I have a 2008 BMW 335d. Bought from an approved BMW dealer. It has covered 25k miles and I am the second owner.
As the engine speed reaches 1350 RPM the steering wheel vibrates. Its not a harsh vibration that you can get if your wheels are out of alignment but it is there, enough to make my fingers go numb on a long drive! It stays until around 1600 RPM.
The vibration is not related to the actual speed of the car as I can put the gears up to reduce the RPM and the vibration will dissapear.
Sitting static the vibration appears when I rev the engine to the relevant RPM.
The BMW dealer has driven the car and said he couldnt notice it! I am nearing the end of my warranty so I am sure they are trying to hold off.
Hagerty! What kind of name is that? What you have here is the dealer trying to get out of having to repair the car. You may need to go to some third party to get this resolved. At this time you have paperwork that reflects your concern, you have the dealers response, depending on the area/state you are in will determine what the next step should be. Where are you? What dealership is it?
February, 9, 2011 AT 2:53 PM
Hey Dr Hagerty
Thanks for the reply. There's not many Hagerty's around! Haggerty's however are ten a penny! : -)
I'm from Scotland, the Dealership is Douglas Park Glasgow.
Do you have any initial thoughts? My thinking is that it is definately engine related.
February, 9, 2011 AT 3:14 PM
Well, yes, it could also have to do with the motor mounts as engines all will have some vibration. You might have to arbitrate with the aforementioned 3rd party or solicitor (lawyer for those here is the colonies) Try having the service manager ride with you in the car, have the manager drive the car and demonstrate the vibration to him/her. Be prepared for the possibility that they will not acknowledge this as an issue and that you may need to take other steps, like legal action or perhaps employing the social networks available today. Facebook is a powerful tool, when credibility is threatened, BMW dealers have been known to move mountains.
February, 9, 2011 AT 3:17 PM
Thanks for the tips Doc, I will do that.
February, 9, 2011 AT 8:15 PM
Hey, we as members of the Hagerty clan have to stick together! Cheers Andy! Paul Hagerty