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      10-17-2020, 05:27 AM   #1
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Hit giant rock in road and destroyed oil pan

Need your help guys... hit a huge rock in the road going about 45 and I'm pretty sure put a hole in the oil pan. All the oil poured out of the car but I pulled over in time and shut the car off. Anybody know what kind of damage this could cause besides the obvious oil pan? Think any internal damage could've happened from the impact? Was going to take it to my Indy guy but might take this to bmw instead since they're open tomorrow
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      10-17-2020, 05:37 AM   #2
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I hit a same size rock in my E92 335i , going about 50 mph. It was probably worse , because it damaged the DCT gearbox and subframe.
I went the insurance route , so it only cost he my deductible , plus an assessment fee from BMW.
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Need your help guys... hit a huge rock in the road going about 45 and I'm pretty sure put a hole in the oil pan. All the oil poured out of the car but I pulled over in time and shut the car off. Anybody know what kind of damage this could cause besides the obvious oil pan? Think any internal damage could've happened from the impact? Was going to take it to my Indy guy but might take this to bmw instead since they're open tomorrow
The oil cooler is also in a vulnerable spot. Pulling over immediately and stopping the engine was the best thing you could have done.
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I hit a same size rock in my E92 335i , going about 50 mph. It was probably worse , because it damaged the DCT gearbox and subframe.
I went the insurance route , so it only cost he my deductible , plus an assessment fee from BMW.
Oh man yeah I'm praying it's just the pan and nothing like that... sorry to hear about those troubles that sounds like a nightmare
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The oil cooler is also in a vulnerable spot. Pulling over immediately and stopping the engine was the best thing you could have done.
Praying nothing else was damaged... I don't see any other leaks in the car but I saw sparks flying in my rear view mirror
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      10-17-2020, 06:18 AM   #6
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Side note: looks like my my M Performance lip took that impact like a champ. My cheap $20 amazon lip protection that I lined the bottom of it with might've actually helped lol
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Another question: my cars on E85 and probably had about 5 gallons in the tank rn. I'm guessing the car will be down a month or two so is it going to be okay sitting with the E85 for that time?
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      10-17-2020, 06:49 AM   #8
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Keep us updated as you get this sorted. Did you have a metal undertray, or the plastic stock one? best of luck.
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Keep us updated as you get this sorted. Did you have a metal undertray, or the plastic stock one? best of luck.
It's the metal one. Looked under the car when the tow truck had the car lifted up and didn't look like anything else was mauled up so praying for minimal damage but am prepared for BMW to hit me with some ridiculous bill...
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Here's a pic from under the car
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Good luck OP. Getting off ASAP was good call you probably saved the motor. Get insurance involved and go from there.

Any thought about going into dealer with tune on board? Even though they saying now you can be flagged even when flashed back to stock.
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Here's a pic from under the car
Iím pleased to say , my car looked at lot worse after the rock.
Mine cost £12,000, discounted to the insurance to £10,000 which saved it from being written off.
Insurance paid
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Good luck OP. Getting off ASAP was good call you probably saved the motor. Get insurance involved and go from there.

Any thought about going into dealer with tune on board? Even though they saying now you can be flagged even when flashed back to stock.
My cars out of warranty already so it doesn't matter to me if it gets flagged
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Here's a pic from under the car
I'm pleased to say , my car looked at lot worse after the rock.
Mine cost £12,000, discounted to the insurance to £10,000 which saved it from being written off.
Insurance paid
Well that's good to hear haha. If this costs over a few grand I'll probably end up going the insurance route too. Hoping I get lucky and just need a new skid plate and oil pan
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Sorry to hear that, OP. Hoping for you that it's just the oil cooler and no engine damage. This vulnerability of the F8x platform does scare me a bit.
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I have a DashCam that caught the entire thing. Anybody have advice as to if I should go after the city and have them pay for this?
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My hypothesis was that ďmy rockĒ had come off a truck working construction nearby.
I too had dashcam footage of the hitting the rock , but not of itís arrival on the road.
So no proof of liability and that was the opinion of my insurance company.
Iím not aware of how the city (the local council in U.K. speak) would be liable for an object in the road. Maybe if it was the result of the pavement
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Some specific verbiage I've encountered with insurance claims ( when I hit something that fell off a truck ) was that if the thing that fell hit the car directly it was a comprehensive claim, but if it hit the ground first, then it was a collision. mind boggling.
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Good luck with the fix, you should be okay as other has mentioned if you pulled over immediately and turned the car off.

And yes, insurance companies are all bastards.
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I have a DashCam that caught the entire thing. Anybody have advice as to if I should go after the city and have them pay for this?
Going after cities is always a fail, you will spend more money in courts and possibly lawyers. Then at the end, if you win; your time, effort and legal costs are still your responsibility.
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I hit a same size rock in my E92 335i , going about 50 mph. It was probably worse , because it damaged the DCT gearbox and subframe.
I went the insurance route , so it only cost he my deductible , plus an assessment fee from BMW.
I'm pretty sure that the only 335 to have a DCT was the 335is. My wife had a 335is Coupe but it was a 6MT.
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Likely just a pan thing, and the residual oil coating moving parts in the engine when you were pulling off.
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