FXramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7475 posts, RR: 78 Posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2287 times:
The light for the airbag has been on. I took in the M car to get oil changed. They look at light. The battery in the airbag is dead. My BMW replacement plan doesn't cover the cost of the battery. $700 to replace! I contaced BMW North America direct with a certified letter asking them to replace the battery free of cost on grounds of product liability. I didn't threaten them, just asked them for what I think I'm entitled as a BMW owner.
ye ole M car.
Disclaimer: I love my car more than anything in the world (earthly possessions!)
Captaingomes From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 6413 posts, RR: 54
Reply 7, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2214 times:
I have to agree with the responses above. If it's not covered, it's not covered. It sucks, and we all try to find reasons for manufacturers to pay for defects outside of warranty coverage, but at the end of the day, they're simply not liable.
And $700 isn't much for an M3 owner
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DavestanKSAN From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 1678 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2152 times:
Another M3 owner here but mine is an old E36 (95...which I'm proud of...I worked hard for it). Hey anyone want to trade me their euro motor for my S50B30US (241 hp)?? Huuuh???
If your M3 (beautiful btw) is under warranty (like others have said) it should be covered. If not I think $700 might be overpriced. I'd reccomend searching around first. Are you a member of E46fanatics.com, or bimmerforums.com, or any other BMW forum? There are lots of helpful guys who know a lot about BMW's. They have subforums for M3s too. Hope that helps.
[Edited 2006-07-22 02:14:59]
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MD80fanatic From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2800 posts, RR: 9
Reply 16, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2080 times:
There is a chance that your dealer is trying to scam you. There are many reasons that your Airbag light can come on. Here is a tool that will allow you to determine whether or not there is something seriously wrong with your system. If there is nothing wrong it will reset that pesky light for you.
Airbags need a backup power source in case the primary power system fails as a result of the crash. The backup only needs to last for a couple seconds, so a capacitor storage device is used on many cars. Apparently BMW has a fancy battery backup. Contrary to what the OP said, the battery is not in the airbag, it's in the trunk.
BaylorAirBear From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2913 posts, RR: 45
Reply 19, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2032 times:
Some of y'all are being real shit hooks.
He's not presented himself as anything above everyone else because he drives a BMW. As a BMW owner, he should feel entitled to proper treatment by his car's manufacturer. As stated, he didn't threaten the company, and it sounds like he is willing to take his losses if he receives unfavorable feedback.
I am a Dodge driver and think that I am entitled to good treatment from Dodge/Daimler Chrysler (or whatever they're called now, lol). That being said, I don't think it makes me better than ANC just because he drives a POSFDT.
Now then, Sisters, please replace your rulers into their scabbards and let us return to our schoolwork.
FXramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7475 posts, RR: 78
Reply 20, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2011 times:
The car is a 2004, under full factory warranty. I've also purchased a BMW certified extended warranty.
They showed me the battery light at BMW of Austin and told me it needs a new airbag. The majority of replacements plans for cars (I'm told) don't cover airbags. Insurance doesn't even cover it. My ex-girlfriend has the same problem with her VW Jetta. Sounds like a scam to me...
The car was a early college graduation present. I don't have tons of money to blow on spare parts. I'm almost finished with two college degrees and hold down a job at FedEx. I don't take anything for granted.
Was just looking for anyone out there that has has similar problems with airbags.
UAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1991 times:
The airbags aren't covered on the warrantee. I had a problem with it about 2 years ago. I had a 330Ci Convertible and I hit a hard edge on the road (constructiong) and it wasn't covered under my insurance. Had to pay about $3000 for the airbag replacement on the passenger side. It sucked.
NAV20 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 9909 posts, RR: 35
Reply 24, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1860 times:
Quoting UAL747 (Reply 22): Had to pay about $3000 for the airbag replacement on the passenger side. It sucked.
Last car I bought the salesman offered me a 'free' driver's side airbag. I said I didn't want one, and he broke down and told me that it was already fitted. I told him to disconnect it - for exactly that reason. I'm happy to trust my own driving and the seatbelt, I don't want the extra worry of driving around with what amounts to an 'unexploded bomb' eight inches from my face.
As far as I know airbags weren't designed as a safety measure, they were an administrative compromise because the US federal authorities were told at one time that laws requiring the wearing of seatbelts were 'unconstitutional.'
So, FXramper, one possible answer is to ask yourself if you've ever NEEDED an airbag, and if you drive badly enough to make it likely that ever you will? And if the answer is 'No' to both questions, consider just having the thing de-activated?
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