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I totally agree with the tight steering, I have a X1 myself and it's a workout after driving it. The reason why the steering is so tight is because BMW uses Run-flat tires for their cars and in order to gel the leak or gap the tire that had been hit with something, your steering will be very secure.Report it
Just a bit more input on the subject of heavy steering on the BMW X-1. This smallest of BMW Sport "Activity" Vehciles is based on the chassis, suspension, and steering of the old BMW E-90 Class 3-Series that was in production in one body style or another - the couple & convertible being the final production model in the US - from 2006 up through late 2013. The BMW E-90 3 Series was well known for its heavily weighted hydraulically activated power steering. I still own a 2008 328i with Sport Package and love that heavily weighted steering that provides lots of feedback as to what the front tires are doing at speed. The new F-30 3 Series, and the next variant of the X-1, due around 2016, will feature an electric power steering system that is now known for its numbness, lack of feedback, and the total absence of effort that is required. Today I happen to be driving a 2014 328i with that hotly disputed Electric Power Steering. For those of you who are accustomed to most Japanese, Korean, and American cars trust me ask for a BMW with the no effort required electric power steering because you will love it. As for those of us who enjoy a great performance car, you might just enjoy driving the present X-1 as it has the best steering rack in the current BMW line-up. It is either that or keep fixing your old BMW's and wait for them to deliver us an Electric Power Steering system that doubles as a good performance rack. After all if Porsche can do it surely BMW can figure it out!!!Report it
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