hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
90,930 miles

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2003 BMW M3 suspension problems

suspension problem

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2003 BMW M3 Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 242012

M3 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 96,861 miles


I currently own a 2003 BMW M3 coupe, manual transmission. The car has never been raced or taken to the track and has seen mostly city driving. All suspension components are stock or oem replacement parts. Upon inspection of the car, a trained technician found hairline fractures starting from the spot welds on the rear suspension subframe mounting points rendering the vehicle stationary until expensive reinforcing plates can be welded into the trunk. If a car company makes street-legal race cars and markets them to the public in that way it seems like a design flaw such as this would be repaired by the company. Again, this car was never raced or tracked and is experiencing the start of a catastrophic structural failure because it was driven on normal roads.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 142011


  • 85,000 miles
I brought my vehicle to the dealer for a routine oil change. During their vehicle inspection, they discovered the rear coil springs had broken where they seat at the bottom. The service manager told me this is a common problem, because water gets into this area and there are no drain holes, causing the springs to rust and break. This is clearly a design error, leading to broken springs and a potentially unsafe driving situation.

- Barrington, RI, USA

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