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Old 05-23-2014, 03:10 PM   #1
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BMW Sub-frame Settlement

Back in 2009 a national class action lawsuit was filed against BMW. The lawsuit was settled and BMW agreed to cover the cost of the subframe inspection, and if needed, repair for 3 series (E46) BMW.

Does anyone know if this still applies today?

I searched around and couldn't find an "expiration" date on this. All I found was that the free inspection had to be done by Sept. 9, 2010 but no where does it say when to have it done by for an actual subframe repair.

Anyone know?
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Old 05-23-2014, 03:21 PM   #2
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Sept 9th 2010 was the expiration for the class action settlement.
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Old 05-23-2014, 04:21 PM   #3
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Do you have a article that says this? Or a website stating this?
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Old 05-23-2014, 04:27 PM   #4
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Do you have a article that says this? Or a website stating this?
http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showt...=307766&page=2

This link is expired, so that says quite a bit. Sorry Charlie, but you won't be getting BMW to do this job pro-bono.

http://www.e46subframeclassactionsettlement.com/

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Old 05-23-2014, 05:30 PM   #5
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Thanks for the help everyone. Worth asking
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Old 05-23-2014, 05:55 PM   #6
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It cost at least $2,000 for subframe re enforcement. I'm getting mine done in a few months. Shop found some line marks on my ///M....


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It cost at least $2,000 for subframe re enforcement. I'm getting mine done in a few months. Shop found some line marks on my ///M....


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Wow man. Sorry about your car. Now you have a cracked subframe ? Now you see why you got such a deal on your m I guess. Sucks.
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Old 05-23-2014, 07:12 PM   #8
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Not a big deal to me as long as there is a shop that can re enforce it and I don't run out of funds. Lol...I got my car converted from SMG to Manual Stick. It should be done this coming week. :-) oh, it was still minor markings on the subframe. I'll get it done after...this is my next project car... The price of purchase went down 1k... I told them to split the amount of a new pump that they we're suppose to put in the car... I used it for the manual stick swap. :-)


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Old 05-23-2014, 08:45 PM   #9
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Not a big deal to me as long as there is a shop that can re enforce it and I don't run out of funds. Lol...I got my car converted from SMG to Manual Stick. It should be done this coming week. :-) oh, it was still minor markings on the subframe. I'll get it done after...this is my next project car... The price of purchase went down 1k... I told them to split the amount of a new pump that they we're suppose to put in the car... I used it for the manual stick swap. :-)


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Oh crap. You swapping to 6mt. That's awesome. You will love it.
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Old 05-24-2014, 12:35 AM   #10
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How much you pay for the swap? I got an SMG. And my shop quoted me $1200 for the subframe repair
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$3,500 original price with new clutch. But, I provided the clutch so $3,200+ including new rear main seal. They're asking $1,900 to do the subframe re enforcement? Is that too high?


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Old 05-24-2014, 12:47 PM   #12
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Really depends what's required/what they're doing to reinforce it. Minor markings? Are they even actually cracks or are they trying to hose you... It still could be a good idea to do this as a preventative measure though.
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I don't know.. But they were pointing a flash light at the rear right subframe.. I'll definitely get it done since this is my car. The wifey has my old 97 C36 AMG now. Still have my 91 Mits Galant VR-4 turbo as my daily driver...


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I just checked my subframe and there is one small, 1in. crack close to my right subframe mount :/ that's the only one I saw anywhere. First inspect after a year of owning my car. I guess I'm lucky.

How long do you guys thing this can go with it being fixed? A few months? A year?
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Depends on how hard you drive your car. It can take years if you drive like Ms. Daisy. Lol


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Old 05-25-2014, 07:09 PM   #16
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I just checked my subframe and there is one small, 1in. crack close to my right subframe mount :/ that's the only one I saw anywhere. First inspect after a year of owning my car. I guess I'm lucky.

How long do you guys thing this can go with it being fixed? A few months? A year?
If you can see one there are many more. Unusual its on the right side though as they typically start in the left.
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You can drive as long as you want without getting it fixed. You're just continuously making it harder and more costly to fix. So you really shouldn't.
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I don't drive like a bat out of hell... Most of the time lol but I'll get it looked at and estimated by a pro. Better to nip this thing in the bud. I don't think I'll do the reinforcement though. It's a 10 year car with 135k+ mikes and there is only one tiny crack, possibly more. But if it's lasted this long with very little damage, a reinforcement would be a waste
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Can't agree.

If you want your car to handle. Handle like new even. You need (at the very least) the subframe bushes replaced. And while you're at it, repair the cracking too. I'm guessing, the 'slop' you currently experience on off camber corners (as I noted with my 75k mile 2004.5) will disappear.
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I have an 04 ///M with 126k and I will still get the subframe re enforced even it's a small line mark on my right rear frame...


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