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Old 05-02-2009, 04:39 PM
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Originally Posted by cn90 View Post

I have 102K on my 1998 528i 5sp, not a single noise from the rear. From speaking with bmw mechanics and volvo rwd (they don't make rwd any more), the REAR wheel bearing, if driven conservatively (no huge potholes etc.) last about 200K or more.

Personally I think 60K is way premature to replace the Rear bearing.

Of course, if one is itchy with his hands, then replace the REAR bearings.
My rear wheel bearings were shot - plain and simple. They were clicking on hard turns, especially when I drive through my parking garage and can hear it very well. My car drives so much tighter and does not have the loose feeling anymore. I replaced the wheel bearings on my E34 at 75K and they were in worse condition than these - you could hear the metal scraping loud and clear.

I find it hard to believe that you find it premature without even seeing my car in person. You are basing your opinion on a mechanics's theory, whereas I am speaking from present reality and experience over the years with a number of BMW's. You would definitely change your mind if you had my rear wheel bearings in your hands, experiencing the play for yourself. Many BMW mechanics will tell you the same thing about the Vanos, auto trannys, etc. There are many BMW mechanics I would never allow to touch my car.
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