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hawai-Ian
12-03-2002, 06:13 PM
Ne1 had the popular rear subframe failure on pre95 e36? What basically happens when this unfortunate thing does happen? I tried a quick 'net search but I didnt find an easy layman's explanation or picture of subframe failure.

Jon@Bimmersport
12-03-2002, 11:56 PM
wasnt it pre 94?

Gamite
12-04-2002, 02:03 AM
yea, I think its pre94

here's a pic of Bryan's old subframe on his old car.

mkgino
12-04-2002, 02:05 AM
Originally posted by Gamite
yea, I think its pre94

here's a pic of Bryan's old subframe on his old car.

Oh man that looks expensive.

Gamite
12-04-2002, 02:50 AM
around $600 expensive

Jon@Bimmersport
12-04-2002, 08:13 AM
oh now i understand what it is....how does that affect the cars performance if its not fixed? like is it driveable still or what?

djcontra
12-04-2002, 01:09 PM
$600 isn't too bad to fix that. I've talked to some people that got charged $3000 to fix theirs. Mine blew as well, but more because of rust than because of the weak subframe.
My mechanic fixed mine for about $300 if i can remember correctly, but if it had actually cracked like on Bryan's car it probably would have cost alot more.

People on roadfly.org say to get the subframe plates for the 328iC from the dealer, and get a place to weld them onto the car so this doesn't happen.
I will definately be doing this as preventative mainteneance on my next e36

Razkal
12-04-2002, 03:14 PM
How do u know if it has gone or cracked? Should I be worried?

djcontra
12-04-2002, 03:21 PM
Originally posted by Razkal 320i
How do u know if it has gone or cracked? Should I be worried?

you'll know if you hear a clunk from the rear of the car when going over bumps in the road or doing a hard turn.
In my case, my shock absorber shot right through the subframe into my trunk lol

i also found out later i cracked the endcaps to both of my front struts...gosh i'm mean to my ride =)

Razkal
12-04-2002, 04:36 PM
so far mine seems to be good.... no clunkin....

hawai-Ian
12-04-2002, 05:50 PM
Thanks for the pix gamite. And DJContra, who's your mech? This failure is common and I'd just come to realize that I better do something now than be sorry later. I think it's just good preventive maintenance and go beef up my subframe with 328 plates. Thanks for the advice.