Re: Cracked Cylinder Head!
I have seen engines on ebay with 50k miles for $3-3.5K. I realize there may be shipping and labor involved but with 140k miles I think this would be better all around.
Re: Cracked Cylinder Head!
thanks for the advice, might be worth looking into
new update...word for word description from dealer
Got my car back this morning, here is what the invoice said word for word, real interesting on the use of the word "seems" towards the bottom, something really stinks about all of this.
Customer states oil leaking from the vehicle. Appears to be leaking from the same place that has been fixed previously. Inspect and advise. Parts Warranty?? See shop foreman remove all coils, found spark plug 2 full filled with engine oil. Reported to foreman, cleaned all oil from engine, run engine with coil 2 removed per foreman. Inspected for oil leak while engine running, the oil seems leak out from wall of hole 2. Reported to foreman. Cleaned engine, monitored oil leak with foreman. The leak was not leaking as bad as use to. Unable to tell where is leaking from. Cleaned engine again. Have the team leader took vehicle home for longer test run. Recheck next morning. Found hole 2 has leak. Added dye into oil. Send Porter out for road test, reinspected for leak, unable to see dye anywhere, not even on deep stick. Dye is bad? Cleaned engine once again. Sprayed glass cleaner on hole 2 wall, applied baking soda on cleaner. Send Porter out reinspected after road test. The baking soda with oil can be seen clearly hanging on spark plug hole. "The head seems cracked." Inspected by foreman. Applied epoxy as best possible. Slight leak still present. Recommendations, replacing cylinder head.
Oh, I almost forgot to mention that throughout these last few days while my car was being test driven, I now have a new quite noticeable scratch/ding on the rear lower right corner of my bumper.
Teddy, why did you call the service people...
the names that used at the end of your post?
Teddy, what dealership did you use?...more
If you want to email me that info, that would be fine.
Sorry, I was really upset at the time,
I don't mean to offend anyone online reading that part of my post. I will try to refrain my anger in the future.
It's OK to be angry but I think that you...m
will find that the response to your posts will be effected by your wording.
By the way, I replied to your email. Let me know if you want me to get involved.
Teddy, I agree with most of what you say...m
The things that people need to bear in mind is that this is a buyers market, not only from the purchase standpoint but from the parts, service and every other standpoint. Now is the time to negotiate prices. Service centers cannot and do not want to lose customers so they are bending over backwards to make people happy.
The dealership that you have referred to in your previous posts is the dealership that I do business with and I have a great relationship with every department their. In fact, I am helping them put together the debut of the Z4. So I feel that I can act as an advocate for a valid concern.
In the mean time, since you and I live in the same neighbor hood, let's get together with a few of the Bay Area Z members who also live in Modesto, and take a look under the hood. We may be able to help you solve your problem. Then we can toss back a few cold ones.
By the way, we have a club drive on Saturday the 28th. We are meeting in Mt. View and then taking twisties to Half Moon Bay for a bite followed by the PCH to Santa Cruz for dinner.
Feel free to email me or call me at:
Btw, I called these guys...
[Bavarian Auto Recycling they have sell used engine, with 2 yrs warranty, about 42K miles on the clock at about $3K. They do leak down test to make sure internals are fine and dyno test it for oil pressure.
They don't sell the head separately. Also, you gotta be careful in buying a used a head since you don't know what you're getting. It's hard to know whether the engine it's from ever overheated, or properly maintained. It's also hard (as in your case) to visually see some cracks. A friend here in SD had his head cracked on his 530i (same engine as yours) but had warranty on it. I can ask him where he sourced the head. Let's budget, just to throw a number $1K. In addition to the head you will need several seals (head gasket, valve cover, vanos, intake and maybe few others) which I would put at $500. I don't have the tool to lock cams, crank and VANOS, but they are $600 for the kit. So total you're looking at about $2,000. That's just back of the envelope...
I'm not a mechanic by trade but have worked on several Z on various projects. I enjoy doing it and wouldn't mind helping you out.
1998 Z3 1.9 (my baby)
2003 Z4 2.5i (my babe's baby)