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      04-26-2009, 08:49 AM   #1
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Unhappy Broke the Car at 140 mph

Well, if the engine is the head, than I broke the neck. Hit an expansion joint at about 140 mph (which isn't anything unusual) heard a pop and then a loud vibration. Got home and saw this...

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Gonna head to the dealer as soon as I can get a service appointment and have them check the mounts and see how bad the damage is.
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      04-26-2009, 09:58 AM   #2
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Ouuuchhhhh, I guess that´s a warranty job though. Good luck with your dealer.
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      04-26-2009, 10:08 AM   #3
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You're pretty lucky to be able to drive home. I've heard our mounts aren't the strongest, is there anything aftermarket for these pieces?
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      04-26-2009, 03:57 PM   #4
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ouch... sorry to here it man.
i would think the upside is that if you need to have major repairs done on a BMW.... germany is a pretty good place to have them done. what am i looking at in these photos? i can't see what is wrong?
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      04-26-2009, 04:58 PM   #5
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looks like the engine is slanted on one side
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      04-26-2009, 05:47 PM   #6
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he broke an engine mount
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      04-26-2009, 07:11 PM   #7
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Yeah... the entire engine is leaning to the left.. took me a second but it seems to be leaning pretty bad!
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      04-26-2009, 07:53 PM   #8
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ooooh... i see it. sucks.
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      04-26-2009, 08:07 PM   #9
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Curious if you ever checked before for missing motor mount bolts?

Shortly after I bought my M Coupe I saw a few threads here on the subject. I looked around the engine bay and found one missing bolt on the passenger side motor mount and the bolt holding the power steering reservoir was missing as well. Both were replaced under warranty.
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      04-26-2009, 10:31 PM   #10
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did you catch air before the snap?
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      04-27-2009, 12:39 AM   #11
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That must've been some expansion joint!
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      04-27-2009, 12:43 AM   #12
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Don't share the how detail with dealer- there is a TSB for this now btw. Ron Styger posted it somewhere. The reason I say to skip the how is b/c they made EPbrown pay for his b/c of a comparable situation.
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      04-27-2009, 01:25 AM   #13
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Don't share the how detail with dealer- there is a TSB for this now btw. Ron Styger posted it somewhere. The reason I say to skip the how is b/c they made EPbrown pay for his b/c of a comparable situation.
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      04-27-2009, 01:36 AM   #14
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Curious if you ever checked before for missing motor mount bolts?

Shortly after I bought my M Coupe I saw a few threads here on the subject. I looked around the engine bay and found one missing bolt on the passenger side motor mount and the bolt holding the power steering reservoir was missing as well. Both were replaced under warranty.
Yeah, they were all checked out not long after I got the car here.
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      04-27-2009, 01:37 AM   #15
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did you catch air before the snap?
Nope. Just felt like a small bump.
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      04-27-2009, 02:07 AM   #16
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Yeah, they were all checked out not long after I got the car here.
What do you mean by "checked?" Did they just look to see if any were missing? or did they re-torque them? Any replaced with the new specc'd bolts?

I had mine replaced recently, but am still paranoid since if yours were "checked" but still broke off, then they either didn't check it OR it didn't matter (i.e. the area's at fault that BMW's not owning up to).
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Every time I go to the dealer here in Germany for service the first thing they do is put the car on a lift and do a visual check as well as "tug" on certain components. This all happens before it goes into the service bay for whatever you're having done.

Of course now I'm paranoid so I think I'll have them checked soon. I do a lot of 140+ mph driving (at least until June when I leave this winter wonderland).
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Don't share the how detail with dealer- there is a TSB for this now btw. Ron Styger posted it somewhere. The reason I say to skip the how is b/c they made EPbrown pay for his b/c of a comparable situation.
Yeah, but I had scrape marks on the belly pan - they could see I'd gone over something. The city paid half a few months later, which is more than I thought I'd get.
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Ron, do you know how they addressed this issue for vehicles produced after 3/08? Different bolts? Heat shielding?
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What do you mean by "checked?" Did they just look to see if any were missing? or did they re-torque them? Any replaced with the new specc'd bolts?

I had mine replaced recently, but am still paranoid since if yours were "checked" but still broke off, then they either didn't check it OR it didn't matter (i.e. the area's at fault that BMW's not owning up to).
They did a visual check, cuz that's what I asked for. Had I actually read the Bulletin, and asked them to retorque them it may have been avoided.

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Every time I go to the dealer here in Germany for service the first thing they do is put the car on a lift and do a visual check as well as "tug" on certain components. This all happens before it goes into the service bay for whatever you're having done.

Of course now I'm paranoid so I think I'll have them checked soon. I do a lot of 140+ mph driving (at least until June when I leave this winter wonderland).
Yeah, I hope my dealer is as good as yours. They seemed to do a pretty thorough job the last time I was there, but then again they didn't quite fix my front camber problem either.

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Yeah, but I had scrape marks on the belly pan - they could see I'd gone over something. The city paid half a few months later, which is more than I thought I'd get.
I've got a good gash on mine from driving in Boston. I hope they made a note of it the last time it was there and they don't screw me like your dealer did to you.
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      04-27-2009, 12:08 PM   #21
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Oh, I forgot to mention. No service appointments available until next Tuesday...and of course I still only have the one car
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Taking mine in on Wednesday to have the mounts and bolts checked....
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