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Re: steering Wheel became Hard to turn

Tue Mar 19, 2019 1:59 pm

alohart wrote: The i3's steering is powered by an electric motor with none of the hydraulic lines of the typical power steering system.
I feel they need to rewrite this software.
I feel , part of the reason why the car feels like jumping left right , is the steering wheel which does not have a center bias.
At high speeds - above 85 miles , over uneven roads , i need to use both my hands hard , unlike other cars , which stay in the lane lot more easily.

I also had heavy left bias issue , while driving suddenly , and it fixed while driving itself in a minute .
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Re: steering Wheel became Hard to turn

Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:22 pm

wlsmith12 wrote:Same thing happened to me today. Does any one have a update on this? Wow it was scary.,...
If you haven't done so, file a complaint with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Otherwise, BMW won't be as motivated to fix this problem.

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Re: steering Wheel became Hard to turn

Thu Mar 21, 2019 12:12 am

Two or three people on the UK i3 Facebook group are reporting the same problem.

Most recent one took the car into a dealer. The car was returned "No Fault Found" and had a software update.

So yes, if you have the problem report it to NHTSA and take the car to a dealer. BMW need to know about every i3 that has the issue.
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Re: steering Wheel became Hard to turn

Tue May 14, 2019 5:21 pm

I have a 2015 I3 Rex production date is 2015-10-15. I was driving in ECO Pro node and the sterring became stiff after i made a turn. It was stiff for awhile until I switched to Comfort mode. Since then, I am driving in Comfort Mode and have not experience the issue.

I haven't run in ECO Pro for a long time.

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