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View Poll Results: What's Happened with Your Rod Bearings?
Still on the factory originals 117 53.18%
Still on the recalled originals (Pre-Facelift Only) 51 23.18%
Changed them with less than 50k on the engine 0 0%
Changed between 50-100k 14 6.36%
Changed between 100-150K 21 9.55%
Changed above 150k 2 0.91%
I was too late ; bearings were toast before the sump came off 7 3.18%
Changed as a preventative measure but I was too late 1 0.45%
Changed but I got lucky 3 1.36%
Changed but it was pointless 4 1.82%
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Old 26th October 2017, 03:17 PM   #41
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My moneys on the engines that's failed or ones that have showed excessive wear when changed have had a hard life.

Its not worrying me at 130k.
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Old 26th October 2017, 05:43 PM   #42
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Forums should come with a government warning sign for your wallet. It's funny cause these things gather momentum and then become the M3 law. I can imagine all the Indy's sitting around a table saying "I can see bearings are being discussed on the forums" as I'm sure they must have been inundated with calls over the last few weeks....I rang mine last week and he wouldn't even take my money as he said he'd done 2 in 12 years.

That said, I can see why people do them for peace of mind but I want to do things for the right reason on the basis that there's some justification in doing so. I also already have warranty. That said, 700 isn't the end of the world but I'd sooner spend it on something like towards the subframe that I know is probably money well spent....
Right on, i booked my m3 in with my local independent after reading post and post about head gasket only to find all cyclinders were 165psi on a medium warm engine, I think the polls say it all, stop worrying, it happens with every engine but I suppose we only hear the bad stuff on here?
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Old 26th October 2017, 07:30 PM   #43
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Had mine changed at 100k , a good move as 2 and 5 were showing copper so preventing a catastrophe hopefully
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Old 27th October 2017, 03:42 PM   #44
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2004 car 150k on the clock of which i have put 125k on her, all motorway miles still on originals
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Old 27th October 2017, 08:25 PM   #45
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Old 27th October 2017, 08:40 PM   #46
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Got my car checked over today to see what it will cost for my bearings. Been quoted over 1k! rather just let it die ( was a joke by the way)

Unfortunatley i havent got that sort of cash to splash out. Fair play for people getting it done thou
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Old 27th October 2017, 11:23 PM   #47
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Got my car checked over today to see what it will cost for my bearings. Been quoted over 1k! rather just let it die ( was a joke by the way)

Unfortunatley i havent got that sort of cash to splash out. Fair play for people getting it done thou
Find a good Indy my quote was no where near that
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Old 28th October 2017, 07:13 AM   #48
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Mines on 99877 now
In my 5 year ownership its had 3k oil changes

Compression check in April @Redish came back good (so that was a relief!)

My car is on the original bearings- it's something I'll get done in 2019 (unless I get paranoid about it!?) as I only do about 1-2k miles a year and TBH it's not driven that hard

Daily drivers and track cars it's a no brainer to get them done for piece of mind though
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Mines on 99877 now
In my 5 year ownership its had 3k oil

Daily drivers and track cars it's a no brainer to get them done for piece of mind though

It's only a no brainer if it's prevalent, but it isn't,.
It more likely to be completely unnecessary and a waste of money.
The first step is to get an oil analysis and actually have some accurate information, rather than just a worry
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Old 28th October 2017, 09:15 AM   #50
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It's only a no brainer if it's prevalent, but it isn't,.
It more likely to be completely unnecessary and a waste of money.
The first step is to get an oil analysis and actually have some accurate information, rather than just a worry
Very true- what I mean is if mileage is high and it's on your mind

If the oil analysis is something that will put your mind at rest then that's fine

Some people would rather just get them done if it's a keeper etc
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Old 28th October 2017, 09:26 AM   #51
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Speaking as someone who has no idea on this sort of thing what's involved in getting an oil sample tested. Is there someone on here that does it or can recommend where to get it done.
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There’s company’s that do it they send you a kit with a syringe. You post the sample back.
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Old 28th October 2017, 10:12 AM   #53
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Speaking as someone who has no idea on this sort of thing what's involved in getting an oil sample tested. Is there someone on here that does it or can recommend where to get it done.
I used Miller Oils.

Call them up to request a kit, they send you a small plastic jar and a form to express what your concerns are & car details. Easisest way to get the sample is to lift the oil filter out and let some run off down a funnel into the jar. 5 minutes later it's ready to go.

http://www.millersoils.co.uk/services/oil-analysis
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Got my car checked over today to see what it will cost for my bearings. Been quoted over 1k! rather just let it die ( was a joke by the way)

Unfortunatley i havent got that sort of cash to splash out. Fair play for people getting it done thou
Did I pass you on the m5 coming from Taunton about 4/5ish? Dont see many steel grey cars and I kept slowing down to have a look looked tidy
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Old 29th October 2017, 12:16 PM   #55
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Did I pass you on the m5 coming from Taunton about 4/5ish? Dont see many steel grey cars and I kept slowing down to have a look looked tidy

Yes mate it was me👍.

Gave you a friendly nod👊

Cheers buddy she still needs some work. Your car is looking very clean and tidy aswell. Was gleaming in the sunshine
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Old 29th October 2017, 08:30 PM   #56
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2001, 100k, recalled at 18k. One of other owner before me, he was very regular with maintenance. Drives perfect and not worried!
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Old 30th October 2017, 08:51 AM   #57
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Changed at 103k got lucky lucky lucky!!
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Old 30th October 2017, 06:43 PM   #58
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2004 car, changed at 119k and they were virtually dead
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Old 30th October 2017, 07:54 PM   #59
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There seems to be a pattern here.
  • Some are at high mileages and saying everything is fine... well you wouldn't know unless you looked!
  • Others have had it done and either found excessive wear and caught it just in time and one other recently who caught it too late and required a new engine.

Not trying to create a panic but to the first bunch I have a message for you.
All the M cars suffer with rod bearing wear. In fact when my M3 was in at Munich Legends for the job, a chap called in with a M5 V10 which had a wrecked engine caused by the rod bearings and wanted to have it inspected independently so he could try to claim on his warranty with BMW... was a strange request, but my point is that this is a common problem.

If you are at 100k+ its something to consider, or don't... I mean its your car and your money and we are getting to a point now where these cars are going up in value and the less running M3's on the road equals more demand.
I remember when E30s were buttons just 7 years ago.
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Old 30th October 2017, 07:58 PM   #60
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Done mine @ 121k Miles year of mine is 2005

They needed changing 1 & 6 were worn
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