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Bitter BMW owner's peak-hour protest
June 09, 2009 12:00am

A BMW owner filled his convertible with lemons and parked it out the front of a Sylvania dealership from 5am this morning.

The car caused chaos on the Princes Highway as commuters slowed to a standstill to watch the spectacle.

Bryan Wiseman, of Sylvania, said his luxury purchase was plagued with mechanical and electrical faults from the time he bought it new, two years ago.

"It all started not long after I bought the car when the mats rolled up over the pedals, causing me to have an accident because I rode up over a gutter (to avoid an accident)."

"It has broken down in the middle of the night; I had to wait for four hours to get it towed because the thing wouldn't start.

"I've had the window jammed, I got stuck on the side of the M5 midway because the roof wouldn't go back on."

Mr Wiseman said BMW had applied bigger strips of Velcro to the mats but refused to fix a dent to the bottom of the car.

"I never made a claim on my insurance in my life and I'm not about to start now," he said.

He parked the vehicle out the front of the dealership, covered in lemon stickers and filled with real lemons, in a bid to end a two-year battle with manager Anthony Rodriguez.

"I'm not confident in driving this car because it has broken down on me that often," Mr Wiseman said.

"It has been in the shop getting fixed more times than I care to remember, I'm absolutely sick and tired of it."

The BMW 335ci was the third car he had purchased from the dealership.

"They said we can't fix it because we don't know what is wrong with it," Mr Wiseman said.

Sylvania BMW manager Mr Rodriguez refused to respond to Mr Wiseman's prank this morning.

"Sylvania BMW has no comment to make," a spokeswoman said.


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