My Car is Totaled

19 03 2010

I just talked to my insurance company, and as it turns out–MY CAR IS TOTALED.  I’ve never had a car totaled before.  It feels strange.  Especially since the last time I drove the car, I had no idea it would be my last time.

Yesterday I went to the grocery store, for some butter and onions.  I came out of the store with 3 bags full of groceries on one arm and the baby carrier on the other arm.  As I stepped off the curb, I had a moment of panic–I didn’t see my car.  Was it stolen?  It took a moment, but relief set in when I remembered that the burgundy rental, parked at the end of the row was the car I was driving.

This morning I went to push the start button.  There isn’t a start button in the rental car.  These are certainly infinitesimal issues when I consider the larger issue of fire hazards and car safety, but they are little reminders that I am dealing with a situation that I didn’t create or anticipate. 

So between the volume of work on the job, the babies’ reoccurring ear infection and all the other things going on, the last thing I wanted to hear this morning was that my car was totaled.


The Language of Fire

18 03 2010

I have no idea what he is saying, but I know what he is feeling…

BMW Recall for Electrical Fires???

17 03 2010

Click here for the orginal location of the article below.

“The following problems are old and have supposedly been corrected (e.g., by recall and manufacturing changes) and thus should not affect newly produced X5s. I’m really no authority on what is a current vs. a past problem, so treat the difference between the above list and the list below as just a very rough split.

Fire (aux. fan problem)
A small number (3-4?) of X5s caught fire under the hood when an auxilliary fan malfunctioned due to a defect. There was a recall. Many vehicles evidently could have eventually caught fire. This problem affected many other BMW models besides X5s. According to the recall information available from the NHTSA, vehicles produced after 9/2001 should not have this problem. BMW issued more than one recall about this, however, recalling the vehicles that had already supposedly been fixed, so you never know. Here is more info:

The recall notice can be accessed at the BMW NHTSA recalls page using NHTSA Campaign ID Number: 01V206000 or drilling down as follows: vehicle -> 2001 -> BMW -> X5 -> engine cooling system:fan. ”

“Fires Tend to Burn Away the Cause of the Fire”

16 03 2010

I have spoken with two BMW representatives so far.  They have been pleasant and helpful; I hope it stays this way.  They have explained the facts as they see them.

1.  They are sorry that my car caught fire while parked on a random Saturday evening–20 minutes before I was supposed to be in the car.

2.  There needs to be an investigation to determine what caused the fire.

3.  I cannot have a BMW service loaner because fire repairs tend to take a long time and their policy is to default to the victim’s insurance.  (In the meantime, I will continue to drive the Ford Focus provided by my insurance company and pay my BMW car note.)

4.  In management’s 25 years of experience at BMW of Arlington, they have allegedly never seen anything like this.

5.  MY PERSONAL FAVORITE: The problem with fire investigations is that “fires tend to burn away the cause of the fire.”

Hummmmm….I feel like they are trying to plant certain ideas in my head about the eventual outcome of this situation.  I feel like they are implying that while the car spontaneously burst into flames it’s impossible to prove that it’s BMW’s fault.

I hope to have the results of the investigation by the end of the week.

Maybe I am jumping to conclusions…Maybe BMW will do the right thing…Only time will tell.


December 2008

New 2008 BMW 328i purchased in April under warranty…etc. BMW states that since the car is so badly burned (examined by their engineer..) you can’t prove that it was their fault. UuuuHHHH!!!

A car that is under warranty that has a documented defect and previous fire catches on fire for the 3rd time and is totalled. BMW avoids all responsibility by stating: YOU CAN’T PROVE our FAULT because the car is too badly burned.
DON’T PURCHASE BMW’S.. BOYCOTT.. they do not back their product or their warranty…

It’s like deja vu.

So Sorry Dude!

16 03 2010

BMW Catches Boca Raton Home on Fire

15 03 2010


Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Friday, April 24, 2009

BOCA RATON — A Boca Raton man has been displaced from his home after his car caught on fire, which then caught his garage on fire, according to firefighters.

The BMW in the garage of a home in the 6100 block of North Dixie Highway caught on fire around 9 a.m. and the flames spread from the car to the garage, according to a Boca Raton Fire-Rescue Department report. The owner, who was not identified, was home at the time but was not in the car and was not injured.

The home sustained about $200,000 worth of damage, and the car was severely burned before firefighters put out the blaze. The home was rendered uninhabitable.

The cause has not been determined, and the fire is being investigated by the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Click here to go to the original article.

My 325 Electrical Meltdown

14 03 2010

Here are pictures of my 325i after Saturday’s Electrical Fire.

My car has that New Fire Smell!

Five more minutes and the windshield would have burned.

Glad we put out the fire in time…