Consumers have filed a total of 117 complaints related to BMW STEERING.
Driving at 40mph an alert error for steering and braking warning came up and stalled the car to zero mph. A review of other internet complaints on bmw owners was similar. Why is this not a recall?
While riding this motorcycle at highway speeds (60+mph) near semi truck traffic. The air flow coming off of the truck would impact the motorcycle, the bike would wobble significantly making it very hard to control and on the cusp of losing control. The same would happen when there were cross winds of 30+mph. In both of these conditions the bike became dangerous to ride. This wobble happened each time i was near a truck on a highway and in significant cross winds.
Roads were clear but edges slushy. Temp was 27 degrees. Drove 2 miles at 40ish mph to starbucks, got coffee. Normal rear wheel drive traction issues when changing lanes, etc. I was driving carefully and about 5 mph under what everyone else was doing. About a mile away from the coffee drive through, i changed lanes (right to left) over a pile of slush... Normal mild traction issues. Was in the left lane and had "recovered" when suddenly more yellow traction warning lights came on (one on drivers control panel, one on the info panel)... Reading it later, it said to drive gently, the traction control system was recalibrating. I am a very good driver... I lost complete control. I was steering into the skid, but it didn't feel like a normal skid. It didn't slow (i know not to brake - and there wasn't any traffic to worry about). Completely into the right breakdown lane, recovered somewhat, into the left lane until i finally gently hit the curb at about 10 mph. I was going about 35 mph when the nightmare started. Even after gaining some modicum of control, i couldn't go more than about 20 mph without completely losing any kind of traction control. Pulled over, turned the car off/on... No change. Pulled over, reset the car by walking 15 yds away with the keys for 15 minutes, i could pull out and drive normally for 100 yds, then the "recalibrating" notification would come on and i would lose control. I was on 4 lane highway with median. Even after waiting 2 hours for a tow, the pavement was dry and i had no control.
While driving on the freeway at 70mph, my steering and brake system become less responsive. Could not brake fully. Electronic console gave a numerous warning alerts, including: cross traffic warning, four wheel drive system temporarily not available, restraint system malfunction, and possible chassis malfunction. I was to pull over to the side of an offramp, and needed about 100-200 feet for the car to come to a complete stop, despite pumping the brakes.
THE BILLET ALUMINUM STEERING KNUCKLES/STEERING CARRIERS ARE CRACKED AT ONE OF TWO BOLT POINTS CAUSING A SIGNIFICANT SAFETY CONCERN. THIS IS A KNOWN MANUFACTURER DEFECT AND BMW SUBSEQUENTLY CHANGED THE DESIGN OF THE REPLACEMENT PART. THIS BILLET ALUMINUM PART IS SPECIFIC TO THE 2016 BMW M4 GTS, A LIMITED EDITION BMW M4. APPROXIMATELY 800 M4 GTS'S WERE EVER BUILT AND THESE PARTS ARE FAILING AT ALL MILEAGE VALUES. THIS ISSUE IS WELL DOCUMENTED ON BIMMERPOST.COM FROM SEVERAL OWNERS. BMW WILL NOT COVER THE COST TO REPLACE IF THE VEHICLE IS OUTSIDE OF THE WARRANTY, REGARDLESS OF THE MILEAGE; MINE HAS 6,500 MILES. IF THE SECOND BOLT FAILS, THE COMPONENT WILL NO LONGER BE ATTACHED TO THE STRUT AND CAUSE CATASTROPHIC DAMAGE TO THE VEHICLE, PERSONAL INJURY AND POTENTIALLY DEATH. I NOTIFIED BMW AND THEY DENIED THE CLAIM AFTER 4 WEEKS OF REVIEW WITHOUT ANY REASON.