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Old 04-30-2005, 12:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm wondering here, since i know everyone here drives so safe and of course at appropriate speeds....

Have any of you ever had your car off the ground completley. And what damage resulted.

In my accident i came off an embankment in a glancing blow and put the front end of the car in the air. It landed a good 4 feet from where it went airborne. What kind of suspension damage is likley. And how lucky have you guys gotten as far as a car simply needing an alignment.
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I dont really plan on launching my 528i anytime soon, but last winters winterbeater nissan 4x4 came down from about 5 feet high, the exhaust fell off completly, and something else....what was it...oh yea both front tires broke off at the hub It was spring anyway, I left it in the woods for dead hehehe
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When I was about 18 years old (4 years back), I just got my BMW, a 1995 325is 5 speed. So my best friend wanted a test drive, and he wanted me to drive it fast. I took it through some twisties that I knew very well. At the end of this little course was a decent strait away that went down a hill and then up a steep cresting hill. Needless to say I had only owned the car for about a week and under estimated the cars potential for speed. I came out of the last turn very fast, tires squealing, and gunned it yet again. When we were near the top of the hill my buddy looks over at the speed`o, sees we are damn near going 130mph. He turned to me, and as he said the words "We're gunna jump!", we took off like an airplane. All four wheels off the ground by more then a foot. It was strange because not only did I think I was going to die, but everything seemed to happen in slow motion once we were in the air. Even though we weren't in the air long it seemed like an eternity. I was sure when we landed we were going to go sideways into the giant ditch on either side. We landed strait and hard. Since then I've put 100,000 miles on the same ride. The jump did not appear to do any or much damage. I think speed bumps have done more damage to my undercarage than that jump. My suspension and mounts were also fine. Still to this day I wonder if the jump did anything to my car I don't know about. Finally I would like to add that I'm not proud of this, and I am happy to be alive. Hopefully everybody can learn from my mistake and not jump there BMW's. To this day my BMW runs great and I love it! It is incredibly reliable, with the exception of some of those fun little electronic problems.
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*sniff sniff, now I am truly inspired by your fascinating story!
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after one offroad race in my 325 needed a new control arm, strut link and wheel bearing. bent the fuck out of it landing off one of the jumps.
my exhaust got ripped off going through one of the water crossings at 50mph.
along with the front air dam.
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^---duh.

My roomates friend had his new hodan accord for about a month. With about 1600 miles on it they tooka straight away fast. a small bump. car airborn. lands. goes off road. everything dead. tranny died. parts udner the car ripped out by gravel. CAR TOTALLED WITH NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO EXTERIOR DAMMAGE. Isnt that funny?

You should be fine. Check for alginment and if you havent been noticing any new problems you should be fine. Do a qucik front and rear shock test by pushign down on it and seeing if it comes back to normal height quickly. ive heard thi stest doesnt work for the rear though.
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I took a down-hill decline at 70mph... the whole car was about a foot or so in the air... I took a chunk out of the under-carriage guard, scraped the bottoms of my mudflaps, front trim and slightly misalligned my bumper from the front quarter panel. Nothing that's noticeable without close inspection though... well worth the flight time.

Still, that's the last time I'm taking air like that.
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You would know pretty quickly if you did any real damage to the front end.

If the car was in good shape before, the shocks should have taken the brunt of the impact. If the car bottomed out, then the stress would have been transferred to the rest of the suspension pieces, and the weakest points, the mounts presumably would be the first to suffer.

Drive the car on some familiar roads that are fairly rough. See how it sounds compared to before, and you should notice fairly quick if there are any new rattles present.

FWIW, I've heard the 'bounce test' for shocks doesn't work too well on BMW"s.
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Heh, well.

Just got her back from the alignment shop.

Nothing was said about the front suspension, however, when the car skidded around the ass end smacked into the embankment. Rear control arm needed.

Another ominous note, when asked what the car needed, the first words said were:

I'd START with a rear control arm...

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