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Old 04-02-2010, 10:21 AM   #41
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verts are less prone to failure but i have 108k miles and got it checked at 100k miles the dealership said it was fine.
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Old 04-02-2010, 11:15 AM   #42
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I've got 50,000 miles on my 2005 330ci vert. Dealer inspected the subframe and they found no problems.
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Old 04-02-2010, 06:25 PM   #43
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2005 325ci, 62k miles, stock sport suspension, m6 rep wheels.... no problems !
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Old 04-05-2010, 09:02 AM   #44
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1999 328i, 160k miles, dealer just checked today and found no problems. Car has been on 18's it's entire life with factory sport package.
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Old 04-05-2010, 11:32 AM   #45
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2001 330i 5 speed. 136k kms (85k miles). Been running 18" wheels with 255 series tires in the back since 2008. Car has been SC-ed now for last 6k kms and just got Eibach ProKit a week ago. So far no issues.
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Old 02-16-2012, 06:12 AM   #46
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My Ride: 330ci 03 M-sport
330ci 03 manual with almost 100k miles on it still no problems at all, I havent had it checked out but I have been cleaing it and checking it myself very thourgly and there is no signs of stress or cracks
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Old 02-16-2012, 07:11 AM   #47
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Old 02-16-2012, 07:14 AM   #48
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2005 330i ZHP 6 speed. Stock suspension. Fold down rear seats. Currently at 69k miles, BMW and my indy examined rear subframe at about 58k miles. Not only did they not find any signs whatsoever of cracking, but the BMW dealer claimed it was one of the cleanest E46s they have ever seen
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Old 02-16-2012, 07:52 AM   #49
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156K and no subframe damage, but Im gonna be throwing in a ACT Extreme Clutch and lighter flywheel so we will see what happens!
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Old 06-13-2013, 06:21 PM   #50
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Until yesterday, not subframe problems. Today--just found a crack that needs repair.
Car has never been driven aggressively.
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Old 06-13-2013, 11:07 PM   #51
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No subframe damage
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Old 06-14-2013, 10:56 PM   #52
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Re: The E46 Rear Subframe Non-failure Thread

2001 330i 5sp pre-facelift owned since February 2013, second owner. No subframe issues. Did replace drooling OFHG and need to replace VCG for a hidden rear minor drip. All on all tip-top!
117,000 miles

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Old 06-15-2013, 12:35 AM   #53
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I should have welded in the reinforcement kit when the M3 rear was swapped in but it's still looking good and I beat the sh!t out of it.
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Old 06-15-2013, 12:41 AM   #54
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Old 06-15-2013, 12:11 PM   #55
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Aug/99 build date 323ci. Steptronic with 160K. lowered with eibach pro kit, koni yellows, front strut bar and 18's staggered.
It gets driven aggresively through canyon roads. Subframe gets checked at every oil change intervals of 7,500 miles. As of last oil change, no issues.
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Old 06-15-2013, 12:20 PM   #56
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2004 325 convertible, 106k miles, stock (and worn out - on my to do list) suspension, no sub frame issues (inspected at 104k miles).
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Old 05-02-2014, 08:40 PM   #57
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Old 05-02-2014, 08:44 PM   #58
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Old 05-02-2014, 08:48 PM   #59
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Old 05-02-2014, 09:37 PM   #60
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2001 330I, 113K miles... no rear subframe problems that I can see.
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