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|10-18-2004, 09:18 PM||#202|
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Atlanta, GA
My Ride: 2000 323i
OK, I wouldn't be surprised if my subframe was falling apart after reading all your posts. However, I want to clarify my specific problem. About a month ago my 2000 323i with 72k started making a grinding sound on the first right turn I make after driving about a half mile from my house. After that, nothing; I'm on the road making no turns for about 10 minutes so everything is warmed up by the time I'm making another turn. Now, what I hear seems to be coming from the FRONT right wheel area not the rear, and when the noise is occurring I actually feel a little "friction" or grinding in the steering wheel. I've seen some suggest control arms and bushings; would this be a more likely starting point for my troubleshooting? I don't understand why the problem would go away after a few minutes of driving if it were a subframe thing; seems like that would happen all the time at least if you took it through the same speed and degree of turn. No?
|10-19-2004, 05:17 PM||#204|
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: San Francisco
My Ride: Tuned 3 & Drift M3
here's a copy of the reply BMWNA has sent me!
Thank you for contacting BMW of North America, LLC regarding the
problems you are having with your BMW. We regret to learn of the issue you
are experiencing with your BMW. Please accept our apologies for the
inconvenience and the time you have spent dealing with this issue.
The actual longevity of any given part is dependent on a number of
factors; including care, maintenance, use and climate. During the life of a
vehicle, items may have to be repaired or replaced due to mechanical
failures or normal wear and tear. Of course, this explanation does not
relieve the inconvenience or expense of dealing with problems when they
Your vehicle had warranty coverage for up to 4 years or 50,000 miles.
Unfortunately, your vehicle has well exceeded the warranty parameters.
Although we empathize with your situation, we are sorry to inform you
that BMW of North America, LLC, cannot offer you post-warranty
We value our BMW customers and are sorry that we were unable to meet
your expectations. If you have any further questions, please respond to
this e-mail or contact the Customer Relations and Services Department at
1-800-831-1117, Monday through Friday from 9:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M.,
Eastern Standard Time.
Customer Relations & Services
P.S. youve just been OWNED
I say this is crap!!!!
under modification DriftUNED
|10-19-2004, 05:25 PM||#205|
Join Date: Dec 1969
Location: in my garage welding your rear subframe mounts back together
My Ride: magic carpet
NICE. That's the same letter those a$$holes sent me when I had this problem. Talk about planting the old noggin in the sand and hoping we'll all go away.
"Boys, tonight the beer is gonna flow like wine"