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Old 01-13-2009, 01:55 AM   #21
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I was going to use the BMW once jack but decided not to after seeing how flimsy it looked. That thing looks like some plastic little toy. Then I tried my bigger Craftsman jack and it didn't fit under my car, so I had to drive up on some boards to get enough clearance.

The best thing to use is a good low profile jack with one of these jack pad adaptors from ecstuning.com, I just bought one and it works perfect.
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Old 01-13-2009, 07:47 AM   #22
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I never find the need to have my leg or foot under the car while it's jacked up for wheel change. Any reason why lots of you have your leg or foot under the car ? Can you describe the sensation on your body when the car fell, and also tell us do you now have a limp ?
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Old 01-13-2009, 08:01 AM   #23
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happened to me as well....crack my sideskirt...spend Saturday fixing the side skirt with bondo and factory paint...fun times...
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Old 01-13-2009, 09:22 AM   #24
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it didnt happen to me, but i was thinking that previous owner was a fool. now i learn that its not his fault at all
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Old 01-13-2009, 09:25 AM   #25
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this thread is comforting to me as I bought my car used and the jack was broken when I pulled it out once to use it. I was wonder wtf my car has been through that a jack broke...
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Old 01-13-2009, 10:32 AM   #26
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Can someone recommend a good light replacement spare jack to keep in the trunk? When I saw the BMW jack I was astonished at how shitty it looked and thought "I hope I never have to use that to change a spare". My Hondas both had much better spare jacks.
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Old 01-13-2009, 12:02 PM   #27
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it didnt happen to me, but i was thinking that previous owner was a fool. now i learn that its not his fault at all
don't let him off the hook too easily, it looks like he jacked the car up by the side skirt instead of the proper way. That doesn't looks like he just dropped it.
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Old 01-13-2009, 12:09 PM   #28
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For those of you who had their jack break, how many times are you using the thing? Sound like you are using it as your full time jack, and not an emergency jack?
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Old 01-13-2009, 12:13 PM   #29
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So I was jacking up the car on a flat surface.. I made sure the foot of the jack was straight/leveled and the white piece fitted onto the cars part where it is suppose to go, under the side skirt area. As I was jacking up, the jack made a sound and broke! It dropped the car and when I looked at the jack, the white portion that attaches to the car snapped on the side! Just wondering if this has happen to anyone...
Yeah a few weeks after I got my car I got a flat and the car fell on my hand and broke it. They are a piece of ****.
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Old 01-13-2009, 12:14 PM   #30
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For those of you who had their jack break, how many times are you using the thing? Sound like you are using it as your full time jack, and not an emergency jack?
+1, curious...i can understand using a jack quickly to take some tires off...but usually when im under a car (not mine) I'll just use jack stands after jacking up
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Old 01-13-2009, 12:44 PM   #31
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Same thing happen to me jack did a gangsta lean when I got the car up after a flat. So I called roadside assistance. I felt like a pansy.
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Old 01-13-2009, 02:38 PM   #32
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wow... lafabritto and I switched wheels on these jacks. I was a little worried about it but had no other options. Im glad it lasted.

I never even used it on my old e46 considering I would go through rubber faster than I had a chance to puncture it. (hence the screen name)
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Old 01-13-2009, 02:52 PM   #33
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yup seconds after i had moved from underneath the car. Yes I did have stands and wood blocks but woah it scared the shiet out of me!
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Old 01-13-2009, 02:52 PM   #34
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wow i can't believe how many problems you guys have had

i'll be more careful in the future
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Old 01-13-2009, 03:34 PM   #35
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wow guys all these stories. I used my jack only 3 times through its lifetime.
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Old 01-13-2009, 03:38 PM   #36
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long story short- YES. i have saved it each time by lowering it fast enough once i see it slip, i try to never use it though. it is a horrific style of a jack. none like that i have ever used have been reliable
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Old 01-13-2009, 03:56 PM   #37
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THAT NOT NOT A DEVICE FOR JACKING UP CARS, ITS A DEVICE FOR JACKING THE DRIVERS UP... LITERALLY.... im just astonished how bmw sells their cars for so much money yet comes with the shitiest car parts and tools.
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Old 01-13-2009, 04:03 PM   #38
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E46 OEM jack is one scary piece of German engineering!!! Only use it for emergencies, which reminds me, I need to go get a scissor jack and leave it in the trunk.
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Old 01-13-2009, 05:00 PM   #39
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wow i have been wondering about this for a while. i had to jack up the car recently and i stood there looking at that piece of sh*t wondering "is this really going to hold up this?" good thing it didn't snap when i used it, or else it would have been serious
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Old 01-13-2009, 05:16 PM   #40
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E46 OEM jack is one scary piece of German engineering!!! Only use it for emergencies, which reminds me, I need to go get a scissor jack and leave it in the trunk.
That is what I plan on doing. Any good recommendations?
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