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E90 M3 (Sedan) | E92 M3 (Coupe) | E93 M3 (Convertible) (2008-2013) {Engine: S65 - Max Hp: 414 hp (420 hp Euro) at 8,300 rpm / 295 lb/ft at 3,900 rpm}


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Old Sun, Jul-26-2015, 11:16:58 PM   #1
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Default rod bearing still an issue?

I apologize in advance for this, but I just bought a 2012 e92 m3 last week and I'm concerned about this issue as I'v read lots of cases about this happening. My car has just 24xxx miles but i'm thinking about the future. I know about the recall on these but can't find the details on what rears are affected. Did BMW ketch this issue at some point and change to the updated bearings during production? Or does it plague all m3's with the v8, and they all get the recall? thanks!
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Default Re: rod bearing still an issue?

There is no recall
The rod bearings issue only affect a small portion of cars
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Old Mon, Jul-27-2015, 12:09:26 AM   #3
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Default Re: rod bearing still an issue?

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There is no recall
The rod bearings issue only affect a small portion of cars
thanks tony, do you or anyone know of where I can look at this service bulletin or whatever they labeled it?
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Default Re: rod bearing still an issue?

To the best of my knowledge there is no service bulletin or anything like it. In fact, I've yet to see any evidence that BMW has acknowledged it as a problem with the exception of replacing motors in a few cases.
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Old Tue, Jul-28-2015, 05:05:07 AM   #5
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To the best of my knowledge there is no service bulletin or anything like it. In fact, I've yet to see any evidence that BMW has acknowledged it as a problem with the exception of replacing motors in a few cases.
Correct. There is no acknowledgement by BMW of any issue w.r.t. rod bearings on the S65. However, if the car has been dealer serviced (and not modded beyond recognition) and your rod bearings fail, you may get some goodwill help from BMW (key word is MAY).

The bearing material change in 2011.75 models was for environmental compliance (no lead), not any acknowledgement of a problem.

Start doing oil analysis to get a trend started.

While there's no true consensus of what causes bearing failure in the S65, some believe that letting the oil get warm before reving past 3k rpms, not lugging the engine, and oil changes as least twice as frequent as the computer recommends are helpful in prolonging bearing life.
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Anyone if a 2013 e92 was affected? I saw a utube video and they claim all models are affected, is it true?
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All years have failed, but that does not mean yours will. The vast majority of these cars are still on original rod bearings. Whether you address the small risk is up to you. I changed mine when my extended warranty ran out a couple of years ago.
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I think one should def replace them in the long run
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It's the best way to reduce risk of expensive failure. Or buy extended warranty. I did mine when my extended warranty expired in 2014. Mine were worn excessively at 60k but not on the verge of failure, but I don't know whether I had another 10k miles or 60k miles. I'd guess closer to 10 than 60 given the wear that occurred in 60k. The next layer to be exposed was copper.
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