E36 is a death trap--Euro crash test. - Bimmerfest - BMW Forums

Welcome to Bimmerfest -- The #1 Online Community for BMW related information! Please enjoy the discussion forums below and share your experiences with the 200,000 current, new and past BMW owners. The forums are broken out by car model and into other special interest sections such as BMW European Delivery and a special forum to voice your questions to the many BMW dealers on the site to assist our members!

Please follow the links below to help get you started!

Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > General BMW Questions

General BMW Questions
Use this forum to ask general question about the BMW ownership and keep up on the latest BMW news. Direct all model specific questions to model specific forums below.

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-24-2001, 12:48 AM
jastevenson jastevenson is offline
Location: SF
Join Date: Dec 2001
Posts: 109
Mein Auto: BMW
E36 is a death trap--Euro crash test.

Also dissapointed to learn that the E36s did extraordinarily poorly in crash tests. I've been getting jealous of TD's M3 but I like safety too =P 13% frontal impact is appalling.

BMW 3-series
Front and side impact rating Pedestrian test rating
Test Scores: Front 2(13%) Side 8(44%) Overall 10(29%)

The 3-series' cabin became structurally unstable during the frontal impact and the driver ran a risk of life-threatening chest injury. The distance by which the steering wheel was displaced backwards posed further risks of injury, while stiff aggressive structures in the lower facia area also added greatly to the chances of the driver sustaining serious knee, thigh and pelvis injuries. In the side-impact test, protection for the driver's abdomen failed to meet coming 1998 legislation for new models.
Reply With Quote
Old 12-24-2001, 12:50 AM
jastevenson jastevenson is offline
Location: SF
Join Date: Dec 2001
Posts: 109
Mein Auto: BMW
Frontal Impact

In the frontal impact, the 3-series suffered excessive movement of the screen pillar. The cabin became unstable, the driver's door lost structural integrity and the beam supporting the facia became partly separated from the car's side. The driver's door could be opened by hand after the test, but moderate force was needed. The passenger's door could be opened normally. The steering wheel was pushed backwards by 223mm (8.8in) and upwards by 14mm (0.6in). The impact resulted in excessive footwell intrusion, with the brake pedal being pushed rearwards by 321mm (12.6in).

The standard-fit airbag triggered late and failed to offer adequate protection; the steering wheel also intruded too far into the car's cabin. This intrusion might have increased the probability of serious injury for different sized drivers or those in different seating positions. Neck protection was good. High levels of force transmitted via the seat belt, and the driver's chest hitting the steering wheel with sufficient force to bend it badly posed a high risk of injury. Facia-level intrusion and the instability of the cabin may have added to the level of hazard for different-sized drivers or those in different seating positions, so chest protection was down-rated to 'poor'. Had the impact occurred slightly differently, it could have caused greater facia intrusion. The driver's left knee struck the lower facia to the left of the steering column. Protection for that knee, thigh and pelvis was down-rated from 'good' to 'marginal': if the knee had impacted in a slightly different position horizontally or vertically, it could have hit the steering column or its adjuster locking bracket. The steering column, its adjuster or its mounting bracket could also have caused localised knee injuries. The driver's right knee struck the facia to the right of the steering column. Protection for the knee, thigh and pelvis was down-rated from 'weak' to 'poor': if this knee had been in a slightly different position, it could have struck a steering column stabilisation tube or a facia support bracket. Such rigid structures could also have been hit if the knee had penetrated the facia further. Furthermore, the column adjuster or facia brackets could have produced localised injury, as could the brake pivot or column stabilising tube. Excessive intrusion into the footwell presented a serious risk of foot and ankle injury. After the test the dummy's left foot was found to have become trapped between the car's firewall and the floor.

Protection for the passenger was generally good, although forces transmitted by the seat belt could have caused chest injuries. Results obtained from the passenger dummy were not modified on the basis of any structural damage to the car.

Side Impact

Side impact
The driver's head and pelvis were well protected but the amount of protection provided for his chest was rated as 'weak', and for his abdomen, 'poor'.
Reply With Quote
Old 12-25-2001, 09:41 AM
Mr. E's Avatar
Mr. E Mr. E is offline
Registered User
Location: Escondido, CA
Join Date: Dec 2001
Posts: 1,397
Mein Auto: A 333 Horse Chariot
Originally posted by jastevenson
Side impact
The driver's head and pelvis were well protected
Hey, as long as the big and little heads are okay, I can heal!

Got a link to this report?
Reply With Quote
Old 12-25-2001, 09:43 AM
Alex Baumann Alex Baumann is offline
Location: *
Join Date: Dec 2001
Posts: 26,111
Mein Auto: Saab
Check Euroncap
"Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes."
Reply With Quote

See More Related BMW Stories

Forum Navigation
Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > General BMW Questions
Today's Posts Search
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
My E36 v. E46 thoughts (very long) JST 1M & M2 49 12-18-2006 11:45 AM
Proof that the Death Penalty deters murder Spiderm0n Off-Topic 32 03-04-2006 09:59 PM
dash board test sequence ChrisTO 3 Series & 4 Series 15 05-30-2002 11:39 PM
On Board Computer Options Don Juan 3 Series & 4 Series 5 04-02-2002 05:29 PM
Euro Crash Tests show E46 just so-so. jastevenson General BMW Questions 12 12-25-2001 10:23 AM

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 01:04 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
© 2001-2015 performanceIX, Inc. All Rights Reserved .: guidelines .:. privacy .:. terms