do you let your car sit for 10 days between runs?
when i do drive it everyday it fires right up. no problems.
I know what the symptoms are for VANOS failure. Mine does not have it. I'll have to look through the previous owners receipts again. But I think there were some seals replaced around 75K miles. It was pretty expensive if i remember right.
like i've said. the car has been lovingly cared for its entire life. if i remember right the previous owners receipts show close to $6000 in the last 6 years. All done at a BMW dealer in Seattle.