BMW Complaint - Serious Design flow - BMW M3
All BMW cars have one serious design flow. Alert for people living in a place where you have enough of rain to have 9 inches of water build up on the road and your car will die!, ALERT for Florida resident. All BMW cars have (except for SUVs of course) their air intake just 9 inches above the ground, right below the front bumper. I just got an '08 BMW M3 in 2/2009. Amazing car, fantastic handling. I just drove through my hospitals parking lot in Punta Gorda Florida one rainy day. Now this place has some water build up but the day I became the victim of this design flow and suffering with poor mechanical skills of BMW services, had barely six inches of water on the ground and as passed through it, my car just died in the middle of the road. I was told by BMW services that my engine is flooded and will need to replace it. It cost 33 K to fix the engine but it does not end here. In week that I picked up the car, 'your engine is overheated' sign comes up and they picked it up and told me oops one of the belt was not properly installed. Within a week check engine light comes up and this time it is alternator and in 24 hours that they fix it, now some break sensor is gone. So your engine can get flooded by driving through 6-8 inches of water and after that they do not know how to fix it. I talked to one of the service staff and he pointed out to me that Air intake for BMW is just 9" above the ground and they had close to 13 BMW this rainy season in their shop with flooded engine. I did not have a single drop of water in the driver's cabin so it was not flooded!!. In other word driving on any rainy day can kill your four month old car. I asked the service manager to get me in touch with someone higher up, he sent an email no reply from BMW higher up as expected.