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      03-24-2021, 01:28 AM   #1
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2018 F13 650i Caught on Fire

Hello everyone,

Today was an unfortunate day for my 2018 650i coupe. After a short drive to my gym, I noticed the underground parking lot was smoky. Upon further inspection, I realized the smoke was coming from my vehicle. I popped the hood, and the engine was engulfed in flames.
I have posted some pictures of the aftermath. Luckily, the fire was contained within the engine bay.

Does anybody have any experience with this type of damage? Is this repairable? Any comments or thoughts would be appreciated.



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      03-24-2021, 06:37 AM   #2
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Hello everyone,

Today was an unfortunate day for my 2018 650i coupe. After a short drive to my gym, I noticed the underground parking lot was smoky. Upon further inspection, I realized the smoke was coming from my vehicle. I popped the hood, and the engine was engulfed in flames.
I have posted some pictures of the aftermath. Luckily, the fire was contained within the engine bay.

Does anybody have any experience with this type of damage? Is this repairable? Any comments or thoughts would be appreciated.



Most likely a write off. I wouldn't want it back anyways. There could be significant damage to the engine, wiring, the smell alone... I know in Manitoba, I see your in BC, that would be gone.
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      03-24-2021, 07:04 AM   #3
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I think it depends. Like any other car damage, it depends on what the actual damage is. You said it was engulfed in flames, yet your plastic air boxes do not look melted. From the photos it's hard to make out any actual damage beyond a bunch of white powder. Someone will have to assess what the actual damage is. Some closer photos would probably show more.
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      03-24-2021, 07:12 AM   #4
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Very curious what caused this fire. This is the first 650 fire I have heard of. Did you have it in for any kind of service recently? Will you go to BMW about it? (or maybe your insurance company will).

It does look like you got to it pretty quick. Interested to see how this turns out.

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      03-24-2021, 08:40 AM   #5
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Just curious too, is there any modifications to the engine bay??
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      03-24-2021, 12:25 PM   #6
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I think it depends. Like any other car damage, it depends on what the actual damage is. You said it was engulfed in flames, yet your plastic air boxes do not look melted. From the photos it's hard to make out any actual damage beyond a bunch of white powder. Someone will have to assess what the actual damage is. Some closer photos would probably show more.
You're right. I will get some close up pictures of the engine bay and post them soon.
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      03-24-2021, 12:29 PM   #7
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Very curious what caused this fire. This is the first 650 fire I have heard of. Did you have it in for any kind of service recently? Will you go to BMW about it? (or maybe your insurance company will).

It does look like you got to it pretty quick. Interested to see how this turns out.

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The car has about 40k km(25k miles). The last service that was done on it was a brake fluid service and an oil change about 5000 km ago. The car is currently sitting at my bmw dealer, and I have emailed bmw Canada about this. However, this type of damage will only be covered by my insurance.
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      03-24-2021, 12:32 PM   #8
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Just curious too, is there any modifications to the engine bay??
The car has no modifications. The engine cover was taken off but only to extinguish the fire.
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      03-24-2021, 02:27 PM   #9
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Hello everyone,

Today was an unfortunate day for my 2018 650i coupe. After a short drive to my gym, I noticed the underground parking lot was smoky. Upon further inspection, I realized the smoke was coming from my vehicle. I popped the hood, and the engine was engulfed in flames.
I have posted some pictures of the aftermath. Luckily, the fire was contained within the engine bay.

Does anybody have any experience with this type of damage? Is this repairable? Any comments or thoughts would be appreciated.



Very sorry to hear this. I'd be shocked if it wasn't totaled.

I had what I thought was a very minor engine fire in a year old Volvo several years ago. My insurance totaled it almost immediately. The adjuster explained that engine fires are very rare, but almost always a total loss because of the direct damage to the engine, electrical system, frame and body etc. He explained that the damage is also financial in nature to you the owner, which significantly impacts the claim. Fire damage on a carfax absolutely devastates the market value of a car.

Be sure you bring up "diminished value" to your adjuster.

Best!
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      03-24-2021, 02:33 PM   #10
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I may be an outlier here but I think for a 2018 it's not a total loss and can be repaired fairly easily. The rubber hoses aren't even melted so it didn't burn for very long.

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If you were able to get at and remove the engine cover to extinguish the flames couldn't have been that bad.
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      03-24-2021, 06:33 PM   #12
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Add in salvage value when determining totaled value. You will not be able to sell it.
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Hello everyone,

Today was an unfortunate day for my 2018 650i coupe. After a short drive to my gym, I noticed the underground parking lot was smoky. Upon further inspection, I realized the smoke was coming from my vehicle. I popped the hood, and the engine was engulfed in flames.
I have posted some pictures of the aftermath. Luckily, the fire was contained within the engine bay.

Does anybody have any experience with this type of damage? Is this repairable? Any comments or thoughts would be appreciated.



Any update on this unfortunate incident?
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