• Jan 14, 2008
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The carrier M/V Courage tipped at the port in Jersey City on Friday causing damage to over 370 BMWs. The ship was loaded with new 3-series and 1-series vehicles, including new M3s. Around 70 of the damaged cars are reported to be total losses with others sustaining major damage. Word is that the M3s bared the brunt of the brutality. Extensively damaged cars will be crushed while those with minor damage will undergo repair at a receiving facility in Elizabeth, NJ, after which they will proceed onto dealers. Bimmers destined for European delivery customers were also on board, although it's not clear how those buyers will be handled in the wake of the incident.

This is a particularly harsh hit to BMW in terms of the new M3 and even more so for the owners awaiting their new V8-powered uber-coupes. We'd expect this unfortunately event will lead to an extension of the waiting period many potential customers will have to endure. It also means many dealerships are out of luck for a demo car. With the M3's competition coming on strong from the likes of Lexus, Cadillac and Mercedes one can only imagine this sort of setback might steer away a few potential buyers.

Thanks for the tip Carl!

[Source M3Forum.com]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      Please tell me they will at least part the cars out instead of crushing them whole. What a huge waste if they don't.
      Even a "totaled" car will have tons of good parts, from seats to engine parts.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Reason? Reason? You're up against insurance practice/law, here. Don't let reason interfere! BMW has these insured, shipping damage is bound to happen. If the insurer pays for the loss then BMW is considered whole and has no rights in the cars. The insurer can't make donations cause BMW won't allow it sell/donate-for-tax-purposes goods with its trademark on them. The hassle of doing some good with it are too great. Crusher is the cleanest legally/accounting-wise.
      • 7 Years Ago
      $100 says they will just 'slip' the fixed ones into the dealers and customers will never know.
        • 7 Years Ago
        U r so right. Mazda did the right thing and crushed all of their cars when the same thing happend. Every auto company repairs damaged cars and sells them without you ever knowing. It is wrong but you have no rights untill they are at a dealership and maybe your state laws step in "maybe". I have seen major damage that is never shown to the customer and then when the paint peels they say they have no idea how transport damage happend. Sometimes the transport companies don't even tell them...... It is a mess.
        • 7 Years Ago
        My 100 dollars isn't talking, i don't get it, is there some sort of button somewhere on the bill.



        (please tell me i don't have to point out this is a joke)
        • 7 Years Ago
        "Ahhh, don't worry, that'll just buff right out"

        Seriously, I worked at a Ford, Lincoln, Merc and BMW dealership back in the mid 90's. Law states any damage over $600 that is fixed by the dealer, must be disclosed to the consumer. It's a law.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Owned!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Now... we have many BMW 1 & 3 series spare parts.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That'll buff right out...

      Sorry folks, someone had to say it. Look on the bright side, now salesmen can say the M3 and 1-series are both smashing successes.

      Pardon the pun. Or don't. I don't really care. Nice to know that no one was hurt though.
      • 7 Years Ago
      how rubbish
      • 7 Years Ago
      What happened, the new M3 so heavy they listed the vessel? Oh well... bring on the IS-F !!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Think maybe the Captain of the ship was reading Autoblog and caught the pic's of the new CTC and had a heart attack?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Holy crap.... thats freaking tragic
        • 7 Years Ago
        Bmw's can't handle.
      • 7 Years Ago
      FOR THE LOVE OF GOD WHY!!!!!!!!!! My heart just sank.
      • 7 Years Ago
      They WILL notify owners and get releases signed or ELSE there will be a repeat of the guy who sued BMWNA for selling him a repainted 7xx some few years ago down AL way. The repaints are never up to the factory standard...the car would have to be stripped/disassembled and redipped/reassembled....factory standard for repairs, but it's still a molested car.

      That being said, many M3's will be bunged, rear ended, hit, fixed, etc. etc., will have 'stories' notwithstanding owner's presentations on Craig's List or Fleabay....it's just the nature of tin.

      Just another volvo carrier with issues....at least the cars aren't on the bottom of the Channel.

      Hmmmm...wonder if a BMW M3 engine/trans would fit an AC Cobra or Alpine Tiger chassis....
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ill take a damaged M3 for 20k as long as the frame is OK! hehe and engine is untouched.

      I think i could do some body work for 20k!

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