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Wrecked 323i...please read. (archive)

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Posted by phil on October 07, 1999 at 21:33:47:

Sadly, I wrecked my '00 323i today during lunch. I took
delivery of it on August 17th.

I was driving in a residential street, and I honestly do
not think I was going over 35-40 miles per hour. The road
turns left sharply, and I began to brake, turn the wheel, etc,
like anyone would when turning a corner. I immediately realized
my car was not turning sharply enough to make the corner,
so I turned the wheel more, harder, and braked very very hard.
The car did not seem to slow down or respond to my inputs,
my right wheels hit a curb and ran over a sidewalk before
the car came to a rest shortly after coming off the curb.
It seems that the brakes and steering tighted up immediately
after hitting the curb, perhaps from the reduction in speed,
but the radius of the turn after hitting the curb and distance
traveled were very very short. The car is in the shop now,
with suspension damage to the front right wheel and a blown
rear tire, scraped up panels on the bottom of the body,
little cosmetic damage, etc. (the front right wheel was pushed
backwards, it was almost touching or touching the rear
of the fender)

I honestly do not think I was driving faster than 40 mph.
My front passenger HPS and side airbags inflated, scratching
my passenger who otherwise would have been perfectly fine.
I was not hurt in any way.

What I do not understand is why my car did not turn or
brake like it usually does. This happened very quickly, as
it was a small road, but there was no traffic, nor was I
driving even moderately agressively or "showing off" the car.
I was cruising very comfortably, on my way to lunch, trying
to relax during a hard day at school, and instead this happened.

Has anybody had a similar experience or know of a similar experience that happened to them while they were turning their car? This is really confusing me, and makes me sad
because as a result of this wreck my life is changed...

Thanks...
phil - doesn't know how to drive, I guess...


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