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Old 03-30-2003, 08:45 PM   #1
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Unhappy Bye, bye, my 325i [April 1987 - March 2003]



Today I set out for work at around 6:40am. The car took a little while longer to start than usual - I thought "Hey, it's colder out today".

Pulling out of the driveway I notice a series of drips on the driveway - Thought maybe someone had spilled something.

A few minutes later I smell gas.

After a few more minutes on the road I'm stopped at a red light waiting to turn left when smoke starts coming out of my grille. I open the door and wave a red Camry away - she backs up.

I quickly shut the engine off and popped the hood, thinking I must have burst a hose or something. By the time I step out of the car flames are licking out of the front grille, which has now presumably melted to oblivion.

Shocked for about two seconds, I call 911.

"911 emergency, police, fire, or ambulance?"
"Fire"
"One moment please"
"Fire department"
"Hi, I'm at the corner of Martindale and Erion and my car is on fire"
"We'll be there right away"

Meanwhile an older man in a van has also called 911, and I explain the situation.

For the next few minutes while the fire truck arrives I could only stand, in my suit, shivering in the wind, and watch the front of my car burn up. A sudden plume of white smoke shot up as the cooling system bought it.

Eventually the firemen show up, connect the hoses up, and start hosing her down. After a few minutes a the firefighter with a respirator looks up and gives me a puzzled look with his arms. I figure out he's trying to open the hood and indicate the hinge is on the front with my arm. I was always so proud of this idiosyncrasy - fat lot of good when the engine is on fire. Anyway they put the fire out, I got my stuff and put it in my mom's car, and then showed the firefighters that the battery was in the trunk (I've always been proud of that too).

Once at home we got CAA to tow it, and gave the driver $45.

I just washed her yesterday too. The CAA driver had the kindness to mention it was a beautiful car before.

Back home I notice there's patch of fuel on my driveway - must have been leaking since the early morning. I just had an FPR replaced a week ago - I wonder if the mechanic fvcked up. Now that I think about it it was pretty dim of me to ignore the gas AND the drips. Too early I guess.

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I'm waiting on the word from the insurance - Everything plastic in the engine bay is basically melted, along with a good part of my diving boards.


If I can I'll probably start parting it out.
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Old 03-30-2003, 08:55 PM   #2
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WOW! that sucks!

any idea where the gas leak came from? could have been the metal fuel lines going into the fuel rail. they can often get rusted and spring a leak.. always keep an eye on them.
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Old 03-30-2003, 08:59 PM   #3
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shit man

sorry to hear ur lost

did they find out how it happen?

R.S.P. E30
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Old 03-30-2003, 10:16 PM   #4
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sorry for your loss
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Old 03-30-2003, 10:28 PM   #5
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ouch, thats gotta hurt! Glad your ok tho!
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Old 03-30-2003, 10:29 PM   #6
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the same thing happened to me with my old 325 e.. except i put it out with my sweater b 4 the cops and shit showed up... i can understand how u feel its ****ing bullshit bud.. i still dont know why it happened
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Old 03-30-2003, 11:05 PM   #7
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Shitty man! sorry to hear...

INfact.. My friend bought a used 87 5.0 Mustang 2 weeks ago.....

He picked it up and went rippin around in it...5.0 power baby.... torque monster.
(Awesome condition... only 89km on the motor!!!! )

He notices some smoke.. pulls over, pops the hjood.. flame..... next thing u know hes on the side of the road and it gets into the cockpit..... He was trying to put it out with snow but

Shitty thing is the guy he bought it from wont even give him his money back!
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Old 03-31-2003, 04:26 AM   #8
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Why would the guy who sold your friend the car give him the money back?
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Old 03-31-2003, 06:46 AM   #9
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Sorry to hear about your E30..... that happened to me, but I managed to get the fire out.... did the car bogg or sputter at all?

when my E30 engine compartment cought on fire..... it was the cold start valve that was noo good..... but it hurts!

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Old 03-31-2003, 09:59 AM   #10
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That's too bad. Sorry for your loss. I hope you find an even better one to replace it.
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Old 04-03-2003, 05:23 AM   #11
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I'm sorry to hear that
Thats why you should always have a fire extinguisher in the car...That $30 investment could have saved your car! In europe you MUST have one at all times, and the car wont past safety without it. Almost the same thing happened to me 3 years ago; in my driveway the car was a bit hard to start and I could smell the gas, I shut it off and open the hood to see my fuel line cracked and gas spraying all over, all I can say its I was lucky it happened then, not 10 min later when the engine was hot...
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Old 04-03-2003, 05:28 AM   #12
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In europe you MUST have one at all times, and the car wont past safety without it.
yeah, you also get a ticket if you don't have it. Also you must have first aid kit in your car. don't have - ticket.
When I lived there I hated all these laws.
They wanted fire extiguisher, first aid kit, headlights has to be on 24/7.
but now I really wish we had these laws here.
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Old 04-03-2003, 04:01 PM   #13
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damn sorry to hear about that Dave...

does the insurance give you any money....whats the deal with car fires and stuff?
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Old 04-04-2003, 01:13 AM   #14
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They should have those laws like you MUST have a fire extiguisher.
That sux ass!
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Old 04-04-2003, 05:32 PM   #15
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wow man that's terrible but life must go on ....
look at it at the bright side that now you time to look around for another one that's where the fun part just start. i hope it's cover under insurance.
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