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BMW Settles Lawsuit, Will Repair 3-Series Cars with Subframe Damage

I just found this and was wondering if anyone else had heard about it...

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BMW Settles Lawsuit, Will Repair 3-Series Cars with Subframe Damage

Posted: Jun. 19, 2009 11:06 a.m.

BMW has settled a class-action lawsuit that alleged that an undisclosed subframe defect in 3-Series cars built between 1999 and 2006 was costing some owners thousands of dollars in repairs.

Motor Trend explains, "The suit originated in 2006 and claimed that defects in E46 3 Series models cause fractures in the rear-axle supports in the subframe. Symptoms include clunking from the rear and outright subframe failure." The company has not admitted that a defect exists, but has agreed to inspect and repair affected cars.

A website has been created to administer the repair program, located at e46subframeclassactionsettlement.com. The website explains, "If your vehicle is covered by the settlement, you will be able to participate in a National Sub-Frame Inspection and Repair Program. If you have already incurred out-of-pocket-expenses for sub-frame repairs, you may be eligible to receive reimbursement from BMW by submitting a claim form." Former owners or lessees who paid for subframe repairs on a car no longer in their possession may also be eligible. Visit the settlement website for details.
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I got a letter in the mail about this a couple of weeks ago and didn't even bother to read it. I guess I should go open it now.

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I've heard bits here and there about this issue. I guess it must be real enough... And it made me wonder about cars modded for extreme performance.

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I got the same letter....I'm keeping it in case anything come up.

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I've heard bits here and there about this issue. I guess it must be real enough... And it made me wonder about cars modded for extreme performance.
This image shows the subframe damage of a HPF Stage 2 M3. Obviously, the reinforcement plates were not installed and this is what the power did to the underbody. Kind of nasty, isn't it?



However, when the reinforcement plates are welded in place the problem is taken care of because essentially it thickens the mounts to repair/prevent further damage from occurring.
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then.............. what are the symtoms of being affected by this Subframe issue ? when shifting the car makes cracking noise ?? or what exactly you can experience when someone has this issue on their E46 ?
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