In Reply to: Short Block Neurosis posted by Allan on January 03, 2000 at 12:54:25:
There are varying opinions as to what the dealers are supposed to. The majority opinion is that if your car did not fail either one of these tests, then the dealer would not perform the leakdown test, as is what happened with yours. However, when I took my car (1994 530ia) in for the testing, my dealer (Century BMW of Huntsville, AL) said that if it passed the first two tests, then they would perform the leakdown test - according to them, failing any one of the three tests was sufficient to get the new block. Mine only failed the pressure distribution test - they did not even perform the leakdown test. I guess they are one of the "new-block-friendly" dealers, as they have (according to the technician) replaced about 40 short blocks. I don't know what you can do to persuade your dealer to perform the test. I would have considered paying for the test myself, if it would have given me peace of mind. Good luck.