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From digest.v6.n187 Fri Feb 7 19:24:09 1997
From: Dale Beuning <>
Date: Fri, 7 Feb 1997 13:31:48 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: Guess what dropped off the bottom on my M3 ....

Hi Larry,
This happened to me last March in my '95 M3. I just bought the part ($70) and replaced it. I was doing 120 when it blew. I talked to the dealer about the problem, they said if it looks like you have hit a lot of curbs with this piece, it would cost you. If it was clean, from curb scrapes, they would call it a warranty defect and charge BMW.

BMW has redisigned this part to reinforce the mounting points, but the new one I bought was of the old style and has held up fine. I've VERY cautious now pulling up to curbs, and don't think I have scraped this one at all. Another interesting note, they had this part in stock at the dealer, that ought to give an indication of how commmon the problem is!

'95 M3
'95 Discovery

>       ... There I was scooting down 280 at XXXmph when all of a 
> sudden a crunch came from beneath the car .... > Once I pulled over I could hear something scraping ... > yes you'be guessed it, it was the stupid sump pan/molding > from under the car ...


>       I know that others have had problems with this, I presume
> that they have had this part replaced under warranty, any > advice/experiences? > > Rgds > > - Larry.
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