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Old 01-12-2013, 03:16 PM   #1
TF3N
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Weird Request: Anyone down to drive my car? lol

I'm ready to get ripped on for this one... Here it goes:

I bought by 2002 325i in July. I drove a few and this one felt the best. It had 120,000km when I bought it - I seriously thought it rode like a brand new car.

I just drove my friends 2003 325i with 160,000km and it drove much better than mine. Her steering feels heavy, mine feels loose in comparison.

I'm thinking it's because she has the sport package and I don't, but now my car suddenly leaves more to be desired and I'm wondering if I need to replace some steering/suspension components.

So, are there any self proclaimed E46 experts who would be down to take my car for a boot and give me an idea of what I may need(if anything) to make it ride perfect again? I'm planing on purchasing a set of coilovers anyway, but I'm thinking it may need more than just suspension to feel tight like the other car.

Again, I know it's a strange request... just figured I'd ask.

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Old 01-12-2013, 07:59 PM   #2
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I'm always down to drive other cars--but I think you might want to consider the obvious...and most noticeable.

1. steering components may indeed be worn (tie rods especially!) Check them.
2. what is the condition of the tires? Are they good to start with? You'd be amazed at the difference good tires make
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Old 01-12-2013, 08:48 PM   #3
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I wouldn't mind buuut, if you are feeling a difference in handling and such, it could be a lot of things .. I bought my 2000 323i and I thought that was a vast improvement over my civic. However I too drove a friends e46 a month later and his was noticeably more controlled and tight all around.

I replaced my front control arm bushings(common wear item), rear trailing arm bushings, upgraded front struts to sport suspension, rear shocks+springs to sport suspension, and most importantly new tires. I picked up a set of Bridgestone potenzas for a square setup 225/40r18.

My car handles much better now and the power transfer to the ground feels more stable

Honestly I didn't spend as much as most ppl would expect on this.. A little over 1k, but well worth it
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Old 01-13-2013, 03:19 PM   #4
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I'm sure you'll find a bunch of takers to drive your car (I'm one of them) but to be honest why don't you just take it to a shop like RMP? They'll probably give you the best assessment and advice.

As TSI said - check the tires first, they make a huge difference.
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Old 01-13-2013, 03:43 PM   #5
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This is a great idea OP after a stranger drives your car, take their advice to your bmw mechanic and have him fix or replace the parts the stranger who drove your car recommended.
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Old 01-13-2013, 03:48 PM   #6
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When I first bought my E46 the steering felt much to be desired and I put on a Eibach Pro Kit and replaced both tie rod ends and it gave the car a whole new feel, plus aesthetically it looks much better now.

As one of the members suggested, take it to RMP and find out if you need anything replaced and have them upgrade the suspension (I didn't spend the extra money for coilovers and based on the feel before and after installing the Eibach Pro kit - I'm happy with the money I did spend on the springs alone).
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Old 02-02-2013, 12:33 AM   #7
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Replace the steering guibo.

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?p=13077875
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Old 02-21-2013, 01:31 PM   #8
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I'm sure you'll find a bunch of takers to drive your car (I'm one of them) but to be honest why don't you just take it to a shop like RMP? They'll probably give you the best assessment and advice.

As TSI said - check the tires first, they make a huge difference.
I agree. Besides the TS already knew his car drives way different from her friend's car. TS just take your car to RMP or any other Max sponsor shop. Let the pros to the diagnoses you'll get it fixed anyway yah
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