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  • 02-10-2011, 01:52 AM
    cmybimmergo

    Lexus is totaled :(

    And it will cost too much to fix to make it worth it to keep as a salvage...but the good news is that Geico is giving me more than the NADA value (which I was expecting to have to fight to get).
  • 01-12-2011, 10:45 AM
    crusader

    Nader and the Corvair ...

    Yep, he single-handedly killed the car with "Unsafe at any Speed." He was a lawyer, not an engineer, had no engineering consultations for the book, and he DIDN'T EVEN HAVE A DRIVER'S LICENSE.

    The Corvair he attacked was the first model with swing axles. Better than average performance and handling, but the design would abruptly lose grip at the rear = big time oversteer. There were a number of accidents resulting from owners overdriving the car (even with traction and stability control, you can exceed the laws of physics in a modern machine).

    GM NEVER lost a court case, but the damage was done. A nice small, good-handling car went terminal.
    Crusader



    2003 530i SP/PP/Xenon
  • 01-12-2011, 10:06 AM
    horse325es

    Owner assumed he busted a hose!!!

    They interviewed him, its a 1999 and owner thought he just busted a hose. (must be a true bmw fanatic) They also asked what are you gonna do now and he said BUY ANOTHER I LOVE EM!!


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Khk-CfwUeHs

    Andreas
    Queens NY
    BMWCCA# 186796
    86 325es (wrecked by careless driver)
    87 325 (project for life)
    00 540is 6spd (daily driver)
  • 01-12-2011, 12:02 AM
    cmybimmergo

    Special ordered. The only option I wanted was

    the moonroof, and since pretty much everyone wanted leather and automatic, that's what they kept making. Plus I wanted red, and they weren't making a lot of those, either. When I finally got my car, there was only one other red one on the east coast.

    The velour has worn like iron. It looks brand new, as does the rest of the car. That plus low mileage (88k) will help bring up the payout, but who knows whether it will be enough.
  • 01-11-2011, 10:14 PM
    bilbmw

    I hope...

    ...all will work out ok. That's interesting that Lexus built only three. Was that by special order, or is that just how long it took to find one? I guess that's like the early LS400 I found on a used car lot, with cloth (velour) seats!

    '00 M5
    -Carbon Black
    -Blk/Blu Sport interior
    -Mk III Nav. upgrade (16:9 wide screen)
    -Rogue Engineering short shift kit
    -Dice iPod integration kit

    '97 528i
    -'99 Double VANOS motor and ECU
    -Jet Black
    -Sand Beige interior
    -Black Dashboard (upper/lower) and Center Console
    -Black, all leather shift handle
    -Debadged
    -Mr. MPL mesh lower grille
    -Shadowline (diy) ext. trim
    -Frenched high beams
    -Clear front turn signal and side marker lenses
    -Red/clear taillights
    -E38 Interior map light w/ wood trim
    -Amber fr. fog lamps
    -Rear fog lamps
    -In-dash CD player (CD53 Business)
    -Dice iPod integration kit
    -CMT5000VR cell phone (old tech.)
    -Bav. Autosport mats w/ B/A icon (blue)
    -Burlwood e-brake handle
    -///M dead pedal
    -Rear view mirror w/ compass
    -Chrome instr. rings
    -...and a rebuilt GM 4L30E transmission!!

    '86 528e

    '87 Chrysler Conquest TSi w/5spd.

    '89 Merc. Grand Marquis

    BMWCCA member since 1998
  • 01-11-2011, 04:10 PM
    cmybimmergo

    Lexus built only three of them! (And I

    waited nine months for it.) It's a real classic. I have my fingers crossed that GEICO won't total it, but right now it isn't looking too good. I didn't even realize it, but the right fender is dented too, from the force of the collision. :(

    My body guy said he'll do what he can to come in at or below GEICO's payout, but there's just so much he can do.
  • 01-11-2011, 01:46 PM
    bilbmw

    I hate SCAMMERS...

    ...like this TOAD (for want of a better expression). Instead of being Blessed and Thanhkful no one was hurt and damage to his "baby" was not as worse as it could have been, he wants to lie and say he has a "boo-boo" so he can try and get paid. May both of the differentials on his RR lock-up and grind themselves to smithereens and Land Rover has a four (4) year back-order on diffs!

    I'm glad you are ok though. That's most important.

    '00 M5
    -Carbon Black
    -Blk/Blu Sport interior
    -Mk III Nav. upgrade (16:9 wide screen)
    -Rogue Engineering short shift kit
    -Dice iPod integration kit

    '97 528i
    -'99 Double VANOS motor and ECU
    -Jet Black
    -Sand Beige interior
    -Black Dashboard (upper/lower) and Center Console
    -Black all leather shift handle
    -Debadged
    -Mr. MPL lower mesh grille
    -Shadowline (diy) ext. trim
    -Frenched high beams
    -Clear front turn signals
    -Red/clear taillights
    -Clear side markers
    -Amber fr. fog lamps
    -Rear fog lamps
    -In-dash CD player (CD53 Business)
    -Dice iPod integration kit
    -CMT5000VR cell phone (old tech.)
    -Bav. Autosport mats w/ B/A icon (blue)
    -Burlwood e-brake handle
    -///M dead pedal
    -Rear view mirror w/ compass
    -Chrome instr. rings
    -...and a rebuilt GM 4L30E transmission!!

    '86 528e

    '87 Chrysler Conquest TSi w/5spd.

    '89 Merc. Grand Marquis

    BMWCCA member since 1998
  • 01-11-2011, 01:34 PM
    bilbmw

    OH [email protected]!!!

    Why did I watch that! I'll have nightmares forever now. That happened to my '83 Eldorado AFTER I parked and locked it up after making it home through a blizzard; except, as strange as it sounds, the fire only damaged the passenger inside door panel, the headliner, and oddly, the chrome plating on the plastic dash trim and a/c vents (if one has ever looked at the dash of a '79-'83 or '84 dash, you'll know what I'm talking about). Aside from alot of soot, the car still started and drove like nothing happened. The only problem was the inerior lights would not turn off. I'm glad the driver of the E39 got out. That was close.

    '00 M5
    -Carbon Black
    -Blk/Blu Sport interior
    -Mk III Nav. upgrade (16:9 wide screen)
    -Rogue Engineering short shift kit
    -Dice iPod integration kit

    '97 528i
    -'99 Double VANOS motor and ECU
    -Jet Black
    -Sand Beige interior
    -Black Dashboard (upper/lower) and Center Console
    -Black all leather shift handle
    -Debadged
    -Mr. MPL lower mesh grille
    -Shadowline (diy) ext. trim
    -Frenched high beams
    -Clear front turn signals
    -Red/clear taillights
    -Clear side markers
    -Amber fr. fog lamps
    -Rear fog lamps
    -In-dash CD player (CD53 Business)
    -Dice iPod integration kit
    -CMT5000VR cell phone (old tech.)
    -Bav. Autosport mats w/ B/A icon (blue)
    -Burlwood e-brake handle
    -///M dead pedal
    -Rear view mirror w/ compass
    -Chrome instr. rings
    -...and a rebuilt GM 4L30E transmission!!

    '86 528e

    '87 Chrysler Conquest TSi w/5spd.

    '89 Merc. Grand Marquis

    BMWCCA member since 1998
  • 01-11-2011, 01:18 PM
    bilbmw

    I'm glad you're...

    ...ok. I never thought you could get an ES300 with a manual. That's cool. Sorry about your Bimmer though.

    '00 M5
    -Carbon Black
    -Blk/Blu Sport interior
    -Mk III Nav. upgrade (16:9 wide screen)
    -Rogue Engineering short shift kit
    -Dice iPod integration kit

    '97 528i
    -'99 Double VANOS motor and ECU
    -Jet Black
    -Sand Beige interior
    -Black Dashboard (upper/lower) and Center Console
    -Black all leather shift handle
    -Debadged
    -Mr. MPL lower mesh grille
    -Shadowline (diy) ext. trim
    -Frenched high beams
    -Clear front turn signals
    -Red/clear taillights
    -Clear side markers
    -Amber fr. fog lamps
    -Rear fog lamps
    -In-dash CD player (CD53 Business)
    -Dice iPod integration kit
    -CMT5000VR cell phone (old tech.)
    -Bav. Autosport mats w/ B/A icon (blue)
    -Burlwood e-brake handle
    -///M dead pedal
    -Rear view mirror w/ compass
    -Chrome instr. rings
    -...and a rebuilt GM 4L30E transmission!!

    '86 528e

    '87 Chrysler Conquest TSi w/5spd.

    '89 Merc. Grand Marquis

    BMWCCA member since 1998
  • 01-11-2011, 12:24 PM
    cmybimmergo

    Re: jeez, cmbg, super happy u r ok! That's scary!!!

    When I saw the guy on my left I looked to my right to see whether I had room to gun it in that direction to get out of his way. But Murphy was in full force and there was a car there too. Next thing I knew I was playing bumper cars with the RR.
  • 01-11-2011, 12:18 PM
    cmybimmergo

    Re: what tires were you wearing on the ES300?

    Michelin MXV4 plus a/s.
  • 01-11-2011, 11:43 AM
    bilbmw

    WOW!! I bet that thing...

    ...felt like a rocket ship!! When I was a kid one of my neighbors had one, but it was a 4-door. I still remember happily getting in it and going for rides with my neighbor and my dad. I grew up on 413 and 440 c.i. Chryslers and 472 c.i. Caddys but that Corvair motor always sounded sweet! There should a V8 and a Corvair motor in every garage, even if they're just bolted to engine stands!!

    4-cylinders buzz

    6-cylinders growl

    8-cylinders ROAR

    10-cylinders roar or whirl

    12-cylinders hum or whirl

    Of course, all of the above is dependent on the type of exhaust system that is being used. ;)

    '00 M5
    -Carbon Black
    -Blk/Blu Sport interior
    -Mk III Nav. upgrade (16:9 wide screen)
    -Rogue Engineering short shift kit
    -Dice iPod integration kit

    '97 528i
    -'99 Double VANOS motor and ECU
    -Jet Black
    -Sand Beige interior
    -Black Dashboard (upper/lower) and Center Console
    -Black all leather shift handle
    -Debadged
    -Mr. MPL lower mesh grille
    -Shadowline (diy) ext. trim
    -Frenched high beams
    -Clear front turn signals
    -Red/clear taillights
    -Clear side markers
    -Amber fr. fog lamps
    -Rear fog lamps
    -In-dash CD player (CD53 Business)
    -Dice iPod integration kit
    -CMT5000VR cell phone (old tech.)
    -Bav. Autosport mats w/ B/A icon (blue)
    -Burlwood e-brake handle
    -///M dead pedal
    -Rear view mirror w/ compass
    -Chrome instr. rings
    -...and a rebuilt GM 4L30E transmission!!

    '86 528e

    '87 Chrysler Conquest TSi w/5spd.

    '89 Merc. Grand Marquis

    BMWCCA member since 1998
  • 01-11-2011, 09:17 AM
    fritracer

    Caused by leaking valve covers????

    Fritracer
    Cincinnati, OH
    2000 540ia Sport Package 9/99 Silver/Black
    1970 Dodge Challenger T/A 420 stroker w/6 Pak 430 HP,
    510 lbft torque
  • 01-11-2011, 08:36 AM
    Eurodavid

    jeez, cmbg, super happy u r ok! That's scary!!!

  • 01-11-2011, 03:37 AM
    BigRickMc50

    Re: Nice to see there is more than one sick guy here(m

    I, then (three years later) my brother, then (another three years later) my sister learned to drive in my Mom's '64 Corvair Sedan. Over the course of more than two dozen years, that car survived three teenaged drivers and a couple of relatively major mechanical (and driver) failures up until the late 80's. I remember, after my brother wiped out the left front corner of the car, going to the junk yard (that's what they were called back then) with my Dad and picking up the sheet metal then rebuilding that mess.

    Ralph Nader ("Unsafe at any Speed") and some idiot drivers killed that car.
  • 01-10-2011, 11:53 PM
    Viv

    On our news tonight, too. "Stubborn driver" they



    Viv
    Northern California
    2003 530i Steel Blue Metallic /Gray leather
    AT/PP/SP/CWP/Xenon/Folding Rear Seats/Ultimate Cup Holders/Stongard Headlamp Covers/Stealth rear signal bulbs/50% tint/Saab trunk lid handle/PS2s/Aux. adapter/BMWCCA Member/With a Pink Panther on the mirror/E34('91 525i) retired
  • 01-10-2011, 11:38 PM
    horse325es

    I bet it was his LCM.

    I caught mine right when it lit up, The combination of salted roads and a leaky sunroof drain pipe on the pass. front.
    This video gave me flashbacks with the weather conditions and all the lights bugging out.






    LCM Fire Story

    Andreas
    Queens NY
    BMWCCA# 186796
    86 325es (wrecked by careless driver)
    87 325 (project for life)
    00 540is 6spd (daily driver)
  • 01-10-2011, 09:53 PM
    jimlev

    Didn't take long 4that 2get on-ine, was on TV 2day






    "Drive It Like You Stole It, A Sickness for Quickness"
    The Bottle Rocket "King of Spray" 2 Stage Nitrous Oxide
    Dare to be different and stand out among the crowd of me-to-cars!
    No guts, no glory! Tire smoke, not traction control!
    Zionsville all aluminum radiator to replace the 3 leak prone Nissens Radiators!

    NOS Progressive 2 Stage Controller with port injection
    Snow's Performance Methanol/Water Injection
    Dinan downloads, VAC Under Drive Pulleys
    Dinan Carbon Fiber CAI
    Dinan Front Strut Bar
    Electric Cooling Fan w/PWM controller
    NGK Iridium Plugs
    DDE Enhanced Angel Eyes, Smoked Lenses
    Koni FSD's/H&R Springs, BAV Brass Caliper Bushings
    Eisenmann Race Exhaust (from H8-Rain's car)
    ///M5 3.15 LSD
    ///M5 Sway Bars, Front & Rear
    Energy Suspension Polyurethane Sway Bar Bushings
    ///M5 Gauge Cluster Rings ///M5 Lip Spoiler
    ///M5 Mirrors and Switches
    Leather Z weighted shift knob (thanks H8-Rain)
    Rogue “Octane” Short Shift kit w/WSR
    Rogue Tranny Mounts
    StopTech Brake Lines Front & Rear
    Axxis Deluxe Plus pads Front & Rear
    Staggered M Parallel 66, Xenons
    Modified CDV, UGDO
    Euro Storage Tray (thanks Zombywolf)
    Redline in Diff and Tranny
    Passport 8500 X50, Escort ZR3 Laser Jammer
    G-Tech/Competition Pro Data Logger
    Auto Enginuity OBD-II Scan Tool
    25% Tint, X-Pel, LoJack
    PIAA Driving Lights
    BMW CCA Member Boston Chapter
  • 01-10-2011, 09:38 PM
    pzeissig

    Was this you in the 540i in the Snow on Fire?



    Boston, MA '01 530i SP, PP, M bumpers, Zeckhausen CDV
  • 01-10-2011, 08:33 PM
    540nj

    what tires were you wearing on the ES300?

    Sorry to hear, good luck sorting it out. Those RR guys are worse than BMW drivers! ;-)

    dave
    03 540i6
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