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Old 05-12-2014, 11:37 AM
arlene arlene is offline
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E90 concern fire threat

Hi BMW experts

I have registered on this site in the hope of gaining some insight into the cause of a 2007 E90 spontaneously combusting.

The vehicle had never been worked on in the area where the fire started and further the area was inaccessible for accident damage to come into consideration.

The driver heard a loud bang while driving, smelt a burning smell, pulled over and watched helplessly while his vehicle caught alight and went up in smoke.

Reconstructive experts later determined that the fire was started by the build of fuel vapour under the catalytic convertor area causing the vehicle to ignite.

The most concentrated area to sustain heat damage was directly under the bell-housing.

The vehicle has 78000km on the clock, was out of warranty and motorplan would not apply in the circumstances.

Does anyone have any knowledge of any latent defect in regard to fuel lines or the fuel system which could have caused this catastrophe or any similar incidents?

Kind regards

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Old 05-12-2014, 12:22 PM
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Not the first time I've heard of this chassis randomly catching fire. Google it and it will come up with a few stories

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Old 05-12-2014, 12:36 PM
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That's much worse than someone cutting my wiring harness. My condolences. I've seen 2 cars on fire in my life. One was a Pontiac Fiero in a Sheraton parking lot. (hmm) and the other was a minivan on the highway. Yeah, You might be able to glean some info from a Google or Bing. 'Tis quite the anomaly. (We hope)

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