In Reply to: Well said... posted by paul on March 30, 2000 at 13:47:39:
"Bribe and a cover-up"????
BMW released three engines into the US that were already in use and sucessful in Europe the Nikasil 530, 540 and M3. They had no clue that the Gasoline in the US sucked. The problem is because of the high sulfur content in some US gasolines. Not all US Cities have this problem- California has Much better gas than Georgia, partly for emissions. But the problem is not a "defect" in the BMW engine, it's the gas. Granted, BMW could have researched this ahead of time and saved us all a big headache, but the engine itself is not defective. Ever noticed some people have no idea what this is all about and they have a Nikasil block with 110k miles on it?
I wouldn't admit to a problem that was not mine either.
"6yr/100K miles is quite generous. With most other luxury car makes, if your engine survives 4yrs/50K miles then you're on your own."
That's right it's generous! And the kicker is that this never went to Recall! BMW offered it because they recognized the problem and came up with a fair solution.
What other car dealer is going to give you a new engine because you "lost confidence" in the one you have?
Too much wining about this. If you buy a used car, RESEARCH IT! If you bought one New, you can get it fixed for free, FOR THE LAST 6 years! What do you people want!
You either have the problem or you don't, if you do- it's taken care of, if you don't and are so worried about it that you can't cope, sell the damn car or fix it yourself!