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      05-13-2017, 09:50 PM   #1
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Has any F30 caught on fire after parked?

I have seen news saying BMW caught on fire after it is parked for a while. My guess is due to poorly grounded electrical component. I was wondering if anyone know F30 also has a record of catching on fire? I park mine in my garage and I'm concerned about that. Thanks!
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This seems like a really silly question to ask. Pretty sure if cars were spontaneously catching fire, everyone would know about it.

And with a 12V electrical system, a poorly grounded component isn't going to cause any fires.
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      05-13-2017, 11:01 PM   #3
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And with a 12V electrical system, a poorly grounded component isn't going to cause any fires.
Ever touch a battery hot terminal to the body with an errant screwdriver or wrench? It's enough current to not only start a fire, it's enough to arc weld. An electrical fire in a parked car would be an extremely rare occurrence, but it could happen, especially if the circuit in question isn't fused. Nonetheless I wouldn't lose any sleep over it.
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just read that in car and driver... http://blog.caranddriver.com/where-t...re-than-smoke/
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just read that in car and driver... http://blog.caranddriver.com/where-t...re-than-smoke/
Forty reports worldwide going back at least five years is hardly an epidemic. Google 'spontaneous car fire' and you'll find numerous instances from virtually every manufacturer.
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Cars have been catching fire for years. My boss's Volvo caught fire in the parking garage at work: does that mean that Volvos are prone to catching fire? Let's get real here.
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CNN reported it is Trump's plan to get us to buy American. FoxNews said it was Clinton spreading it because she's mad at Merkel for visiting Trump.
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Mine catches fire every once in a while, just put it out and clear the code. Not really a big deal.
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Forty reports worldwide going back at least five years is hardly an epidemic. Google 'spontaneous car fire' and you'll find numerous instances from virtually every manufacturer.
I am sorry I posted the article. I never said I agreed with it. No ones answering the OP's question; he started the thread not me. All i didn't was point out the article.
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Ever touch a battery hot terminal to the body with an errant screwdriver or wrench? It's enough current to not only start a fire, it's enough to arc weld. An electrical fire in a parked car would be an extremely rare occurrence, but it could happen, especially if the circuit in question isn't fused. Nonetheless I wouldn't lose any sleep over it.
Big difference in shorting the terminals of a 800CCA battery, and something "not properly grounded".

NOTHING on a car would generate enough current with a bad ground to start a fire.....
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      05-15-2017, 11:00 AM   #12
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I've heard this story of BMWs catching fire for a few years now like the earlier poster indicated. It's pretty rare and the story was of an SAV not the F30 catching fire.
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      05-15-2017, 06:15 PM   #15
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NOTHING on a car would generate enough current with a bad ground to start a fire.....
Probably not due to a bad ground. But there are places where an errant tool or other piece of metal could short from the body to a hot wire, like the starter or the jumper post under the hood, and start a fire. It would be a fluke, but it could happen. One can't dismiss the potential for a fire just because it's a 12v system. Just as with electrocution hazards it's not the voltage that you have to worry about, it's the current.
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