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Old 07-22-2007, 09:51 PM   #1
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Oh no!!!!


BMW are being champions about it.

Wind back four weeks, I took my wheels off for a clean and thought I would check out the subframe mounting points due to all the problems that I see here. Noticed a 10mm hairline crack. Well out of warranty but I tell my friend at BMW about it and within a few hours get the call that they are covering the repair

Car will be gone for approximately 2 months while they replace the floor. I have more photos that I will post up later. Unlike our counterparts accross the pond who seem to have the left mount fail, they say our right top mounting points are the most common.

The repair has the car pretty much stripped of everything electrical, no doors, no boot, no rear bumper, no exhaust, no boot, no rear seat, etc. They replace the floor and the boot. and then fill the new cavity with the hardening sealant for extra strength.

Cant wait to get her back, I miss her and shes only been gone 2 & a bit weeks.
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Old 07-22-2007, 10:46 PM   #2
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Old 07-23-2007, 03:34 AM   #3
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2months?? Ouch. But atleast its being covered, otherwise you'd be saying ouch in terms of $$$.
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Old 07-23-2007, 05:27 AM   #4
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the piece they took out.
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Old 07-23-2007, 05:56 AM   #5
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Thanks for the heads up!!
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Old 07-23-2007, 09:06 AM   #6
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I had that happen on my 328ci and they took 3mths but gave me a lovely new 330 as a loan so I was happy and all warranty. But now I see it is on your m3 I am worried as I am putting down just on 500rwhp..I better have a look
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Old 07-23-2007, 05:10 PM   #7
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OK, so why does this happen - excessive forces the vehicle is not designed for (caused by modifications or hooning around) ?. Is it likely to happen under "normal" conditions ?
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Old 07-23-2007, 05:10 PM   #8
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Heh, i remember the subframe had to be changed on my Skyline... it took a few hours...

I had better get my sub frame checked out too =\ . Did you buy your car new CortinaD??

This sounds like it would be a very expensive exercise .
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Old 07-23-2007, 06:09 PM   #9
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My theory is its a motorsport car so its built to be driven hard. That said I haven't tracked it yet so its just city & country driving for me.

A couple of them are getting done at the moment so its not just mine but if you read the stuff on here and other bmw forums, it happens on all of them, stock or modified. It happens on all of them, the m cars less frequently from what I read.

Bought the car secondhand.

From what the repairer said they reenforce the area, I bought a TMS kit but have decided not to question BMW as they are saying this is the fix. If it goes again and they dont cover it though I will be putting the kit in. We will see, from what I hear they haven't had one fail that they have repaired.

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Old 07-23-2007, 08:31 PM   #10
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+1, i have heard rumors of an AA supercharged E46 M3 running around the Gold Coast, where abouts in Aust. are you?
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Old 07-24-2007, 03:21 AM   #11
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How many kms has your M3 done?
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Old 07-24-2007, 04:22 AM   #12
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just clicked 41k
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Old 07-24-2007, 07:36 AM   #13
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damn... maybe should get my car checked out... almost 55k
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Old 07-24-2007, 07:38 AM   #14
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just clicked 41k
You drive the car as much as i do.. hahahaha..
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Old 07-24-2007, 07:57 AM   #15
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You drive the car as much as i do.. hahahaha..
hehe havent cranked them as quickly on this car as I would like though.
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Old 07-26-2007, 08:43 AM   #16
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Have a mate in ACT tore his out as well.

Happy to share, vids best, links as follows.

Track day

Drags

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Running a stage4 AA kit with custom tune 504RWHP No Nos.
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Thanks What mods do you have?
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Old 07-27-2007, 10:41 PM   #19
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Thanks What mods do you have?
hardly any dude.

tv in motion
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Update: I bought a new rear bar as mine was a bit damaged, they are putting that back on today as the cars basically finished at the body shop (they are waiting for the bonding re-enforcement glue) to dry. It might be only a month now, they have worked fulltime on it to get it done. It goes to BMW on Tuesday.
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Old 08-06-2007, 03:50 AM   #20
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shes backkkkkk

Oh yeah...they worked overtimes to get it back to me asap.

been driving it all arvo, no rattles which is amazing considering the state it was in.

to BMW on this one.
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