This is my first post on here and I would just like to say what a great site this is!
A few months ago I bought an 1998 E36 328i Coupe and its always had a strange characteristic with its rear end.
Any potholes or manhole covers I drive over cause the rear of my car to jolt sideways quite noticable (more so in the wet)
For some reason it seems to be more noticable when the weight of the car is on that wheel, ie. say I take a left hand bend and theres a pothole that the right hand rear wheel goes over the rear of the car will jolt to the right, if I take the left hander and the pothole happens to be under the left hand rear wheel then its hardly noticable!
and vice-versa with a right hand bend, like the weight on that rear wheel is causing it.
I wondered if it could be shocks but they seem fine (not bouncy at all)
All tyres have 35psi which is recommended for a full load i believe (according to sticker inside door shut) I did have less psi in the fronts initially but cornering is improved I find running the full load pressures. (this made no difference to the problem I have)
Both rear tyres are a matched pair with good tread (toyo proxies)
I have 17" BMW alloys (the rear boots are wider than the fronts as the rear wheels are wider, 225/45 front and 255/40 rear)
I also took the car and had an alignment at ATS, they told me the front was out and they adjusted it but it made no difference to this problem.
I did notice today that my front passenger side engine mount bracket is cracked at the top and broken away at the bottom :shock: ive ordered a new one from BMW which should be delivered to them by the end of the week but im not convinced this will be whats causing the rear end problem (would love to be proved wrong!)
If anyone can help it would be much appreciated as its really starting to drive me up the wall
Many thanks in advance