In Reply to: but he's 100% correct(e) posted by James on October 08, 1999 at 12:33:07:
: : : : 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...