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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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Old 09-11-2008, 12:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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New guy here! My '89 325i has developed a vibration in the passenger compartment (most noticeable in the rearview mirror) along with a pretty bad tire howl at 60+ mph. Am thinking rear wheel bearings but looking for any other possible causes...?? Thanks
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Could be out of alignment.. I'd get it checked as fast as you can because Tires go fast if they are making funny noises.
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i had a similar problem with my E36. It was the back left wheel bearing. I didn't have so much the vibration, but bad tire noise, and noticeable instability at highway speeds.
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Check the rear subframe mount if it is bad it will make sound s and the back will feel like it is on ice.
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same as above. check sub frame mounts and bushings. look for bent arms in back suspension/chassis, aligment is important. but most likely wheel bearing if u hear a howling of rotation while at excess of 55MPH.
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if you take it to a local garage and have them put it on a lift for you to check it they shouldn't charge you anything I know we don't charge people for checking things like that for them
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Thanks everyone! Just vibration and noise (feels fine). Will check bearings. Thanks again!!
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