• Apr 30, 2008
After (Above), Before (on right)

As a fellow E36 owner (non-M), my heart momentarily stopped when Mike S. sent us this link to BimmerForums, where one member had a close encounter of the multi-spoke kind while driving down I-880 near San Jose, CA. The wheel apparently fell off another vehicle going in the opposite direction on the freeway, hit the center divider and flew into the air, landing with a tremendous amount of force onto the roof of kpipalldaway2's incredibly clean M3. Judging by the lack of damage to the rest of the vehicle, he was able to pull off the road safely, but even more amazingly, he only suffered a broken shoulder and some cuts from the broken glass. While it's sad to see such a pristine example destroyed by such a gaudy piece of rolling stock, it gets worse. The M3 driver was on a basketball scholarship and his broken shoulder may have put an end to his game days.

[Source: BimmerForums]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      No one said the driver was the one taking the pictures. I'd bet it was taken by someone else.

      I've seen this happen more than once...always with some clown running hugely oversized rims on their car.

      Being a former Class 8 truck mechanic, the duals usually come of a trailer when the mechanic didn't do his job when reinstalling the duals. DOT usually investigates maintenance records of vehicles in incidents like this when trucks are involved.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The kids own post said so. click on the picture.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If the tire had been 1 foot more over to the driver's side, he would have been a dead man. A huge rim at that weight and moving & rotating that fast would have crushed his chest and face. He's lucky.... He should be thankful he's alive.
      • 6 Years Ago
      He's just lucky to be alive. A few years ago three girls were killed in St Louis when a wheel came off a car in the opposite direction, bounced over the median and crushed the roof of their car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Check out that tire.

      A mid-high performance (Eagle F1)?

      Wonder if it is fairly new and mounted to an alloy wheel whose nuts hadn't been torqued in a while.

        • 6 Years Ago
        thats not a goodyear eagle f1. i've got the f1, and it doesn't have the smaller veins inbetween the larger ones. must be a knockoff or a different brand
        • 6 Years Ago
        Looks like a lowrider wheel.
        It would be fun to know whose it is
        P.S. How the F*** do you loose a tire and not stop
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ah!

        A Dayton Wire. Ergo, the headline.

        Not light!

        Hmm.

        Frightening!
        • 6 Years Ago
        "the wheel is one of those that screws on literally. "

        you have to have a few screws loose to ride around with those.

        not sure is that is a Goodyear F1 or one of the copycats but seriously underused on a car with those wheels
      • 6 Years Ago
      I still want to know how that whole wheel and tire just came off. Is this from inexperienced shops that don't know how to torque things down? Did the driver have wheels on the car that weren't meant to fit it? There are a lot of unknowns here, but one thing's for sure -- wheels don't just come off.
      • 6 Years Ago
      $10 says new legislation will come out and ban Donks and other "Aftermarket" Wheels.
        • 6 Years Ago
        If it did, that would be utterly ridiculous, since this also happens with stock wheels.

        Technically, "donks" are illegal anyway (at least around here), due to bumper height laws, but those are very rarely enforced.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm really glad the kid is okay, especially since a doctor in Milwaukee was killed by a detached truck tire last year. However, what is a college student doing driving an M3? I had a Honda Elite 50cc moped as my only means of transportation in college. As far as I know, basketball scholarships aren't THAT lucrative (yet).
        • 6 Years Ago
        And he was driving a BMW 530xi. I'd know because he was my uncle.

        At least this one ended well.
        • 6 Years Ago
        agreed, I see now that you were joking more than anything, and I agree, my pocket is literally empty due to the cost of art supplies at school!!

        But alas, my plans to get a 350Z may be coming to fruition this summer!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        it's a pretty old model and they are generally the least expensive M3 on the resale market right now. You can pick one up for less than a new Kia.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Absolutely not! Having fun is just as important as learning in college, but I guess I didn't know the right people when I was a student. But you can't argue that milk crate furniture and meals of ramen noodles help you appreciate the career you're working towards when you finally achieve it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I want to see the pictures of the idiot on the other side of the freeway! That has to be so friggin hilarious to see that dummy and his new tripod of a car. I just love laughing at those idiots with that set up because they never upgrade the brake system or tweak the tranny. Maybe this will teach the lesson that showmanship can never take the place of functionality.

      They better get a good price for those "Donks" because they ruined a good car as well as someones future. It is nice to know that he was ok. Good luck recovering dude.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sad that the E36 coupe is becoming rarer and rarer these days. Only about 19,000 were made for the US.

      Glad the chap's still kickin.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hi guys this is the driver of the car (cory) just for an update my shoulder is not Broken, it was dislocated and i have some bleeding in my joint/socket. i met with a lawyer today to work things out. Thank you guys for your support and kind words. I was the one who took the pictures of the car, i was in alot of pain but i realized that it is a really good idea to take pictures for situations like this. If you guys could please post up any other place you have seen these pictures at i would really appreciate this.
      let me know if you guys have any more questions!
      • 6 Years Ago
      My dad is a truck driver. About 10 years ago a tandem wheel came off of a truck from the opposite interstate lane and took out the whole front of his truck- hood, driver steer wheel. They never did locate the truck that the wheels came off of. My dad- ever the optomist- said he was happy that it hit his truck instead of a family in a car.
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