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Old 03-03-2006, 10:43 AM   #521
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Just had to update the list. BMWNA is covering the repair...and no foam crap either, apparantly they are replacing major sections of the subframe.

I can concur with the above posts saying to be firm but polite when speaking to the reps. They were wishy washy until I brought home the point that this is a major safety issue and UNHEARD OF in a luxury car with 60K miles and no corrosion. Not to put too fine a point on it, I also made sure they were aware that the expected repair costs were less then the maximum you can sue for in small claims court in my state. Finally, mentioning that you are aware that this is a known issue covered under warranty in Europe also seems to help.

Lame thing is that *every single* person from BMW I spoke with went out of their way to say that "we've never seen anything like this". Looks like they're trying pretty hard to keep it under wraps.


1) 02bmw330ci - 2002 BMW 330Ci - Sub Frame / Diff mount Tears (9/12/04) 77,000 Miles
2) Cuore_alfa - 2000 BMW 323Ci - Cabrio Sub Frame (whit less than 20k miles)
3) Atrytone - 2000 BMW 328Ci - Sub Frame/Cracked 8/1/04 70,000Miles
4) Ps323ci - 2000 323ci - Sub Frame Damage (rear) - 23,000 Miles - 3/15/04
5) Mpower619 - 2000328Ci - Sub Frame Damage(left rear)-42,000 miles Oct/03
6) 3quarterI - 2001 BMW 325i - Sub Frame / Control Arm Bushing Tear - 57,000 miles
7) Tavy8010- 1999 BMW 328i- Sub Frame(Rear) / Diff. mounts torn - 70,000 miles (9/8/04)
8) bimmerchop - 2000 BMW 328i - Rear driver's side Sub Frame/ Diff. mounts torn - 25,000 miles
9) M3wannaBEE - 2000 323Ci - SubFrame - 80,000 miles
10) SharifM3- 2002 M3- Subframe ripping out of trunk -30,000 miles
11) dinane46328i- 1999 328i -subframe damage- 59,000
12) hoodust - 2000 323ci - subframe damage (fixed :reinforced) - 80,000
13) BLKMJK - 1999 328i - Subframe tear drivers side - 50,000 miles
14) sycE46 - 2000 323ci - subframe started to crack. Fixed by BMW 40,000 miles
15) Demsuga - 1999 BMW 328 i- Sub Frame Damage(left rear) - 63,000 miles (9/10/04)
16) HamannGirLR714 - 2000 328ci -subframe torn from trunk 44,500 miles
17) Asmodeus - 1999 BMW 328i- Sub Frame Rear / Diff. mounts torn - 125,000 Km
18) ///M PWR 00 - 2003 BMW M3 Coupe - Sub Frame / Diff mount Tears
19) Blazin e46 - 2000 323ci - subframe cracked - 51,000 miles (9/20/04)
20) Sir.B - 2000 328i - subframe cracked about a year ago ($600 fixed)
21) wolf328ci - 2000 328ci, Subframe torn in 2 points, 52,000 miles
22) kevmo - 1999 323i , subframe cracked 70 K
23) srcstc - 2000 BMW 323Ci - Left-rear SubFrame mount torn from trunk 08/03 55K miles, stock suspension!
24) Allen Yad - 1999 323i - subframe torn in both places, 42,000 miles
25) jtecnik- 2000 328ci - Rear driver's side Sub Frame/ Diff. mounts 77k miles
26) madmak - 1999 328i - 100,000km - both sides gaping tears - still on cpo warranty and dealer says "you should keep an eye on that!"
27) burrito007 - 323i 83000 mi subframe broke in 2003 trying to get dealer to fix but not looking promising
28) tommiexboi - 2000 328i - driver's side subframe ripping/tearing/cracking - 85,000 miles
29) yayopwr-1999 328i 95k miles- driver's side rear cracking....paying out of pocket in hopes that bmw will soon fess up and pay me back
30) ffabbroc - 2000 BMW 328Ci 50K chassis cracked at rear subframe mounts
31) Jetblast - 1999 328i - 100k drivers side rear subframe mount completely tore out
32) sbk25 - 1999 328i - 86k drivers side rear subframe mount tearing apart
33) sanjaypatelis - 2000 328i - 49k drivers/passenger side rear and differential mounts torn out/and almost torn out
34) Berserker - 2002 328i (April build) - Cracking has started on the drivers side - not a problem yet - but I am sure it will grow.
35) e46ryder-1999 323i 82k- Crackin tearing sticking out the drivers side passenger side no problem
36) blownZ71 - 2000 328Ci Subframe torn out left rear. Needs repair
37) rich323ci - 2000 323ci - 74,000 miles - Discovered cracks 2 weeks ago, waiting for dealer to inspect.
38) IslandE46 - 2000 323ci - 46,000 miles - Driver's side rear torn out. Passenger side fine. Repaired myself with Turner Motorsports kit. 7/10/2005
39) r6tanz - 2000 328CI - 65K - driver's side subframe cracked - repaired 2 days ago and still in the shop 7/22/05
40) bimmer88 2000 328ci - 75k miles -driver's side torn out
41) als00328ci 2000 328ci - 64000 km's - drivers side ripped right out.
42) 00e46 2000 328i - 83k miles - Drivers side cracked and torn.
43) DRG 2001 330ci 53k miles SUBFRAME
44) Mtecknic330ci- 2001 330ci- Minnesota- 85k- rear left subframe
45) Rick Chamberlain - 2000 328ci - 78k - Body failure at left rear subframe mount point.
46) Trippinbillies4 - 2000 328Ci - 105k - Torn back driver's side
47) jtt777- 2000 328Ci - 70k - Torn back driver's side subframe
48) hhboy77 - 2000 323ci - 58K - what else...torn driver's side rear subframe mount
49) 2K323CI - 2000 323ci - 47000 miles Driver's side rear torn out. Warranty expired by date not miles.
50) Kiapeyvan 2000 323Ci Cracked/torn subframe 84K, driver side.
51) norcal bmwboy - 2000 328ci - 59000 miles drivers side
52) Pizzaboy777 - 2000 323i - 77000 miles drivers side rear subframe mount
53) sanman10535 - 2000 323ci - 69,000 miles drivers side rear subframe
54) asarki- 2000 323ci - 76,000 miles drivers side rear subframe 11-15-05
55) bimmerkid1568 - 2000 BMW 328i - Left Rear Sub Frame / Diff mount Tears (date unknown when problem began) Todays date: November 21, 2005
56) jgrecbets - 1999 323i - 88,000 miles drivers side rear subframe
57) coreytrv - 2000 328 Ci - torn at 91,000
58) z00me - 2000 328Ci - at 120000km - subframe second time.This time BmW covers!
59) liminality - 2000 323i - 60,000 miles - torn and ripped back driver's side - Fully covered by BMWNA despite being out of warranty.
60) ed328ci - 2000 328Ci - 88,000 km (55K miles) - torn driver's side
61) bernstem - 2000 328i - 46,000 miles - drivers side torn
62) kinggrimwood- 1999 BMW 328i - Sub Frame/tore on both sides 09/2005 135,000 miles.
63) crackersmasher- 1999 BMW 323i - Sub Frame/tore 01/2006 95,000 miles.
64) bmer328i - 1999 BMW 328i - subframe tearing - 12/2005
65) Phil220241 - 1999 323 CI - 93,000 kms - subframe cracking -
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Old 03-03-2006, 01:22 PM   #522
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I dont see any touring models on the list. Anyone know if they are affected, I just got one and had it inspected, but want to look myself now.

Has anyone seen it on a wagon or are there just not nearly as many out there and thats why there arent any on the list?
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Old 03-03-2006, 01:29 PM   #523
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im pretty sure mine is done.. lol
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Old 03-03-2006, 01:38 PM   #524
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I dont see any touring models on the list. Anyone know if they are affected, I just got one and had it inspected, but want to look myself now.

Has anyone seen it on a wagon or are there just not nearly as many out there and thats why there arent any on the list?
Likewise, we have an `02 325iT.
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Old 03-03-2006, 05:50 PM   #525
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Lame thing is that *every single* person from BMW I spoke with went out of their way to say that "we've never seen anything like this". Looks like they're trying pretty hard to keep it under wraps.
Well considering we have a whopping grand total of 65 reports on this thread... I wouldn't necessarily say it is a common problem and theres a pretty good possibility that they may have actually never seen anything like it.
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Old 03-03-2006, 06:56 PM   #526
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Well considering we have a whopping grand total of 65 reports on this thread... I wouldn't necessarily say it is a common problem and theres a pretty good possibility that they may have actually never seen anything like it.
When you consider that people posting on this forum is just a small minority of all US E46 owners, those 65 reports is very significant. Remember that Manufacturers have issued full recalls on problems that have had a far lesser number of complaints.

Also, BMW Germany actually issued a recall on the E46 subframe problem, inspecting and fixing them out of warranty. Just too bad BMWNA pretends it doesn't exist, though I don't think that will last for long as older E46s begin to have this problem and more complaints are heard.

Even companies like Turner Motorsports who campaign E46s in competition designed and sells a subframe reinforcement kit, and goes as far as to go into detail explaining the weakness of the E46 subframe on their webpage.

My 328I is arguably the oldest E46 on this web board (built May of 98), and has 104,000 miles. I'm pretty sure my car's subframe is on borrowed time, which is why I haven't bothered to mod my suspension or even drive my car hard since I'm afraid it will weaken my subframe into failure.
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Old 03-03-2006, 08:21 PM   #527
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bmw to blame

wow,

Not im scare that my car has this issue. Im going to check out the subframe ASAP.

Could BMW blame the crack subframe was incurred by a lower suspension like eibach springs?
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Old 03-04-2006, 08:21 AM   #528
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Could BMW blame the crack subframe was incurred by a lower suspension like eibach springs?

they'll blame anything for causing it
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Old 03-13-2006, 08:30 AM   #529
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well add another one to the list. worked on my rear breaks this weekend and did some inspecting while i was in there and seen the dreaded cracks. my car is a 00 323ci with 105k. kinda of a bummer, looks like i am going to have to reinforce it or trade it in.
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Old 03-13-2006, 01:02 PM   #530
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well add another one to the list. worked on my rear breaks this weekend and did some inspecting while i was in there and seen the dreaded cracks. my car is a 00 323ci with 105k. kinda of a bummer, looks like i am going to have to reinforce it or trade it in.
Sorry to hear this. Could someone please sticky this thread?

1) 02bmw330ci - 2002 BMW 330Ci - Sub Frame / Diff mount Tears (9/12/04) 77,000 Miles
2) Cuore_alfa - 2000 BMW 323Ci - Cabrio Sub Frame (whit less than 20k miles)
3) Atrytone - 2000 BMW 328Ci - Sub Frame/Cracked 8/1/04 70,000Miles
4) Ps323ci - 2000 323ci - Sub Frame Damage (rear) - 23,000 Miles - 3/15/04
5) Mpower619 - 2000328Ci - Sub Frame Damage(left rear)-42,000 miles Oct/03
6) 3quarterI - 2001 BMW 325i - Sub Frame / Control Arm Bushing Tear - 57,000 miles
7) Tavy8010- 1999 BMW 328i- Sub Frame(Rear) / Diff. mounts torn - 70,000 miles (9/8/04)
8) bimmerchop - 2000 BMW 328i - Rear driver's side Sub Frame/ Diff. mounts torn - 25,000 miles
9) M3wannaBEE - 2000 323Ci - SubFrame - 80,000 miles
10) SharifM3- 2002 M3- Subframe ripping out of trunk -30,000 miles
11) dinane46328i- 1999 328i -subframe damage- 59,000
12) hoodust - 2000 323ci - subframe damage (fixed :reinforced) - 80,000
13) BLKMJK - 1999 328i - Subframe tear drivers side - 50,000 miles
14) sycE46 - 2000 323ci - subframe started to crack. Fixed by BMW 40,000 miles
15) Demsuga - 1999 BMW 328 i- Sub Frame Damage(left rear) - 63,000 miles (9/10/04)
16) HamannGirLR714 - 2000 328ci -subframe torn from trunk 44,500 miles
17) Asmodeus - 1999 BMW 328i- Sub Frame Rear / Diff. mounts torn - 125,000 Km
18) ///M PWR 00 - 2003 BMW M3 Coupe - Sub Frame / Diff mount Tears
19) Blazin e46 - 2000 323ci - subframe cracked - 51,000 miles (9/20/04)
20) Sir.B - 2000 328i - subframe cracked about a year ago ($600 fixed)
21) wolf328ci - 2000 328ci, Subframe torn in 2 points, 52,000 miles
22) kevmo - 1999 323i , subframe cracked 70 K
23) srcstc - 2000 BMW 323Ci - Left-rear SubFrame mount torn from trunk 08/03 55K miles, stock suspension!
24) Allen Yad - 1999 323i - subframe torn in both places, 42,000 miles
25) jtecnik- 2000 328ci - Rear driver's side Sub Frame/ Diff. mounts 77k miles
26) madmak - 1999 328i - 100,000km - both sides gaping tears - still on cpo warranty and dealer says "you should keep an eye on that!"
27) burrito007 - 323i 83000 mi subframe broke in 2003 trying to get dealer to fix but not looking promising
28) tommiexboi - 2000 328i - driver's side subframe ripping/tearing/cracking - 85,000 miles
29) yayopwr-1999 328i 95k miles- driver's side rear cracking....paying out of pocket in hopes that bmw will soon fess up and pay me back
30) ffabbroc - 2000 BMW 328Ci 50K chassis cracked at rear subframe mounts
31) Jetblast - 1999 328i - 100k drivers side rear subframe mount completely tore out
32) sbk25 - 1999 328i - 86k drivers side rear subframe mount tearing apart
33) sanjaypatelis - 2000 328i - 49k drivers/passenger side rear and differential mounts torn out/and almost torn out
34) Berserker - 2002 328i (April build) - Cracking has started on the drivers side - not a problem yet - but I am sure it will grow.
35) e46ryder-1999 323i 82k- Crackin tearing sticking out the drivers side passenger side no problem
36) blownZ71 - 2000 328Ci Subframe torn out left rear. Needs repair
37) rich323ci - 2000 323ci - 74,000 miles - Discovered cracks 2 weeks ago, waiting for dealer to inspect.
38) IslandE46 - 2000 323ci - 46,000 miles - Driver's side rear torn out. Passenger side fine. Repaired myself with Turner Motorsports kit. 7/10/2005
39) r6tanz - 2000 328CI - 65K - driver's side subframe cracked - repaired 2 days ago and still in the shop 7/22/05
40) bimmer88 2000 328ci - 75k miles -driver's side torn out
41) als00328ci 2000 328ci - 64000 km's - drivers side ripped right out.
42) 00e46 2000 328i - 83k miles - Drivers side cracked and torn.
43) DRG 2001 330ci 53k miles SUBFRAME
44) Mtecknic330ci- 2001 330ci- Minnesota- 85k- rear left subframe
45) Rick Chamberlain - 2000 328ci - 78k - Body failure at left rear subframe mount point.
46) Trippinbillies4 - 2000 328Ci - 105k - Torn back driver's side
47) jtt777- 2000 328Ci - 70k - Torn back driver's side subframe
48) hhboy77 - 2000 323ci - 58K - what else...torn driver's side rear subframe mount
49) 2K323CI - 2000 323ci - 47000 miles Driver's side rear torn out. Warranty expired by date not miles.
50) Kiapeyvan 2000 323Ci Cracked/torn subframe 84K, driver side.
51) norcal bmwboy - 2000 328ci - 59000 miles drivers side
52) Pizzaboy777 - 2000 323i - 77000 miles drivers side rear subframe mount
53) sanman10535 - 2000 323ci - 69,000 miles drivers side rear subframe
54) asarki- 2000 323ci - 76,000 miles drivers side rear subframe 11-15-05
55) bimmerkid1568 - 2000 BMW 328i - Left Rear Sub Frame / Diff mount Tears (date unknown when problem began) Todays date: November 21, 2005
56) jgrecbets - 1999 323i - 88,000 miles drivers side rear subframe
57) coreytrv - 2000 328 Ci - torn at 91,000
58) z00me - 2000 328Ci - at 120000km - subframe second time.This time BmW covers!
59) liminality - 2000 323i - 60,000 miles - torn and ripped back driver's side - Fully covered by BMWNA despite being out of warranty.
60) ed328ci - 2000 328Ci - 88,000 km (55K miles) - torn driver's side
61) bernstem - 2000 328i - 46,000 miles - drivers side torn
62) kinggrimwood- 1999 BMW 328i - Sub Frame/tore on both sides 09/2005 135,000 miles.
63) crackersmasher- 1999 BMW 323i - Sub Frame/tore 01/2006 95,000 miles.
64) bmer328i - 1999 BMW 328i - subframe tearing - 12/2005
65) Phil220241 - 1999 323 CI - 93,000 kms - subframe cracking -
66) noshow323 - 2000 323Ci - 105,000 miles - subframe cracked - 3/13/06
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Old 03-15-2006, 10:54 PM   #531
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Sorry to hear this. Could someone please sticky this thread?

1) 02bmw330ci - 2002 BMW 330Ci - Sub Frame / Diff mount Tears (9/12/04) 77,000 Miles
2) Cuore_alfa - 2000 BMW 323Ci - Cabrio Sub Frame (whit less than 20k miles)
3) Atrytone - 2000 BMW 328Ci - Sub Frame/Cracked 8/1/04 70,000Miles
4) Ps323ci - 2000 323ci - Sub Frame Damage (rear) - 23,000 Miles - 3/15/04
5) Mpower619 - 2000328Ci - Sub Frame Damage(left rear)-42,000 miles Oct/03
6) 3quarterI - 2001 BMW 325i - Sub Frame / Control Arm Bushing Tear - 57,000 miles
7) Tavy8010- 1999 BMW 328i- Sub Frame(Rear) / Diff. mounts torn - 70,000 miles (9/8/04)
8) bimmerchop - 2000 BMW 328i - Rear driver's side Sub Frame/ Diff. mounts torn - 25,000 miles
9) M3wannaBEE - 2000 323Ci - SubFrame - 80,000 miles
10) SharifM3- 2002 M3- Subframe ripping out of trunk -30,000 miles
11) dinane46328i- 1999 328i -subframe damage- 59,000
12) hoodust - 2000 323ci - subframe damage (fixed :reinforced) - 80,000
13) BLKMJK - 1999 328i - Subframe tear drivers side - 50,000 miles
14) sycE46 - 2000 323ci - subframe started to crack. Fixed by BMW 40,000 miles
15) Demsuga - 1999 BMW 328 i- Sub Frame Damage(left rear) - 63,000 miles (9/10/04)
16) HamannGirLR714 - 2000 328ci -subframe torn from trunk 44,500 miles
17) Asmodeus - 1999 BMW 328i- Sub Frame Rear / Diff. mounts torn - 125,000 Km
18) ///M PWR 00 - 2003 BMW M3 Coupe - Sub Frame / Diff mount Tears
19) Blazin e46 - 2000 323ci - subframe cracked - 51,000 miles (9/20/04)
20) Sir.B - 2000 328i - subframe cracked about a year ago ($600 fixed)
21) wolf328ci - 2000 328ci, Subframe torn in 2 points, 52,000 miles
22) kevmo - 1999 323i , subframe cracked 70 K
23) srcstc - 2000 BMW 323Ci - Left-rear SubFrame mount torn from trunk 08/03 55K miles, stock suspension!
24) Allen Yad - 1999 323i - subframe torn in both places, 42,000 miles
25) jtecnik- 2000 328ci - Rear driver's side Sub Frame/ Diff. mounts 77k miles
26) madmak - 1999 328i - 100,000km - both sides gaping tears - still on cpo warranty and dealer says "you should keep an eye on that!"
27) burrito007 - 323i 83000 mi subframe broke in 2003 trying to get dealer to fix but not looking promising
28) tommiexboi - 2000 328i - driver's side subframe ripping/tearing/cracking - 85,000 miles
29) yayopwr-1999 328i 95k miles- driver's side rear cracking....paying out of pocket in hopes that bmw will soon fess up and pay me back
30) ffabbroc - 2000 BMW 328Ci 50K chassis cracked at rear subframe mounts
31) Jetblast - 1999 328i - 100k drivers side rear subframe mount completely tore out
32) sbk25 - 1999 328i - 86k drivers side rear subframe mount tearing apart
33) sanjaypatelis - 2000 328i - 49k drivers/passenger side rear and differential mounts torn out/and almost torn out
34) Berserker - 2002 328i (April build) - Cracking has started on the drivers side - not a problem yet - but I am sure it will grow.
35) e46ryder-1999 323i 82k- Crackin tearing sticking out the drivers side passenger side no problem
36) blownZ71 - 2000 328Ci Subframe torn out left rear. Needs repair
37) rich323ci - 2000 323ci - 74,000 miles - Discovered cracks 2 weeks ago, waiting for dealer to inspect.
38) IslandE46 - 2000 323ci - 46,000 miles - Driver's side rear torn out. Passenger side fine. Repaired myself with Turner Motorsports kit. 7/10/2005
39) r6tanz - 2000 328CI - 65K - driver's side subframe cracked - repaired 2 days ago and still in the shop 7/22/05
40) bimmer88 2000 328ci - 75k miles -driver's side torn out
41) als00328ci 2000 328ci - 64000 km's - drivers side ripped right out.
42) 00e46 2000 328i - 83k miles - Drivers side cracked and torn.
43) DRG 2001 330ci 53k miles SUBFRAME
44) Mtecknic330ci- 2001 330ci- Minnesota- 85k- rear left subframe
45) Rick Chamberlain - 2000 328ci - 78k - Body failure at left rear subframe mount point.
46) Trippinbillies4 - 2000 328Ci - 105k - Torn back driver's side
47) jtt777- 2000 328Ci - 70k - Torn back driver's side subframe
48) hhboy77 - 2000 323ci - 58K - what else...torn driver's side rear subframe mount
49) 2K323CI - 2000 323ci - 47000 miles Driver's side rear torn out. Warranty expired by date not miles.
50) Kiapeyvan 2000 323Ci Cracked/torn subframe 84K, driver side.
51) norcal bmwboy - 2000 328ci - 59000 miles drivers side
52) Pizzaboy777 - 2000 323i - 77000 miles drivers side rear subframe mount
53) sanman10535 - 2000 323ci - 69,000 miles drivers side rear subframe
54) asarki- 2000 323ci - 76,000 miles drivers side rear subframe 11-15-05
55) bimmerkid1568 - 2000 BMW 328i - Left Rear Sub Frame / Diff mount Tears (date unknown when problem began) Todays date: November 21, 2005
56) jgrecbets - 1999 323i - 88,000 miles drivers side rear subframe
57) coreytrv - 2000 328 Ci - torn at 91,000
58) z00me - 2000 328Ci - at 120000km - subframe second time.This time BmW covers!
59) liminality - 2000 323i - 60,000 miles - torn and ripped back driver's side - Fully covered by BMWNA despite being out of warranty.
60) ed328ci - 2000 328Ci - 88,000 km (55K miles) - torn driver's side
61) bernstem - 2000 328i - 46,000 miles - drivers side torn
62) kinggrimwood- 1999 BMW 328i - Sub Frame/tore on both sides 09/2005 135,000 miles.
63) crackersmasher- 1999 BMW 323i - Sub Frame/tore 01/2006 95,000 miles.
64) bmer328i - 1999 BMW 328i - subframe tearing - 12/2005
65) Phil220241 - 1999 323 CI - 93,000 kms - subframe cracking -
66) noshow323 - 2000 323Ci - 105,000 miles - subframe cracked - 3/13/06
67)j willie - 2000 BMW 328i - Rear driver's side Sub Frame/ Diff. mount - floor cracked - 110,000 miles
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Old 03-31-2006, 09:43 PM   #532
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1) 02bmw330ci - 2002 BMW 330Ci - Sub Frame / Diff mount Tears (9/12/04) 77,000 Miles
2) Cuore_alfa - 2000 BMW 323Ci - Cabrio Sub Frame (whit less than 20k miles)
3) Atrytone - 2000 BMW 328Ci - Sub Frame/Cracked 8/1/04 70,000Miles
4) Ps323ci - 2000 323ci - Sub Frame Damage (rear) - 23,000 Miles - 3/15/04
5) Mpower619 - 2000328Ci - Sub Frame Damage(left rear)-42,000 miles Oct/03
6) 3quarterI - 2001 BMW 325i - Sub Frame / Control Arm Bushing Tear - 57,000 miles
7) Tavy8010- 1999 BMW 328i- Sub Frame(Rear) / Diff. mounts torn - 70,000 miles (9/8/04)
8) bimmerchop - 2000 BMW 328i - Rear driver's side Sub Frame/ Diff. mounts torn - 25,000 miles
9) M3wannaBEE - 2000 323Ci - SubFrame - 80,000 miles
10) SharifM3- 2002 M3- Subframe ripping out of trunk -30,000 miles
11) dinane46328i- 1999 328i -subframe damage- 59,000
12) hoodust - 2000 323ci - subframe damage (fixed :reinforced) - 80,000
13) BLKMJK - 1999 328i - Subframe tear drivers side - 50,000 miles
14) sycE46 - 2000 323ci - subframe started to crack. Fixed by BMW 40,000 miles
15) Demsuga - 1999 BMW 328 i- Sub Frame Damage(left rear) - 63,000 miles (9/10/04)
16) HamannGirLR714 - 2000 328ci -subframe torn from trunk 44,500 miles
17) Asmodeus - 1999 BMW 328i- Sub Frame Rear / Diff. mounts torn - 125,000 Km
18) ///M PWR 00 - 2003 BMW M3 Coupe - Sub Frame / Diff mount Tears
19) Blazin e46 - 2000 323ci - subframe cracked - 51,000 miles (9/20/04)
20) Sir.B - 2000 328i - subframe cracked about a year ago ($600 fixed)
21) wolf328ci - 2000 328ci, Subframe torn in 2 points, 52,000 miles
22) kevmo - 1999 323i , subframe cracked 70 K
23) srcstc - 2000 BMW 323Ci - Left-rear SubFrame mount torn from trunk 08/03 55K miles, stock suspension!
24) Allen Yad - 1999 323i - subframe torn in both places, 42,000 miles
25) jtecnik- 2000 328ci - Rear driver's side Sub Frame/ Diff. mounts 77k miles
26) madmak - 1999 328i - 100,000km - both sides gaping tears - still on cpo warranty and dealer says "you should keep an eye on that!"
27) burrito007 - 323i 83000 mi subframe broke in 2003 trying to get dealer to fix but not looking promising
28) tommiexboi - 2000 328i - driver's side subframe ripping/tearing/cracking - 85,000 miles
29) yayopwr-1999 328i 95k miles- driver's side rear cracking....paying out of pocket in hopes that bmw will soon fess up and pay me back
30) ffabbroc - 2000 BMW 328Ci 50K chassis cracked at rear subframe mounts
31) Jetblast - 1999 328i - 100k drivers side rear subframe mount completely tore out
32) sbk25 - 1999 328i - 86k drivers side rear subframe mount tearing apart
33) sanjaypatelis - 2000 328i - 49k drivers/passenger side rear and differential mounts torn out/and almost torn out
34) Berserker - 2002 328i (April build) - Cracking has started on the drivers side - not a problem yet - but I am sure it will grow.
35) e46ryder-1999 323i 82k- Crackin tearing sticking out the drivers side passenger side no problem
36) blownZ71 - 2000 328Ci Subframe torn out left rear. Needs repair
37) rich323ci - 2000 323ci - 74,000 miles - Discovered cracks 2 weeks ago, waiting for dealer to inspect.
38) IslandE46 - 2000 323ci - 46,000 miles - Driver's side rear torn out. Passenger side fine. Repaired myself with Turner Motorsports kit. 7/10/2005
39) r6tanz - 2000 328CI - 65K - driver's side subframe cracked - repaired 2 days ago and still in the shop 7/22/05
40) bimmer88 2000 328ci - 75k miles -driver's side torn out
41) als00328ci 2000 328ci - 64000 km's - drivers side ripped right out.
42) 00e46 2000 328i - 83k miles - Drivers side cracked and torn.
43) DRG 2001 330ci 53k miles SUBFRAME
44) Mtecknic330ci- 2001 330ci- Minnesota- 85k- rear left subframe
45) Rick Chamberlain - 2000 328ci - 78k - Body failure at left rear subframe mount point.
46) Trippinbillies4 - 2000 328Ci - 105k - Torn back driver's side
47) jtt777- 2000 328Ci - 70k - Torn back driver's side subframe
48) hhboy77 - 2000 323ci - 58K - what else...torn driver's side rear subframe mount
49) 2K323CI - 2000 323ci - 47000 miles Driver's side rear torn out. Warranty expired by date not miles.
50) Kiapeyvan 2000 323Ci Cracked/torn subframe 84K, driver side.
51) norcal bmwboy - 2000 328ci - 59000 miles drivers side
52) Pizzaboy777 - 2000 323i - 77000 miles drivers side rear subframe mount
53) sanman10535 - 2000 323ci - 69,000 miles drivers side rear subframe
54) asarki- 2000 323ci - 76,000 miles drivers side rear subframe 11-15-05
55) bimmerkid1568 - 2000 BMW 328i - Left Rear Sub Frame / Diff mount Tears (date unknown when problem began) Todays date: November 21, 2005
56) jgrecbets - 1999 323i - 88,000 miles drivers side rear subframe
57) coreytrv - 2000 328 Ci - torn at 91,000
58) z00me - 2000 328Ci - at 120000km - subframe second time.This time BmW covers!
59) liminality - 2000 323i - 60,000 miles - torn and ripped back driver's side - Fully covered by BMWNA despite being out of warranty.
60) ed328ci - 2000 328Ci - 88,000 km (55K miles) - torn driver's side
61) bernstem - 2000 328i - 46,000 miles - drivers side torn
62) kinggrimwood- 1999 BMW 328i - Sub Frame/tore on both sides 09/2005 135,000 miles.
63) crackersmasher- 1999 BMW 323i - Sub Frame/tore 01/2006 95,000 miles.
64) bmer328i - 1999 BMW 328i - subframe tearing - 12/2005
65) Phil220241 - 1999 323 CI - 93,000 kms - subframe cracking -
66) noshow323 - 2000 323Ci - 105,000 miles - subframe cracked - 3/13/06
67)j willie - 2000 BMW 328i - Rear driver's side Sub Frame/ Diff. mount - floor cracked - 110,000 miles
68) mcstahl - 2000 BMW 328i - Rear driver's side subframe cracked - 107,000 miles

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holy sh|t ! Is this problem found in 2004 + models as well? Im shopping for a 2004 330ci now, but things like this make me worry just a little bit you know. dishing out 40K on a car then getting crap from the company. Jeeze...
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holy sh|t ! Is this problem found in 2004 + models as well? Im shopping for a 2004 330ci now, but things like this make me worry just a little bit you know. dishing out 40K on a car then getting crap from the company. Jeeze...
Not sure, because the newest cars with the failures on the list are a few 02's and one 03'. It could be mileage and wear related, but I did here somewhere that they beefed up the subframe on later models, not sure of the year.
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1) 02bmw330ci - 2002 BMW 330Ci - Sub Frame / Diff mount Tears (9/12/04)
This may be a dumb question, but what signs would one have to know that they have sub damage?
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2) Cuore_alfa - 2000 BMW 323Ci - Cabrio Sub Frame (whit less than 20k miles)
3) Atrytone - 2000 BMW 328Ci - Sub Frame/Cracked 8/1/04 70,000Miles
4) Ps323ci - 2000 323ci - Sub Frame Damage (rear) - 23,000 Miles - 3/15/04
5) Mpower619 - 2000328Ci - Sub Frame Damage(left rear)-42,000 miles Oct/03
6) 3quarterI - 2001 BMW 325i - Sub Frame / Control Arm Bushing Tear - 57,000 miles
7) Tavy8010- 1999 BMW 328i- Sub Frame(Rear) / Diff. mounts torn - 70,000 miles (9/8/04)
8) bimmerchop - 2000 BMW 328i - Rear driver's side Sub Frame/ Diff. mounts torn - 25,000 miles
9) M3wannaBEE - 2000 323Ci - SubFrame - 80,000 miles
10) SharifM3- 2002 M3- Subframe ripping out of trunk -30,000 miles
11) dinane46328i- 1999 328i -subframe damage- 59,000
12) hoodust - 2000 323ci - subframe damage (fixed :reinforced) - 80,000
13) BLKMJK - 1999 328i - Subframe tear drivers side - 50,000 miles
14) sycE46 - 2000 323ci - subframe started to crack. Fixed by BMW 40,000 miles
15) Demsuga - 1999 BMW 328 i- Sub Frame Damage(left rear) - 63,000 miles (9/10/04)
16) HamannGirLR714 - 2000 328ci -subframe torn from trunk 44,500 miles
17) Asmodeus - 1999 BMW 328i- Sub Frame Rear / Diff. mounts torn - 125,000 Km
18) ///M PWR 00 - 2003 BMW M3 Coupe - Sub Frame / Diff mount Tears
19) Blazin e46 - 2000 323ci - subframe cracked - 51,000 miles (9/20/04)
20) Sir.B - 2000 328i - subframe cracked about a year ago ($600 fixed)
21) wolf328ci - 2000 328ci, Subframe torn in 2 points, 52,000 miles
22) kevmo - 1999 323i , subframe cracked 70 K
23) srcstc - 2000 BMW 323Ci - Left-rear SubFrame mount torn from trunk 08/03 55K miles, stock suspension!
24) Allen Yad - 1999 323i - subframe torn in both places, 42,000 miles
25) jtecnik- 2000 328ci - Rear driver's side Sub Frame/ Diff. mounts 77k miles
26) madmak - 1999 328i - 100,000km - both sides gaping tears - still on cpo warranty and dealer says "you should keep an eye on that!"
27) burrito007 - 323i 83000 mi subframe broke in 2003 trying to get dealer to fix but not looking promising
28) tommiexboi - 2000 328i - driver's side subframe ripping/tearing/cracking - 85,000 miles
29) yayopwr-1999 328i 95k miles- driver's side rear cracking....paying out of pocket in hopes that bmw will soon fess up and pay me back
30) ffabbroc - 2000 BMW 328Ci 50K chassis cracked at rear subframe mounts
31) Jetblast - 1999 328i - 100k drivers side rear subframe mount completely tore out
32) sbk25 - 1999 328i - 86k drivers side rear subframe mount tearing apart
33) sanjaypatelis - 2000 328i - 49k drivers/passenger side rear and differential mounts torn out/and almost torn out
34) Berserker - 2002 328i (April build) - Cracking has started on the drivers side - not a problem yet - but I am sure it will grow.
35) e46ryder-1999 323i 82k- Crackin tearing sticking out the drivers side passenger side no problem
36) blownZ71 - 2000 328Ci Subframe torn out left rear. Needs repair
37) rich323ci - 2000 323ci - 74,000 miles - Discovered cracks 2 weeks ago, waiting for dealer to inspect.
38) IslandE46 - 2000 323ci - 46,000 miles - Driver's side rear torn out. Passenger side fine. Repaired myself with Turner Motorsports kit. 7/10/2005
39) r6tanz - 2000 328CI - 65K - driver's side subframe cracked - repaired 2 days ago and still in the shop 7/22/05
40) bimmer88 2000 328ci - 75k miles -driver's side torn out
41) als00328ci 2000 328ci - 64000 km's - drivers side ripped right out.
42) 00e46 2000 328i - 83k miles - Drivers side cracked and torn.
43) DRG 2001 330ci 53k miles SUBFRAME
44) Mtecknic330ci- 2001 330ci- Minnesota- 85k- rear left subframe
45) Rick Chamberlain - 2000 328ci - 78k - Body failure at left rear subframe mount point.
46) Trippinbillies4 - 2000 328Ci - 105k - Torn back driver's side
47) jtt777- 2000 328Ci - 70k - Torn back driver's side subframe
48) hhboy77 - 2000 323ci - 58K - what else...torn driver's side rear subframe mount
49) 2K323CI - 2000 323ci - 47000 miles Driver's side rear torn out. Warranty expired by date not miles.
50) Kiapeyvan 2000 323Ci Cracked/torn subframe 84K, driver side.
51) norcal bmwboy - 2000 328ci - 59000 miles drivers side
52) Pizzaboy777 - 2000 323i - 77000 miles drivers side rear subframe mount
53) sanman10535 - 2000 323ci - 69,000 miles drivers side rear subframe
54) asarki- 2000 323ci - 76,000 miles drivers side rear subframe 11-15-05
55) bimmerkid1568 - 2000 BMW 328i - Left Rear Sub Frame / Diff mount Tears (date unknown when problem began) Todays date: November 21, 2005
56) jgrecbets - 1999 323i - 88,000 miles drivers side rear subframe
57) coreytrv - 2000 328 Ci - torn at 91,000
58) z00me - 2000 328Ci - at 120000km - subframe second time.This time BmW covers!
59) liminality - 2000 323i - 60,000 miles - torn and ripped back driver's side - Fully covered by BMWNA despite being out of warranty.
60) ed328ci - 2000 328Ci - 88,000 km (55K miles) - torn driver's side
61) bernstem - 2000 328i - 46,000 miles - drivers side torn
62) kinggrimwood- 1999 BMW 328i - Sub Frame/tore on both sides 09/2005 135,000 miles.
63) crackersmasher- 1999 BMW 323i - Sub Frame/tore 01/2006 95,000 miles.
64) bmer328i - 1999 BMW 328i - subframe tearing - 12/2005
65) Phil220241 - 1999 323 CI - 93,000 kms - subframe cracking -
66) blucaller - 2000 323 CI - 75K miles - driverside rear subframe carrier - will cost around $1500 w/ Turner rear subframe reinforcement, rear shock tower/rear swaybar/strut tower reinforcement and Turner/H&R sways too - 12/2005
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how do i check to see if there is a major problem with mine? When i try and use a floor jack to jack up the car with its jack points, the middle of the underbody of the car squeaks... whats going on?
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how do i check to see if there is a major problem with mine? When i try and use a floor jack to jack up the car with its jack points, the middle of the underbody of the car squeaks... whats going on?

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