vreihen wrote: ↑
Sun Jun 30, 2019 3:58 pm
Because the car was not in an accident, stating that it was "totaled" doesn't mean that auto insurance is going to pay for a purely mechanical failure. The owner is on the hook for the loan if it is still financed. Also, there would surely be a personal credit score hit involved if the car was ironically financed through BMW Financial and the owner stopped paying the loan to stick it to the corporation.
Does your state have a lemon law, and is this car still under those terms? If not, I would hit the dealer with a negligence suit for mis-diagnosing the problem before the compressor grenaded.....
No accident so no insurance coverage, no lemon law applicability, and the car is owned outright.
There are three issues with the AC failure as I see it.
First, the dealer did not correctly diagnose the original problem. New AC systems should NEVER leak, but mine did, and the dealer said it was normal and charged me for refrigerant fill.
Second, it is highly possible, if not probable, that the service tech overfilled the refrigerant, or failed to add the required lubricant with the refrigerant, or other mis-repair, as that would be a likely cause for the compressor self-destruction, especially if there was no other issues beyond some micro leak in the system. But, just as with the first issue, this, too will be impossible to prove, and the dealer doesn't seem inclined to just assume it was their fault.
Third, the basic system design is a terrible failure because it is too easily exposed to catastrophic failure with outrageous repair costs.
The real issue personally is that I loved this car and now I am forced to replace it. Normally, when I fall out of love with a car in typically 6-10 years, I would buy a new car and do a private-party sell of my old car. However, I don't know how to sell a car for salvaging. I will call the auto yards and see what they say. I might try some on-line adds. I will also tell dealers what is wrong and see if they are willing to trade it in anyway. With trading, I will definitely lose the couple thousand dollars that I normally get selling private party versus what any dealer offers for trade in, and I will also lose because the car has lost value due to it must go to salvage. Well, the Tesla model 3, Chevy Bolt and Nissan Leaf sure are looking a lot more attractive to me. Unfortunately the Volkswagen, Mercedes, Audi, Kia and Hyundai EVs are not available in Arizona yet, and the rest are around double the cost of the i3. Also, I am going to give BMW USA another chance to make this right.
I do very much appreciate the discussion about this with so many. Thanks.