In Reply to: Re: Yes, click on link and go to faq 2nd from bott posted by marty on October 13, 2001 at 12:16:15:
I recently had the short block replaced on my 740 for the 3rd time and it was not within the original 100k mile warranty. Interestingly enough, my discussions with BMW resulted in the following bit of information that may help your case. If the block was replaced at any point, the clock is reset on the warranty going back to the rebuild date. In other words, you have another 100k mile warranty period starting from the date of rebuild. So, check the records on your car for a rebuild, which should have been done under warranty by a previous owner. (As a side note, why the heck would someone who owned a really expensive to maintain car not have a free engine rebuild from BMW after getting a letter indicating same from BMW?) Remember at at one point, BMW was swapping one Nikasil block for another one, so you may have a Nikasil block but it is not the original one. So, your warranty period may not actually be over yet.
OK, I just re-read the information in this post and it doesn't agree with the information at the url indicated in an earlier post. So, take what I have to say with a grain of salt. I got my new block just out of the original warranty and I want you to get yours, so if it isn't exactly true you could try and BS the dealer with the information above. Another approach would be to check the records for evidence of the issue, read as customer complaints of rough idle, etc, and approach BMW with the question of why wasn't it replaced or even tested for leakdown.
Sorry for such a long post and for the confusing information, don't flame, just trying to help. I know how frustrating it can be owning one of these babies.
Hope this helps and that you can get your situation resolved soon,
'94 740il, 118k
Click on the 2nd from bottom question "has anyone ever gotten a new block..."keep following the links and it will take you to Sandra's story. She appears to have persisted and got a new block for $000.00. The other story (Steve) got a new block for around $1000 out of pocket expense.
has anyone had any luck with bmw replaceing block out of warranty...m
Q-thank you for the post been there done that,my problem is a bit more complex...i bought a 540 a few months back, i called bmwna to talk about the nikasil, they told me that if the car had been serviced at bmw and was found to have the problem bmw would take care of it,even if it was out of warranty.They also said to have a bmw dealer inspect the car before i bought it, i was buying the car out of state so i hired a dealer to do this for me, i told them my big concern was the motor. They called me and told me that it had the allusil motor, i jumped on a plane to go buy the car, when i got there the car had a shakes so i asked the dealer to preform the leak test, they told me they did not have time to do it and what ever the problem was it was not related to the nikasil problem, they showed me a report from bmw that said my block was an allusil motor so i figured what ever the problem was i could fix it. I went home and did every thing i could but i still had the shakes. So i took the car to my bmw dealer for leak test, it failed 30-40% per cylinder.
I then called the dealer and was told the bmw report was wrong and that i should call bmwna as it was their fault and not the dealer's . BMWNA told me it was the dealer fault, so at this point they (dealer /BMWNA) won't do shit, now BMWNA will not return my calls. Looks like I have no choice but to start legal action....m