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Old 09-19-2013, 10:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Last Saturday, 7 September 2013 I slowly drove up to a parking place at the Sullivan's Island, SC Post Office. Without reason my 328i Sports wagon accelerated at a high rate of speed causing it to go over a 10inch sidewalk and into a low area beside the Post Office. I hit a Post Office sign and brushed against the brick Post Office building. While there was no damage to the building and the sign, there was considerable damage to my vehicle. The estimate so far is a little over $ 7,300.00,and I am now waiting on the mechanical report.
Until reading about others who have had the same experience I tried to think through what happed and what I may have done wrong, but nothing made sense.
Thank goodness no one was injured and the only damage was to my vehicle. Had I pulled up to the front of the building it could have been a disaster.
I have enjoyed owning and driving my 328i, but I can no longer be assured that this will not happen again without some resolution as to why this occurred.
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Old 09-19-2013, 05:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I am glad to hear you are okay. What year is your 328i?

The throttle is controlled through a cable connected to your gas pedal. That wire then runs through the firewall to your throttle body. If for what ever reason the cable stuck open or the throttle body return spring slipped out of place the car would have thought it was the same as you pinning the gas. On my E36 the cruise control is controlled electroniclly but has a mechanical cable attached to the throttle body as well. Something could have happened causing the car to think you activated your cruise control or something similiar.

This is not unique to BMW by any means. Toyota recalled 40 million vehicles because of issues similiar to this.
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Old 10-21-2013, 07:07 PM   #4 (permalink)
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It has been over six weeks since our 2007 328i accelerated on its own to cause considerable damage to the vehicle. BMW Corporate sent someone down to Charleston to evaluate the situation, and BMW says the problem is not the fault of the vehicle, but for some reason to date has not sent us a letter stating this. In the meantime I still believe the fault is with the 328i. The negative result of all of this is six weeks without the vehicle, probable higher insurance rates, loss of resale value, and the distrust of ever driving it again.
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I understand your frustration completely. On September 29th I drove my 2010 535GT into my parking structure at work and when I applied the brake, the brake didn’t engage and my car hit the wall. This was a freaky sensation not feeling the peddle engage, however, when BMW had it towed, the brakes did engage. They told me that BMW North America would have to do an inspection, and yesterday they basically told me the same thing, that they couldn’t find anything wrong from their inspection. So I am in the same predicament. I’m afraid to drive the car because I know the brake didn’t engage. They gave me the suggestion that I could sell the car, but unlike BMW North America, I care about the safety of others and would not want to sell a defected car on my conscious. Between my husband and I, we’ve owned ten BMW’s and have been loyal to the brand. I can’t say enough on how disappointed I am that they won’t consider that something can be wrong even if their “inspections” don’t show it. If I drove it off today and it happened again, what is my life worth to BMW?
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I can’t say enough on how disappointed I am that they won’t consider that something can be wrong even if their “inspections” don’t show it. If I drove it off today and it happened again, what is my life worth to BMW?
This isnt unique to BMW, as it has happened with numerous different vehicles.

BMW's reaction also isnt unique. Pretty much all auto manufacturers will respond the same. What happened is fairly uncommon, and unless they can replicate exactly what happened they wont accept liability for it. By them admitting their was an issue without proof that it was a defect their opening them selves up to people wrecking their cars and coming after BMW for new ones. BMW, and all manufacturers are simply protecting themselves. We all know people will see this as a way to upgrade their vehicle at BMW's expensive.
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This isnt unique to BMW, as it has happened with numerous different vehicles.

BMW's reaction also isnt unique. Pretty much all auto manufacturers will respond the same. What happened is fairly uncommon, and unless they can replicate exactly what happened they wont accept liability for it. By them admitting their was an issue without proof that it was a defect their opening them selves up to people wrecking their cars and coming after BMW for new ones. BMW, and all manufacturers are simply protecting themselves. We all know people will see this as a way to upgrade their vehicle at BMW's expensive.
Yes, I can see how that can happen, however, the brakes did malfunction and now I don't trust the safety of the car. I had planned on keeping this car for several years, I even purchased the extended warranty. Now it will cost me a lot money for this defect since I will not drive this car again and have to purchase another one. I've owned 4 BMW's and this will be my last. Maybe I'll have it looked at by someone else and get a second opinion.
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Yes, I can see how that can happen, however, the brakes did malfunction and now I don't trust the safety of the car. I had planned on keeping this car for several years, I even purchased the extended warranty. Now it will cost me a lot money for this defect since I will not drive this car again and have to purchase another one. I've owned 4 BMW's and this will be my last. Maybe I'll have it looked at by someone else and get a second opinion.
Well then dont buy a Toyota then, because they recalled 40 million vehicles for the same issue.

BMW has never issued a recall for this as its not a widely reported issue.
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Well then dont buy a Toyota then, because they recalled 40 million vehicles for the same issue.

BMW has never issued a recall for this as its not a widely reported issue.
BMW did have a recall in 2010 for brake issues, and I believe they just recently had another one that came out the end of September.
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We no longer own this vehicle, and while I enjoyed it very much my wife refused to ever drive or ride in it again, too bad it did not have a "black Box", and BMW reuses to acknowledge a problem. So we sold it a loss since we felt morally obligated to disclose the incident to the buyer.
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