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1999 E39 528it rear suspension failure

Old 07-29-2011, 12:28 PM
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Good Afternoon!

This morning the @ss-end of my car dropped. Seems to be primarily coming from the rear passengers side, which makes me think it's the same as the other postings in this thread.

Crazy question, but I'm 20 miles from my house with no other means of transportation. Should I drive this home? The tires are not touching the frame in the wheel well.....



This is what it normally looks like (got rid of the chrome wheels that the previous owner bought!)

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Old 08-01-2011, 08:18 AM
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I would have it towed home, that's pretty unsafe. BTW those old chrome MAE wheels (I believe) are actually fairly rare and expensive when finished properly.
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I expect that is just the rear air bag and you should be fine to drive it a low speed, I had to do the same a couple of weeks ago with mine
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Old 08-07-2011, 11:34 AM
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I wound up driving it home (slowly while avoiding all bumps) that day and then had AAA come get it and tow it in (on a flat bed). The mechanic called and said it was the S spring? He is awaiting the part so I'm stuck driving the 1994 525it ("Big Bessie"), she never skips a beat.

So funny that you mentioned the wheels - I am right now trying to sell them. I don't know the first thing about wheels though, grr.. any clues on how I should word that ad??

They rode rough, glad to have OEM stuff back on. Nothing wrong with them, they just felt horrible IMO with those spacers. The kid I bought the car from didn't have the center caps.
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