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Old 07-04-2011, 12:37 PM   #25
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Originally Posted by herbz View Post
Well my car now has over 800 miles on it. Most of it highway. I came from a car with hydraulic steering and there was definetley an adjustment period to the electronic steering. Especially on the highway.

While it can be annoying sometimes I basically have realized that is just the way the car behaves on the highway.

I've found ways to make it a non-issue.. namely:

-Drive with 2 hands on the wheel, 10 and 2.
-Make VERY slight adjustments to the steering wheel. It is very easy to "overcorrect" (thus causing the "drifting" effect) and I've found that very slightly nudging the wheel is the best way to correct the right amount. It's much easier to do this with 2 hands on the wheel.
-Don't overthink it. I think adjusting to the electric steering got me overthinking the way the car drives on the highway.

Granted maybe you do really have a problem, but ever since I stopped over thinking it, I've found it quite enjoyable to drive on the highway, for the most part.

I'd much rather prefer hydraulic, but what can you do. The world is moving to electric-assisted everything, so we will work with what you got.

That's the best advice I can give. Hope it helps.
+1 to this. I've been driving the car on the highway to and from work the past few days and have been noticing this more and more. I agree it is annoying and the steering is very sensitive to slight movements at 70mph. The best way I can describe this is that when the wheel is centered going straight, there is a small notch of resistance if you move the wheel either way. You tend to put more effort into the wheel because of it and when you do and you get past that 'notch', that's when the car responds with a large amount of adjustment to the wheels rather than the smaller amount you expected.

I'd like to add though that grooves in the road are exaggerated by this system. I find they have way more affect on wheel in this car than any other car I've driven. That's definitely not a positive thing.

So nope, I don't think people are crazy to complain about the steering on these. The car still handles well in corners, but maintaining a straight path definitely requires more effort.
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