We've had 3 in at the indy where I work in the past, I found all three of them as I know of the problems, one was a Silver 318i 4 door on a W reg, other was a gold W reg 328i 4 door, can't remember last one, think it was black.
A friend of mine had this happen on his 2001 ish E46 323ci.
BMW will rectify this due to it being so common, but you will have to kick up a fusss. BMW wanted about £3K off my mate for the repairs IIRC. However, my friend researched the issue on the www and found that this was a serious fault affecting the E46 cars and that some people were getting this done under good will/BMW Uk paying the dealers for the repairs to be carried out to affected cars. Armed with this evidence and a short fuse he made some noise at the dealership after which the dealer did not charge him for the repairs.
hey guys i just been to the garage 2day to get my tracking done and a knocking noise on reverse...to my horror i found out that my subframe on the rear left had cracked and fell apart which was causing me all my problems...so i ask about cost and repair and he says between £400-£500 to repair...the thing is i love my car and iv only had it a few months and im credit crunched...where do i go from here as i only have limited funds, is thier any cheap places to get the car repaired to a good standard...also me driving the car in this condition will it have anymore impact on the car
(as in more damage).
ps. I got BMW E46 SALOON 318i Wreg, and im from east london.
cheers guys hope to here from u soooooooooooooooooooon....
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