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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,895 miles

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2002 BMW 330 wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2002 BMW 330 Owner Comments

problem #5

Mar 122010

330

  • 99,477 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The incident occurred just after merging onto the inner-loop 495 North-bound from West-bound highway 50, between highway 50 and 66, in fairfax, Virginia. During the merge, I accelerated my vehicle to equal to the speed of traffic while maintaining my position in the on/off-lane used for the 50/60 merger. Because I was continuing North-bound on 495 towards tyson's corner, I started procedures to exit the 66 on-lane and merge into North-bound 495 traffic. These procedures included checking both my side and rear-view mirrors as well as my blind spots. Needless to say, during the procedures my eyes were routinely forward to check on forward traffic. Between my mirror and blind spot checks, I noticed that I was quickly approaching a massive pothole that laid directly in the path of my forward progression. I estimate the pothole size being two feet in length, one foot in width, and one foot in depth (I have pictures). Although I attempted to avoid the pothole, at around 60mph, in the rain, with a guard rail to my right and traffic to my left, there was very little I could do to avoid it without risking my life, my passenger's life, and lives of fellow commuters. I hit the pothole. The impact was so sever it not only bent my front, passenger's side wheel and ripped a quarter-size gaping hole in my tire, it deployed all my passenger's side airbags and possibly ruined my suspension. At the time of impact, my passenger was leaning against the arm-rests and the window directly on the airbag deployment path. His arm, face, and hearing were injured during the incident. I allowed the car to slow down to safe speeds by releasing the accelerator. Once at safe speeds, I continued to an emergency exit pullout where I awaited police and a towing vehicle. After speaking with the police, a vdot emergency vehicle pulled up and offered assistance. He later informed me that the pothole had been previously addressed and should have fixed well before the time of my incident.

- Falls Church, VA, USA

problem #4

Apr 292004

(reported on)

330

  • miles
Safety defect with low profile tires and wheels. (nar)

- White Plains, NY, USA

problem #3

Jan 092003

330 6-cyl

  • miles
Low-profile tires (shallow aspect ratio) offer no cushioning protection when encountering potholes. We have had four (4) blow-outs in the first year! tire manufacturers and car manufacturers profit from this poor design! it cost us over $600 for the first 2 tires irreparably damaged from a pot-hole! larger wheels and lower-profile tires can't be changed because the suspension and brakes are tuned to the low-profile design. My wife is ready to trade in the car! drivers are distracted looking at the pavement for pot-holes instead of watching other vehicles, traffic signals, etc. Have this safety hazard recalled! get restitution for millions of dollars consumer waste on this! car salesman never mentioned this problem -- dealers are literally keeping a low profile and laughing all the way to the bank!

- Monroe Township, NJ, USA

problem #2

Feb 132003

330

  • miles
Trouble with conti-sport tires

- Anaheim, CA, USA

problem #1

Apr 212002

330

  • miles
While driving at approx. 55 mph, tire exploded. Nothing left but the rim. No obvious road hazard. Tire and car were less than a month old.

- Redwood City, CA, USA

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