3-Series (E46, E90)Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1999 to Current. Models include: BMW 316i, BMW 318i, BMW 318Ci, BMW 320i, BMW 323i, BMW 325i, BMW 330i, BMW 328 Ci, BMW 328i, BMW 325i/xi, BMW 330Ci, BMW 320d, BMW 330d, BMW 335d.
the law that covers this is rather specific (it has some other shit in it that is important too, it is called magnussen somebody act):
1. like someone said: the manufacturer has to PROVE that it was your mod that caused the damage.
2. for intakes etc: if you failed emissions, and the mod is there no matter if it caused it, but if it is related (i.e. this woudl not apply if you say used non bmw suspension, or brakes or some thing not emissions related), you lose. these laws are state specific though.
3. even if the mod did not cause any damage, and bmw refuses to honor warranty, you are screwed. what are u gonna do, sue them? good luck....
my solution (i have afe intake) was to use my mechanic to install the parts, and keep the stock intake in my basement. if something fails on the car that i think stealer or bmw may questiuon the intake, i will re-install original parts, give the car to bmw, and say nothing more.
remember: oil-foam filters occasionally fail (VERY rarely). therefore, if your (or mine) intake suffers damage, and destroys the engine by leting in dirt, the solution above would have been fraudulent, and i'd never do it.
I sure don't want to void the manufacture warranty and I have a friend of mine who did the same thing, where he added an intake to his Mazda 6 and every time he took his car to the dealer he replaced it with the original equipment.
I guess I can do the same thing. Dinan Mod's are expensive at almost $500 especially that I do all the work myself.
Thanks for the input all.
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