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Old 05-25-2014, 05:33 PM
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Got a customers car in this past week after she called and said she heard a loud noise after driving across a "crevice". Not sure what kind of crevice she went through but she needs something other than her 545I.

Anyway, thoughts, comments on how to repair it is appreciated. I've got a coworker that is capable of welding aluminum. Not sure I want to be responsible for someone welding on this car in my shop. I am considering sending her on to a body shop. Not sure I want to mess with it.

I've attached pics of the good side and the bad side.
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Old 05-27-2014, 08:07 AM
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If I were you, I'd pass on it, Jim.
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A good second hand sub-frame is probably the most economical option.
Its unlikely a body shop would want the risk associated with welding it.
There are many people that can weld aluminum, not so many that would want to weld a component that is part of a front end, even less would be qualified to do it. Following welding there is a strong chance that the sub-frame will be weakened. What breaks next?
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Is it an ARS car? They put incredible strain on the sway bar mounts. And they break often. Though I seem to recall seeing it on E65/E66's more.

We have a guy here who can repair such things, but one of the things I've always liked about him is that he will tell you honestly whether or not he thinks he can make it as good or better than it was, and whether this will be financially viable as well.

We usually replace.

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Getting back to my suggestion, I didn't suggest making a bad repair that is likely to fail. My suggestion of "the repair didn't happen" was more due to the risk of parasitic lawyers chasing after every possible lead if an accident happened in future, even if it was unrelated.

I've seen that with a cracked steel moto frame. Basically, the shop said that they would do the welding for cash, but they wouldn't make any guarantees or representations. I had them do the repair, and it lasted at least another few years, as long as I owned the bike.
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Old 05-27-2014, 02:02 PM
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Getting back to my suggestion, I didn't suggest making a bad repair that is likely to fail. My suggestion of "the repair didn't happen" was more due to the risk of parasitic lawyers chasing after every possible lead if an accident happened in future, even if it was unrelated.

I've seen that with a cracked steel moto frame. Basically, the shop said that they would do the welding for cash, but they wouldn't make any guarantees or representations. I had them do the repair, and it lasted at least another few years, as long as I owned the bike.
If there was an accident do you suppose the person who hired you to fix it for cash would protect your identity? I don't think so, and since you were afraid it would not work and took cash secretly I doubt either the parasitic lawyer or the parasitic judge would go easy on you. (...and you would deserve it).
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Keep a copy of the receipt to be show or burnt at will. The owner's word against yours.
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If it were my personal car that I was keeping, I would weld it and see what happens.

If it were a customers car or a car I was selling, I'd only recommend replacing with a good used one.
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E60 I assume? You don't want to touch that ****.
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Old 05-27-2014, 05:46 PM
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That is about what I have decided to do tj. Last BMW I had in shop that I was doing major work on was in for about 8 months. Job came out good though. It was an X5.

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