In Reply to: TSB: Brake Connector Problem? posted by JD on October 08, 1999 at 00:40:00:
If you will notice, it was a Y2K 323i (delivered August 17), so it (and cars manufactured after May or so) would have had the recalls addressed by this complaint. www.nhtsa.gov.
: "Our 3 Series made its first trip to the dealer this month to address a pair of technical service bulletins. The first related to a tendency for the side airbags to deploy when going over speed bumps at high speeds, while the second dealt with a connector problem in the brake assembly that might cause a loss of braking ability. Beverly Hills BMW checked out both items free of charge and had the car back to us on the same day."
: : 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...