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Old 02-17-2009, 06:12 PM   #16
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my car does this as well. and even if it is the sub frame, there is a thread on e46 fanatics i will post it in a sec that says BMW of Canada covered 100% of the damage.
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Old 02-17-2009, 06:19 PM   #17
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Old 02-18-2009, 10:29 PM   #18
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could be the subframe, although I think it has to do with your tire width. That recommended tire could be just the minimum tire width (but yet still recommended). Try a wider tire for next winter?
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Old 02-19-2009, 09:44 PM   #19
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What are the alignment specs after it was done? Is the car lowered? Lots of negative camber?

Although some people like to run a bit of toe in on the rear for better hook up, or run a bit of toe out for less understeer, anything but dead straight will affect your high speed stability especially in rain or snow.

I am positive that your subframe is not damaged. That issue would manifest itself in many different ways before affecting your alignment.
Your car is 2004 and subframe damage is very rare in vehicles made after 2002.
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