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      03-29-2016, 07:05 PM   #1
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Despite all the road bearing failure threads, there are some of us that are ok. I too am scared of the whole mess, is it overblown? Maybe. Maybe not. But I feel it's important that some of us higher mileage guys post up reports etc. There's many posts on failures etc. not enough regular updates from high mileage cars to offset all the scary posts.

A little history- I bought my car used. Last March with a little over 90k. My 12yr BMW mechanic friend came with me to check the car out. Gave the ok. Bought and had every fluid in the car changed, brakes etc. Drove the crap out of it, stored it for the winter. Took it out drove 600 miles in a weekend then did the oil change in this analysis.

Needless to say when I got my report today I felt like I was in elementary school again with straight As on my report card.

Best s65 test by blackstone yet and with over 90k miles.

Will update on my next oil change. Don't know if I'll go for 8k so I can try to keep the analysis conditions consistent.

I got 99 problems (noisey throw out hearing at idle) but a hearing ant one. (Knock on wood)


Hope this helps make some higher mileage guys feel a bit better with their bearings. It's a scary thing!


Edit: some people asked via PM so I'll reply publicly:::

Car is never warmed up to drive. I start the car. Buckle up and drive very very easily. Cold start is too loud for me to sit for too long.

I drive 80-90% city driving. I live in downtown Boston.
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      03-29-2016, 07:08 PM   #3
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      03-30-2016, 07:09 AM   #4
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Nice to hear man! Im also local too.
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      03-30-2016, 10:54 AM   #5
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09 is the Golden year for some reason, congrats man
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From what I've read on here, you can get a perfect report and still have a failure unexpectedly. It's a machine and shit happens, this issue would not prevent me from buying another M3. YOLO
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      03-30-2016, 02:53 PM   #7
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Most cars are running fine. But I changed mine as preventative maintenance once out of extended warranty.
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      03-30-2016, 03:32 PM   #8
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I rock 80k+ miles with my 2008 M3.
No issues so far, except my soon to be replaced driveshaft.
Noisy helicopter TOB is normal.
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Currently at 85,000

My replacement rod bearings arrived yesterday and I'll be installing them this weekend.

I'll be sure the share pictures of the wear on my bearings.
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I have a high mileage 2009 and I am Local as well. Maybe these rod bearing prefer the cool New England weather

78k miles. Blackstone reports have been fantastic. I don't see the need to do them just because?, if they start to make noise or the Blackstone report looks bad I'll change them...

Not sure why everyone worries? Yeah, it's a $2500 repair. And yeah, that sucks. If you bought this car and can't afford a $2500 repair you probably bought the wrong car...
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This was at the bottom of your link, funniest thing i've seen all day... I'm sending the family Blackstone Holiday Cards...
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Currently at 85,000

My replacement rod bearings arrived yesterday and I'll be installing them this weekend.

I'll be sure the share pictures of the wear on my bearings.
Please do an oil analysis on the oil currently in the engine. More data is better!

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This was at the bottom of your link, funniest thing i've seen all day... I'm sending the family Blackstone Holiday Cards...
I wonder if they can make a Blackstone Report wedding invitation? Gift registry at bebearings.com
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My 2009 is at 61k miles on original bearings! Blackstone report indicates my engine is okay. I still always try to listen for any abnormal noises, but there aren't any new noises since I bought the car at 28k miles.

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I wonder if they can make a Blackstone Report wedding invitation? Gift registry at bebearings.com
I don't find Blackstone reports very useful, I won't be doing an oil analysis.
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Just swapped my bearings for ARP/VAC yesterday. 85,000 miles.

Here you go for reference:




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There is a new report on bimmerforums of a 2009 M3 failure.
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      04-03-2016, 09:18 PM   #19
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Just swapped my bearings for ARP/VAC yesterday. 85,000 miles.

Here you go for reference:



these actually don't look that bad compared to many others posted on the forum. I'd say they're pretty evenly worn across all 8 which would be good even wear for 85k.
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these actually don't look that bad compared to many others posted on the forum. I'd say they're pretty evenly worn across all 8 which would be good even wear for 85k.
I disagree that those look good. See these bearings for reference...165k miles.


This is cyl 4...









This is cyl 6...









And cyl 7...










While these are from an X5 engine, this is how they should look on our cars, not what we see in these many threads on rod bearings.
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It's too bad that it's more often than not that when bearings are replaced they look ugly. I'm one of the lucky few who had really nice looking bearings at 95,000 miles that looked just fine (2009 M3). My post is around here somewhere if you want to look at the pictures.
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these actually don't look that bad compared to many others posted on the forum. I'd say they're pretty evenly worn across all 8 which would be good even wear for 85k.
Good save Doogey!
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