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#1 (permalink) Old 08-09-2004, 04:55 PM
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My 530i (E39) shimmies at 60mph and again around 80mph. I can actually see the steering wheel shake! I am on my 3rd set of tires and it has happened on all three sets. After the tires are rebalanced all is good for maybe 1000 miles, but then the shimmy re-appears. At my 75k tune up the dealer said all was okay mechanically...any thoughts for a first time BMW owner?
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I've had about the exact same problem, just at lower speeds, 40-50 and 80-90...Took it to BMW, they said that my front right tire was defective and should be replaced...(manufacturer's defect) balancing would only fix the problem temporarially.
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Rim(s) out of true? That is my guess.
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my e28 does it too. from what i hear its common for bmw 5 series. can be alotta things, tires, rims , thrust arms & bushings

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agliment maybe?
my tire shimmy iv realigned, re balenced, replaced breaks , rotors , thrust arms, and bushings

to no avail

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My 1998 528i has a little shimmy, but only when braking. I think the previuos owner padded the brakes not doing the rotors.

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my e34 had the same thing.. replacing the bushings did the job.. runs like new now!

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My e39 does the same thing..... real bad when I first start to drive and the tires are cold but after that the shimmy is becomes almost unnoticeable. I have about 2000 miles on a new set of tires. They have been balanced tree times and I have been to the tire place five times. A local import performance shop said I most likely have a bad tire and need to rotate them from front to back, one at a time in order to figure out which is bad. I feel like telling the tire place to take the F-ing things off my car and give me my old tires back. ghead
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