really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,882 miles

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2005 BMW Z4 steering problems

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2005 BMW Z4 Owner Comments (Page 5 of 7)

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problem #51

Aug 252011

Z4 6-cyl

  • 33,000 miles


I have an issue with 'sticky' steering on my 2005 BMW Z4. It seems to be worse in warmer weather but is there at all times while driving. I have noticed that while driving on a straight road where not much turning of the steering wheel is required there is a 'sticking' in the wheel that causes me to have to jerk the wheel slightly to continue a smooth drive. The date list of this incident is the last time it occurred but it happens every time I drive the car.

- Mason, OH, USA

problem #50

Aug 102011

Z4 6-cyl

  • 43,750 miles
My 2005 BMW Z4 3.0 roadster has developed a possible issue with the electric steering system. At highway speeds the steering exhibits a notchy feel where there seems to be insufficient power to assist the steering when input is applied to the steering wheel. As yet I have not been able to account for any other mechanical issue for the vehicle which has 43K miles and brand new Michelin tires. The new tires didn't correct the issue and the front end components and alignment are in excellent condition. While researching this issue I found that the NHTSA has been investigating this issue for potential recall. My concern is that will lead to complete failure of the system and loss of control of the vehicle which could cause a crash. The smug dealer said that a new steering column would be $3400! will this be the same defective parts or has the system been upgraded after my 2005 was built? I see the problems are with 03 to 05 Z4's.

- Coeur D' Alene, ID, USA

problem #49

Aug 012011


  • miles
I have a problem with the steering on this car, the steering wheel sticks left and right and needs force to compensate to keep the car on the road !! I took the car to BMW service and they said the car was ok! I went home and checked the internet and there loads of complaints ! ! and NHTSA wants to recall these car 300,000 units please recall these cars it is a serious problem my car has 13,000 miles and I can't even sell with this condition and BMW won' do anything about it !!!!!!

- Vero Beach , FL, USA

problem #48

Jul 312011

Z4 6-cyl

  • 35,000 miles


2005 BMW Z4 with sticking steering problems. Very dangerous to drive. You have to make constant corrections to the steering wheel. Have noticed many other owners with the same problem. I wish to see a recall from BMW before anyone gets killed or disabled. Thank you

- Pottstown, PA, USA

problem #47

Jul 282011

Z4 6-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
Steering problem. Hot weather the steering wheel seems to freeze in a position, takes extra effort to make steering corrections. Once the steering begins changing, the friction force diminishes to a normal force, resulting in an over correction in direction. At highway speeds this results in very dangerous swaying and swerving of the vehicle. This car is very dangerous to drive at highway speeds because of this steering problem. I have lived with this as long as I've owned this vehicle. The recent heat wave has brought on the condition as strong as ever before. Today I decided to use the internet to see if other car owners were reporting similar problems with this model car. I just read that NHTSA has dismissed several similar complaints. I invite you to come test drive my car, and tell me it is safe to drive.

- Friendsville, TN, USA

problem #46

Apr 092009


  • 1,200 miles
At highway speeds, my 2005 BMW exhibits stiff and erratic steering as follows: Steering wheel is very tight, and does not turn unless inordinate pressure is applied. This makes steering very strange and quick movement is difficult to enact. A recent occurrence was July 24, 2011 on highway 101 in central California. A car pulled out in front of me unexpectedly, and at first the steering would not turn. This delayed my action to steer and forced a more violent movement from me. This then caused my passenger to shift suddenly in her seating, and cut her leg on the dashboard cup holder which had been extended. The malfunction appeared soon after I purchased vehicle. However it is only present at over 40 mph, and is pronounced during hot weather. Most of my use for this vehicle has been for short local trips (only 1800 miles on odometer currently). I now recognize how severe this steering malfunction is, as I have been using the vehicle on the highway more often.

- Los Gatos, CA, USA

problem #45

Jul 182011

Z4 6-cyl

  • 11,700 miles


Steering "stickiness". steering intermittently becomes harder, then "releases". it feels like the power steering fails temporarily, causing the driver to apply more force to the turn. Then without warning, the power steering re-engages, and the car will turn more rapidly.

- Highland, MD, USA

problem #44

Jul 012010

Z4 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 BMW Z4. The contact stated that the steering wheel became unresponsive while driving. The contact mentioned that he had to use extra force in order for the vehicle to respond. The vehicle was not taken to dealer for inspection or repairs. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 8,000 and current mileage was 10,500. Steering wheel is sticky when turning trying to make mirror corrections to steer. This sometimes leads to slight over correction to steering direction. Updated 09/14/2011 updated 12/05/11

- Rockledge, FL, USA

problem #43

Jul 092011

Z4 6-cyl

  • 69,000 miles
Steering malfunctions when vehicle is hot (ambient temp 80-90 degrees). The steering wheel force required to turn increases dramatically. Also steering wheel will not default to center when turned (even in a curve). When wheel is turned only way to have it return to 0 is to turn it back the other way. Car does not track straight and controlling at highway speeds is nearly impossible. In cool temps there is no problem as steering functions normally. Loss of control seems quite likely at high speeds.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #42

Mar 272011


  • 65,000 miles
The steering appears to stick when temps reach 70 & above and is most noticeable when driving at 60+ speeds. The steering wants to lock up (stick or catch)and become jerky when driving and is difficult to maneuver slight turns to keep vehicle in a straight line.

- Greenville, TX, USA

problem #41

Jul 062011


  • 9,000 miles


2005 BMW E85 with only 9,000 miles. Driving in straight line, steering wheel has unusual amount of 'play' where no wheel direction change will occur. When exceeding the 'play' an amount of resistance is encountered followed by an abrupt wheel direction change. At 40 mph car will suddenly move 1-2 feet in lane. Vehicle requires constant, jerking correction. This condition has existed since purchase of the vehicle 2 months ago but is much worse on hot days such as the current 85 degree weather. In a close clearance situations at higher speeds or very hot days, this could become very dangerous regardless of driver experience or diligence. Given the large number of complaints, I wonder if it will require serious injury or death to address this issue.

- Dublin, OH, USA

problem #40

Jun 212011


  • 77,000 miles
The steering seems to "stick" and release suddenly when turning the steering wheel. This has been occurring for a while. There has not been a complete loss of steering to date but the issue does seem worse on some days.

- Panama City, FL, USA

problem #39

Jun 182011


  • 54,000 miles
I have a 2005 BMW Z4 3.0I with electric power steering. The steering sticks when I drive it. I have read that this issue has turned into major problems with other owners. I just want to say that I have the initial steering issue too.

- Crossett, AR, USA

problem #38

Jun 012009


  • 42,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 BMW Z4. The contact stated that in warmer temperatures, the steering wheel would lock abnormally, then release, followed by a jerking of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the electronic steering column was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The contact stated that the vehicle was no longer under warranty and was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 42,000 and the current mileage was 66,000.

- Winstom Salem , NC, USA

problem #37

May 132011


  • 55,000 miles
Steering sticks at moderate to high outdoor temperature. Requires excessive pressure to turn off center and also then back to center. Feels as if it turns in notches instead of smoothly. This causes the steering to jerk from one side to the other as you are simply making small steering corrections. This creates a dangerous driving condition.

- Midlothian, TX, USA

problem #36

May 182011


  • 62,000 miles
Steering on my 05 BMW Z4 sticks and jerks and causes me to run off the road. Dealer says nothing wrong despite all these complaints im finding online. Too scared to drive car.

- Florence, SC, USA

problem #35

May 222010

Z4 6-cyl

  • 21,000 miles
I purchased my 2005 BMW Z4 3.0I last year in the middle of winter. Interesting time to sell a car with a major steering defect that is temperature dependent. As the ambient temperature increases the ability to steer and control my 2005 BMW Z4 becomes more dangerous. At highway speeds on a day above 75 degrees the wheel appears to be stuck. When it finally does move the result is rapid lane shifting, not safe to drive while doing this. In fact I am uncomfortable driving the vehicle on hot days and leave it home, the steering is not predictable. Spoke with my BMW dealer who states they have not heard of this problem. This seems unusual given the number of complaints I can find on line. This event occurs each and every day where the ambient temperature gets above 75 and will not correct itself until the car cools down. Clearly a temperature related issue.

- Cumberland, RI, USA

problem #34

Mar 152011

Z4 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
My 2005 BMW Z4 have steering wheels issues. Gps navigation system don't work.

- San Jose , CA, USA

problem #33

Mar 252011

Z4 6-cyl

  • 47,754 miles
Steering on my 05 BMW Z4 gets erratic or sticks is hard to steer when running at highway speeds. Trying to make a small correction results in the steering wheel jerking then more force is required to overcome this problem. This results in over correction which makes the car jerk from side to side.

- Summerville, SC, USA

problem #32

Feb 252011

Z4 6-cyl

  • 59,800 miles
2005 BMW Z4. After driving the vehicle for around 300+ miles the steering start to stick, making holding the car in your lane very difficult. We purchased the vehicle in Oct. Or Nov. Of 2010 and it had approx. 56000 miles on the odometer. I first noticed the problem in Dec. When we went to fla. And last week when we traveled to S.C.

- Bristol, TN, USA

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