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bluer1
01-15-2003, 03:19 PM
http://www.autoweek.com/cat_content.mv?port_code=autoweek&cat_code=carnews&loc_code=index&content_code=03244140

(15:18_Jan._15,_2003)
BMW extends M engine warranties while it investigates engine failures

By BOB GRITZINGER
BMW has extended factory warranties on more than 17,000 M3 six-cylinder engines—a powerplant some owners have referred to as the “Engine of Damocles”—while it investigates the cause of a number of engine failures.
The standard four-year, 50,000-mile warranty is extended to six years and 100,000 miles on M3s, M coupes and M roadsters equipped with the 333-hp 3.2-liter engines. The extension covers vehicles with BMW designation “S54” engines built in model years 2001, 2002, and until further notice, 2003.
In a letter sent to owners in December, BMW confirmed “cases of damage to the connecting rod bearings resulting in engine failure” in the 3.2-liter engines. The company told owners it is “conducting an in-depth engineering analysis to determine the reason for the failure.”
In December, AutoWeek reported that more than 100 M3 owners had logged complaints online about potential engine problems. Some owners estimated that as many as 500 vehicles could be affected (AW, Dec. 2); BMW put the number at under 100 and said it was dealing with engine failures on a case-by-case basis.
BMW continues to urge M owners to use BMW-approved 10W60 synthetic oil instead of the usual 5W30. The company also recommends that the engine be properly warmed to normal operating temperature before full power is used, and that the accelerator should not be pumped when the vehicle is sitting still with no load on the engine.
Anyone with questions or concerns is asked to contact their local BMW dealer or BMW Customer Relations at 800-831-1117.

HW
01-15-2003, 05:35 PM
Originally posted by bluer1
and that the accelerator should not be pumped when the vehicle is sitting still with no load on the engine.


i've always kinda wondered about hitting the accel w/ no load and it being bad for the engine. is this the same as rev'ing the engine at neutral and would that mean that blipping the throttle to rev match is bad? :confused:

e28Will
01-15-2003, 09:44 PM
I think BMW NA also recommends an oil change once a year, even if you do not reach your 15k service interval. fresh synthetic, always a good idea.