Refer to my note below :
My NEW E46 LET ME DOWN
Call me if necessary and I'll give you all the details.
There's a safety issue that needs immediate attention before someone gets hurt. It's not a case that can be brushed aside or ignored; especially now that more of these problems are occurring.
Cutter Motors (where I bought the car) is very responsive. Jon Shafer responded right away and have
Bob called me this morning to arrange for their service guy to take care of me Monday morning. I am completely satisfied with their customer service (before and after sales).