In Reply to: Wrecked 323i...please read. posted by phil on October 07, 1999 at 21:33:47:
It's too bad that you didn;t have a chance to participate in the Ultimate Driving Experience that BMW has been sponsoring across the county. You have the opportunity to drive 32Xs on auto-cross tracks with a professional racing driver sitting in the shotgun seat, giving you advice and counsel and urging you to drive ever faster. One of the things they have you do is mash the accelerator to the floor and then as you head into a left hand turn brake hard (trail brake, actually) and brake and steer simultaneously through the corner. The 32X does it without a shudder. The key is to look in the direction you want to go, not in the direction the car is going, and steer toward it. The instructor said that most people get into trouble because they're looking in the direction the car is going and not where they want to go and you usually wind up going where you're looking. (Try driving down the road looking out your side window and try to stay straight - most people tend to drift toward what they're looking at. Glad to hear that you and your passenger are alright. Bummer about the car. Sign up for a high performance driving class or watch the BMWUSA website for next year's UDE and take advantage of it. Tons of fun and very valuable.
: 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...
: phil - doesn't know how to drive, I guess...