In Reply to: 72K 530iA Nikasil engine tested last week........ posted by AL_530i on August 31, 2001 at 23:23:35:
I had the engine tested last week at Sterling in Newport Beach, CA...passed the engine test with flying colors. Technician told me not to worry about it for a long time.
How many of you have had problems with your Nikasil engines in California? I am looking to buy a 540i and wanted to see how many of you have had blocks replaced, and how many have a strong running Nikasil. People mention that they have a 80/90/100+k mile Nikasil block and it's still running strong but, like 530i.org said; "Bottom line - having a high-mileage Nikasil engine that is in good shape doesn't tell you if it will or won't fail in the future. All you know is that it hasn't failed yet. However, it does seem intuitively likely that if an engine has lasted to 70K, 80K, or 90K miles that the block has been in the right environment (low sulfur gas) or had the right "birth" (good production run) and should stay solid in the future. But we just don't know for sure."
How are your cars doing?