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Most important thing is to verify the block... (archive)

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Posted by Tiger on July 31, 2001 at 12:41:24:

In Reply to: ATTN: 93-95 540i owners re: engine block problem posted by Ben 93 325is on July 31, 2001 at 10:48:27:

If you are buying from the dealer, you can have them check the block number. If you are buying from private owner, you can call BMW NA to see if they have on the record that the block has been replaced. Most likely you will see one with block already changed... if not, then notice the engine roughness, if it is pretty rough as in vibration all the time, then it is a telltale sign, especially with A/C on. Most important is to get the engine block number verified.

I personally think the problem is overblown... too much. My car has Nikasil block and I have 110,000 miles on it and it is still purring like a kitten. I had the dealer checked the condition at 96,000 miles and the computer balance test said all the way to the top... like a brand new block. I should have the leakdown test done then before the warranty expired but I didn't do it... the cost of the car was alot already on my pocket.

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