The ADESA salvage yard in Vancouver, British Columbia is home to over 3,000 brand new BMWs and Minis that have been left to the weather - image a fleet of BMWs and Mini off the factory floor - sitting in a field for over four years.
These are not just regular 3 or 5 series - there are some M6 and M4s spotted there as well.
Here's what caused these BMWs to land up here, in February 2015 a massive rough winter storm caused chaos at the Halifax Port just as a fresh shipment of 2014 BMWs and Minis had arrived on shore.
Transport Canada issued a recall to these 2,966 vehicles citing “exposure to standing water and salt for an extended period,” - these care have been sitting in the same auction yard ever since. According to the official recall, the Mini models were determined to be at increased risk of crash due to “corrosion at the starter motor power supply cable connectors, which could lead to the inability to restart the engine following an engine shutdown by the start-stop (MSA) system.”
The BMW models were at increased risk of crash because “lubrication of some internal components within the steering rack may have been exposed to excessive water or salt which could result in higher than normal steering effort or steering binding.” The recall also warned of damage to electrical wires and connectors in the cars. The list of models affected included the BMW 2 Series, 3 Series, 4 Series, 5 Series, 6 Series, 7 Series, i3 electric hatch, i8 electric coupe, X1 crossover, Z4 roadster, Mini Cooper, Cooper Convertible, Coupe, Mini Paceman, and Mini Roadster.
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That's a very painful sight but to think about it, the auction yard land is not cheap and given that the cars have been sitting there for over four years, I'm sure BMW has a plan - just not sure what the plan is.
Given the chance to bid for these cars in the auction, would you bid for one?