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 6 of 7)

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problem #31

Oct 182010

Z4 6-cyl

  • 23,500 miles


Intermittent failure of power steering at high speeds (above 75 deg F). Steering becomes sluggish and loss of control of vehicle may occur. Severe over/under steer of vehicle under these conditions have occurred on separate occasions.

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #30

Aug 012008

Z4 6-cyl

  • miles
I have major problems with the steering wheel of my 2005 BMW Z4 3I, purchased as a certified pre-owned car from a BMW dealer. It had about 11K miles on it. Since then I have been experiencing this problem described below. I have not had any accident with it, but this is a complaint that there may me a safety issue with the steering wheel of the car. 1)it keeps pulling to the left, or to the right especially at lowers speeds say below 60 mi/hr. It requires constant adjustments so that I could keep the car aligned, or centered while driving. 2) the car pulls me to the left, or to the right suddenly when the road surface is slightingly uneven, especially in lower speeds. I can never predict which way the car pulls me. It can be very struggling to keep the steering under control when stopping at any red lights because of these sudden jerks in the steering, or pulls in the steering wheel. 3) sometimes, the steering feels like it is stuck, or locked in a way that I feel like I could not control it. This usually happens when the weather is hot, or at higher humidity. 4) I took the car to the dealer two years ago when I still had the warranty, and then they replaced the steering column and alignment was made after the replacement. However, the symptoms did not go away at all. I took the car to another dealer; I was told that it just required an alignment which was already done after the replacement of the steering column. So, there should not be an alignment relate problem. If the only problem was the alignment problem, the car should have pulled either to the left, or to the right, not to the both directions. 5) I believe if any elderly person, or someone with slower reflex, tries to drive this car with such problems may end up having a catastrophic crash. Mainly because, the driver must pay lots of attention to keep the car centered, or the steering under control. Otherwise, at any second you may find yourself somewhere off the road.

- Panama City Beach, FL, USA

problem #29

Jul 102010

Z4 6-cyl

  • 25,700 miles
The steering on my 05 BMW Z4 gets choppy or sticks or very hard to steer when running at highway speeds and city speeds. This problem occurs every time I drive the car. This is a safety hazard. If steering locks bad news nothing has been done to correct the problem because of the cost the dealer wants to repair it. I don't drive the vehicle much because of fear of steering locking up and causing an accident, vehicle only has 25,833 miles on it.

- Graham, NC, USA

problem #28

Sep 012010


  • 31,422 miles


2005 BMW Z4 steering sticks in hot weather. Very dangerous. Returned from summer trip and felt the problem repeatedly. Now afraid to drive the car in hot weather.

- Overland Park, KS, USA

problem #27

Sep 152010


  • 18,000 miles
I just bought a used 2005 BMW Z4. The vehicle seemed to "pull" to one side before I bought it so I had the dealer do an alignment as a condition of sale. The car drove fine the first couple of times I drove it, but now off and on it sticks either pulling to the left or to the right. In other words, the wheel won't return to center.

- Salem, OR, USA

problem #26

Aug 302010


  • 35,000 miles
Repeating problem. The steering on my 2005 BMW Z4 3.0 will occasionally stick when driving at highway speeds. The linear feedback disappears and I can move the steering wheel but the car doesn't react initially. Then it will suddenly "give" and catch up to where I had the steering wheel. This is alarming as often it will cause an over correction which could eventually lead to an accident.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #25

Aug 262010


  • 6,000 miles


The steering wheel on my 2005 BMW Z4 3.9 liter 6mt tends to stick when the outdoor temperature is high. This reduces the smooth motion that is typically displayed by a steering wheel. The stickiness makes it very hard to maintain the car in a straight line and causes a delay in response to steering wheel input. I read online that many other people are having the same problems.

- Wylie, TX, USA

problem #24

Jul 052010


  • 7,000 miles
2005 BMW Z-4 power steering failure 7-5-2010 car has 7,000 miles on it, backed out of driveway, lost steering.

- Elizabthtown, PA, USA

problem #23

Jul 012010


  • 16,000 miles
Started engine on hot day and had no power steering. Turned off engine and restarted and power steering was back as normal. If this had happened while driving the possibility of an accident are great.

- Bartlett, IL, USA

problem #22

Aug 022010


  • 51,000 miles
I'm experiencing very stiff or stuck steering. It seems to only occur during the summer months, but mainly when my car is left out in the sun at work, the drive home is quite an adventure. Keeping the car driving straight is no easy task, trying to make a small correction results in the steering wheel moving a great distance as one has to apply more force to the steering wheel to overcome the "stuckness". this results in a over correction of steering and pushes the car to opposing lanes at the extreme, or otherwise just makes the car jerk from side to side. I've had niello BMW of sacramento look at this, and they found nothing nor admitted this was a problem. As the summer months come around, my steering is going back to it's usual jerkiness.

- Davis, CA, USA

problem #21

Jul 302010


  • 47,569 miles


Sticking steering has occurred when temperatures rise, typically above 85F. Steering becomes difficult to detect the way in which the car will react and the level of resistance that will occur and need to be dealt with.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #20

Jul 152010


  • 36,000 miles
I experience a loss of power-assisted steering. The steering wheel sticks, binds or locks up, requiring increased steering effort to maintain control and increasing the potential to over-steer the vehicle.

- Northwood, NH, USA

problem #19

Jul 182010


  • 23,000 miles
When my BMW Z4 2005 has been standing in warm weather it develops a concerning habit. When I start driving I feel resistance in the steering wheel - it needs more force to be turned and to be turned back to straight ahead. It is concerning to feel that the steering feel changes characteristics - with one thought in back of my head: What happens if it chooses to stick all together? depending on the temperature the symptoms will be more or less bad.

- Sinking Spring, PA, USA

problem #18

Jun 282010


  • miles
The steering feels notchy and hard to turn most of the time. At times it's hard to maintain the car in the lane that IM driving in especially when there are slight curves on the road and it gets worst when taking big curves. I have to slow down to avoid driving in between lanes when cars are on my left and right therefore I am not able to control the car due to the erratic steering and which might cause an accident. The steering at times locks or stays in one spot and it's hard to straighten it without forcing it back to the center. One dealer told me that it was normal, I've driven many cars in my life and never felt so unsafe driving a car like I do with this one.

- Clarksville, TN, USA

problem #17

Jun 252010


  • 46,500 miles
2005 BMW Z4 problem with sticky steering. Occasionally the steering will stick when the temperature is warm outside. Car becomes difficult to move off line.

- Cedar Falls, IA, USA

problem #16

Jul 072010


  • 35,653 miles
I have a 2005 BMW Z4 3.0I and have 'sticky' steering at speeds above ~40mph (mainly highway). On warmer days when the car has been sitting in the sun, going past ~40mph the steering will begin to 'bind' or 'stick' causing me to use excessive force to move the steering wheel. Once the vehicles steering stops 'sticking', the adjustment is too much and can sometimes lead to lane wandering and other unwanted characteristics.

- Windsor, CT, USA

problem #15

Jun 132010


  • 52,300 miles
Steering sticks on 2005 BMW Z4.

- Tyler , TX, USA

problem #14

Jul 032010


  • 42,010 miles
2005 BMW Z4 power steering failure. Steering wheel tends to stick in place and not want to turn. Started acting this way on July 3, 2010. Temperature was about 93 and the problem was noted at many different speeds. Was at a restaurant in panama city, fl. Came out, started the car and heard strange knocking sounds from the front of the car like someone knocking on wood. Pulled out of the restaurant and noticed that the steering didn't want to turn unless additional abnormal pressure were applied to the steering wheel. This was an in-town situation but has continued since. Drove the vehicle approximately 70 miles to get back home and could feel the abnormality the rest of the trip which included freeway speeds up to 70mph. Have driven the car 3 times since then and the problem still exists as of July 7th, 2010.

- Crestview, FL, USA

problem #13

Jul 152007


  • 12,000 miles
I have been experiencing steering problems with the 2005 BMW Z4 since July 2007. At speeds over 50 mph and while the outside temperature is over 75 degrees, the steering becomes very stiff. It is almost as if I am driving on train tracks and have difficulty steering right or left. I brought the vehicle to the dealership and was told there was no steering problem.

- Massapequa, NY, USA

problem #12

Jun 172010


  • 500 miles
On June 28, 2010 I learnt that the NHTSA ODI opened investigation PE10020 into safety issues with 2003 to 2005 BMW Z4 power steering systems. The description of the problem exactly describes the characteristics of the recurring problem I have been experiencing with my 2005 Z4, in that the steering wheel sticks, binds or locks up, and requires increased steering effort resulting in difficulty controlling the vehicle such as the potential to over-steer when making hard and abrupt steering wheel movements. The failures typically occur at higher vehicle speeds (45 mph or greater) and in warm/hot weather (75 F or higher). In my case, this has not resulted in an accident yet, but I) averts driver attention from focusing on the road and surroundings to consciously think about and physically overcome the steering mechanism resistance, and II) having to over-correct sharply on turns to avoid other vehicles. I have correlated this mostly with driving in higher temperature, where on days over 85F the steering is very stiff, however I would say that as a five time BMW owner, it is stiff/notchy even at 68F.

- West Chester, PA, USA

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