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BMW 3 Series, Sedan
Jul 26, 2002 (8:23 pm)
I JUST PURCHASED A 1992 318i CONVERT. WITH 56,000 MILES. IT HAS A PROBLEM WITH THE TEMP, GAS, TACK., POWER WINDOWS NOT WORKING. I REPLACED THE FUSE THAT WAS BLOWN AND ALL THE ABOVE WORKED FINE FOR A COUPLE OF TRIPS, THE THE FUSE WENT. THEY HAD A 7.5A FUSE. IS THIS THE RIGHT FUSE? CAN A BAD SI BOARD CAUSE THIS FUSE TO BLOW? I'M SET TO BRING IT INTO A BMW DEALER FOR SERVICE THIS WED. I WAS ABLE TO GET THE CAR FOR OVER $3,000 OF THE BLUE BOOK. I HOPE I CAN GET OTHER THINGS FIXED OTHER THAN THIS WITH THE MONEY I SAVED.i.e. NEW REAR WINDOW.
#19179 of 30250 Great pics postoak!
Jul 26, 2002 (9:26 pm)
Brings back fond memories of my ED trip last year. Why can't we have roads like those here!
Haven't posted on the 3-series thread in a while, but noticed that a lot of familiar names are still here.
My car ('01 330i 5-spd SP) has been great. It has 13k miles on it, and I just love the 3-liter six - so smooth and powerful. Only thing that still bugs me is the light steering. Even had the retrofit done, but I didn't notice a change.
Hopefully I can find the time to rejoin the community here. Cheers!
#19180 of 30250 Wow! Platypus!
Jul 27, 2002 (9:19 am)
A voice of out the past and the main person responsible for me going ED! You influenced me so much I even copied your photo of the speedometer at top-end! Good to hear from you.
Jul 27, 2002 (9:21 am)
mg330 covered most of the bases. I'd like to add to that just a bit:
it is possible, and easy with some coordination, attention to detail and practice, to upshift at ANY rpm quickly and smoothly. Something is not right with your wife's clutch & throttle balance, or clutch release smoothness.
I am pretty good. My ex-wife is better than most. However I've noticed some folks-- even those that have only driven manuals their 'whole life'-- that just see the clutch as an on/off button and the shifter may as well be a butter churn.
familiarity with a vehicle also makes a difference, but the more skilled you are the shorter the learning curve is in a car new to you.
#19182 of 30250 Platypus's write-up
Jul 27, 2002 (9:24 am)
For those who haven't been monitoring the board that long and are interested in ED, here's a link to Platypus's ED posts:
platypus May 8, 2001 11:22am
Jul 27, 2002 (7:56 pm)
Postoak, great pictures. I thought about ED, but couldn't swing the time right now. Do I remember that you are in Texas? I'm in NE Ft. Worth. I have a 330 on order. It's on the boat, due to the VPC in 4 days. I'm guessing another 11-12 more days until I have it.
Jul 27, 2002 (8:55 pm)
Thanks! Yes, I'm in The Woodlands. We should be, (I hope) getting our cars about the same time.
#19185 of 30250 Bad news :-( Advice sought...
Jul 27, 2002 (10:48 pm)
First let me say that I feel incredibly lucky at this very moment.
Was leaving the SF Zoo with my 3-year old daughter after a wonderful afternoon. Walking back to the car, she was stung in the finger by a yellowjacket, and was in need of some cheering up. We decided to go for ice cream.
Driving along Skyline Blvd (4 lane divided highway along the coast with 55mph speed limit), we're behind a Toyota pick-up carrying a full load of furniture. If you don't know the area, it's always quite windy - a favorite spot for hang gliding. I'm traveling along at about 50 mph. Moved out to the left lane to pass the truck. All of a sudden a large, flat brown-colored object flys off the truck and starts to come towards me. I try to steer clear of it, but the wind gusts and speed of the object are too fast for me. At first I thought it was a piece of cardboard. Boy was I wrong. Turns out it was a wooden dining table. Just the top - no legs. Rams straight into my windshield on the driver's side with a frightening impact. Daughter is screaming in the back seat. I'm trying to drive, but can't see hardly anything out the shattered windshield. The truck isn't slowing down as I don't think he's aware of what just happened. I speed up, honking and flashing my high beams like crazy until he pulls over. After I get out, I see there's glass all over the inside front of my car. Thank God none of it made it to the back seat. The metal between the top of the window and the moonroof is severely bent. My rear-view mirror fell off, and the overhead lighting/moonroof control was left dangling.
Called AAA who put me online with the police. Police said they wouldn't respond since no one was injured. Told me to exchange information with the other party and wait for the tow truck. Wait was 1-1.5 hours. After about 15 minutes, and my poor crying daughter who was obviously traumatized, I decided to just drive home slowly. Made it home, called my insurance, and snapped some photos of the car.
At first I thought how unlucky I was to be in that very spot at that precise moment, and the chain of events and decisions I took that put me there. Now, I realize how lucky I was that both my daughter and I walked away without a scratch. The table was large, and the combined force of it moving in one direction and us in the other made for a tremendous impact. I will thankfully say that I'm glad I was in my BMW - it proved to me today that it is one of the safest cars on the road. The way the glass held up to the impact was incredible. I shudder to think what would have happened had the table penetrated the windshield.
Anyway, wondering what is recommended from here. My insurance took down all the information and told me a claims agent would be contacting me on Monday. They also asked me if I want them (Allstate) to handle to claim (pay for the damage), or if I want the other party's insurance to do it (Farmers). I thought it was an odd question since I figured it's a clear cut case of who's at fault, and that the other party's insurance should pick up the tab. Am I missing something?
Here's a link to some pics of the car.
Let me know what you think. Is it repairable? Will it be as solid and safe as before? The bent frame has me worried. Would make me nervous driving a car that's been in an accident, especially with my little one.
Thanks for any comments, advice.
Jul 27, 2002 (11:26 pm)
Wow you are lucky after seeing you pics. Is his insurance going to pay for it or are they going to stiff you because of no police report showing fault?
Jul 27, 2002 (11:38 pm)
ouch! i can feel the hurt just by looking at your pics, i can see your point about how well the windshield held together, it sure is amazing, and you are pretty lucky. i don't think there will be a problem for your car to be as solid as it was before the accident, but i still think you should call a few places, do a little research if the solid body structure will be exactly the same or not. and by the way, the other guy's insurance should pay whatever it takes to fix your car to exactly the way it was.
there's one thing i know for sure though, if something like this happened to me, i would be cursing like a crazy [beep] =P.