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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 11-09-2005, 01:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Stoooooped Pavement!

So I am driving around with some friends from out of town the other day and my little car is FULL! We are coming down a 45mph side road and there are NO signs or warnings of any kind as we come rolling toward a particular intersection I had been through 3 days prior... My buddy in the back seat grabs my attention for a split second and before I can focus back on the road, there is a TREMENDOUSLY LOUD "THUNK-WHAM, THUNK-WHAM" and we are in the air momentarily. This process then repeats itself one more time, just to make sure we know we have REALLY hit something!
Turns out that the city had repaved the cross street during the night (only the individual lanes, so there was a gap where the suicide lane would be) and they didn't bother to post signs or warnings, and they didn't smooth the approach to this new pavement either. This meant that I hit 2 separate 6 inch high walls of pavement at 45mph!!!! My car bucked and lurched and threw us all around but came out smelling like a rose! Not a dented rim, not a flat tire, not a bent shock... NOTHING! You wanna talk about "built like a tank?" Well, there is your proof! You would never know my car had gone through anything!
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Just a rant about suburban Atlanta road management! I had to vent to people that would be sympathetic!

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Old 11-09-2005, 04:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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haha... ohh man, atleast you and your car got out unscathed...
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Old 11-09-2005, 07:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Planted my poor 325 in a ditch a little while ago. It was night, trying to turn around, and the space between a log and the road looked level, evidently it was just a grassy ditch. Damn. Had the tail end of my car sticking up in the air, and had to have a friend lift the front (it was balanced peculiarly in the middle) while I attempted to get the wheels in contact and pull the car out.

The car didnt rattle once, and so far I've seen no ill-effects of it's adventure.
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Glad to hear you and your car is OK. I hit a curb at 35 MPH Over compensating, and just busted a wheel and tire... easy fix but dam I can't imagine how I didn't F*** something else up

oh, btw- where do you live at? I'm right at exit 9 on 400
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Old 11-11-2005, 07:25 AM   #5 (permalink)
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That sucks. good thing you didn't scrape anything, especially if your car was full of people. Hey at least you're car is good, and if they are repaving, you have a new smooooth road to drive on! Yay!
p.s. I have had 4 people in my car a few times (I have a two door), and I always get out and look to see what my car is going to look like after I lower it. I think it looks great!
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I spun out and then went over a curb once. blew my tire sidewall and scraped the rim. I also bent a control arm.

but thank god that my thing came with a full spare
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