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09-01-2004, 03:27 PM
Well, mostly anyway. Even given the gamble involved, I am seriously considering passing on the "fix" and having an independent shop service my car. Haven't slept right in 3 days obsessing about this sh*t. I know it's stupid but I know there are other upset guys. The car elicits strong loyalty from it's owners it seems. And rightfully so. But I believe we are being let down at a very basic level by BMW. I do not trust what they are doing or my dealers ability to do it right. I am even getting paranoid that they will change my software on the sneak if I bring car in for oil change. Sadly,however, when I start to think about selling, there is nothing else I want. (cept a new P I really can't justify or afford). As I have said, I love this car. I know love hurts but this is just f**ked up. Any thoughts?:(

09-01-2004, 04:00 PM
What is the "sneak in the software" paranoia all about? Worried about the 7500 limiter BS that doesn't exist? Seriously, you guys need to relax. None of that BS is true. On your other basic worries, how do/will you handle it if the car breaks at some point? Never get the car serviced? The big worries are joyrides ( and swirly car washes, both of which you tell the tech NOT to do either. Other than that, bite the bullet and have them pull those defective bearings out and replace.

09-01-2004, 04:01 PM
Own an '04 but still worried that bearing issue hasn't been resolved for m3's built after 05-2004. Have seriously contemplated selling M3 to buy a used '97 or newer NSX (possibly even dropping a Comptech supercharger). Despite the fact that the NSX is based on technology is 15 years old, I'd have much more peace of mind re reliability. Would welcome thoughts on other cars.

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09-01-2004, 04:20 PM
Take an analytical approach to this issue and get on with it. My take: I really like the M3, it serves my daily commuting needs, fits my four member family when I need it to, and is a blast to drive. My Amazon 6'5" frame fits in this rig better than the G35 (runner up for sure) or the Z06 Vette I considered or a 911 for that matter. The build quality for the most part is top notch, and the small issues Iíve had with my 10/02 build car (window regulators) have been quickly rectified by Sterling BMW in Newport Beach CA.

If you love the car and donít want to sell it, read onÖ

The S.A. is b_llsheet but you really need to go through the process and let BMW do the repair if it's the only way the engine warranty will continue. If for some reason you can keep the warranty without doing the S.A., that would be my advice, but I doubt it will turn out that way.

Any S54 BMW without the 6/100 warranty is a dead dog in resale and if/when the motor pops a rod through the block, you are gonna be hating life if you have to open your wallet for the that fix.

My advice: Drive the car with no special regard for the bearing/rod issue and wait a few months to have the bearing service done. Treat it normal but don't baby it. If you are going to run on the track, run it now as hard as you ever will. I worked my car pretty hard at the track (including a severe mis-shift) and the motor is still flawless. Some of these later cars may survive just fine, but it's a random event for sure. If the motor blows up before that, than you'll get the absolute best repair that BMW will cover - a reman engine with all the best parts in it on their dime. I'd feel much better about an engine install than I would about having the dealer do the bearing service. Way better...

Lastly, Jim Conforti claims the rev limit is the same on the newest software and he is the authority on this, period. If you are really worried about losing any power with the updated software and you have a 03 or earlier car, get the Shark Injector and end your worries for $350 and never have to worry about the dealer updating your DME when you bring the car in. Just remember to swap back to the stock program before you bring your car in. I Sharked my car and it is a 100% improvement over stock and easily worth $350.

Just enjoy the car and know that itís got the longest engine warranty in the business.

09-01-2004, 04:24 PM
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09-01-2004, 04:51 PM
Lots of people had the same service done once before. Hello, folks, speak up and tell these folks that they have nothing to worry about! I haven't heard a single horror story from someone who had the first service action performed.

Hell, my car got a whole different engine and I can't tell anything was ever done. Why the paranoia?

09-01-2004, 05:04 PM
the reality check. Gotta get it done. "When the inevitable approaches, accept the inevitable" anon. Really no good options. Unless M Mech want to open a drivein bearing replacement service.

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09-01-2004, 06:48 PM
instead of the M3. Had second thoughts even up until two weeks before the delivery date of the M3 from Germany. My concern was purely from the standpoint of the S54 failures. Was talking to someone selling their NSX as my M3 was en route to the US. Perhaps I should've gone with the NSX.

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09-02-2004, 12:57 AM
if you were going to make change you have to get work done first anyway at this point so might as well see how it goes and decide later. Good luck

09-02-2004, 02:30 AM
Go outside and damage your car. Drive it into something. Dent it. Scratch it. Piss on it. Anything. And no Zymol spray detailer immediately afterward, either! There! Now, see, it's just a car...and it still runs! It's fun to drive! Hey, you're not thinking about stupid service actions!

BTW...yu should be happy about this...only other car I know of with a 10 year engine warranty is a Hyundai! :) I'm psyched about the SA. I wish the trannies and brakes would have some disaster so I can have a rebuilt car!

(If the idea up top doesn't work, you can always get a life, get laid, or sell the car!) ((Just kidding...all good)<img src=""height=250 width=333>

09-02-2004, 02:53 AM
the hardest part of the whole just getting there.....replacing and buckling back together is not difficult...just time consuming...

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