I have a very odd problem with my steering on my 08 Mazda 3 Takara. I've had it since January now and to be honest have never been happy with the steering. I've got a couple of problems with it:
1) Steering wheel vibration at speeds over 60mph. This doesn't seem to get any better or worse the faster or slower I go over this speed. I'm also convinced that I can feel the vibration through the car, however this is probably more so because I'm always the one driving it and therefore can feel the vibration through my arm. This is probably the most annoying problem.
2) The steering seems way too easily affected by bumps in the road. For instance, if I'm driving over a uneven or unperfect road service, the wheel will greatly shake from side to side (at any speed). Again, it doesn't make it unmanageable to drive, it's just hugely annoying.
To try and fix these problems I have had the alignment done at TWO different garages. Now what is odd is that at both garages, when I first drove the car away the alignment was way off. However when taking it back and stating it wasn't correct, both garages seem to have made it better. Despite this, I'm still convinced the wheel isn't dead center and the car drifts to the left a tiny bit. I also had the second garage check the balancing on all the wheels and they said that it was a little bit off and they corrected it. However £100 later (two allignments) the issue is still just as bad.
It's a shame because I really like the car however I'll be thinking about selling it if I can't get this fixed because it completely ruins the drive of the car for me.
Any advice would be much appreciated. Thank you.