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#1 (permalink) Old 10-14-2005, 12:05 PM
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BMW 330xi suspension damage

I have sustained extreme suspension damage ( location USA northeast)- everytime my car hits even a minor pothole- The car has runflat tires and sport tuned suspension. Has anyone else had similar porblems?
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>>>I have sustained extreme suspension damage ( location USA northeast)- everytime my car hits even a minor pothole- The car has runflat tires and sport tuned suspension. Has anyone else had similar porblems?<<<

Not sure what you're asking here... Are you asking if many of us have had suspension damage, or runflat tires/sports tuned suspension?

Actually I think you intended to describe your problem but forgot to go back and add it before posting. Please elaborate.

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I had similar problems.. but mine was the front strut that had come off or broke or something.. it was covered by warranty... it happe twice... and one more time and BMW NOrth America said they will get involved.. but who knows.. and when my strut was bad my shocks seemed off or messed up as well...
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Suspension damage

Sorry Guys if I did'nt make my self clear. The auto was purchased in 2003. It came with the sports suspension package and run flat tires. In the northeast, potholes are a fact of life, and occasionally, like anyone else I will hit one. I have owned BMW's of one kind or another for over 20 years, and have never had a problem when a road hazard is encountered. With the 330xi configured the way mine was the damage I sustained was extensize and required the replacement of many tires, rims, and shock towers. I am curious to find out if its just me or if others have had similar problems
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The sports package with lower profile tires will transmit more jerk to the suspension as well as to the the sprung weight (frame) through the shock mounts. Potholes, upheaving roads and plow damage are a part of life up here. Just have to drive slower on crappy roads. Make up for it by going faster on smooth ones.

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In lamens terms of what Spooldup just said, you ran into a decent sized pothole too hard and since you have sport low profile run flats it really sent the bang through the suspension. Now you are asking if this has been a problem with anyone else. How fast were you going? I can understand if you were gong excessively fast, but if not, that is unacceptable. A car is fragile, but these cars are built to take a bit of a beating.


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Thanks for replies you guys- The car is driven locally. I would estimate that we were driving a possibly 35 to 40 mph when the " road holes were hit"- In the Northeast its gonna happen- Had I been aware of the cars "fragility" I never would have purchased it. It came with runflat tires, and the dealer who continuously repaired it said that he hated the runflats because they transmitted too much force to the rims and shock towers. I contacted Eurotire and they said It's happening with all the cars with slimline tires, and that there is no way to fix the problem. BMW certainly is not helpful.
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You could try smaller rims and/or non-runflat tires. I have 4 205/60R15's mounted on BMW 15 spoke rims if you might be interested. They will look worse than your package rims, of course...

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You could try smaller rims and/or non-runflat tires. I have 4 205/60R15's mounted on BMW 15 spoke rims if you might be interested. They will look worse than your package rims, of course...
keep your 15" wheels!!!

he will need a minimum of a 16" on a 330.
even then, most 16" will not clear the front calipers.

There are a few, Tirerack.com sells one I believe.

Or you get a 17" with normal tires...

I live in Montreal, we have the worst roads by far, and with the OEM 17", it does not seem bad. I do swerve around as many as i can!

BUT my friend with the sport package has been replacing parts as well.

Where I live, wheel repair companies make a killing.

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you can buy steel wheels for the winter 17inch, they fit on my 330ipp. bavauto, $90 a piece.

i have a shitload of potholes in baltimore, and my suspension is lower than yours. some bent rims, but never suspension damage. i do NOT have runflats, but 18 235/40 prolfie tires.
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Thanks you guys- I will keep your advise in mind. I was told by Eurotire that because of the size of the brake calipers the use of a smaller rim was'nt possible, and that a larger tire would not fit into the wheel well to allow for enough clearance. We did replace the runflats with normal tires, and still suffered more damage. I am considering terminating the lease early and going into another auto. I would strongly urge anyone considering buying this otherwise fine automobile, to think twice if live in an area where the climate leads to road conditions such as those found in the Northeast.
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I would strongly urge anyone considering buying this otherwise fine automobile, to think twice if live in an area where the climate leads to road conditions such as those found in the Northeast.

I think there are an awful lot of e46 bimmer drivers in the northeast that would disagree with you!
do you hit the brakes every time you hit a pothole? that will double the damage done.
the driver has a lot to do with the damage inflicted, if you swerve and brake while you are hitting holes, it's not surprising you have damage.

I too have an Xi and hit a lot of holes, so far, so good.

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I think there are an awful lot of e46 bimmer drivers in the northeast that would disagree with you!
do you hit the brakes every time you hit a pothole? that will double the damage done.
the driver has a lot to do with the damage inflicted, if you swerve and brake while you are hitting holes, it's not surprising you have damage.

I too have an Xi and hit a lot of holes, so far, so good.



I can only tell you of my experience. I don not hit the brakes when I pothole is encountered basically because if I saw it I would attempt to avoid it. Do you have runflat tires and slimline tires?. If you do, based on myh experience I find it hard to believe that no damage has occured!
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keep your 15" wheels!!!

he will need a minimum of a 16" on a 330.
even then, most 16" will not clear the front calipers.
Indeed. Did not think about that.

Can't have good looking rims and not tear the suspension in the NE. Kind of a "have the cake and eat it too" situation.

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No I dont understand. Thats not acceptable at all. By fragile I didnt mean that. Your car should last a few potholes. For shits sake its AWD. Run flats are garbage, yes, but they shouldnt destroy your suspension.

Have you talked to BMW about this problem? I have never heard of such a weak suspension on a BMW.


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