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      09-17-2011, 09:32 PM   #1
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How strong is the bottom of our cars?

I ran over a shredded tire the other day (I'm sure you all ran over something before) and it got me thinking, how strong is the bottom of M3 to prevent damage from shredded tires, rocks, tree branches, animals, etc?

And what have you ran over before?
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      09-17-2011, 09:52 PM   #2
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I ran over a rabbit. Do you think the bottom of our cars is strong enough for a rabbit? I don't know, it was a pretty big rabbit.
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      09-17-2011, 09:54 PM   #3
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Not very. There are lots of suspension components that can get bent up. I too have hit a rabbit.
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I ran over a rabbit. Do you think the bottom of our cars is strong enough for a rabbit? I don't know, it was a pretty big rabbit.
This big?

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      09-17-2011, 10:51 PM   #5
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I ran over a rabbit. Do you think the bottom of our cars is strong enough for a rabbit? I don't know, it was a pretty big rabbit.

It wasn' the Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog was it?

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      09-17-2011, 10:53 PM   #6
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      09-18-2011, 06:54 AM   #7
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kill the waaaabit....
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      09-18-2011, 09:42 AM   #8
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I was driving at night and looked over my right shoulder to make sure I was clear to change lanes as it was an area where a few lanes came together... As I merged right into the lane I saw a 4x4 laid out in the middle of the road and was unable to avoid it. My car 'hopped' the 4x4 and I was sick to my stomach.

I get to my destination and get out assuming the worst because of how loud it was... I only ran over it with my right side and expected it to be completely torn up.

To my surprise (and delight) the car had absolutely no blemishes on the bumper or under carriage. The only mark was wood dust on the right front tire which wiped away clean. No tire bulges or rim scrapes either.

For how loud the noise was when I ran it over I was sure I was in for some tears... I now consider my car a German high revving tank
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      09-18-2011, 11:43 AM   #9
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That rabbit is freakin hilarious!
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Ran over a deer - bottom of car was fine minus the underbelly cover...front not so much. Also hit a loose catalytic converter on the highway...dented the aluminum underbelly cover, exhaust, and tore one of the carpeted side panels.
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I ran over an emo panda bear. It made a big mess. Car runs like a champ.
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      09-18-2011, 09:19 PM   #12
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I ran over an emo panda bear. It made a big mess. Car runs like a champ.
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      09-18-2011, 09:49 PM   #13
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big rabbit


Damn that is one big bastard!!! Im sure if you hit that, it would be like hitting a small deer.
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      09-18-2011, 09:56 PM   #14
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It wasn' the Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog was it?

Good thing I always keep a Holy Hand Grenade in my glovebox.
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      09-18-2011, 10:06 PM   #15
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kill the waaaabit....
shhhhhhh be very very quiet
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I was wondering this same thing as I hit and sometimes drag cones @ autocross hehe.
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      09-18-2011, 11:10 PM   #17
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Main concern would be something damaging the bottom of the engine. Luckily, BMWs have pretty good protective panels.

Otherwise, rear suspension components and the finned rear diff cover hang down a little could get damaged.
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      09-19-2011, 10:06 AM   #19
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big rabbit

Now that Rabbit is cute. I wonder if my Helmet would fit him/her.
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Now that Rabbit is cute. I wonder if my Helmet would fit him/her.
damn
when i first read that i understood somthing totally different
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Maybe a freak thing but I hit a pot hole maybe going 45 mph and the next thing I knew warning lights came on and I pulled over. Looked down and transmission fluid pouring out. Towed to the dealer and found out that the transmission case cracked from something hitting it. No other damage found. I needed a new DCT tranny. Sucked.
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