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Old 06-04-2009, 12:08 AM   #28
backroadswest
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Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: More Than 1000 Oaks, CA
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My Ride: '04 330Ci & '05 M3
So let's look at a couple of timeline examples:
'01 E46 -- Now (presumed) out of any warranty.
Car's 8-ish years old.
By the time the claim period expires, in 09/2010, the car would be approx. 9+ years old.
If the problem didn't surface by then, should BMW NA still be liable?

'05 E46 -- Original Owner
Factory warranty expires in 2010 (5 years from In-Service Date) or early 2011 perhaps.
Settlement proposes that claim period extends for one year beyond factory warranty.
So, that would be sometime in 2012, depending upon the In-Service Date.
The car would be somewhere between 6 and 7 years old.
If the problem didn't surface by then, should BMW NA still be liable?

What's the "typical" Mean Time To Failure on these subframes?
Can it happen at any time or age of the car? Is it shortened or lengthened by the type of use or location?
If you live in the Rust Belt, or areas of extreme cold, does that change the MTTF?

It seems to me, that The Settlement allows for cars to be covered anywhere from 6 to 10 years from the In-Service Date.
If this falls within the Mean Time To Failure, then most, if not all claimants should be able to benefit.

I think the bottom line is to drive the piss out of your E46, once the court ruling is finalized, to make sure that you blow out the rear subframe within your particular vehicle's Settlement Timeline.

What better excuse to haul ass later this summer?
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