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|3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.|
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| Originally posted by Aether@Sep 26 2004, 11:10 AM |
Your TL is front-heavy and probably wider than an E30. Front-wheel-drive cars aren't necessarily better handlers than RWD, but they are more stable in extreme situations. It's not at all hard to kill yourself in either, of course. My 1987 325 feels pretty loose even through minor turns at 90 and up, on 195/55/14s. I'd say it's normal. You could get some strut braces or something if you're going to be playing around at those speeds often.
You really should be concentrating on the car's handling at that speed regardless.
| Originally posted by MrM3@Sep 26 2004, 12:19 PM |
i dont know what could be causing the unstability at those speeds. ive had my car up to 115mph (at the track) turning on a downhill banked turn on the absolute limit and the car felt amazingly stable. even on the highway with random dips or bumps the car feels very stable at 100mph+ speeds. all i have done that would really help stability is koni sa dampers and a sparco strut brace.
did you replace the control arms, control arm bushings, and tie rods? if not, look into e36 tie rods and e30 m3 control arm bushings for better stability. the strut brace should help alot as well.
|It feels like I have to really concentrate on how the car is handling|
| Originally posted by spiff325is@Sep 26 2004, 09:47 PM |
Id suggest using gas through the turn. Or your rear shock mounts may be worn so you hear some squeaking. But along the lines of twiching, i cant say id know what the problem is unless i drove your car. or if you gave a more detailed description of the feeling.
| Originally posted by bavarianmotorweapon@Sep 27 2004, 01:05 PM |
my 318i, with a pretty close to stock suspension, handles fine up through 90mph (145kph), it is totally pinned down. Around 120-125ish, it starts to lift up and get a bit drifty, but can be controlled through 135ish where it runs out of steam. Lowering the car is supposed to help this. I used to have those AVS100 tires, they aren't the greatest in my experience. A TL has a softer suspension, and tends to feel more relaxed. I have an acura RL, which feels very calm at 120mph speeds, but you can feel it doesn't have much grip. The E30 is just very tight, anything happening with it, you feel.
| Originally posted by shield@Sep 28 2004, 05:31 PM |
My vehicle is stock, but the entire steering (rack pinion kit, links, etc), struts, shocks, and tires are all brand new. But I experience the same thing as you described.
I think it feels like this since it's rear wheel drive.
I've driven a couple of others as well and they feel the same.
My Civic feels more stable since it's front wheel drive.
However, my highspeed turns are pretty tight and I have no issues in winding roads at high speeds.
Overall, my Bimmer handles pretty well comparetively...(considering I do ~200 K/hr in a police car on the highway on a daily basis)
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