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Old 07-26-2013, 08:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Inconsistent front end vibration

2003 325Xi, manual trans. 80000 miles. Sometimes I get a substantial vibration in the front (feel it through steering wheel). Not speed dependent. Not transmission gear dependent. Still there when driveshaft is "unloaded" (coasting in neutral). When vibration occurs, can come to a full stop, and its usually not there when getting back up to speed. Then after a few miles it sometimes reoccurs. Sometimes not. No vibration when braking. CV joints (they seem good - only a tiny bit of play)?? Wheel hub bearing (that wouldn't be inconsistent)?? Other ideas please??
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Couple things I can think of: ball joints, tie rods, control arm bushings. All things that could have worn out to cause it. I would have the front end inspected as well as a brake inspection just in case. Hard to diagnose properly without seeing the car.
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I also think that It can be the problem of ball joints, tie rods, control arm bushings. Or if you have grease all over, and popping while turning, you might as well change the axles. Go for any reliable BMW repair center. The experts will work well in this. .
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