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    steering issue - everone needs to file a complaint

    Everyone who has expereinced this MUST file a safety complaint with the NHTSA at their site. It is an outrage that BMW, in many cases such as mine, is ignoring this serious problem. What is it going to take for them to realize the seriousness of the issue (death of their customers!) FILE THE COMPLAINT TODAY, DON'T WAIT.2005 Z4 3.0 T Silver, Black interior


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    BMW Z4 Sticky Steering

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    There is a string of messages regards to sticking steering going back a couple of years. Since I just got a very low mileage 2004 Z4 and it started having the "classic" sticking steering as described by several others I am wondering if there are any owners satisfied with the repairs, mods, etc.?KWIK AG
    I own a 2003 BMW Z4 that is in excellent condition with has 27,000 miles on it and that Iíve have had since it was new. The car has never driven in winter and kept in a heated garage. I just got the car back from BMW service and repair. When the car was new, every once and a while the steering would get sticky or notchy, and extra force would have to be used to break the steering wheel loose and turn the wheel. It was very intermittent and happened very infrequently when new; however, the last year or so it has gotten much worse and happens whenever the car is driven. I recently took it to a dealer for repair and got it back yesterday. The dealer replaced part of the steering column at a cost of over $3,000.00. It seems to have corrected the problem. I called BMW customer service to see if they would do something and assist with the repair cost and they basically gave me the finger because the car is out of warrantee. From reading on-line there is definitely a problem with the steering on these cars, otherwise so many people would not be complaining about the same thing. I donít understand why BMW wonít admit there is a problem with the steering on these cars and step up to plate when it comes to the repair? These are not inexpensive Kias!!! BMW is REALLY hurting their customer relations with the individuals who own these cars. I know that this incident has damaged their reputation with me. My wife owns a Ford Edge and we were thinking of replacing it with a new X3 next spring. WELL GUESS WHAT!!!!
    You need to file a complaint with NHTSA. You can do it on-line very easily at their web site.
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    Z4 Steering - Possible fix? Please try it. I want to know if this works.

    I have had my 2004 Z4 for about 5 years. I quickly noticed the steering issue that many other have complained about and tried to fix. I thought someone described it very well when they said the power assist seems to come and go as you drive, causing the car to constantly over-correct as you drive down the road...usually in a somewhat zig-zag path.

    I only drive my car in the summer and store it in my garage in the winter. I always disconnect the battery for storage. A couple of years ago, i took it out of storage and a few of the lights on the instrument panel no longer worked. On example was the outside temperature indicator which only had a couple of dashes instead of numbers. I didn't worry about it.

    Eventually, I took the car in for routine service. The service writer informed me that everything checked out good, but a few sensors on the car needed to be reset since apparantly the battery had become too weak or had been disconnected at some point. This caused the sensors to require resetting. The service technician reset the sensors so all of my indicators on the instrument panel then worked. He also mentioned that if it happened again, reinitialize the sensors by turning the steering wheel all the way to the left and then all the way to the right (or vice versa). That process will reinitialize the sensors (according to him).

    That was in June 2011. It wasn't long after that I realized I didn't have the steering issues anymore. My assumption or hope is that reinitializing the sensors also apparently reinitialized sensors in the steering system. And these sensors apparently make the system work properly.

    I have no proof of this other than the fact that my car doesn't have the problem any longer and driving is much more pleasurable.

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