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Re: HELP - Nikasil v.s. Alusil (archive)

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Posted by Peter on October 15, 2001 at 16:08:48:

In Reply to: HELP - Nikasil v.s. Alusil posted by wannabimmer on October 15, 2001 at 10:33:36:

I have a opportunity to buy a '94 540i with 82K mi for $12,700, but original Nikasil motor. Car is in excellent condition, idles smooth and runs great. What should I do?

I understand your predicament. I was in the same boat a few weeks ago and decided to take the plunge on a '95 530i. Why?
1. Because the previous owner had the print-out of the dealer's recent leakdown test to back-up the perfect-sounding idle.
2. Car had only 45,600 miles on it.
3. Local dealer quoted $3800 all in for Alusil swap.
In summary:
I figured that if I drove it about 3 years and then had a problem, the TOTAL cost MIGHT be justified. In the meantime, I'll go with 93 octane all the way, driving it gently but firmly.

Keep your emotions in check.

You're in a tough spot -- no leakdown test? 80k+ miles? Is it in beautiful condition? Are you ready to lay-out for the swap when the time comes?
Don't buy it unless you're in love with the condition, and ready to spread your wallet wide for the maintenance that may come in the next few years.

Everyone, I wonder whether there is more being made out of the sulfer issue because of all the talk -- I know has a tiny sampling of % cars tested vs. % Leak-down passed. In other words, has this become an issue because us gear-heads are the only ones reporting the problem?
What about all the other owners who are running fine and choose to remain ignorant?


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