BMW Settles Lawsuit, Will Repair 3-Series Cars with Subframe Damage

Posted: June 19, 2009

BMW has settled a class-action lawsuit that alleged that an undisclosed subframe defect in 3-Series cars built between 1999 and 2006 was costing some owners thousands of dollars in repairs.

Motor Trend explains, "The suit originated in 2006 and claimed that defects in E46 3 Series models cause fractures in the rear-axle supports in the subframe. Symptoms include clunking from the rear and outright subframe failure." The company has not admitted that a defect exists, but has agreed to inspect and repair affected cars.

A website has been created to administer the repair program, located at The website explains, "If your vehicle is covered by the settlement, you will be able to participate in a National Sub-Frame Inspection and Repair Program. If you have already incurred out-of-pocket-expenses for sub-frame repairs, you may be eligible to receive reimbursement from BMW by submitting a claim form." Former owners or lessees who paid for subframe repairs on a car no longer in their possession may also be eligible. Visit the settlement website for details.

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