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Old 06-26-2013, 06:35 PM   #1
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Getting the Subframe crack fixed

I thought I escaped the famous E46 subframe crack since I did not have it with 220,000 miles. Well, the 328i/2000 is now being fixed with the Turner reinforcement kit. Any of you have this done--how much did it cost you, dealer or indy?
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Old 06-26-2013, 06:40 PM   #2
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Getting the Subframe crack fixed

Sucks right? I'm taking my M3 on Monday to get it fix bushing rtab's and tm kit all parts and labor comes out to $1800


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Old 06-26-2013, 07:43 PM   #3
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Yes, it does.............
Since I am conservative driver, thought that would save me. Perhaps just too many miles of stress on the subframe to save anyone regardless of driving style.
You mention M3 is being fixed. Would you say that your car is partially cracked due to aggressive driving on your part? Did BMW offer you any rebate on the fix.
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Old 06-26-2013, 07:53 PM   #4
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Idk probably PO, just recently got it. I haven't contact them, have you?


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Old 06-26-2013, 08:32 PM   #5
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tons of threads on this. roughly $2000-3000 indy. Stealership wants $5k+

No discount/reimbursement from BMWNA, classaction lawsuit ended 2010

This was mine last year:
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Old 06-27-2013, 06:41 PM   #6
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tons of threads on this. roughly $2000-3000 indy. Stealership wants $5k+

No discount/reimbursement from BMWNA, classaction lawsuit ended 2010

This was mine last year:
First sentence I agree with.
Second sentence I am not so sure about and that may not be the last word.
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Old 06-27-2013, 07:15 PM   #7
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^^ so ur saying we might be able to get a reimbursement?


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First sentence I agree with.
Second sentence I am not so sure about and that may not be the last word.
Goodluck than man. I went through this last year. If dealership does It for less than 5, i'll be shocked.
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Old 06-27-2013, 07:26 PM   #9
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subframed cracked,

spent 150 on the plates.

shop pull out the whole rear end- 600

drunk welder do his job 500


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^^^ that's with bushings?


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First sentence I agree with.
Second sentence I am not so sure about and that may not be the last word.
Agreed. Anyone who suffers from this should report it to the NTSB.
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^Where do i go on the website to report it? and regarding the fix, i bought my 323i a month and a half ago for (what i thought at the time) was a good price. 2 days later, find out PO didnt know sh*t about anything about the car(big mistake) and discovered a small crack at the subframe mounting point. Called around to different shops and even talked to BMWNA to try to get a fix, and they said i would have to take it in for an inspection($100-200) for them to further verify the case and even then, they most likely wouldnt pay for it. So called a BMW tuning/specialty shop near me (Performance Technic in Pleasanton, CA) and they quoted me 1000 for parts+labor. cheapest i got anywhere. Great service and they even sent me pics of the damage with everything off. Got all 3 differential bushings replaced too so total was ~1200 for everything!
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^^^ damn that's a good price. I'm gonna pay $1800 with labor and parts for subframe bushings, 1 differential mount(M3), rtab's and the subframe kit


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Old 06-29-2013, 10:20 AM   #14
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^Where do i go on the website to report it? and regarding the fix, i bought my 323i a month and a half ago for (what i thought at the time) was a good price. 2 days later, find out PO didnt know sh*t about anything about the car(big mistake) and discovered a small crack at the subframe mounting point. Called around to different shops and even talked to BMWNA to try to get a fix, and they said i would have to take it in for an inspection($100-200) for them to further verify the case and even then, they most likely wouldnt pay for it. So called a BMW tuning/specialty shop near me (Performance Technic in Pleasanton, CA) and they quoted me 1000 for parts+labor. cheapest i got anywhere. Great service and they even sent me pics of the damage with everything off. Got all 3 differential bushings replaced too so total was ~1200 for everything!
Sounds like a good price, but may be too good. I understand that the labor is about10 to 15 hours which includes dropping the gas tank and welding everything. The last point is important---my research shows that some repairs are done by epoxy instead of welding----a very poor method in my opinion, but much faster and cheaper. I would never do an epoxy of the repair kit plates--but I did talk to one mechanic who says it is good (so that means he would do that I assume). I would not use anyone who does not do the welding approach. The repair kit (Turner) cost about $120, 2 bushings about $90, and if you are using the bushing limiting doughnut another $85. That is $300 in parts, so it leaves 7 hours of labor (@$100) if the total cost is $1000. That sounds like it is not enough time to do it right. What are they doing. Are they doing the support plates provided for the inside truck area.
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Old 06-29-2013, 10:26 AM   #15
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