JohnKelly
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Steering issues

Fri Oct 11, 2019 8:14 am

I took my 2015 i3 in for steering problems and they say they have identified an issue and that there will be a recall when they figure out how to fix the software. My car sometimes feels like you have to constantly correct and the steering is a little too stiff so it ends up being more work to keep it in the lane than it should be. My first i3 did not have have this problem. I also had the somewhat frequently reported issue of the steering suddenly getting very stiff and pulling to one side like I had a flat tire. It went away after restarting. All this after I had an alignment to make sure that was not the issue. They will notify me when they have a fix worked out. The service guy was skeptical about my claims because they could not identify a problem by driving it... but when I came to pick it up he assured me that they had found the problem, so that's nice : )
2015 REX / Participating on plugshare w/level 2 Clipper Creek 32 amp, Moclips, Washington coast

jiggergee
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Re: Steering issues

Mon Dec 02, 2019 5:19 am

I too experienced this today and was freaked out by lack of steering!! Turned ignition on and off all ok

BMW dismissive on phone say not sure what it can be

I woukd really appreciate if you can share with me what the dealer thought was broke etc

Many thanx

howdesign
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Re: Steering issues

Tue Dec 10, 2019 1:09 pm

I would appreciate knowing more about this as well, was your squeaking for any period of time before this happened?
2014 i3 REX

JohnKelly
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Re: Steering issues

Tue Dec 10, 2019 6:50 pm

No Squeaking at all. Will update when they get back to me with a fix.
2015 REX / Participating on plugshare w/level 2 Clipper Creek 32 amp, Moclips, Washington coast

ronin
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Re: Steering issues

Wed Dec 25, 2019 2:55 am

I had the same problem where the car suddenly pulled to the right at about 45 mph. At first I thought it was a flat tire but when I pulled over turning it off and on again when I inspected the tire seemed to correct the problem. I took the car to the dealer the next day and they couldn't replicate. My dealer service notes state: "...brought down the high voltage system. Performed a complete vehicle software update". This was about a year ago and I haven't had any problems since.

If you're getting noises when turning the steering wheel check https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/tsbs/2016/ ... 6-9999.pdf. This seems to happen every year when it starts to get cold. The dealer notes state "SI B32 03 15 related. Lubricated the plastic bearing in the spindle gator per SI B".

Idleup
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Re: Steering issues

Sun Dec 29, 2019 6:46 pm

I sold my 2015 I3 for that exact reason after a dog ran out on at 60 mph. I just bought a new 2019 and BMW did rectify the steering problem. Wheel center now has a distinct hard center position which takes some effort to overcome which really helps to prevent unwanted steering inputs. For the most part she is never going to steer like a low profile car with normal size tires thanks to her tall bulky design.

Mike

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