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Old 10-11-2019, 10:48 PM
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Unhappy Warning- pretty irrelevant to the E53

Well, fellas yesterday was the final day for our 17 year adventure with the E46 330. We picked up this car via Performance Center Delivery on The Ides of March, 2002.

My wife has dutifully driven it nearly every day since. At just 130k miles, it was set to become our (now 15!) daughter's car next Summer. We'd set an appointment and picked out the new headliner material, leather redye, and carpet clean/freshen. The day prior to the accident, Wednesday, I even ordered KW Street Comfort coilovers. I love the v2's on my E39. I was able to cancel that order.

My wife's eyes had wandered over the past few years to dealership lots across the country. So, the good news is we have a list of candidates- and a few surprises (for me, at least.) I never pictured her as a coupe gal, but she's raised more than one eyebrow at the 2 series. Hrmmff.

We ordered the car just the way she wanted it and did so because it was one of the safest sedans you could get at the time. It did the same job today that it would have done so long ago.

My wife was hit head on. We do not know how fast she was going. My daughter was not in the car. My wife is fine but sore. Some minor burns from the airbag, bruises from the collision, and dizzy from medicine to make her forget about all that.

For E53 content? Well, that's what she's driving for now. The white 4.4 has been called from occasional weeknd service to fill the gaps while we find the next one. The timing of the hoses, cooling system, belts and pulleys could not have been better. We picked it up today.

Goodbye, Baby Blue. And thanks for everything.
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Glad the wife came out ok
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Sorry to hear that, glad the missus is ok!
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Old 10-12-2019, 12:30 AM
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I pray your wife has a speedy recovery.
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Old 10-12-2019, 12:32 AM
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No broken windshield and the fender isn't even wrinkled! Car did it's most important job, protect the contents. It's a primary reason my wife drives an X5! The odds of it losing an accident are slight. Plenty of front crumpled to absorb energy but the people box looks very good.
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Old 10-12-2019, 03:30 AM
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I'm glad that your wife is unhurt and although it's sad to lose a car, it truly is the reason my family chose BMW (impact survivability) especially while driving in a country that somehow made the saying "hold my tea & watch this..." their national catchphrase.!!

Again I am so happy that you only lost a car and nothing important in this life and wish her a speedy recovery.

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Old 10-12-2019, 09:17 AM
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Very good to read that your CEO is OK...that car did its 'job'.
Cars are replaceable, a good wife is not.
Hope she recovers quickly and completely!
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Old 10-12-2019, 01:07 PM
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Ditto the sentiments above...hope your wife has a speedy recovery.
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Old 10-12-2019, 01:12 PM
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I echo mD's and the other supportive sentiments posted. Sad to see the end of her beautiful 3-series, but it sacrificed itself for your wife.
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Old 10-12-2019, 07:08 PM
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Wow! Looks like a really hard hit. Glad she is OK and give her our E53 family condolences. Shame to see a M Tech 1 sedan destroyed.
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