In Reply to: Re: This does not sound like sulfur corrosion... posted by Richard V. on December 23, 1999 at 13:46:11:
because even the warranty replacement 4.0 blocks in 1996 were still Nikasil.
: : as white smoke is definitely a symptom of coolant being burned.
: : The dealer is wrong about the engine block. All 1995 V8s came with the Galnikal (nikasil) block. It wasn't until '97 that the replacement Alusil block appeared.
: : : I had a service done on my 740iL 95 77k miles and got charged for something I believe is the responsibility of BMW (I believe it is related to the engine block problem). The dealer plays "dum". I paid the $1500 charge, and sent a letter to BMW customer service, but no answer after three weeks. Any other place to vent my dissatisfaction?
: I believe the new blocks were installed in the '96 model as a 4.4l. same HP but more torque.