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      04-18-2012, 01:06 AM   #23
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I agree with the OP I'm loving it...it's a great weighting at speed. Same as my boxster s.

Only one question has BMW heard that others make a power steering cap/resovoir that doesn't leak when u hit hard curves/banking?
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      04-18-2012, 01:19 AM   #24
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get a rag and zip tie it around the power steering reservoir, just make sure to take it off when you go in for service, some dealers assume that the car has been tracked if u took a preventative measure to stop power steering fluid from over flowing
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      04-19-2012, 02:39 AM   #25
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I'm new to my M3 but one of the things I noticed last week when I had a 328i loaner from the dealer while my car was in for service was the 328i had much more resistance when turning the wheel than the M3 does. With my M3 I could use my pinky finger to turn at low speeds or a stop but the 328i was almost difficult even at low speeds.

I'm curious as to why this is? Obviously our suspension is entirely different but this felt more like just having a better power steering pump or something.

(side note, I can never get over how bad the throttle response is on an automatic 328i. I'm not talking about in comparison to an M3, it just sucks in general. You mash on the gas and it literally thinks about it for a second or two before responding. Almost dangerously at times)
TOTALLY agree with you. I actually thought something was wrong with my steering wheel once I got back into my M3 lol. As far as the throttle response.. i hate IT! I almost got into a couple of accidents because I couldn't accelerate fast enough
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      04-19-2012, 06:18 AM   #26
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I made the same comment to my wife about her 1 Series that the OP mentioned.
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      04-19-2012, 09:34 AM   #27
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When I went from my 330 to an M3 the steering was completely different. I actually like the feel of the M3 steering much better than my previous 330.
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      04-19-2012, 09:41 AM   #28
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I made the same comment to my wife about her 1 Series that the OP mentioned.
What's odd is that with the 328 it wasn't the lack of power that concerned me...it was that when I "hit the gas" it just didn't seem to even try for a second or two. I'm very familiar with cars that have smaller engines that so it's not that I expect speed but wow is that scary if you are not accustomed to it.
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      04-19-2012, 10:29 PM   #29
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328 is way harder to turn the wheel when driving slow or stopped than the M3. Driving at speed, the steering is much more stable and stiffer. Its the steering servo on the M that adjusts to road speeds.
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      04-19-2012, 10:34 PM   #30
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Coming out of a 335 into an M3 I also felt immediately that the M3's low speed steering feel was much lighter..but I think it has more to do with the extensive use of lighter, aluminum suspension components..less with over -assisted power steering
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      04-20-2012, 12:27 AM   #31
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Steering in non-M e9x is a bit artificially stiff. Not quite as bad as 05 and earlier G35 coupe but close.

The throttle response on e9x 328 loaners I had was scary. My Mazda 3 does not do that... when I press the gas it goes. It sucks so much I have no idea how anyone could drive that car daily in anything other than DS mode.
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      04-20-2012, 06:11 AM   #32
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Coming out of a 335 into an M3 I also felt immediately that the M3's low speed steering feel was much lighter..but I think it has more to do with the extensive use of lighter, aluminum suspension components..less with over -assisted power steering
I actually strongly doubt that. An M3 without Servotronic would no doubt feel much more like a 3 series steering wise. The Servotronic is making for most of the difference, not the suspension components.
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      04-20-2012, 07:24 AM   #33
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I actually strongly doubt that. An M3 without Servotronic would no doubt feel much more like a 3 series steering wise. The Servotronic is making for most of the difference, not the suspension components.
Your probably correct..was just a theory
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      05-04-2012, 01:21 PM   #34
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get a rag and zip tie it around the power steering reservoir, just make sure to take it off when you go in for service, some dealers assume that the car has been tracked if u took a preventative measure to stop power steering fluid from over flowing
Sorry to bring up an old thread. Could you elaborate this a little more?

I have a E90 328i and I was sad to find out that the rack on this was "ENGINE speed sensitive" rather than "Vehicle Speed Sensitive". This makes sense because even in low-speeds if I get the engine to past 4Krpms, steering gets stiff and really nice to give more feed back from tires. Just wish this was "Vehicle Speed Sensitive", so on highway it feels nicer. I have an auto and it hunts for the higher gear all the time, so I am below 3Krpms 90% time and with over-assisted steering
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      05-04-2012, 01:42 PM   #35
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Sorry to bring up an old thread. Could you elaborate this a little more?

I have a E90 328i and I was sad to find out that the rack on this was "ENGINE speed sensitive" rather than "Vehicle Speed Sensitive". This makes sense because even in low-speeds if I get the engine to past 4Krpms, steering gets stiff and really nice to give more feed back from tires. Just wish this was "Vehicle Speed Sensitive", so on highway it feels nicer. I have an auto and it hunts for the higher gear all the time, so I am below 3Krpms 90% time and with over-assisted steering
If you have an M3 with Servotronic, it is Vehicle Speed Sensitive. If your car doesn't have that option, it will be Engine Speed Sensitive.

http://www.bmw.com/com/en/insights/t...rvotronic.html
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      05-04-2012, 01:47 PM   #36
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Wasn't a fan of the light steering so would use Mdrive just for sport steering at first. Like anything though, you get use to it.
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If you have an M3 with Servotronic, it is Vehicle Speed Sensitive. If your car doesn't have that option, it will be Engine Speed Sensitive.

http://www.bmw.com/com/en/insights/t...rvotronic.html
Yes, I got that. I was asking about what that one post was taking about zip-tieing the resovouir.
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