5-Series (E12,E28, E34, E39, E60)Chat relating to the BMW 5-Series of all generations. Specific models include: BMW 518, BMW 520, BMW 520i, BMW 530i, BMW 528i, BMW 530i, BMW 518i, BMW 524d, BMW 525i, BMW 525e, BMW 528e, BMW 540i, BMW 535i, BMW 520d, BMW 525td, BMW 525d, BMW 530d, BMW 525i/xi, BMW 530i/xi. (BMW 5-Series Forum)
I have a 530d E60 and have always found the steering heavy. I thought it was just a BMW thing to make the cars seem more substantial versus something like a jag which is for old men and has very light steering.
But this weekend my car was in for codeing and the dealer gave me a 523i for the weekend. I couldn't believe how light the steering was. Driving my car is like a tank relative to the car I had this weekend. I asked them to check and they said my tyre pressure was low and that the diesel engine was a bit heavier. But since I got it bak I am really concience of the diff.
I have the same problem exactly but am putting it down to a truck hitting my LH front wheel which was on a near full lock at the time. The LH tie rod was broken & of course replaced but ever since, despite full realignment, the steering is like you describe. I've bought a complete replacement rack as both I & two mechanic friends believe the steering rack rod itself has been slightly bent. I'll confirm results when he change is made if you're interested.
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