I bought a 99 323i just recently and I cant wait to get behind the
wheel every day. I live in newpaltz where there are tons of twisting
and turning roads. I just recenlty got two new tires (rear) and an
alignment. Prior to getting this done I felt the car cornered very
tightly. It felt like the car pulled me into the turn and shortened the
turning radius, like it 'diped' to the turning side so that you didn't
feel as if the car was flying outward. Since I recieved the service the
cornering feels like the top of the car is rolling out of the turn. I
no longer get the tight 'dip' into the turn, could this be the tires or
alignment or something else?
I don't understand your description of the problem. Are you familiar with
the handling characteristics of RWD cars?
Ignoring the comments about dipping and rolling, it sounds like you were
experiencing over steer with the old rear tyres, and have more balance and
grip with the new tyres.
All cars roll to greater or lesser degre under cornering. A better
explanation would help.
Are the new tires the same or similar make and model as the remaining two?
Never had much luck mixing different tire types front and rear on my BMW.
Alignment shop should have reviewed their work with you and informed you if
there were specifications that could not achieve. Did you get a report? The
ones I have seen show discrepancies from factory specs.
It could be the tyres - I find new tyres to be a bit more squirmy than
old ones. In general there is no optimum alignment spec - for twisty
turns a little more toe out is good but for high speed stability a
little more toe-in is good. The shop will just attempt to set it to
whatever is in their book.
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