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Some BMW V8's have problems..... (archive)

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Posted by Chris I. on September 25, 2001 at 14:40:12:

In Reply to: Pondering E34 purchase vs. Passat. Help with ???s posted by skya on September 24, 2001 at 11:26:16:

Be sure you read up on the Alusil/Nikasil issue before buying a 540 or 530. Search the archives or type alusil and nikasil into a WWW search engine. Basically, some of the original Nikasil blocks had problems and had to be replaced. BMW extended the warranty to 100k miles or six years (I think) from the in-service date, whichever comes first, and replaced bad blocks with Alusil versions.

You may never have a problem. Then again, you could be facing a $5k repair bill all too soon. Check out for more information.

Chris I.

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