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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 11-29-2012, 08:57 AM
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Just in case you need your E46 extricated from a hillside, here's a trick I learned

Dunno how many of you are dumb enough (as I was) to plow into a hillside on these one-lane windy wet mountain roads ... but ...


But, just in case ... a lesson to note is that you should not use the tow hook when pulling the car laterally (according to the tow-truck operator).


The right way, I'm told, to extricate sideways is to strap cloth onto the wheel using a tow strap.


More details here - but I post for you E46 guys so that you might benefit from what the tow operator knew in case you're in a similar situation.
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:11 AM
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Good info.

Those hillsides will sneak up on you OUT OF NOWHERE!!!!

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Old 11-29-2012, 09:47 AM
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Alignment time!
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Old 11-29-2012, 10:16 AM
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Those hillsides will sneak up on you OUT OF NOWHERE!!!!


Was there any damage man? Lol
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Old 11-29-2012, 10:42 AM
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Those hillsides will sneak up on you OUT OF NOWHERE!!!!
I swear that hillside wasn't there yesterday!


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Was there any damage
No. Just to my ego. The AAA truck operator took it really slowly pulling me out of the muck and mire.


The road was blocked for about a half hour but not a single car came by.

Just a lone mountain biker!

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Alignment time!
Luckily, since only I've been researching how to do a home DIY alignment quick test, which might come in handy sooner than I had expected!
- Philosophically why do most people prefer to let a professional alignment shop check their alignment (1)

The lesson here (beside not getting stuck in the mud) is that the bimmer 'can' be pulled sideways by the wheels - and - that the tow hook should (apparently) not be used.
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Old 11-29-2012, 11:15 AM
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... The AAA truck operator took it really slowly pulling me out of the muck and mire....
FYI, tow truck winches have a lot of power. When the front diff on my '01 330xi threw a tooth and locked the drivetrain - all four wheels - the flat-bed guy pulled it right onto the bed off the road - all four wheels squealing. He used the front subframe.
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Old 11-29-2012, 02:22 PM
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Nice, good to know
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