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      04-18-2012, 04:47 PM   #45
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      04-18-2012, 05:40 PM   #46
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Is it just me, or is everyone else seeing a lot of "car burn marks" on the highways lately?

Went to my mom's for easter, and in a 3 hour drive, I bet I saw 5 locations where someones ride had burnt.
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      04-18-2012, 05:47 PM   #47
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Is it just me, or is everyone else seeing a lot of "car burn marks" on the highways lately?

Went to my mom's for easter, and in a 3 hour drive, I bet I saw 5 locations where someones ride had burnt.
It's just you.

OP, please keep us updated on the cause. Seeing how as I drive the same car I am very curious to know if this is a diesel thing or just some freaky accident.
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      04-18-2012, 05:48 PM   #48
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Im Sure that will buff out. Glad your safe man.
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      04-18-2012, 06:56 PM   #49
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How!! From a fellow 335d owner to another, hope everything works out. Important thing you're ok! Very interested to know what could have caused it. Best of luck and keep us posted!
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      04-18-2012, 10:08 PM   #50
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My personal opinion is the BMW should replace your car under warranty. This fire most likely was caused by a malfunction of the vehicle itself.

In any case, your insurer will probably go after BMW for payment.
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      04-18-2012, 10:47 PM   #51
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OP glad you are OK. That sucks. How long did it take them to put it out?

Come to think of it, I just turkey baster-changed my PS fluid and leaked a bit next to the reservoir. I wiped it up. How do I make sure I cleaned that sufficiently so I don't BBQ my engine???
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      04-19-2012, 05:45 AM   #52
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OP glad you are OK. That sucks. How long did it take them to put it out?

Come to think of it, I just turkey baster-changed my PS fluid and leaked a bit next to the reservoir. I wiped it up. How do I make sure I cleaned that sufficiently so I don't BBQ my engine???
The fire service arrived within 10 minutes and took them a good few minutes hosing the car down, but it was way too late! In regards to your PS spill, I suggest you visit a dealer to ensure you wiped it up properly and didn't miss a spot.

On another note, thank you for all the support so far guys. I will keep everyone updated as soon as I get any news on what the possible cause was. Will also be speaking to the issuing dealer this afternoon to see what they have to say!
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      04-19-2012, 08:32 AM   #53
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if you wiped it up, you're fine, it would have to be a little more significant to "fire". Like a teaspoon. If you wiped it up, any left overs would evaporate before ignition.

His fire was likely from a full on power steering leak (possibly from over filling). There can be up to a quart to light.
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      04-19-2012, 11:54 AM   #54
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My personal opinion is the BMW should replace your car under warranty. This fire most likely was caused by a malfunction of the vehicle itself.

In any case, your insurer will probably go after BMW for payment.
Below is a message from the insurance company. I am trying to get BMW to send engineers out to investigate the cause of the fire - however, after just speaking to them they will only go out and look at the car if the insurance company instruct them to and not otherwise!

If BMW would like to go and see the vehicle let me know and I will authorise
Copart to let them in to their compound to see it. Our engineer will not
necessarily be able to say why the fire occurred, the main objective of the
report we make will be to value the vehicle and give it a total loss category if
it is a confirmed write off, therefore it would probably be best if BMW went
to see the vehicle themselves in my opinion.
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      04-19-2012, 01:37 PM   #56
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mate i feel sorry for you, best of luck sorting the problem out. do you think the dealer will sort it, because i know they will try saying no as they dont want to pay for anything.

i had problem when my engine just died and the dealer didnt want to change it.

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      04-19-2012, 09:37 PM   #58
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qtasad, that's horrible to have happen to you! Glad you're okay...the car will get sorted out.

I've only had a small fire once years ago on one of my cars, but ever since I started driving, each and every one of my cars has always had a fire extinguisher (and a first aid kit) on board...usually a 5ABC. I've seen cars with a small fire under the hood that ended up writing off the car as the fire built. Fire is nasty stuff, IMO, and I'll do everything I can to guard against it, or put it out...if at least to buy some time to make sure everyone is safe.

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      04-19-2012, 11:18 PM   #59
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OP when you saw the fire did you try to close the hood right away?

Opening the hood probably allowed more oxygen to fuel the fire .... it reminded of what happened to one of my tuna fishing ship ... there was a electrical wiring that that caused a fire in the engine room... the captain opened the engine room hatch when he should of closed that thing shut so no oxygen goes in.
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OP when you saw the fire did you try to close the hood right away?

Opening the hood probably allowed more oxygen to fuel the fire .... it reminded of what happened to one of my tuna fishing ship ... there was a electrical wiring that that caused a fire in the engine room... the captain opened the engine room hatch when he should of closed that thing shut so no oxygen goes in.
Unfortunately at the time I did not expect a fire nor did I think of closing the hood after opening it. If it was open or closed, I still expect the fire to have caused as much damage, as there would have been oxygen from underneath the car.
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That is intense. I am interested to know what the cause was. Thanks for posting the pictures, and we are all glad you made it out okay.
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OP when you saw the fire did you try to close the hood right away?

Opening the hood probably allowed more oxygen to fuel the fire .... it reminded of what happened to one of my tuna fishing ship ... there was a electrical wiring that that caused a fire in the engine room... the captain opened the engine room hatch when he should of closed that thing shut so no oxygen goes in.
Unfortunately at the time I did not expect a fire nor did I think of closing the hood after opening it. If it was open or closed, I still expect the fire to have caused as much damage, as there would have been oxygen from underneath the car.
Indeed, wouldn't blame yourself for that one - it was going up, very little you could've done unfortunately.
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Sorry to hear that OP, where abouts in Birmingham was this?
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      04-22-2012, 08:14 PM   #64
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Did your car have any mods? Two aspects here, mods can cause fires and mods might cause your insurance company to turn down your claim. I'm interested too as I've got Lux Angel Eyes on my 330d and I've heard that Angel Eye mods have been responsible for a number of engine bay fires.
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      04-22-2012, 11:38 PM   #65
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Did your car have any mods? Two aspects here, mods can cause fires and mods might cause your insurance company to turn down your claim. I'm interested too as I've got Lux Angel Eyes on my 330d and I've heard that Angel Eye mods have been responsible for a number of engine bay fires.
Alexo, no mods at all + the fire did not start from or near the headlights in my case.
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