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Well, if it was going to happen - Re: 330 Steering Retrofit

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it was going to happen to me. My 330Ci retrofit steering rack has failed. :mad: Yup, less than one year and less than 3,000 miles and the POS is making noise and it's leaking. :mad:
If it isn't broken, don't' fix it. I guess that goes both ways, BMW AG for ever missing with the steering in the first place (making it lighter in 2001) :mad: and for me actually going through with having the retrofit performed. I knew something like this was bound to happen. :mad:
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Looks like that was a very wise decision. I believe Alan F. made the same choice. As you can tell I'm very displeased about this. We would have never known that the rack was leaking if the Tech had not removed the plastic panel to listen to the noise that the steering rack started making yesterday. Damn remanufactured steering racks. :thumbdwn:
Yes, they are, but that maybe be a problem. BMW NA has to authorize the retrofit steering rack (99-00 323/328 rack) and something to do with a core charge because it's a different rack vs. the factory 330 rack that was initially installed. What a mess! :mad: :thumbdwn:
It's hard to describe, maybe like creaking noise. You'd have to heard it.
This is not necessarily true. There have been others that thought their steering effort did not increase (still light) and there were a few, including myself that had the Brake Induced Vibration (BIV) after the retrofit was done. Keep in mind that the rack is a 99-00 323/328 rack and during that period many of those cars had the BIV, which in order to resolve that issue a new (softer) coupler had to been installed.
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