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Old 02-10-2020, 06:12 PM
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Eccentric Shaft/Valvetronic Motor failure

The dreaded day has come. Car's been in the shop for a week with no resolution. '13 x1 35i with like 57k mi. Owned it 4 years and absolutely love it.

CEL came on. Dealer tried replacing the valvetronic motor ($2100 with labor.) Didn't work. Foreman recommended replacing DME, which is covered under and extended warranty, and since they figured that caused the valvetronic failure, that was covered, too.

Just got a text from SA stating the DME didn't fix the errors after many tries. New recommendation to to replace eccentric shaft/oil sprayer (maybe not the exact terms) for like $3800, no longer under warranty. They agreed to cover 75%, which is OK, I guess, but no guarantee this will fix anything, and I'm on the hook for any further diagnosis/repair.

I'm absolutely sick to my stomach
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Old 02-10-2020, 06:21 PM
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You paid for the valvetronic motors even though the DME was stated to cause the problem?


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Old 02-10-2020, 06:29 PM
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You paid for the valvetronic motors even though the DME was stated to cause the problem?
Haven't paid for anything yet. The replacement valvetronic motor was covered, supposedly. Now they want to replace the valvetronic shaft and oil spray nozzle, which are separate parts (?) for $3568.

But yeah, thinking about it, why would the DME still not be the cause, and why would BMW cover 75% if not still the DME? Many questions remain...

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Haven't paid for anything yet. The replacement valvetronic motor was covered, supposedly. Now they want to replace the valvetronic shaft and oil spray nozzle, which are separate parts (?) for $3568.


That doesn’t sound right. Maybe they screwed up the valvetronic motors replacement and now want you to make it right. Be careful what you agree on. There are procedures to follow for valvetronic motor replacement and even a BMW tech can screw it up.


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It does sound fishy, huh? I've had great luck with the dealer, so we'll see.
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Sounds like the shaft is the correct diagnosis. The symptoms in this link match mine.

http://www.fluidmotorunion.com/bmw-v...shaft-failure/
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The dreaded day has come. Car's been in the shop for a week with no resolution. '13 x1 35i with like 57k mi. Owned it 4 years and absolutely love it.

CEL came on. Dealer tried replacing the valvetronic motor ($2100 with labor.) Didn't work. Foreman recommended replacing DME, which is covered under and extended warranty, and since they figured that caused the valvetronic failure, that was covered, too.

Just got a text from SA stating the DME didn't fix the errors after many tries. New recommendation to to replace eccentric shaft/oil sprayer (maybe not the exact terms) for like $3800, no longer under warranty. They agreed to cover 75%, which is OK, I guess, but no guarantee this will fix anything, and I'm on the hook for any further diagnosis/repair.

I'm absolutely sick to my stomach
Hi Tranq, did you replace the vt-motor etc just due to the cel and codes? Makes me worry because I have had some valve tronic codes come up before and the engine went into a limp mode with no power, barely doing speed limit on hwy etc but when I got got home I did a valvetronic reset with my scantool and it recalibrated itself and never came back. This was maybe a year and a half ago.
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