience with a 3rd gen RX7 that i bought with 100K on it (and the problem was much worse on the RX7). On the RX7 the issue was solved by replacing the rear trailing arm bushings and doing a good 4 wheel alignment.

The issue presents as: when driving along in straight line at low throttle the car tracks straight, but when you get on the throttle and the power builds the car starts to pull (left for both the RX7 and the M240i). The more power the worse the pull, so you have to steer against the pull. Then when its time to shift and you cut the throttle, suddenly the toe steer disappears and the car pulls in the direction you were holding the wheel off center, necessitating a steering correction in the middle of the shift. Once the shift is complete and the power builds again the toe steer starts again and more steering corrections are needed. Not very confidence inspiring.

A few weeks ago i took the car to local dealer where i purchased (Brian Harris BMW in Baton Rouge) for second oil change, and while there i discussed the rear wheel toe steer issue with the service adviser (and eventually the alignment tech Mikey), and decided to put the car on the alignment rack and do a full alignment (they didn't offer to cover under warranty, so cost me $200 with taxes). See alignment report attached. The rear end was out of tolerance on camber, toe, and thrust angle, and the front didn't have anything out of tolerance but several things were right at the edge, and the alignment tech (Mikey) adjusted to bring back to the middle.

I am happy to report that it was money well spent and i wish i had done it many miles ago. The car is transformed. The power on rear wheel toe steer is completely gone, i can rip full throttle thru the gears in a straight line with no steering corrections needed. And as bonus the vague straight line feel is gone and now it has a nice crisp on center feel.
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Old 02-03-2019, 09:49 AM
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Thanks for sharing - glad you now have the crisp on center feel which I think BMW has improved quite a bit since the early F30's. We had a 2013 328i that had a very slight steering tug to the right when highway speeds, wasnít bad but annoying. I finally brought it in to an alignment specialist and when he ran his hand over the right rear tire, he said the toe ( or maybe camber) was off. After adjusting, that car was a totally different animal, just put a nice grin on my face.
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Old 02-04-2019, 06:26 AM
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Yeah, itís amazing what a properly done alignment can do for a carís handling.
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Alignments are cheap compared to tires. They only get expensive when suspension parts are worn and need to be replaced. That that's way down the road.
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