In Reply to: M3 Meets 18 Wheeler Re-tread Tire. Carnage posted by Sean W. Smith on June 16, 2000 at 19:07:48:
: My poor M3. This afternoon I am driving home from work in my newly acquired
: 95 M3. About 1/4 mile from exiting I40 in Raleigh, NC and giant peice of
: re-tread comes flying out from underneath the car in front of me. I didn't
: even have time to look and see if it was safe to swerve so I hit the brakes
: and ran into it at ~70 Mph. It made a lot of noise and it was immediately
: aparent something was wedged under the care. I safely pulled over on to the
: shoulder and to my shock the pieice of tire nearlly completely ripped the
: front bumper cover and foglight assembly off the car. the only thing
: holding the thing to the car at all was the JT Design Brake ducts attached
: to the aluminum splash guard. I used a screwdriver and disc connected the
: other brake hose and put all the mangled peices in the trunk (half hanging
: out). Tucked all the wires and the other hose up and drove it home the last
: mile. Good news is no mechanical damage of fluid leaks. The fenders and hood
: aren't damaged. Drivers send turn signal and bulb are smashed. Anyway I have
: a number of questions for the group. This car IS 5 years old. its my track
: car. It doesn't have to be perfect but should be consistent with a 5 year
: old. I have a high deductible ($1000) on insurance and am not sure if I
: want to claim this. Looking for feedback and ideas on repairing this repair
: options, etc. Questions...
: 1. Any Idea what this front assembly peice costs??? (See pictures for a
: better idea of the damage)
: 2. Any chance of getting one used. bimmer world , junkyards, or less
: inexpensive after market options??
: 3. Other miscellaneous comments and opinions are welcome.
: 4. Any Idea if JT Designs will sell peices of their kit?? It looks like a I
: need a few.
: Here are some pics I took when I got home a little while ago. I've seen
: these peices of crap littering the highway for years but never ran into one
: of any significant size. What a whallop!!!
: The Carnage: (6 pictures, use next button to scroll)