Broken Springs - List (add yourself if you've been affected)

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Post by DannyBoy » Mon Mar 02, 2009 8:25 pm

Hopefully be a "how to" fit rear springs post soon. It's actually a fairly easy process and involves the removal of a single nut.

Your broken spring may look like this.......

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Quite a sight and probably better to get it sorted rather sooner than later. :)
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Post by left98204 » Tue Mar 03, 2009 2:38 pm

My passenger side rear went on 30k just after it was 3 years old.

BMW didn't want to know as it was just outside the warranty.
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Post by a11y » Tue Mar 03, 2009 4:35 pm

Another pic of broken springs (my rears):

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The one on the left (in 3 bits...) was the rear driver's side - it'd snapped once before I bought the car (pre-purchase inspection found that) but it'd snapped again as I was driving along, causing both the broken bits to fall out - I did retrieve them from the road. The one on the right was the rear passenger one and the snapped-off bit was nowhere to be seen. Utterly shocking that this can have happened despite the car having covered less than 18k miles :thumbsdown:
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Post by sp3ctre » Tue Mar 03, 2009 6:06 pm

Thanks for the pictures there. Indeed it is a shock that the quality is so crap.

Not sure we would get anywhere with BMW by compiling the list, but it at least points out to people that it may well be worth going aftermarket if your springs do break. I would certainly not put another BMW spring in my car.
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Post by Z4kma » Wed Mar 04, 2009 6:06 pm

Me too ...
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osr 8 months ago at about 22k miles... and judging by the clonking sound the near side has just gone ... at 24k!
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Post by elliot_holder » Wed Mar 04, 2009 10:10 pm

Add my name to list.

Both rear springs failed at 40k

After complaining I had one spring replaced as good-will via BMW
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Post by BMW_Z4_Norway » Wed Mar 04, 2009 10:34 pm

me too left rear spring, got it fixed for free even though it wasn´t under warrenty :D

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Post by TZ4 » Sun Mar 08, 2009 7:33 pm

Yep me :(

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Post by skilby99 » Mon Mar 09, 2009 4:21 pm

and me :(

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Year - 2004 (53)
Mileage - 54,000
Spring - both rears replaced

Complained to BMW CS they said it was a case by case basis and they would still charge me £120 inpection fee (non refundable) even if they found the springs to be defective...not happy and got them replaced by a BMW specialist instead of the stealer!
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Post by RichardG » Tue Mar 10, 2009 5:56 pm

May 2004 2.5 SE

Both OSR & NSR springs replaced,

Was told they were broken when the car was in for its service at about 31000 miles, so broke before then.
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Post by Ditch » Fri Mar 13, 2009 2:43 pm

Broken coils...

2004 Z4 2.2se with 23,500 miles on clock.... both rear coils broken 1.5 turns from bottom.
What replacements do you recommend (don’t want to lower) … are they easy to fit?

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Post by a11y » Fri Mar 13, 2009 3:55 pm

Unless you get some springs custom-made, you've got to go either with the same BMW springs (and risk the same happening again) or aftermarket springs. But I couldn't find aftermarket springs that DIDN'T lower so I fitted Eibach Pro springs. They've lowered my Z4 by 15mm over a sport-suspensioned Z4, equivalent to a 30mm drop on a non-sport-suspensioned Z4. I'm not over the moon at lowering it (I'd rather have kept standard height) but was a necessary evil to get away from sh*tty BMW springs!

No idea how much moolah involved in custom springs though...

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Post by Mr Whippy » Fri Mar 13, 2009 4:22 pm

Do the Alpina Roadster ones snap as well?

Might just go to an Alpina spring/damper setup if mine ever go, if their setup is any better.
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Post by gannet » Fri Mar 13, 2009 4:24 pm

Mr Whippy wrote:Do the Alpina Roadster ones snap as well?

Might just go to an Alpina spring/damper setup if mine ever go, if their setup is any better.
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Post by outdoormax » Fri Mar 13, 2009 5:45 pm

Damn it me too! found out today! both back springs 33000 miles 03 3.0L with sports suspesion.. Scarely I topped out this car the other day!! Just had fitted new discs all round which was easier said than done my Z being a pre feb 2004 car the rear discs are slightly different and the new versions do not fit.. just so you know!!

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