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    Interesting video about N62 engine. Judge it for

    yourself. While I don't question the obvious flow in design, it seems to me they dramatized the whole thing little bit. Nevertheless, makes you wonder about E60 545i, which I don't like anyway.
    I'm getting buried in my M62 beast.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoCED1jyfL4



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    VDO oil pressure and temperature gauges in place of headlight/fog switches
    Powder coated valve covers-satin black
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    Custom made sun blinds for rear seating area

    2000 Nissan Frontier Desert Runner, AKA "The Work Horse"

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    If the link doesn't work, just type "N62 engine

    coolant leak" in youtube search field.



    1998 BMW 540i 6 speed
    Arctic silver, M sport suspension (euro delivery), prod. date 05/98, non VANOS
    Staggered 18" style 32 OEM wheels
    3.15 open differential
    Remus exhaust
    AFE CAI with improved heat shield
    Z3 shifter
    VDO oil pressure and temperature gauges in place of headlight/fog switches
    Powder coated valve covers-satin black
    CDV delete
    Debadged
    AEA DRL module (aftermarket daytime running lights)

    1997 BMW 528iA
    Alpine white, premium package, prod. date 04/97, single VANOS
    Staggered 17" style 32 OEM wheels
    Debadged
    AEA DRL module
    Custom made sun blinds for rear seating area

    2000 Nissan Frontier Desert Runner, AKA "The Work Horse"

    Garage aids:
    Direct Lift Pro Park 8
    Campbell Hausfeld 28 gallon oil lubricated air compressor
    Newair ACP-1400H portable air conditioner and heater
    Auto Enginuity scan tool with BMW enhanced option
    Actron 9135 scan tool-for quick readouts



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    Very interesting-always more than 1way 2skin a cat






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    What were they thinking? BMW AG needs to >>

    hire some materials specialists. First, VANOS seal, and now this.
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    Re: What were they thinking? BMW AG needs to >>

    There lies the problem. They were not thinking about possible leak at that spot. They're masters in impressing people with magnesium blocks, valvetronic technology etc..., but nobody is talking about actual reliability and longevity of these engines.

    On the other hand you have M52/M62 engines with proven reliability. Of course they have problems, but we know them and they're not costing nearly as much.

    But, we are dying breed as most people worry about having the newest technology in their cars and they really can't understand the benefits of having E39 compared to some of the newer models.





    1998 BMW 540i 6 speed
    Arctic silver, M sport suspension (euro delivery), prod. date 05/98, non VANOS
    Staggered 18" style 32 OEM wheels
    3.15 open differential
    Remus exhaust
    AFE CAI with improved heat shield
    Z3 shifter
    VDO oil pressure and temperature gauges in place of headlight/fog switches
    Powder coated valve covers-satin black
    CDV delete
    Debadged
    AEA DRL module (aftermarket daytime running lights)

    1997 BMW 528iA
    Alpine white, premium package, prod. date 04/97, single VANOS
    Staggered 17" style 32 OEM wheels
    Debadged
    AEA DRL module
    Custom made sun blinds for rear seating area

    2000 Nissan Frontier Desert Runner, AKA "The Work Horse"

    Garage aids:
    Direct Lift Pro Park 8
    Campbell Hausfeld 28 gallon oil lubricated air compressor
    Newair ACP-1400H portable air conditioner and heater
    Auto Enginuity scan tool with BMW enhanced option
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    Re: Very interesting-always more than 1way 2skin a cat

    I was actually thinking of getting 2004 X5 with this same engine. I think I'll look harder at the 2003 models with M62TU. Have you played with AE yet?



    1998 BMW 540i 6 speed
    Arctic silver, M sport suspension (euro delivery), prod. date 05/98, non VANOS
    Staggered 18" style 32 OEM wheels
    3.15 open differential
    Remus exhaust
    AFE CAI with improved heat shield
    Z3 shifter
    VDO oil pressure and temperature gauges in place of headlight/fog switches
    Powder coated valve covers-satin black
    CDV delete
    Debadged
    AEA DRL module (aftermarket daytime running lights)

    1997 BMW 528iA
    Alpine white, premium package, prod. date 04/97, single VANOS
    Staggered 17" style 32 OEM wheels
    Debadged
    AEA DRL module
    Custom made sun blinds for rear seating area

    2000 Nissan Frontier Desert Runner, AKA "The Work Horse"

    Garage aids:
    Direct Lift Pro Park 8
    Campbell Hausfeld 28 gallon oil lubricated air compressor
    Newair ACP-1400H portable air conditioner and heater
    Auto Enginuity scan tool with BMW enhanced option
    Actron 9135 scan tool-for quick readouts



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    Only connected it to the car once in the garage (m

    Too much show and ice to bring it out in the elements right now.
    I'm hoping to play with it more in the next week or two.
    Just got some parts today for my next 2 mods.....stay tuned.


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    IMO, maintenance probably played a bigger role...

    ...than the narrator lets on. That aluminum tube looked corroded near that seal and that shouldn't be happening. The narrator says things like "just corrosion". I don't think any amount of aluminum corrosion (i.e. to aluminum oxide, not just erosion) in the cooling system is normal. Using the proper coolant at no longer than the proper intervals should, in theory, prevent corrosion like that unless there's a lot of electrolysis going on too.

    It's cool that they came up with a workaround kit, that's for sure.


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    Re: IMO, maintenance probably played a bigger role...

    You're probably right. Once the car was out of initial free maintenace, it probably didn't receive any more coolant flushes, which means it might have had only one flush.

    It's funny, there is another video with different guy claiming he came up with the fix.



    1998 BMW 540i 6 speed
    Arctic silver, M sport suspension (euro delivery), prod. date 05/98, non VANOS
    Staggered 18" style 32 OEM wheels
    3.15 open differential
    Remus exhaust
    AFE CAI with improved heat shield
    Z3 shifter
    VDO oil pressure and temperature gauges in place of headlight/fog switches
    Powder coated valve covers-satin black
    CDV delete
    Debadged
    AEA DRL module (aftermarket daytime running lights)

    1997 BMW 528iA
    Alpine white, premium package, prod. date 04/97, single VANOS
    Staggered 17" style 32 OEM wheels
    Debadged
    AEA DRL module
    Custom made sun blinds for rear seating area

    2000 Nissan Frontier Desert Runner, AKA "The Work Horse"

    Garage aids:
    Direct Lift Pro Park 8
    Campbell Hausfeld 28 gallon oil lubricated air compressor
    Newair ACP-1400H portable air conditioner and heater
    Auto Enginuity scan tool with BMW enhanced option
    Actron 9135 scan tool-for quick readouts



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    Re: Only connected it to the car once in the garage (m

    I'm not going to even ask what's next and you probably won't tell me either, until is time.



    1998 BMW 540i 6 speed
    Arctic silver, M sport suspension (euro delivery), prod. date 05/98, non VANOS
    Staggered 18" style 32 OEM wheels
    3.15 open differential
    Remus exhaust
    AFE CAI with improved heat shield
    Z3 shifter
    VDO oil pressure and temperature gauges in place of headlight/fog switches
    Powder coated valve covers-satin black
    CDV delete
    Debadged
    AEA DRL module (aftermarket daytime running lights)

    1997 BMW 528iA
    Alpine white, premium package, prod. date 04/97, single VANOS
    Staggered 17" style 32 OEM wheels
    Debadged
    AEA DRL module
    Custom made sun blinds for rear seating area

    2000 Nissan Frontier Desert Runner, AKA "The Work Horse"

    Garage aids:
    Direct Lift Pro Park 8
    Campbell Hausfeld 28 gallon oil lubricated air compressor
    Newair ACP-1400H portable air conditioner and heater
    Auto Enginuity scan tool with BMW enhanced option
    Actron 9135 scan tool-for quick readouts



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    Coolant flushes - most seldom or never do.

    My mechanic here in town said I'm the only customer who insists on periodic coolant flushes. Most of his customers wait for a failure like a radiator to get plugged up and then have the coolant changed as part of the repair.

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    Both our Volvos say coolant is lifetime (m)

    Must be following the BMW lifetime BS. Even the Volvo dealers say it never needs to be changed. You would think the dealers would want to drum up some business and change it.

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    Nothing major, just a few minor things






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    Lifetime - maybe just bowing to inevitable

    Maybe both Volvo and BMW are just being realistic. Why tell customers to do something if they never will? In 1986, we bought a Toyota Camry. I was surprised to see no mention of changing brake fluid anywhere in the owner's manual. I asked my mechanic about this, and he said why should they advise a procedure when none of their customers will do it? Coming from German cars, this was my first experience with this alternate philosophy of non-maintenance.

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    Re: IMO, maintenance probably played a bigger role...

    I think that power steering, followed by coolant, are the most neglected maintenance items in general...


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    Craig, don't forget about brake fluid flush. I

    have about dozen faithfull customers/friends that I've been maintaining their cars for a few years now. None of them ever heard of brake fluid flush until I sugested it to them.
    Once I described what that old neglected system can cause ABS pump failure, they were sold.



    1998 BMW 540i 6 speed
    Arctic silver, M sport suspension (euro delivery), prod. date 05/98, non VANOS
    Staggered 18" style 32 OEM wheels
    3.15 open differential
    Remus exhaust
    AFE CAI with improved heat shield
    Z3 shifter
    VDO oil pressure and temperature gauges in place of headlight/fog switches
    Powder coated valve covers-satin black
    CDV delete
    Debadged
    AEA DRL module (aftermarket daytime running lights)

    1997 BMW 528iA
    Alpine white, premium package, prod. date 04/97, single VANOS
    Staggered 17" style 32 OEM wheels
    Debadged
    AEA DRL module
    Custom made sun blinds for rear seating area

    2000 Nissan Frontier Desert Runner, AKA "The Work Horse"

    Garage aids:
    Direct Lift Pro Park 8
    Campbell Hausfeld 28 gallon oil lubricated air compressor
    Newair ACP-1400H portable air conditioner and heater
    Auto Enginuity scan tool with BMW enhanced option
    Actron 9135 scan tool-for quick readouts



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    Re: Craig, don't forget about brake fluid flush. I

    True. I figure it's neglected, but a lot probably also end up with it being performed by a service tech when they replace the brake pads since that is a maintenance/wear item. Unless someone is replacing a steering rack there's often no other service performed to the PS system on a typical vehicle. That's where I got my "ranking" from :)


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    Perhaps the Rubber Seal is the Main Culprit

    I don't think corrosion is the problem as much as the rubber seal. I mean, we see it in our cars. For example the thermostat housing. I had to replace mine, not because the thermostat failed but because the rubber gasket starts to get brittle due to heat/time and starts leaking. I believe the VANOS seals are another example. With modern technology, I have to think there's much better gasket materials out there that would last longer, be more heat resistant, and remain pliable.

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    All the vibration that pipe will see, how long >>

    before it loosens and begins to leak? Otherwise, not a bad idea.

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    Perhaps a well-placed drop or two of LocTite ? ?




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