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      01-20-2014, 06:13 PM   #45
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I use my M button nearly every single day and my car sees redline at least once or twice a week (I joyride in the country as much as I can... I love this car too much not to) and my valve covers are like new. In my opinion, it's not an issue of 'spirited' driving or not. If it was, we'd see this A LOT more on this forum.
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I use my M button nearly every single day and my car sees redline at least once or twice a week (I joyride in the country as much as I can... I love this car too much not to) and my valve covers are like new. In my opinion, it's not an issue of 'spirited' driving or not. If it was, we'd see this A LOT more on this forum.
Yes and cars that see track time are redlined or close a dozen times a lap without this being the result.
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      01-20-2014, 06:26 PM   #47
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Yes and cars that see track time are redlined or close a dozen times a lap without this being the result.
I agree with the last two posts.
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      01-20-2014, 10:58 PM   #48
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Sheesh, that engine looks like it's jammed with broken heroes on a last chance power drive.
And that ain't right on a car that was born to run...
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      01-21-2014, 07:21 PM   #49
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Just checked mine, negatory.
Bad head gasket or cracked head?
Anyone know what our coolant mixed with oil looks like?
Get engine oil analysis done - Blackstone.
I have the same coloration and peeling. Aside from bearing wear metals, my last three Blackstone analyses (spanning almost 30K miles) have looked fine.

My '08 has 70K on it BTW. It sees occasional track usage and DD freeway usage.

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I have a 2008 E90 with 51k miles.

I don't have any peeling at all on my valve covers. They look brand new.

My car has had Castrol TWS 10W-60 it's whole life until just recently (<200 miles ago) it was changed to Mobil 1 0W-40.

Here are a couple pictures of the inside of my valve cover. I just had an oil analysis done <200 miles ago. I have the same orange-ish color you have but I have no flaking at all. I also rubbed the inside with my finger and absolutely nothing came off aside from just clean oil.

I hope this helps!





I can see the coating peeling/missing right at the edge of that lip. Which means it is likely happening elsewhere.
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I'll post pics, but my 2010 with 49k miles has some minor bubbling and roughness under the oil cap too but doesn't appear to be peeling off (yet).
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      01-22-2014, 01:12 PM   #51
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I have the same coloration and peeling. Aside from bearing wear metals, my last three Blackstone analyses (spanning almost 30K miles) have looked fine.

My '08 has 70K on it BTW. It sees occasional track usage and DD freeway usage.



I can see the coating peeling/missing right at the edge of that lip. Which means it is likely happening elsewhere.
You mean right where the metal tabs on the cap rub against the coated surface every time you screw it on or take it off? Yes, it is peeling there. I've looked with a flashlight at every angle I can and there is no peeling anywhere else that I can see. I doubt I have peeling issues anywhere else on the inside of my valve cover.
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Here is my oil report finally

Here is my oil report. It shows higher than normal levels of lead(bearings), molybdenum and Titanium.... Thoughts guys?
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Did this ever get resolved? Did they replace the covers, or just repaint them?
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Did this ever get resolved? Did they replace the covers, or just repaint them?
After much arguing with the dealer, they basically told me to take a hike because it was a cosmetic issue and would not be covered under my "Platinum" extended warranty. They continued to explain that nothing would be done unless the engine or some part of it failed and was linked to the coating that was falling off inside. They don't do repairs because something might become an issue down the road if it's not fixed. Instead they will wait until something breaks and since the engine was still running I was basically SOL. That is of course assuming I'm still under warranty by then, which is unlikely.
They have the upper hand it seems.
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After much arguing with the dealer, they basically told me to take a hike because it was a cosmetic issue and would not be covered under my "Platinum" extended warranty. They continued to explain that nothing would be done unless the engine or some part of it failed and was linked to the coating that was falling off inside. They don't do repairs because something might become an issue down the road if it's not fixed. Instead they will wait until something breaks and since the engine was still running I was basically SOL. That is of course assuming I'm still under warranty by then, which is unlikely.
They have the upper hand it seems.

I have brought this issue up 2x on 2 sep cars and BMW has pretty much said it's a refinish issue and you're SOL. The covers are 690 each!!! Might as well remove and refinish myself. BMW sucks.
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So did you repaint the cover? Mine's lifting in places so I was wondering what the paint code was, though I guess it's not 'normal' paint, or at least it shouldn't be.

Not that BM realised there was such a thing as 'high-temperature paint'!
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      02-06-2015, 07:13 PM   #57
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Here is my oil report. It shows higher than normal levels of lead(bearings), molybdenum and Titanium.... Thoughts guys?
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Think you can better post your Blackstone oil report over here =>http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthr...ne+oil+reports
BTW...your report looks not that bad I've seen a lot worse .
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      02-13-2015, 03:59 AM   #58
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My 2011 had this exact same issue. At 28k miles the dealer replaced passenger side only because it had a minor oil leak at the gasket. They didn't do the driver's side because it wasn't leaking. No leak, no warranty claim, seems to be the BMW position unless you've got a good relationship with your service manager.

I just changed the driver's side this week because it looked like the OP's pic and the car is now at 39k miles.

Active Autowerke did the job for me and they claimed that the head covers are made of magnesium. I haven't been able to confirm this, but they've always treated me right so I've had no inclination to check it out further.

They mentioned that it's not something that should cause a catastrophic engine failure as the cover will eventually crack a bit at near the bolts and leak oil. At that point it becomes a headcover gasket leak issue.

FWIW, (and I'm going from memory here) the head covers cost $675 and are not always stocked at the dealer so you could be waiting for parts from Germany. It's not a common issue, but it's not totally uncommon or reason to panic. I personally believe all these engines will have this issue at some point, but that's my opinion. I'm also wondering if the temperature has something to do with it, as my car has always been a South Florida car.

Honestly, I only changed it because they are doing a Stage-2 S/C on my car and it's one of those easy "while we are here" type jobs, with practically no labor because the car was already in pieces.

It's easy to inspect the passenger side, but the driver's side is under the airbox so it's not so obvious. I'd be curious to see what any other members find if you pull your airbox to take a look.

I'm the second owner. Car is immaculate, dealer maintained, and was lady driven with no signs of abuse anywhere. It also gave us a good opportunity to give the engine a brief inspection, which left me feeling pretty good about it.

Blackstone report should be back soon, but I'm expecting it to be clean based on the condition of the engine internals.
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You can see the oil on the chain and gears. It doesn't look half bad there. The dealer changed oil under maint plan on schedule since new. They would change it for me based on time since I never did the miles. Last oil change was 5K to 6K miles ago. Car has 37K miles on it for a 08 production/in service 09 model. Never tracked, never abused. Always warmed up oil before getting over 3K rpm. Something isn't right here from what I'm seeing so far. Oil inside looks good, it's not black, slightly medium brown. Feels clean except for the stuff I rubbed off the inside surface was like gritty paste or sandy and even saw a few metal shavings in it once it was rubbed down on my fingers. Help!!
If you're still in South Florida, you can give Active a call since as I mentioned above, they just did the job on my car.

Long story short, per AA if it's not leaking, don't freak out but you'll probably want to change it eventually.

They can do your rod bearings at the same time unless you want to DIY it. They had two engines open doing rod bearings this week. I'm shocked at this whole rod bearing issue, like many of you.
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      02-26-2015, 05:27 PM   #60
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Just bumping this thread a bit.

I just topped up some oil in my car and noticed the same thing, paint flaking on the inside. Like OP, I highly doubt BMW will do anything about it. Anyone did anything to fix the problem? I am guessing even if we pull the Valve Cover and replace it to another OEM one, it will still happen? My car is a DD, at around 55k =/
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