2008 528xi steering wheel vibration & shimmy
Per subject, I have a 2008 528xi with 29000 miles on it. Have been to 2 dealers approximately 7 times to remedy steering wheel shimmy/vibrations, and still having issues with very sloppy feeling steering wheel. I have repeatedly asked for techs to check thrust arm bushings and control arms, but they continually insist that "everything seems tight". The car does not feel anything like it did when I first bought it, and the vibrations are maddening. I'm going to tough it out until I can re-create with 100% reliability noticeable steering wheel shakes, but what else is there?
Visit 1 (BMW Fairfax): Significant steering wheel shimmy when light braking from 40-60. Techs couldn't re-create problem.
Visit 2 (Fairfax): Went back in and demanded a tech go on a ride-along. Showed the issue in range, dealer bled brakes.
Visit 3 (Fairfax): Next day, problem not fixed, dealer replaced front rotors and shimmy while braking went away. However, steering now developed new shimmy while at speed, roughly 45-65.
Visit 4 (BMW Sterling): Took in at 1 in the afternoon on a Friday. Had to pick it up Saturday because nothing was done.
Visit 5 (Sterling): Dealer says tires are out of round, moved fronts to back and road force balanced. Vibration and shimmy feels worse.
Visit 6 (Sterling): New tire install, got some Continental Extremecontact DWS. Shimmy is gone, but vibrations remain. Also aligned and balanced.
Visit 7 (Sterling): Car still vibrating and pulling to right. Re-aligned, yet again told that suspension components look fine, tires in balance. Vibration remains.
Last edited by jjskywlker; 06-28-2011 at 08:57 PM.