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Z3crazy
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Power steering

Post by Z3crazy » Sun 04 Jun, 2017 14:48

Hiya,

I've got a question about the power steering in the Z3. I hope no one takes offence, but is it really as bad as i think it is or is just me?

My first car with power steering was a Rover SD1 3500 back in the 70's, then a load of cars without it, and now my last 4 cars with it. Basically, none of them were as "absent" as the Z3; it's almost as if there's no power steering at all. It was the same with all the potential Z3's i tried before i bought this one.
I always thought that powersteering made things really easy at low speeds and then progressively stiffend up. My experience with the Z3's is the other way round.

Am i daft or is this by design?
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lightning
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  Z3 roadster 3.0i
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Re: Power steering

Post by lightning » Sun 04 Jun, 2017 16:23

Nope, mine's great on my 3.0 Z3

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Re: Power steering

Post by gookah » Sun 04 Jun, 2017 22:28

Have you checked the fluid level?
try the steering with the engine on, then with it off, there should be a distinct difference.
No difference.... its not working

check tyre pressures too.
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Re: Power steering

Post by BladeRunner919 » Mon 05 Jun, 2017 08:24

MIne's fine. The Z doesn't have speed-sensitive power steering as far as I know, but then your SD1 wouldn't have been either, so it doesn't provide more assistance at low speeds. Is your complaint that it's too heavy? If so, the Z3 isn't over-assisted, which many cars are, because it is supposed to have a sporty nature, rather than a floaty manoeuvering-about-town feel.

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Re: Power steering

Post by Z3crazy » Mon 05 Jun, 2017 09:39

Okay, it must be down to the "sporty" experience. It does work, but it has more of a frog-eyed sprite or Spitfire feel.

I'll get back to you on the SD1.

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Re: Power steering

Post by Robert T » Mon 05 Jun, 2017 13:00

Z3crazy wrote:but it has more of a frog-eyed sprite ... feel.
What? Immediate, nimble and precise? :lol:

The Z3 power steering is not as assistive at that found on some more modern cars - you can't turn the wheel with your little finger - but believe me, parking the zed is a lot easier than parking the frog. :D

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Re: Power steering

Post by Rodent » Mon 05 Jun, 2017 19:29

I'm a new z3 owner and also found the steering quite heavy initially. Having now had the car up to a decent speed, the steering weight feels perfect to me, when 'making progress'. That little extra weight feels superb and nicely sporty to me.

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