I'm sitting here in college enjoying my day off from classes and driving around with one of my friends. He commenting on how he likes the ride of my 328Ci.
We get into a discussion about accidents an he tells me "How I should never buy any thing other than BMW's from now on!!!" I asked him to explain and he told me that 2 years ago for his 16th birthday, his parents bought him a brand new '97 Bmw M3.
I was like WOW..where is it now. He informs me that he hydroplaned it 3 months after receiving it. He spent lots of money on modifications to the engine and parts. He was on the highway in down pour rain doing 65mph in the left lane. He hit some standing water and the car lost total control. He skidded sideways and then rolled 10 times. All he remembers is looking at the dashboard and the little lights flashing anti-roll bar active. The airbags popped out and he was laying upside down
Too this day he's thankful to be alive. He knew it was stupid to be traveling that fast in rain....especially with 20inch racing tires.
Looking at the pictures below I can't believe he walked away with only a burnt face(airbags) and a scared toe(the firewall pushed in and after he got out..his shoe was jammed. So he pulled on his foot ripping some skin off his toe.)
All I can say is that I have even more confidence in Bmw's safety now after seeing this. I'm glad to see the safety devices in Bmw's working.
Oh..by the way. He's now 18 and because of this accident and 3 prior speeding tickets..he's now paying $5000 + insurance a year for himself. That's enough money to make u want to do the speed limit.
Be careful out their guys and drive safely. A car is a car and once the laws of physics take over..no matter how much traction control, DSC, and quattro a car manufacturer makes.
2 wheels / by zero grip = 0 grip
4 wheels / by zero grip = 0 grip
Specs on the 1997 M3:
20" Enkei G-Zero Chrome wheels
Michelin z-rated racing tires
Carbon Driveshaft & flywheel
Stage III TurbochargerMy friends car