ok this is not an e36 question or even a BMW question, but a friend of a friend recently had an unintended acceleration experience with her car, a modern VW of some kind (2002-ish jetta I think). This was an automatic transmission. Apparently she ultimately stopped the car by slamming it into park, after trying neutral unsuccessfully.

I always thought that the brakes were capable of stopping the car against the power of the engine, even at WOT. I've witnessed that capability, but not at highways speeds, so I can't really say for sure what the brakes could or could not do in that situation.

Could the engine really overpower the brakes at highway speed? Assuming we're not talking about an especially high HP vehicle. 1996 BMW 328i
2003 BMW F650CS - R.I.P. 8/25/2004
2005 Suzuki SV650S - 3/26/2005