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#8836 of 12737 Steering 2004 530ia
May 02, 2004 (10:04 am)
One week ago (4/24/04) I took delivery of a new 2004 530i, with premium pkg., steptronic, and a few other extras. I DID NOT get the sport pkg. because I did not like "active steering". Well, I LOVE my new bimmer with one exception. At highway speeds (60-80 mph and higher) the steering seems too responsive. It requires frequent steering wheel inputs from me, and I am not accustomed to this on either my 1990 525i or my 2003 325cic. I`ve made sure that tire pressures are correct and have even had the dealer double check alignment settings. The dealer thinks I just need to "get used to it". Before I contact BMW USA, does anyone have any input for me? THANKS!!!
#8837 of 12737 Re: Steering 2004 530ia [joe91 #8836]
May 02, 2004 (11:18 am)
I had the same reaction with my '99 528. I bought new wheels and better tires and the problem went away.
#8838 of 12737 Well thanks fellas
May 02, 2004 (1:14 pm)
I got in the habit of monitoring this board when I was trying to convince my wife to get one of the last E39s. I just didn't want to let that model get away because I love the looks of it. But, she said no and I have absolutely no use for anything that large so there's no 5 in my future. But I got addicted to reading posts here, LOL.
#8839 of 12737 3.45 differential, riez, shipo, and kyfdx
May 02, 2004 (8:17 pm)
Thanks for all of the feedback. I should have realized what A, and LSD for that matter, stood for. I like my "540iA SP" A LOT better than the 540iT. It handles wonderfully. There is something about BMW sedan handling I have been unable to match in other sedans. I drove a Mercedes C32 AMG, for example It was a bit quicker, but there was a bit of a disconnected sense in the handling. It was also a little smaller and more expensive.
I was not going to rush into the 3.45 differential in any event, and I will give it some more thought. There are some circumstances when I would like a little more kick out of the car, but perhaps it is wiser to leave well enough alone.
#8840 of 12737 Re: Shipo and Postoak [dabimmer #8835]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
May 03, 2004 (5:52 am)
Gee... Now I feel bad that I didn't ask to become a "member" before I posted. I too, am only a lowly 3-series owner.
Can I stay? Huh? Can I? Please?
May 03, 2004 (5:58 am)
Works for me!
#8842 of 12737 just to share a little moment here in Boston yesterday
May 03, 2004 (1:58 pm)
It was raining and I was following a brand new Acura TL getting on the highway. This person had been driving ahead of me for the last 5 minutes. Although he was not going fast you could not have noticed the fact that he obviously enjoyed his new wheels. In one of the turns all of the sudden I have noticed that his front end is giving up and his car went into pretty serious understeer. I mind you, my 530 SP didn't even slide or the DSC light didn't go on. He ended up on the grass in between the road, probably shaken up. I had a little smile on and felt like waving to him. Too bad it was pouring. These are the little moments I appreciate the choice I made last year to go with e39. He was lucky he ended up w/o a scratch.
May 03, 2004 (3:45 pm)
lol, come on board!
#8844 of 12737 Tires, Tires, Tires
May 03, 2004 (3:56 pm)
george94... In situations like this TIRES and driver training/experience are everything.
The SP provides better tires than a base 5 Series. Bet he was riding on mediocre all-season tires. Remember, an all-season tires does nothing very well.
May 03, 2004 (7:26 pm)
Will the 530d be available state side? Read an article that essentially said the diesel engine will make other BMW engines obsolete (I'm sure other than the V10 in the M5.