hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
128,000 miles

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2004 BMW M3 body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2004 BMW M3 Owner Comments

problem #1

Jun 182013


  • 128,000 miles


I inspected the trunk floorpan and noticed buckling, cracking of the trunk floor and welded seams coming apart. The rear subframe mounts were cracked on both sides. The rear subframe is ripping itself out of the car and I'm very lucky I found this while the car was at rest and not driving at speed. BMW knows this is faulty engineering but somehow their lawyers fangled a way to only cover the repairs for the E46 cars for 1 year (2010), everyone else is screwed. These cars should be outlawed, or at least a giant sign should have to be placed in the windshield explaining this problem to potential buyers and they should be forced to sign a waiver if they are dumb enough to buy it anyways. I bought the car 2 months ago under the impression M3S had re-enforcement in this area above and beyond the regular E46, I was wrong to the tune of $3500 repair bill (and I got off light). What a mess, that little baby chassis can't even handle 333hp without ripping itself apart. My Buick gn makes 550hp and the frame holds together just fine.

- Herndon, VA, USA

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