A word of advice re: rear end collisions....

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snipped-for-privacy@hagemangroup.com says...


My 325iS has been hit twice in the rear while I was stopped at red lights. The last one just dinged the trunk and cracked the bumper cover. $3,500 later it was as good as new...
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David Hageman wrote:

How does one collide with the rear of a vehicle without causing damage? I would have thought, at the *very least* there would have been paintwork damage, if not bodywork or bumper damage.
And that said, I don't see how such a minor impact could cause a suspension problem. Could the two not just be coincidental?
Incidentally, I got a "creaking spring" noise when travelling around corners with my Mondeo. This was after I ran it up a kerb at 50mph, popping two tyres and damaging two alloy wheels - front and back. I also drove it on two popped tyres to work, and then to a tyre garage, in total about 5 miles.
With new tyres fitted, it never actually gave me any further problems (even the tracking was fairly plumb when I finally had it checked months after the fact), but I would be curious to know what was causing that noise.
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Ste wrote:

The rear of the E36 coupe M3 is basically flat. The van that bumped into me was much higher and had a large rubber bumper and grill works.
Incidentally, the noise has disappeared for the time being....so the procrastinator that I am......stay tuned.
David H.
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