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Old 05-25-2005, 11:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys,

So my car drives very smooth at certain speeds, but when I hit about 70-90 kmh range, my steering wheel is wobbly... Very noticeably wobbly... Then when I continue accelerating, it gradually goes away, but NOT completely... Still mildly noticeable.

Any idea what this could be?

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Old 05-25-2005, 01:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This happened in my E30, and was a combination of a bad tie rod end, and bad tires. The first leading to the next of course.
New tie rod end + new tires = no wobble.

I had the shop do an alignment at the same time... Wasn't that expensive at all.
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I would take a look at the ball joints and the control arm bushings.
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The control arm bushings do seem to wear fast, and are a "weak point" in the engineering of the bmw e36 (as far as I've experienced). It's a pretty common fix for those bushings, so it shouldn't be too expensive.
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Worn, out of balance tires caused this on my car. Going to do new tires very soon. Already did the lower ball joints and control arm bushings. That ran under 400USD at the mechanic. That made a difference also.
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