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Power Steering 2016 60ah Rex

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Good Evening,

I picked up my new i3 this week and have been loving every minute of it.
I seem to be finding the steering a little heavier than I am use to (Nissan Leaf). Today I went for a 20 mile countryside drive and found the steering was actually tiring my arms out, I was only going 20-30mph.

Is there anything I can do to lighten the steering so it requires a little less effort? (Apart for going to the gym) :)

For info, my tyres are 38psi rear and 32psi front.

Thanks in advance
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The i3 steering is slightly heavier in ECOPRO mode (or SPORT on the i3S), but the difference is really quite subtle. I think you have to bear in mind that the i3 is a BMW and as such attempts to engage the driver, whereas a Leaf is, well, a Leaf, and is a matter transport device for humans, humans who are expected to never ever notice that they were even in a vehicle for the duration of the journey.
As others have said; definitely check the tyre pressures against the specs inside the door jam and note that the steering is very sharp - it's the fastest steering rack I've ever used outside an actual go-kart, and as such you may spend a lot of time learning to be ultra-precise with your steering, which can be tiring for a while as you get used to it.
Umm, if it's an initial resistance to movement, followed by normal assistance then yeah you maybe do have a fault in the steering torque sensing parts on the rack. There is a small initial resistance just due to friction in the steering column parts which an older car won't display but it shouldn't be significant at all, just barely noticeable.
Have to say I had the software on our golf glitch once and it disabled the steering assistance. What a joy it was to drive until I got it home!!
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