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      03-23-2020, 03:14 PM   #2509
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Handy pdf! Nice one! Cheers mate

(and I see you read through my typo & realised I meant metal getting into the VANOS etc , I'll correct it now though).
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A couple of failures this week.

Rod and main failure. Engine locked up with no warning according to customer. Crankshaft and Engine block were damaged beyond repair. We replaced his engine



Apologies if this has already been answered, but I didn't see it in the following 2 pages.
Looking at the photos for no1 rod bearings, are you sure they're in the right place?? I thought that when the mains failed they always took out the adjacent rod bearings, hence doubting they're in the right place in that photo . I suspect 2 & 3 are 1 & 2.
And was it supercharged?

Also, do you know the year & mileage of that 2nd engine?
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Apologies if this has already been answered, but I didn't see it in the following 2 pages.
Looking at the photos for no1 rod bearings, are you sure they're in the right place?? I thought that when the mains failed they always took out the adjacent rod bearings, hence doubting they're in the right place in that photo . I suspect 2 & 3 are 1 & 2.
And was it supercharged?

Also, do you know the year & mileage of that 2nd engine?
Yes, they're in the correct place. You'll note the second main failed first and failed its adjacent rod bearings, the forward main started to spin but the engine locked up before the forward rod spun. I don't have any further details on the engine. You're digging up really old stuff.

Not sure what you mean about a second engine- those two pictures are of bearings from the same engine year/miles are on the paper 2011 E90 73947 miles.
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Just ~11mths ago . I'm working may way through the blown engines list, verifying & adding info where I can. The earliest ones were 6-7yrs ago! (not posted by you).

Ah yea, now I look properly lol, I can see that no2 mains is worse.
Unusual for no2 to have gone (based on internet reading not RL stripping ), thanks for the extra info

In your original post (I edited out some photos in my quote) you mentioned you had a couple of failures that week, the other photos show no1 RB shot.
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Unfortunately I have another question for you! (although this was your suggestion this time ).

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We've got 5 failed S65's in the shop right now that aren't on that list. I'll need to gather the failure data.
Any news?
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Ok, so I've finally gone through the whole list! (& added 9 missing/new cases). I would like to state that where I've written 'confirmed blown engine' etc, I only mean that I have confirmed that is what the owner states. Although for some I have found some extra info (e.g photos) & posted the links that corroborates this. I've also corrected some vague or incorrect links & added name changes.
Where no links are provided, see original list.

Quite a few of the cases are from failed main bearings! With most of those being supercharged motors.....
And a couple of engines destroyed by an injector failing & a couple by oil pump failures!

In my following post I have separated out the mains failures from the RB failures etc, as well as removed dead linked ones & just incorrect info, see my post below. For some reason I seem to have plenty of time atm! Can't imagine why!
Anyway, this list is a direct copy of the positions of the original list in the op. (I would hide it in spoiler tags, but this forum lacks that function ).
I am adding new/newly found cases to the lists in my following post.

1.maicol76 - confirmed main bearings failed, 29k kms (18k miles) (RBs condition unknown)
2.RenoE92M3 - confirmed rod bearings failed, 43k miles, BMW replaced engine (main's condition unknown)
3.zOOm - confirmed engine blew up "Piston went through engine block" (likely rod bearings), 59k miles
4.MathewDavid - NOT blown up! Ticking noise later went away!
5.Gatchaman - confirmed rod & main bearings, 5.6k! miles
6.I LOVE MY M3 - NOT blown up! Premature wear to rod & bearings, more info here https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...6&postcount=24 , motor stripped due to noises.
7.taleof2bricks - confirmed blown engine, rod thrown, failed rod bearings, 28k miles
8.DLSJ5 - confirmed blown engine, but due to oil leak from supercharger! Ran out of oil! Plus had high boost! Not RB issue.
9.armorrig - not confirmed! No evidence or post of a blown engine.
10.elmariachi (name changed to satinghostrider) - conf.pistons broken + unknown amount of bearing wear, possibly due to detonation
11.h4nh - confirmed engine blew up in a later post, supercharged & run 89/91 fuel!
12.Brooklyn Mark - likely blown but not confirmed, 38k miles, supercharged, forum banned him 4/2014
13.e90m3_6MT - confirmed blown engine, broken con-rod etc, 107k km, 66.5k miles
14.Boxed - confirmed (by BMW) rod bearings worn out, bearings replaced MY 2011 (no more info)
15.jacobe92 - confirmed rod bearing failure, 31k miles, (no more info)
16.Sti2e92sedan - confirmed seized engine but NOT RBs fault, failed oil pump
17.M3NST3R - confirmed blown engine, 47k miles, MY 2008, replaced by BMW (no more info)
18.Canadian - confirmed spun rod bearings, 6.3k! miles, repaired by BMW (did some track days[not noted previous track mentions])
19.zgirl1999 - unknown, website gone
20.bigtracing - confirmed failed rod bearings, 96k
21.Artem@ONEighty - confirmed bearings failed, but unsure which, 28k, engine replaced by BMW
22.Elvace - not confirmed! The photos of 3 RBs he did take show modest wear, additionally he had a broken clutch plate which was almost certainly the source of the noise in the video! 105k kms(65.2k miles)
23.kinnsella - confirmed rod bearigs failed, 35k, BMW replaced engine with a reman unit
24.HapaM3 - confirmed rod bearings failed, 47k, (some tracking)
25.JDATX - confirmed rod bearings failed, 39k miles, replaced under BMW warranty
26.amg893 - confirmed rod & main bearings failed, 90k kms(56k miles)
27.foolio2 - confirmed engine failure (video of car sounds like rod bearings knocking. Engine not stripped), 6.7k!, BMW replaced engine
28.brandfay - confirmed rod broke (likely due to rod bearings failure), 20k miles, BMW replaced under warranty
29.Agent Orange, name changed(?) to Morally Gray - confirmed main bearing failure! Supercharged, suspicions fall on the supercharger though. 70k kms(43.5k miles), 2010 MY
30.Maybe 5 other cases in Oz?? - not confirmed, no specific reports
31.Crusher - confirmed seized engine, 20k miles, 2012 MY, BMW replaced under warranty, no further info
32.e93 jonesy - confirmed bearings failed (possibly mains), no car info, BMW replaced under warranty
33.BMW Fanatik - confirmed engine failure, rods 3 & 5 broken, but big suspicion of other factors, his engine definitely died, but it may have originally been damaged by being hydraulically locked from sucking water in a "massive puddle"!, 12k kms!(7.5k miles),somehow he got it done under warranty!
34.stubble88 - (name corrected) confirmed bearings failed (unknown which), 20k, replaced by BMW, reman engine, slightly changed link https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=226
35.mkoesel - likely rod bearings failed - video produced, sounds like a big end knocking (not belt noise lol!), engine wasn't stripped down during his ownership, sold on as is, 95k miles.
36.REDBULL - confirmed blown engine (no further info), 23k miles, 2010 MY
37.TL866 (3 cases in Spain) corrected link https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=523 - not confirmed, in Spanish! (may Google translate later)
38.TrakBch - aka Master P! confirmed blown engine, rod bearings seized & broken conrod, 63.7k miles, 2008 MY, some tracking https://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=963103
39.JRLittle - confirmed broken rod, 500 miles!! 2010 MY. Possible contributory factor, RPM run in limit exceeded. 2010 MY
40.magicknife - confirmed engine failure, replaced by BMW under warranty, cause unknown other than a very loud noise
41.neilm3 - not confirmed, initial failure not due to RBs, headgasket failed which lead to coolant mixing with oil subsequently destroying RBs.
42.LoonR1 - confirmed engine failure, likely bearing failure (swarf in engine), 33.5k miles, 2011 MY, BMW replaced under warranty
43.Malek@MRF - confirmed RBs failed 38k miles, 2011 MY, was running 0w/40 oil for last 15k miles. Better link showing pics of RBs & crank https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=672
44.Five potential cases in Bahrain by 0-60Motorsports - not confirmed, no links, no real info, nothing!
45.antonio010 - confirmed engine failure, due to bearing failure (mentions both mains & rod bearings), 90k miles,2008 MY
46.oreokid24 - confirmed RB failure, BMW replaced engine under warranty, 35k miles, 2011 MY
47.fer316 (4 in Europe) - not confirmed yet, in Spanish, may translate it later.
48.tar0d - confirmed RB failure, 60k kms (37k miles), 2008 MY,
49.tobilli - confirmed RB failure, 90k kms (56k miles), 2009 MY
50.ellekz - confirmed RB failure, 47k miles, 2009 MY, https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...7&postcount=90
51.BMW M3 Guy - confirmed RB failure, 55k miles, 2008 MY, repaired by BMW under goodwill!
52.JYTSky - confirmed bearing failure (which unknown), 36k miles, 2011 MY, BMW repaired under warranty
53.M33DDIE - confirmed engine failure, cause unknown, but piston was removed from original engine to inspect, 35k miles, 2008 MY
54.PERFM3(renamed PerfM5) - confirmed bearing failure, mileage unknown, 2008 MY, covered by 3rd party warranty
55.mtecnic - confirmed blown engine (crank/rods failure), 70k miles, 2008 MY, covered by CPO party warranty (car tracked)
56.xccess - confirmed blown engine (likely bearings/rods), 88k miles, 2008 MY,
57.vmudry - confirmed RBs failed, 56k miles, 2008 MY
58.theboss1853 - confirmed RBs failed, 60k miles, 2008 MY
59.ellekz - confirmed RBs failed, ~45k miles, 2nd (used) engine!
60.avusm3 - confirmed engine failure (seized), unknown cause, 44k miles, 2011 MY
61.Oxymoron - confirmed engine failure (seized main bearings), 32k miles, 2011 MY, BMW replaced under goodwill
62.Antonio1988 - confirmed RB seized, 31k miles, 2012, BMW replaced under warrantee
63.IIAp3x - confirmed RB failure, 55k miles, 2008, replaced by BMW, mostly covered with 3rd party (Premier Dealer Services) warrantee
64.maloo - reports of RBs failed on an M3 featured in the 'Boston Bimmer' magazine (not available online).
65.SHADY1 - Eurotic of Houston - confirmed blown engine, pictures of broken rod & piston
66.TTO898 - confirmed blown engine, unknown cause, 15k miles, engine replaced under warrantee
67.Gabergab - confirmed blown engine at 65k kms(40.4k miles), engine replaced by BMW, 4 mths out of warrantee, 70% goodwill payment, tracked regularly, no further info
68.Ging - confirmed blown engine but NOT rod bearings, this was a rare case of a rod breaking (Arrow rods, bearings were free), 24k kms (14.9k miles), forced induction (7.5 PSI).
69.Zzhou - confirmed blown engine (block holed), 42k miles, tracked 5-6 times per yr, another forum member states he saw his car in the dealer & they told him the RBs had failed - https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...4&postcount=58
(not his friends car, although he states that blew up too with rod bearing failure, no further info given)
70.bqureshi - confirmed rod bearing failure, 57k miles, 2009, pics - https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...postcount=1092
71.2jzinsider - confirmed blown engine, failed bearings (unknown which), 62k miles, 2011
72.serg87 (now AdonM3) - confirmed blown engine due to RB failure, replaced under warrantee, 48k miles, 2011
73.serj.ru - confirmed failed RBs, crank & some pistons damaged, 63k kms (39k miles), 2008
74.Grk_M3 - confirmed failed RBs, scored cylinders, no more info.
75.Pepper135i - confirmed engine failed, 20k miles, 2012, BMW replaced engine under warrantee, no more info
76.WkboardAtx - confirmed RB failure & blown engine, 80k miles, 2008, (occurred whilst driven by dealer!), no further info, direct link http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=542393
77.Thekhwaj - confirmed RB bearing failure, 22k miles, 2012, final confirmation of failed RBs here - https://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1248610 , serviced every 5k.
78.MrFeisty - confirmed rod bearing failure, 80k kms (50k miles), 2010
79.BostonS65 - confirmed engine failure, but unknown cause (but 'metal everywhere' inside engine & 1 cyl down on compression), 3.1k miles!, 2013
80.chamoloco - confirmed engine failure, but uncertain cause, he possibly describes a big end knock but says the small end bearings were 'worn out'!
81.///MTex - rod bearing failure, 57k miles, 2009, (better link) https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...postcount=1086 , photos https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...postcount=1092
82.turbomaniac - confirmed failed rod bearings (includes pics), 56k miles, 2008 , corrected link https://www.m3post.com/forums/showth...2#post19664522
83.Omni2702 - confirmed bearings failed but due to oil pump failure, 52k miles, 2008,
84.335m - confirmed RBs failed, ~60k miles, 2008, no further info
85.CHIEFKIEF - confirmed RBs failed, 30k miles, 2009, no further info.
86.ifly747 - seized engine, 83k miles, 2009, metal in oil sample thought to be from bearings, no more info
87.MFKN3 - confirmed RBs failed ('rod knock'), he states of 3 other local (Aus) M3s with bearing failure, no further info.
88.decimation1 - confirmed failed bearings (spun, unknown which), 80k miles, 2008 - extra info here https://www.m3post.com/forums/conver...5815&u2=258246
89.Bel-Tirid's friend - confirmed his car's RBs failed, no further info
90.MPACT - confirmed spun bearings 1 & 5, 67k miles, 2011, supercharged, 2nd engine spun same bearings along with no1 mains damaged! Suspicions fall on an issue with the supercharger installation causing no1 mains failure on both. Info & pics here https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...25&postcount=1
91.williemandowa - confirmed RBs failed, 101k miles, some tracking, no further info
92.Sonny-Heyman (reported by aussiem3) - confirmed blown engine (windowed block), 160k kms (100k miles), 2010, no further info
93.Sascha Ernst (reported by ///M Power-Belgium) - confirmed blown engine (windowed block), 65k kms (40.4k miles), no further info
94.chief - confirmed blown engine (windowed block, thrown conrod) but caused by a stuck open injector, see here https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...57&postcount=4, 69k miles, 2008, pictures here https://www.m3post.com/forums/showth...4#post20783124
95.Page Not Found - confirmed bearings failed (unknown cause, never posted the update thread he mentioned) 53k miles, 2010
96.Squartus - confirmed bearings failed (no1 mains & adjacent RBs), engine 61k miles, this 2nd set (WPC rod bearings) 30k miles, supercharged, crank photo here https://www.m3post.com/forums/showth...3#post20356443
97.bxchino_m3 - confirmed blown engine only, no other info at all! (user banned 10/2018)
98.HeaTHeR_aK - confirmed blown engine only, no other info at all!
99.Wtlitng - confirmed failed RBs, 19k miles, 2011 (engine replaced by BMW), no more info
100.ase2dais - inconclusive, reported 'tic-tic' noise could've been anything, although car was replaced after 2 failed repair attempts. 2008, no further info
101.chuckster (not Fazerboy, he just linked it) - confirmed RBs failed, 68k miles, 2008,
102.e92Mjunky - negative, nothing about a blown engine, but he put an S65 into an e46 M3!
103.M3ForMe93 - confirmed RB failure, 140k miles, 2008, pics of the engine out https://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1325498
104.Rahstar - confirmed RB failure(no.5), 85k miles, 2008
105.houston - only confirmed engine seized, 17k miles, 2011, no further info.
106.JFWM3 - confirmed blown engine (block holed, thrown rods), ~105k kms (65k miles) initial post incorrect, 2008, supercharged, correct mileage & a little more info here https://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1509701
107.E92NJM3 - holed piston due to a failed injector!, nothing to do with bearings.
108.romemmy - confirmed engine blown, broken con rod due to seized RBs (possibly caused by a failed main bearing), supercharged, no further info.
109.OnAFriday - confirmed bearing failure, suspected but not confirmed RBs, 53k miles, 2008,
110.Doc Oc's friend - confirmed main bearing failure, dinan pulley was on engine (so supercharged?), no further info
111.jobe - confirmed main bearing failure, 54k miles, 2009
112.Seattle Craig's List Post - dead link
113.M3E90SF - confirmed RBs failed , 42k miles, 2008, engine replaced by BMW (partial good will). Op deleted his post in the original thread, but confirms RBs in this later FS thread https://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1391761
114.jaye92 - confirmed RB failure, 2008, no further info
115.dpdoughty - confirmed blown engine (broken conrod), 82k miles, 2008,
116.Hovig24 - confirmed RB failure, 53k miles, 2008
117.grantwoodOK - confirmed RB failure, 70k miles, 2011. And possibly a 2nd one! (ongoing as of 3/20). https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=135
118.SSR Performance customer - confirmed bearings failed (not stated which) & crank damaged , 78k miles, no further info
119.tacoman - confirmed RBs failed (seized engine, whilst at dealer!), 36k miles, 2010
120.Twosevennine - confirmed RBs failed (rod knock), no further info
121.EYXB - confirmed RBs failed, 92k kms (57k miles), 2012, corrected link https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...36&postcount=1
122.Twosevennine - duplicated entry
123.GSTE34 - confirmed blown engine (rod thrown), 88k miles, 2008, but NOT due to RBs but a rod bolt falling out! additional info from https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...3&postcount=17
124.benbejamin18 - confirmed engine failed, likely RBs, 62k miles, 12/2007
125.LatifE90 - confirmed RBs failed (engine replaced), 60k miles, 2009, further info from here https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...1&postcount=21
126.Ruben7520 (name changed to M4_Ronin) - confirmed RBs failed, no further info (possibly formely owned by DreamTime? - https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...1&postcount=61 )
127.EAS customer - confirmed RB failure (incl. photos, appear to be LCI bearings), 120k miles, no further info
128.M3ANMACHINE, wrong person & link, it's aptwave - confirmed main bearings failed & seized engine, 31k miles, 2012, correct link https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...59&postcount=1 , photos - https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...1&postcount=48
129.yeah_knee - confirmed RB failure, 108k miles, 2008 https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=208
130.besiktas - only confirmed 'bearing is gone', no further info!
131.Duk996 - confirmed main bearings failed, 50k miles, 2011, RBs rough but not failed, photos - https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=115 https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=150 https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=187
132.Nugget - confirmed main bearings failed, estimate of 5k kms on new RBs, in forum photos https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=111 , photos - https://postimg.cc/gallery/2d18xm4xg/
133.maxe93 (now Maxf80M3) - confirmed blown engine but not RBs! No3 piston melted (unknown cause), 150k kms (93.2k miles), 2008 - also, corrected link https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...78&postcount=1
134.jonshmoe - confirmed bearings failed (unknown which), 97k miles, 2008, no further info
135.zeemy - only confirmed major engine fault (serious knock, likely RBs), 80k miles, 2008, no further info.
136.Inflame's boss - confirmed RBs failed, 46k miles, 2011, no further info.
137.spr - alternate thread shows their was nothing wrong with the engine! (was misdiagnosed by shop!) https://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1472011
138.fastmvr - confirmed bearings failed (not stated which, indicates RBs), 109k miles, 2008, better link https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...2&postcount=76
139.Nilick - confirmed RBs failed, 45k miles, 2011, no further info
140.Jmags41 - confirmed broken con rod, 50k miles, 2012, supercharged for 25k, no further info
141.deansbimmer - confirmed broken conrod, bought as a parts car, 2008, ~80k miles,no further info, extra info from here https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...postcount=2505
142.maicol76 (no2!) - confirmed blown engine, but is due to piston contacting a detached valve head! (engine 45-52k miles, 2013), 2011, tracked exclusively for 3yrs to then.
143.Fstylin - only confirmed 'metal shavings in oil' & 'odd noise from engine', no other info!
144.Redish motors (engine from Jamaica) - confirmed seized engine, rods 1,2 & 3 blued, certainly RBs failed, but maybe no1 mains too? No further info.
145.StuttgartBMW - suspected RBs, but engine hadn't been stripped & op didn't report back, 68k miles, 2008,
146.steven747 - confirmed RBs failed, 94k miles, 2008
147.nastynogales - confirmed engine knocking, 135k miles, 2008, no further info
148.amrazM3 (now amrazM) - confirmed engine seized, (via PM) cylinder 8 bottom shell spun and fused to the crank took out the motor and it couldn't even be spun over by hand. before the motor went it was consuming oil pretty rapidly, bmw sent an engineer to look at the engine and they verified that the oil wasn't low at the time of the incident, 25k miles, 2011, corrected link https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...07&postcount=1
149.bimmer414 - confirmed RBs failed, 122k miles, 2008, ~12 track days, (stated oil analysis missed bad bearings, Pb levels were slightly elevated, report not shown. Have PM'd).
150.New_m3 - confirmed RBs failed, 102k miles, 2008
151.Codinge90 - confirmed RBs failed (engine otherwise apparently undamaged), 101k miles, 2010, corrected link https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...82&postcount=1
152.fastmvr's son - duplicated entry (138)
153.Ruben7520 (now M4_Ronin) - duplicated entry (126)
154.Lexshive - a confused & conflicting report, possibly detonation damaged piston & RB??? A separate thread possibly hints at this too https://www.m3post.com/forums/showth...6#post23150226
155.JTHOR312 - only confirmed damaged engine, possibly piston/ring damage, post is so vague it's almost completely useless, 2011, no further info
156.Bluestorm - confirmed seized engine, allegedly from overfilling with oil! (seems unlikely), 42.5k miles, 2012, no further info.
157.cblack201 - confirmed seized engine, 71k miles, 2008, previously had a crank & bearings at 64k! No further info, corrected link https://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/s...7#post30111247
158.JTHOR312 - duplicated entry (155)
159.In Belgium 2016 - confirmed destroyed engine (rod thrown), photo showing a major oil leak, further info by PM from ///M Power-Belguim - I spoke to him via FB in 2018 .
He said he drove on the highway and suddenly he heard a loud knocking/rattle noise under the hood.
He pulled over ASAP. First thing he saw was the oil coming from under the engine bay .
His BWW/Dealer confirmed that a bearing spun and it blew a rod through the block and oil pan .The S65 was completely locked up . Metal debris was everywhere. He never red-lined in the rpm's ...and the car was stock.
160.T!m@ - not confirmed, 'cracked block, overheated', (link to photo sometimes works! confirmed cracked block), ~100k kms (~62k miles), 2008 (info from PM).
161.SYT_Shadow (typo corrected) - confirmed seized engine, 60k miles, 2011, lots of track use!, tuned, no1 main bearing spun https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...76&postcount=1
162.Reported by M Power-Belgium, burnout video - confirmed engine blown, in the video you see a conrod on the floor! The big end is darkened & still so hot that it's vaporising the adjacent oil! Due to the nature of abuse maybe the oil overheated & got too thin?? No further info.
163.2006325i - confirmed no1 main & RB spun (photos), 70k miles, 2011
164.bmwlover0725 - confirmed RBs failed (spun) , 162k miles, 2008, has done 10k miles on new shells with 1 of the journals slightly scored!
165.aardchua - confirmed RB 'issue', ~50k miles, 2008, engine was replaced under warrantee.
166.aznazasin - confirmed RB failure (hole in block), 88k miles, 2008
167.MoonShot - confirmed RB failure, 62k miles, 2008, engine replaced by BMW under warrantee.
168.bmwlover0725 - duplicate entry, see 164
169.deansbimmer customers x2 - No1,confirmed mains & RB failure, seized engine, 74k miles, 2011. No2, confirmed RB failure, spun bearing, (asked dean for more info)
170.dgoldenz - confirmed failed RBs (rod thrown) on 2nd engine!, , supercharged for 10k miles, 59.2k miles, 2013, better link with photos https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...postcount=2382 , not mains apparently! https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...4&postcount=34
171.Griffith500 - confirmed 'kaput' engine!, ,2011, no further info
172.Excers - likely no1 mains failed leading to spun RBs (7k after replacing them) but engine not stripped fully to confirm, 81k miles, 2011
173.frazierrg - confirmed blown engine (thrown rod), 43.6k miles, 2011, no further info
174.bblefas - confirmed blown engine, 14.5k miles, 2011, replaced by BMW under warrantee, no further info.
175.M3_Singh - confirmed blown engine (thrown rod, photos), 79k miles, no further info.
176.bmwlover0725 - duplicate entry again!, see 164
177.scaryharry19 - confirmed blown engine (thrown rod), 72k miles, 2008, supercharged ~22k miles,
178.drifts500 (friend's car) - not confirmed blown engine! (cracked block, cause uncertain), 90k miles, 2009,
179.kuy902 - confirmed blown engine, 2008, tracked a lot and supercharged (690 bhp!!! https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...7&postcount=57 ), no further info
180.tweny - confirmed failed mains & RBs, 43k miles, 2011, photos https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...8&postcount=13 https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...6&postcount=69
181.jazzy1999's mechanic - confirmed blown engine, appears from the single photo no1 mains failed followed by adjacent RBs, no further info
182.superbang - confirmed RBs failed, 69k miles, no further info
183.bergerking - confirmed seized engine, 132k miles, 2011, engine not stripped, no further info.
184.x2nervisx - confirmed seized engine, 107k miles, engine 2008, no further info, engine not stripped as of 1/2020
185.Kobaiyashi - confirmed RBs failed, 136k, 2008, no further info as of 29/3/2020
186.kiquos - confirmed blown engine (rod thrown) just after RBs changed, but NOT the bearings fault as their is evidence that a rod bolt dropped out!, 80k miles, 2011, better info here https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=452
187.ebay car with replaced motor - unknown cause for replacement, 12k miles, 2012 (reg. DTF 3139, NY, car seems familiar??)
188.ebay with blown motor - confirmed 'bad engine' only, ad also stated 'will likely need a new engine', 60.2k miles, 2011, corrected link https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...postcount=2477
189.Nugget - duplicate entry, see 132 (copied this entry's link to that entry).
190.deansbimmer - 5 failed S65s in workshop, as of 29/3/20 no further info yet.
191.shakeywarrior - confirmed rod knock & copper debris in oil filter, no further info at this stage
192.williocom, dead engine (no further info), 20k miles, 2011, BMW replaced under warranty https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...2&postcount=16
193.radiantm3 - confirmed engine seized, 61k miles, RBs originally changed by BMW at 17k under warrantee! No more info. https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=109 and https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...5&postcount=73
194.surewin - confirmed RBs failed, engine saved! 62k miles (photos plus oil report) https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=256 , more info from tom @ eas here https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=389
195.anerbe - confirmed failed RBs, 54k miles, 2009, (oil reports) - https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=967 , RBs hadn't spun but crank scored https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...92&postcount=1
196.CrucialScott - confirmed damaged engine, 'bottom end knock', 43k miles, 2010, likely but unconfirmed RBs - https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=205 , https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=208
197.luvyrteeth - confirmed engine blown, 'bearing failure', no more info, 75k miles, 2008, (have PM'ed) https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...83&postcount=3 , https://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=955963
198.paul604 - confirmed seized engine, 2010, no futher info https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...3&postcount=16
199.Green-Eggs customer - confirmed seized engine, no1 mains seized, supercharged, tracked, (had new BE rod bearings which were damaged by the mains failure). https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=100
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Originally Posted by Assimilator1 View Post
Ok, so I've finally gone through the whole list! (& added 9 missing/new cases).
I would like to state that where I've written 'confirmed blown engine' etc, I only mean that I have confirmed that is what the owner states. Although for some I have found some extra info (e.g photos) & posted the links that corroborates this. I've also corrected some vague or incorrect links & added name changes.
Where no links are provided, see original list.

Quite a few of the cases are from failed main bearings! With most of those being supercharged motors.....
And a few engines destroyed by an injector failing!

At a later date I will separate out the mains failures from the RB failures etc, as well as dead linked ones & just incorrect info. For some reason I seem to have plenty of time atm! Can't imagine why!
Anyway, this list is a direct copy of the positions of the original list in the op. (I would hide it in spoiler tags, but this forum lacks that function ).

1.maicol76 - confirmed main bearings failed, 29k kms (18k miles) (RBs condition unknown)
2.RenoE92M3 - confirmed rod bearings failed, 43k miles, BMW replaced engine (main's condition unknown)
3.zOOm - confirmed engine blew up "Piston went through engine block" (likely rod bearings), 59k miles
4.MathewDavid - NOT blown up! Ticking noise later went away!
5.Gatchaman - confirmed rod & main bearings, 5.6k! miles
6.I LOVE MY M3 - NOT blown up! Premature wear to rod & bearings, more info here https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...6&postcount=24 , motor stripped due to noises.
7.taleof2bricks - confirmed blown engine, rod thrown, failed rod bearings, 28k miles
8.DLSJ5 - confirmed blown engine, but due to oil leak from supercharger! Ran out of oil! Plus had high boost! Not RB issue.
9.armorrig - not confirmed! No evidence or post of a blown engine.
10.elmariachi (name changed to satinghostrider) - conf.pistons broken + unknown amount of bearing wear, possibly due to detonation
11.h4nh - confirmed engine blew up in a later post, supercharged & run 89/91 fuel!
12.Brooklyn Mark - likely blown but not confirmed, 38k miles, supercharged, forum banned him 4/2014
13.e90m3_6MT - confirmed blown engine, broken con-rod etc, 107k km, 66.5k miles
14.Boxed - confirmed (by BMW) rod bearings worn out, bearings replaced MY 2011 (no more info)
15.jacobe92 - confirmed rod bearing failure, 31k miles, (no more info)
16.Sti2e92sedan - confirmed seized engine but NOT RBs fault, failed oil pump
17.M3NST3R - confirmed blown engine, 47k miles, MY 2008, replaced by BMW (no more info)
18.Canadian - confirmed spun rod bearings, 6.3k! miles, repaired by BMW (did some track days[not noted previous track mentions])
19.zgirl1999 - unknown, website gone
20.bigtracing - confirmed failed rod bearings, 96k
21.Artem@ONEighty - confirmed bearings failed, but unsure which, 28k, engine replaced by BMW
22.Elvace - not confirmed! The photos of 3 RBs he did take show modest wear, additionally he had a broken clutch plate which was almost certainly the source of the noise in the video! 105k kms(65.2k miles)
23.kinnsella - confirmed rod bearigs failed, 35k, BMW replaced engine with a reman unit
24.HapaM3 - confirmed rod bearings failed, 47k, (some tracking)
25.JDATX - confirmed rod bearings failed, 39k miles, replaced under BMW warranty
26.amg893 - confirmed rod & main bearings failed, 90k kms(56k miles)
27.foolio2 - confirmed engine failure (video of car sounds like rod bearings knocking. Engine not stripped), 6.7k!, BMW replaced engine
28.brandfay - confirmed rod broke (likely due to rod bearings failure), 20k miles, BMW replaced under warranty
29.Agent Orange, name changed(?) to Morally Gray - confirmed main bearing failure! Supercharged, suspicions fall on the supercharger though. 70k kms(43.5k miles), 2010 MY
30.Maybe 5 other cases in Oz?? - not confirmed, no specific reports
31.Crusher - confirmed seized engine, 20k miles, 2012 MY, BMW replaced under warranty, no further info
32.e93 jonesy - confirmed bearings failed (possibly mains), no car info, BMW replaced under warranty
33.BMW Fanatik - confirmed engine failure, rods 3 & 5 broken, but big suspicion of other factors, his engine definitely died, but it may have originally been damaged by being hydraulically locked from sucking water in a "massive puddle"!, 12k kms!(7.5k miles),somehow he got it done under warranty!
34.stubble88 - (name corrected) confirmed bearings failed (unknown which), 20k, replaced by BMW, reman engine, slightly changed link https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=226
35.mkoesel - likely rod bearings failed - video produced, sounds like a big end knocking (not belt noise lol!), engine wasn't stripped down during his ownership, sold on as is, 95k miles.
36.REDBULL - confirmed blown engine (no further info), 23k miles, 2010 MY
37.TL866 (3 cases in Spain) corrected link https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=523 - not confirmed, in Spanish! (may Google translate later)
38.TrakBch - aka Master P! confirmed blown engine, rod bearings seized & broken conrod, 63.7k miles, 2008 MY, some tracking https://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=963103
39.JRLittle - confirmed broken rod, 500 miles!! 2010 MY. Possible contributory factor, RPM run in limit exceeded. 2010 MY
40.magicknife - confirmed engine failure, replaced by BMW under warranty, cause unknown other than a very loud noise
41.neilm3 - not confirmed, initial failure not due to RBs, headgasket failed which lead to coolant mixing with oil subsequently destroying RBs.
42.LoonR1 - confirmed engine failure, likely bearing failure (swarf in engine), 33.5k miles, 2011 MY, BMW replaced under warranty
43.Malek@MRF - confirmed RBs failed 38k miles, 2011 MY, was running 0w/40 oil for last 15k miles. Better link showing pics of RBs & crank https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=672
44.Five potential cases in Bahrain by 0-60Motorsports - not confirmed, no links, no real info, nothing!
45.antonio010 - confirmed engine failure, due to bearing failure (mentions both mains & rod bearings), 90k miles,2008 MY
46.oreokid24 - confirmed RB failure, BMW replaced engine under warranty, 35k miles, 2011 MY
47.fer316 (4 in Europe) - not confirmed yet, in Spanish, may translate it later.
48.tar0d - confirmed RB failure, 60k kms (37k miles), 2008 MY,
49.tobilli - confirmed RB failure, 90k kms (56k miles), 2009 MY
50.ellekz - confirmed RB failue, 47k miles, 2009 MY, https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...7&postcount=90
51.BMW M3 Guy - confirmed RB failure, 55k miles, 2008 MY, repaired by BMW under goodwill!
52.JYTSky - confirmed bearing failure (which unknown), 36k miles, 2011 MY, BMW repaired under warranty
53.M33DDIE - confirmed engine failure, cause unknown, but piston was removed from original engine to inspect, 35k miles, 2008 MY
54.PERFM3(renamed PerfM5) - confirmed bearing failure, mileage unknown, 2008 MY, covered by 3rd party warranty
55.mtecnic - confirmed blown engine (crank/rods failure), 70k miles, 2008 MY, covered by CPO party warranty (car tracked)
56.xccess - confirmed blown engine (likely bearings/rods), 88k miles, 2008 MY,
57.vmudry - confirmed RBs failed, 56k miles, 2008 MY
58.theboss1853 - confirmed RBs failed, 60k miles, 2008 MY
59.ellekz - confirmed RBs failed, ~45k miles, 2nd (used) engine!
60.avusm3 - confirmed engine failure (seized), unknown cause, 44k miles, 2011 MY
61.Oxymoron - confirmed engine failure (seized main bearings), 32k miles, 2011 MY, BMW replaced under goodwill
62.Antonio1988 - confirmed RB seized, 31k miles, 2012, BMW replaced under warrantee
63.IIAp3x - confirmed RB failure, 55k miles, 2008, replaced by BMW, mostly covered with 3rd party (Premier Dealer Services) warrantee
64.maloo - reports of RBs failed on an M3 featured in the 'Boston Bimmer' magazine (not available online).
65.SHADY1 - Eurotic of Houston - confirmed blown engine, pictures of broken rod & piston
66.TTO898 - confirmed blown engine, unknown cause, 15k miles, engine replaced under warrantee
67.Gabergab - confirmed blown engine at 65k kms(40.4k miles), engine replaced by BMW, 4 mths out of warrantee, 70% goodwill payment, tracked regularly
68.Ging - confirmed blown engine but NOT rod bearings, this was a rare case of a rod breaking (Arrow rods, bearings were free), 24k kms (14.9k miles), forced induction (7.5 PSI).
69.Zzhou - confirmed blown engine (block holed), 42k miles, tracked 5-6 times per yr, another forum member states he saw his car in the dealer & they told him the RBs had failed - https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...4&postcount=58
(not his friends car, although he states that blew up too with rod bearing failure, no further info given)
70.bqureshi - confirmed rod bearing failure, 57k miles, 2009, pics - https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...postcount=1092
71.2jzinsider - confirmed blown engine, failed bearings (unknown which), 62k miles, 2011
72.serg87 (now AdonM3) - confirmed blown engine due to RB failure, replaced under warrentee, 48k miles, 2011
73.serj.ru - confirmed failed RBs, crank & some pistons damaged, 63k kms (39k miles), 2008
74.Grk_M3 - confirmed failed RBs, scored cylinders, no more info.
75.Pepper135i - confirmed engine failed, 20k miles, 2012, BMW replaced engine under warrantee, no more info
76.WkboardAtx - confirmed RB failure & blown engine, 80k miles, 2008, (occured whilst driven by dealer!), no further info, direct link http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=542393
77.Thekhwaj - confirmed RB bearing failure, 22k miles, 2012, final confirmation of failed RBs here - https://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1248610 , serviced every 5k.
78.MrFeisty - confirmed rod bearing failure, 80k kms (50k miles), 2010
79.BostonS65 - confirmed engine failure, but unknown cause (but 'metal everywhere' inside engine & 1 cyl down on compression), 3.1k miles!, 2013
80.chamoloco - confirmed engine failure, but uncertain cause, he possibly describes a big end knock but says the small end bearings were 'worn out'!
81.///MTex - rod bearing failure, 57k miles, 2009, (better link) https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...postcount=1086 , photos https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...postcount=1092
82.turbomaniac - confirmed failed rod bearings (includes pics), 56k miles, 2008 , corrected link https://www.m3post.com/forums/showth...2#post19664522
83.Omni2702 - confirmed bearings failed but due to oil pump failure, 52k miles, 2008,
84.335m - confirmed RBs failed, ~60k miles, 2008, no further info
85.CHIEFKIEF - confirmed RBs failed, 30k miles, 2009, no further info.
86.ifly747 - siezed engine, 83k miles, 2009, metal in oil sample thought to be from bearings, no more info
87.MFKN3 - confirmed RBs failed ('rod knock'), he states of 3 other local (Aus) M3s with bearing failure, no further info.
88.decimation1 - confirmed failed bearings (spun), 80k miles, 2008 - extra info here https://www.m3post.com/forums/conver...5815&u2=258246
89.Bel-Tirid's friend - confirmed his car's RBs failed, no further info
90.MPACT - confirmed spun bearings 1 & 5, 67k miles, 2011, supercharged, 2nd engine spun same bearings along with no1 mains damaged! Suspicions fall on an issue with the supercharger installation causing no1 mains failure on both. Info & pics here https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...25&postcount=1
91.williemandowa - confirmed RBs failed, 101k miles, some tracking, no further info
92.Sonny-Heyman (reported by aussiem3) - confirmed blown engine (windowed block), 160k kms (100k miles), 2010, no further info
93.Sascha Ernst (reported by ///M Power-Belgium) - confirmed blown engine (windowed block), 65k kms (40.4k miles), no further info
94.chief - confirmed blown engine (windowed block, thrown conrod) but caused by a stuck open injector, see here https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...57&postcount=4, 69k miles, 2008, pictures here https://www.m3post.com/forums/showth...4#post20783124
95.Page Not Found - confirmed bearings failed (unknown cause, never posted the update thread he mentioned) 53k miles, 2010
96.Squartus - confirmed bearings failed (no1 mains & adjacent RBs), engine 61k miles, this 2nd set (WPC rod bearings) 30k miles, supercharged, crank photo here https://www.m3post.com/forums/showth...3#post20356443
97.bxchino_m3 - confirmed blown engine only, no other info at all! (user banned 10/2018)
98.HeaTHeR_aK - confirmed blown engine only, no other info at all!
99.Wtlitng - confirmed failed RBs, 19k miles, 2011 (engine replaced by BMW), no more info
100.ase2dais - inconclusive, reported 'tic-tic' noise could've been anything, although car was replaced after 2 failed repair attempts. 2008, no further info
101.chuckster (not Fazerboy, he just linked it) - confirmed RBs failed, 68k miles, 2008,
102.e92Mjunky - negative, nothing about a blown engine, but he put an S65 into an e46 M3!
103.M3ForMe93 - confirmed RB failure, 140k miles, 2008, pics of the engine out https://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1325498
104.Rahstar - confirmed RB failure(no.5), 85k miles, 2008
105.houston - only confirmed engine seized, 17k miles, 2011, no further info.
106.JFWM3 - confirmed blown engine (block holed, thrown rods), ~105k kms (65k miles) intial post incorrect, 2008, supercharged, correct mileage & a little more info here https://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1509701
107.E92NJM3 - holed piston due to a failed injector!, nothing to do with bearings.
108.romemmy - confirmed engine blown, broken con rod due to seized RBs (possibly caused by a failed main bearing), supercharged, no further info.
109.OnAFriday - confirmed bearing failure, suspected but not confirmed RBs, 53k miles, 2008,
110.Doc Oc's friend - confirmed main bearing failure, dinan pulley was on engine (so supercharged?), no further info
111.jobe - confirmed main bearing failure, 54k miles, 2009
112.Seattle Craig's List Post - dead link
113.M3E90SF - confirmed RBs failed , 42k miles, 2008, engine replaced by BMW (partiall good will). Op deleted his post in the original thread, but confirms RBs in this later FS thread https://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1391761
114.jaye92 - confirmed RB failure, 2008, no further info
115.dpdoughty - confirmed blown engine (broken conrod), 82k miles, 2008,
116.Hovig24 - confirmed RB failure, 53k miles, 2008
117.grantwoodOK - confirmed RB failure, 70k miles, 2011
118.SSR Performance customer - confirmed bearings failed (not stated which) & crank damaged , 78k miles, no further info
119.tacoman - confirmed RBs failed (seized engine, whilst at dealer!), 36k miles, 2010
120.Twosevennine - confirmed RBs failed (rod knock), no further info
121.EYXB - confirmed RBs failed, 92k kms (57k miles), 2012, corrected link https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...36&postcount=1
122.Twosevennine - duplicated entry
123.GSTE34 - confirmed blown engine (rod thrown), 88k miles, 2008, but NOT due to RBs but a rod bolt falling out! additional info from https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...3&postcount=17
124.benbejamin18 - confirmed engine failed, likely RBs, 62k miles, 12/2007
125.LatifE90 - confirmed RBs failed (engine replaced), 60k miles, 2009, further info from here https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...1&postcount=21
126.Ruben7520 (name changed to M4_Ronin) - confirmed RBs failed, no further info (possibly formely owned by DreamTime? - https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...1&postcount=61 )
127.EAS customer - confirmed RB failure (incl. photos, appear to be LCI bearings), 120k miles, no further info
128.M3ANMACHINE, wrong person & link, it's aptwave - confirmed main bearings failed & seized engine, 31k miles, 2012, correct link https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...59&postcount=1 , photos - https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...1&postcount=48
129.yeah_knee - confirmed RB failure, 108k miles, 2008 https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=208
130.besiktas - only confirmed 'bearing is gone', no further info!
131.Duk996 - confirmed main bearings failed, 50k miles, 2011, RBs rough but not failed, photos - https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=115 https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=150 https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=187
132.Nugget - confirmed main bearings failed, estimate of 5k kms on new RBs, in forum photos https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=111 , photos - https://postimg.cc/gallery/2d18xm4xg/
133.maxe93 (now Maxf80M3) - confirmed blown engine but not RBs! No3 piston melted (unknown cause), 150k kms (93.2k miles), 2008 - also, corrected link https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...78&postcount=1
134.jonshmoe - confirmed bearings failed (unknown which), 97k miles, 2008, no further info
135.zeemy - only confirmed major engine fault (serious knock, likely RBs), 80k miles, 2008, no further info.
136.Inflame's boss - confirmed RBs failed, 46k miles, 2011, no further info.
137.spr - alternate thread shows their was nothing wrong with the engine! (wth?) https://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1472011
138.fastmvr - confirmed bearings failed (not stated which, indicates RBs), 109k miles, 2008, better link https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...2&postcount=76
139.Nilick - confirmed RBs failed, 45k miles, 2011, no further info
140.Jmags41 - confirmed broken con rod, 50k miles, 2012, supercharged for 25k, no further info
141.deansbimmer - confirmed broken conrod, bought as a parts car, 2008, ~80k miles,no further info, extra info from here https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...postcount=2505
142.maicol76 (no2!) - confirmed blown engine, but is due to piston contacting a detached valve head! (engine 45-52k miles, 2013), 2011, tracked exclusively for 3yrs to then.
143.Fstylin - only confirmed 'metal shavings in oil' & 'odd noise from engine', no other info!
144.Redish motors (engine from Jamaica) - confirmed siezed engine, rods 1,2 & 3 blued, certainly RBs failed, but maybe no1 mains too? No further info.
145.StuttgartBMW - suspected RBs, but engine hadn't been stripped & op didn't report back, 68k miles, 2008,
146.steven747 - confirmed RBs failed, 94k miles, 2008
147.nastynogales - confirmed engine knocking, 135k miles, 2008, no further info
148.amrazM3 (now amrazM) - confirmed engine seized, 25k miles, 2011, corrected link https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...07&postcount=1
149.bimmer414 - confirmed RBs failed, 122k miles, 2008, ~12 track days, (stated oil analysis missed bad bearings, Pb levels were slightly elevated, report not shown. Have PM'd).
150.New_m3 - confirmed RBs failed, 102k miles, 2008
151.Codinge90 - confirmed RBs failed (engine otherwise apparently undamaged), 101k miles, 2010, corrected link https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...82&postcount=1
152.fastmvr's son - duplicated entry (138)
153.Ruben7520 (now M4_Ronin) - duplicated entry (126)
154.Lexshive - a confused & conflicting report, possibly detonation damaged piston & RB??? A seperate thread possibly hints at this too https://www.m3post.com/forums/showth...6#post23150226
155.JTHOR312 - only confirmed damaged engine, possibly piston/ring damage, post is so vague it's almost completely useless, 2011, no further info
156.Bluestorm - confirmed seized engine, alledgedly from overfilling with oil! (seems unlikely), 42.5k miles, 2012, no further info.
157.cblack201 - confirmed seized engine, 71k miles, 2008, previously had a crank & bearings at 64k! No further info, corrected link https://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/s...7#post30111247
158.JTHOR312 - duplicated entry (155)
159.In Belgium 2016 - confirmed destroyed engine (rod thrown), photo showing a major oil leak, further info by PM from ///M Power-Belguim - I spoke to him via FB in 2018 .
He said he drove on the highway and suddenly he heard a loud knocking/rattle noise under the hood.
He pulled over ASAP. First thing he saw was the oil coming from under the engine bay .
His BWW/Dealer confirmed that a bearing spun and it blew a rod through the block and oilpan .The S65 was completely locked up . Metal debris was everywhere. He never red-lined in the rpm's ...and the car was stock.
160.T!m@ - not confirmed, 'cracked block, overheated', (link to photo sometimes works! confirmed cracked block), ~100k kms (~62k miles), 2008 (info from PM).
161.SYT_Shadow (typo corrected) - confirmed seized engine, 60k miles, 2011, lots of track use!, tuned, no1 main bearing spun https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...76&postcount=1
162.Reported by M Power-Belgium, burnout video - confirmed engine blown (and almost certainly failed RBs), in the video you see a conrod on the floor! The big end is darkened & still so hot that it's vaporising the adjacent oil! Due to the nature of abuse maybe the oil overheated & got too thin?? No further info.
163.2006325i - confirmed no1 main & RB spun (photos), 70k miles, 2011
164.bmwlover0725 - confirmed RBs failed (spun) , 162k miles, 2008, has done 10k miles on new shells with 1 of the journals slightly scored!
165.aardchua - confirmed RB 'issue', ~50k miles, 2008, engine was replaced under warrantee.
166.aznazasin - confirmed RB failure (hole in block), 88k miles, 2008
167.MoonShot - confirmed RB failure, 62k miles, 2008, engine replaced by BMW under warrantee.
168.bmwlover0725 - duplicate entry, see 164
169.deansbimmer customers x2 - No1,confirmed mains & RB failure, seized engine, 74k miles, 2011. No2, confirmed RB failure, spun bearing, (asked dean for more info)
170.dgoldenz - confirmed failed RBs (rod thrown) on 2nd engine!, , supercharged for 10k miles, 59.2k miles, 2013, better link with photos https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...postcount=2382
1st engine RBs failed at 24k miles, engine was replaced under warrantee by BMW in 10/2014 https://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1681878
171.Griffith500 - confirmed 'kaput' engine!, ,2011, no further info
172.Excers - likely no1 mains failed leading to spun RBs (7k after replacing them) but engine not stripped fully to confirm, 81k miles, 2011
173.frazierrg - confirmed blown engine (thrown rod), 43.6k miles, 2011, no further info
174.bblefas - confirmed blown engine, 14.5k miles, 2011, replaced by BMW under warrantee, no further info.
175.M3_Singh - confirmed blown engine (thrown rod, photos), 79k miles, no further info.
176.bmwlover0725 - duplicate entry again!, see 164
177.scaryharry19 - confirmed blown engine (thrown rod), 72k miles, 2008, supercharged ~22k miles,
178.drifts500 (friend's car) - not confirmed blown engine! (cracked block, cause uncertain), 90k miles, 2009,
179.kuy902 - confirmed blown engine, 2008, tracked a lot and supercharged (690 bhp!!! https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...7&postcount=57 ), no further info
180.tweny - confirmed failed mains & RBs, 43k miles, 2011, photos https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...8&postcount=13 https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...6&postcount=69
181.jazzy1999's mechanic - confirmed blown engine, appears from the single photo no1 mains failed followed by adjacent RBs, no further info
182.superbang - confirmed RBs failed, 69k miles, no further info
183.bergerking - confirmed seized engine, 132k miles, 2011, engine not stripped, no further info.
184.x2nervisx - confirmed seized engine, 107k miles, engine 2008, no further info, engine not stripped as of 1/2020
185.Kobaiyashi - confirmed RBs failed, 136k, 2008, no further info as of 29/3/2020
186.kiquos - confirmed blown engine (rod thrown) just after RBs changed, but NOT the bearings fault as their is evidence that a rod bolt dropped out!, 80k miles, 2011, better info here https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=452
187.ebay car with replaced motor - unknown cause for replacement, 12k miles, 2012 (reg. DTF 3139, NY, car seems familiar??)
188.ebay with blown motor - confirmed 'bad engine' only, ad also stated 'will likely need a new engine', 60.2k miles, 2011, corrected link https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...postcount=2477
189.Nugget - duplicate entry, see 132 (copied this entry's link to that entry).
190.deansbimmer - 5 failed S65s in workshop, as of 29/3/20 no further info yet.
191.shakeywarrior - confirmed rod knock & copper debris in oil filter, no further info at this stage
192.williocom, dead engine (no further info), 20k miles, 2011, BMW replaced under warranty https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...2&postcount=16
193.radiantm3 - confirmed engine seized, 61k miles, RBs originally changed by BMW at 17k under warrentee! No more info. https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=109 and https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...5&postcount=73
194.surewin - confirmed RBs failed, engine saved! 62k miles (photos plus oil report) https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=256 , more info from tom @ eas here https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=389
195.anerbe - confirmed failed RBs, 54k miles, 2009, (oil reports) - https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=967 , RBs hadn't spun but crank scored https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...92&postcount=1
196.CrucialScott - confirmed damaged engine, 'bottom end knock', 43k miles, 2010, likely but unconfirmed RBs - https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=205 , https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=208
197.luvyrteeth - confirmed engine blown, 'bearing failure', no more info, have PMed, 75k miles, 2008, https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...83&postcount=3 , https://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=955963
198.grantwookOK - 1 confirmed damaged engine & possibly a 2nd one! (ongoing as of 3/20), 1st engine @70k miles RBs failed. https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=135
Likely bearing failure of 2nd one, photos of metal from oil filter https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=162 ,& heavy tapping https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=139
199.paul604 - confirmed seized engine, 2010, no futher info https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...3&postcount=16
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Listed sorted out into failed RBs, likely failed RBs (yes this one is subjective!), failed mains bearings & other failures/undetermined. Dead links & invalid cases removed, some names updated.

Confirmed (by poster) failed RBs list :-

1.RenoE92M3 - confirmed rod bearings failed, 43k miles, BMW replaced engine (main's condition unknown)
2.Solo_M_Tech - confirmed RB spun & crank damaged, 136k miles but were replaced at 80k miles (with OEM), customer declined a service prior to this! photo here https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=224 , no further info
3.taleof2bricks - confirmed blown engine, rod thrown, failed rod bearings, 28k miles
4.e90m3_6MT - confirmed blown engine, broken con-rod etc, 107k km, 66.5k miles
5.Boxed - confirmed (by BMW) rod bearings worn out, bearings replaced MY 2011 (no more info)
6.jacobe92 - confirmed rod bearing failure, 31k miles, (no more info)
7.bigtracing - confirmed failed rod bearings, 96k
8.kinnsella - confirmed rod bearings failed, 35k, BMW replaced engine with a reman unit
9.HapaM3 - confirmed rod bearings failed, 47k, (some tracking)
10.JDATX - confirmed rod bearings failed, 39k miles, replaced under BMW warranty
11.brandfay - confirmed rod broke (likely due to rod bearings failure), 20k miles, BMW replaced under warranty
12.Master P! confirmed blown engine, rod bearings seized & broken conrod, 63.7k miles, 2008 MY, some tracking https://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=963103
13.Canadian - confirmed spun rod bearings, 6.3k! miles, repaired by BMW (some track days)
14.Malek@MRF - confirmed RBs failed 38k miles, 2011 MY, was running 0w/40 oil for last 15k miles. Better link showing pics of RBs & crank https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=672
15.oreokid24 - confirmed RB failure, BMW replaced engine under warranty, 35k miles, 2011 MY
16.tar0d - confirmed RB failure, 60k kms (37k miles), 2008 MY,
17.tobilli - confirmed RB failure, 90k kms (56k miles), 2009 MY
18.ellekz - confirmed RB failue, 47k miles, 2009 MY, https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...7&postcount=90
19.BMW M3 Guy - confirmed RB failure, 55k miles, 2008 MY, repaired by BMW under goodwill!
20.mtecnic - confirmed blown engine (crank/rods failure), 70k miles, 2008 MY, covered by CPO party warranty (car tracked)
21.vmudry - confirmed RBs failed, 56k miles, 2008 MY
22.theboss1853 - confirmed RBs failed, 60k miles, 2008 MY
23.ellekz - confirmed RBs failed, ~45k miles, 2nd (used) engine!
24.Antonio1988 - confirmed RB seized, 31k miles, 2012, BMW replaced under warrantee
25.IIAp3x - confirmed RB failure, 55k miles, 2008, replaced by BMW, mostly covered with 3rd party (Premier Dealer Services) warrantee
26.maloo - reports of RBs failed on an M3 featured in the 'Boston Bimmer' magazine (not available online).
27.Zzhou - confirmed blown engine (block holed), 42k miles, tracked 5-6 times per yr, another forum member states he saw his car in the dealer & they told him the RBs had failed - https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...4&postcount=58
(not his friends car, although he states that blew up too with rod bearing failure, no further info given)
28.bqureshi - confirmed rod bearing failure, 57k miles, 2009, pics - https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...postcount=1092
29.serg87 (now AdonM3) - confirmed blown engine due to RB failure, replaced under warrentee, 48k miles, 2011
30.serj.ru - confirmed failed RBs, crank & some pistons damaged, 63k kms (39k miles), 2008
31.Grk_M3 - confirmed failed RBs, scored cylinders, no more info.
32.WkboardAtx - confirmed RB failure & blown engine, 80k miles, 2008, (occurred whilst driven by dealer!), no further info, direct link http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=542393
33.Thekhwaj - confirmed RB bearing failure, 22k miles, 2012, final confirmation of failed RBs here - https://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1248610 , serviced every 5k.
34.MrFeisty - confirmed rod bearing failure, 80k kms (50k miles), 2010
35.///MTex - rod bearing failure, 57k miles, 2009, (better link) https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...postcount=1086 , photos https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...postcount=1092
36.turbomaniac - confirmed failed rod bearings (includes pics), 56k miles, 2008 , corrected link https://www.m3post.com/forums/showth...2#post19664522
37.335m - confirmed RBs failed, ~60k miles, 2008, no further info
38.CHIEFKIEF - confirmed RBs failed, 30k miles, 2009, no further info
39.Bel-Tirid's friend - confirmed his car's RBs failed, no further info
40.williemandowa - confirmed RBs failed, 101k miles, some tracking, no further info
41.tacoman - confirmed RBs failed (seized engine, whilst at dealer!), 36k miles, 2010
42.Twosevennine - confirmed RBs failed (rod knock), no further info
43.EYXB - confirmed RBs failed, 92k kms (57k miles), 2012, corrected link https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...36&postcount=1
44.LatifE90 - confirmed RBs failed (engine replaced), 60k miles, 2009, further info from here https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...1&postcount=21
45.Ruben7520 (name changed to M4_Ronin) - confirmed RBs failed, no further info (possibly formely owned by DreamTime? - https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...1&postcount=61 )
46.EAS customer - confirmed RB failure (incl. photos, appear to be LCI bearings), 120k miles, no further info
47.yeah_knee - confirmed RB failure, 108k miles, 2008 https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=208
48.Inflame's boss - confirmed RBs failed, 46k miles, 2011, no further info.
49.Nilick - confirmed RBs failed, 45k miles, 2011, no further info
50.Redish motors (engine from Jamaica) - confirmed siezed engine, rods 1,2 & 3 blued, certainly RBs failed, but maybe no1 mains too? No further info.
51.steven747 - confirmed RBs failed, 94k miles, 2008
52.bimmer414 - confirmed RBs failed, 122k miles, 2008, ~12 track days, (stated oil analysis missed bad bearings, Pb levels were slightly elevated. Report not shown. Have PM'd).
53.New_m3 - confirmed RBs failed, 102k miles, 2008
54.Codinge90 - confirmed RBs failed (engine otherwise apparently undamaged), 101k miles, 2010, corrected link https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...82&postcount=1
55.bmwlover0725 - confirmed RBs failed (spun) , 162k miles, 2008, has done 10k miles (as of 3/2020) on new shells with 1 of the journals slightly scored!
56.aardchua - confirmed RB 'issue', ~50k miles, 2008, engine was replaced under warrantee.
57.aznazasin - confirmed RB failure (hole in block), 88k miles, 2008
58.MoonShot - confirmed RB failure, 62k miles, 2008, engine replaced by BMW under warrantee.
deasnbimmers (from report 169) - confirmed RB failure, spun bearing, (have asked dean for more info).
59.dgoldenz - confirmed failed RBs (rod thrown) on 2nd engine!, , supercharged for 10k miles, 59.2k miles, 2013, better link with photos https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...postcount=2382 , not mains apparently! https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...4&postcount=34
1st engine RBs failed at 24k miles, engine was replaced under warrantee by BMW in 10/2014 https://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1681878
60.superbang - confirmed RBs failed, 69k miles, no further info
61.Kobaiyashi - confirmed RBs failed, 136k, 2008, no further info as of 29/3/2020
62.surewin - confirmed RBs failed, engine saved! 62k miles (photos plus oil report) https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=256 , more info from tom @ eas here https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=389
63.anerbe - confirmed failed RBs, 54k miles, 2009, (oil reports) - https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=967 , RBs hadn't spun but crank scored https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...92&postcount=1
64.amrazM3 (now amrazM) - confirmed engine seized, (via PM) cylinder 8 bottom shell spun and fused to the crank took out the motor and it couldn't even be spun over by hand. before the motor went it was consuming oil pretty rapidly, bmw sent an engineer to look at the engine and they verified that the oil wasn't low at the time of the incident, 25k miles, 2011, corrected link https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...07&postcount=1
65.kpewpew - confirmed no1 RB failure (rod knock & bearing seized to crank), possible No1 mains failure (undetermined), 67k miles (6k on new aftermarket RBs) https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=154
66.SVH - confirmed RBs failed, 54k miles, 2011, supercharged, mains were checked & were ok (info via PM), some info here https://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1547961


Likely failed RBs but not confirmed :-

1.zOOm - confirmed engine blew up "Piston went through engine block" (likely rod bearings), 59k miles.
2.foolio2 - confirmed engine failure (video of car sounds like rod bearings knocking. Engine not stripped), 6.7k!, BMW replaced engine.
3.mkoesel - likely rod bearings failed - video produced, sounds like a big end knocking (not belt noise lol!), engine wasn't stripped down during his ownership, sold on as is, 95k miles.
4.xccess - confirmed blown engine (likely bearings/rods), 88k miles, 2008.
5.SHADY1 - Eurotic of Houston - confirmed blown engine, pictures of broken rod & piston.
6.Sonny-Heyman (reported by aussiem3) - confirmed blown engine (windowed block), 160k kms (100k miles), 2010, no further info.
7.Sascha Ernst (reported by ///M Power-Belgium) - confirmed blown engine (windowed block), 65k kms (40.4k miles), no further info.
8.benbejamin18 - confirmed engine failed, likely RBs, 62k miles, 12/2007
9.zeemy - only confirmed major engine fault (serious knock, likely RBs), 80k miles, 2008, no further info.
10.fastmvr - confirmed bearings failed (not stated which, indicates RBs), 109k miles, 2008, better link https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...2&postcount=76
11.nastynogales - confirmed engine knocking, 135k miles, 2008, no further info.
12.In Belgium 2016 - confirmed destroyed engine (rod thrown), photo showing a major oil leak, further info by PM from ///M Power-Belguim - "I spoke to him via FB in 2018 .
He said he drove on the highway and suddenly he heard a loud knocking/rattle noise under the hood.
He pulled over ASAP. First thing he saw was the oil coming from under the engine bay .
His BWW/Dealer confirmed that a bearing spun and it blew a rod through the block and oilpan .The S65 was completely locked up . Metal debris was everywhere. He never red-lined in the rpm's ...and the car was stock".
13.frazierrg - confirmed blown engine (thrown rod), 43.6k miles, 2011, no further info.
14.M3_Singh - confirmed blown engine (thrown rod, photos), 79k miles, no further info.
15.shakeywarrior - confirmed rod knock & copper debris in oil filter, no further info at this stage.

Confirmed (by poster) main bearings failed:-

1.maicol76 - confirmed main bearings failed, 29k kms (18k miles) (RBs condition unknown)
2.Gatchaman - confirmed rod & main bearings, 5.6k! miles
3.amg893 - confirmed rod & main bearings failed, 90k kms(56k miles)
4.Morally Gray - confirmed main bearing failure! Supercharged, suspicions fall on the supercharger though. 70k kms(43.5k miles), 2010 MY
5.antonio010 - confirmed engine failure, due to bearing failure (mentions both mains & rod bearings), 90k miles, 2008 MY
6.Oxymoron - confirmed engine failure (seized main bearings), 32k miles, 2011 MY, BMW replaced under goodwill
7.MPACT - confirmed spun bearings 1 & 5, 67k miles, 2011, supercharged, 2nd engine spun same bearings along with no1 mains damaged! Suspicions fall on an issue with the supercharger installation causing no1 mains failure on both. Info & pics here https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...25&postcount=1
8.aptwave - confirmed main bearings failed & seized engine, 31k miles, 2012, correct link https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...59&postcount=1 , photos - https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...1&postcount=48
9.Duk996 - confirmed main bearings failed, 50k miles, 2011, RBs rough but not failed, photos - https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=115 https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=150 https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=187
10.Nugget - confirmed main bearings failed, estimate of 5k kms on new RBs, in forum photos https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=111 , photos - https://postimg.cc/gallery/2d18xm4xg/
11.SYT_Shadow (typo corrected) - confirmed seized engine, 60k miles, 2011, lots of track use!, tuned, no1 main bearing spun https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...76&postcount=1
12.2006325i - confirmed no1 main & RB spun (photos), 70k miles, 2011
13.deansbimmer customer (from case 169) - confirmed mains & RB failure, seized engine
14.tweny - confirmed failed mains & RBs, 43k miles, 2011, photos https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...8&postcount=13 https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...6&postcount=69
15.jazzy1999's mechanic - confirmed blown engine, appears from the single photo no1 mains failed followed by adjacent RBs, no further info
16.Green-Eggs customer - confirmed seized engine, no1 mains seized, supercharged, tracked, (had new BE rod bearings which were damaged by the mains failure). https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=100


Other causes of engine failures or undetermined/uncertain list :-

1.DLSJ5 - confirmed blown engine, but due to oil leak from supercharger! Ran out of oil! Plus had high boost! Not RB issue.
2.satinghostrider - confirmed pistons broken + unknown amount of bearing wear, possibly due to detonation
3.h4nh - confirmed engine blew up in a later post, supercharged & run 89/91 fuel!
4.Brooklyn Mark - likely blown but not confirmed, 38k miles, supercharged, forum banned him 4/2014
5.Sti2e92sedan - confirmed seized engine but NOT RBs fault, failed oil pump
6.M3NST3R - confirmed blown engine, 47k miles, MY 2008, replaced by BMW (no more info)
7.Artem@ONEighty - confirmed bearings failed, but unsure which, 28k, engine replaced by BMW
8.Crusher - confirmed seized engine, 20k miles, 2012 MY, BMW replaced under warranty
9.e93 jonesy - confirmed bearings failed (possibly mains), no car info, BMW replaced under warranty
10.BMW Fanatik - confirmed engine failure, rods 3 & 5 broken, but big suspicion of other factors, his engine definitely died, but it may have originally been damaged by being hydraulically locked from sucking water in a "massive puddle"!, 12k kms!(7.5k miles), somehow he got it done under warranty!
11.stubble88 - confirmed bearings failed (unknown which), 20k, replaced by BMW, reman engine, slightly changed link https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=226
12.REDBULL - confirmed blown engine (no further info), 23k miles, 2010 MY
13.JRLittle - confirmed broken rod, 500 miles!! 2010 MY. Possible contributory factor, RPM run in limit exceeded. 2010 MY
14.magicknife - confirmed engine failure, replaced by BMW under warranty, cause unknown other than a very loud noise
15.LoonR1 - confirmed engine failure, likely bearing failure (unkown which, swarf in engine), 33.5k miles, 2011 MY, BMW replaced under warranty
16.JYTSky - confirmed bearing failure (which unknown), 36k miles, 2011 MY, BMW repaired under warranty
17.M33DDIE - confirmed engine failure, cause unknown, but piston was removed from original engine to inspect, 35k miles, 2008 MY
18.PERFM3(renamed PerfM5) - confirmed bearing failure (unknown which), mileage unknown, 2008 MY, covered by 3rd party warranty
19.avusm3 - confirmed engine failure (seized), unknown cause, 44k miles, 2011 MY
20.Gabergab - confirmed blown engine at 65k kms(40.4k miles), engine replaced by BMW, 4 mths out of warrantee, 70% goodwill payment, tracked regularly, no further info
21.Ging - confirmed blown engine but NOT rod bearings, this was a rare case of a rod breaking (Arrow rods, bearings were free), 24k kms (14.9k miles), forced induction (7.5 PSI).
22.2jzinsider - confirmed blown engine, failed bearings (unknown which), 62k miles, 2011
23.Pepper135i - confirmed engine failed, 20k miles, 2012, BMW replaced engine under warrantee, no more info
24.BostonS65 - confirmed engine failure, but unknown cause (but 'metal everywhere' inside engine & 1 cyl down on compression), 3.1k miles!, 2013
25.chamoloco - confirmed engine failure, but uncertain cause, he possibly describes a big end knock but says the small end bearings were 'worn out'!
26.Omni2702 - confirmed bearings failed but due to oil pump failure, 52k miles, 2008,
27.ifly747 - seized engine, 83k miles, 2009, metal in oil sample thought to be from bearings, no more info (likely mains?)
28.decimation1 - confirmed failed bearings (spun, unknown which), 80k miles, 2008 - extra info here https://www.m3post.com/forums/conver...5815&u2=258246
29.chief - confirmed blown engine (windowed block, thrown conrod) but caused by a stuck open injector, see here https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...57&postcount=4, 69k miles, 2008, pictures here https://www.m3post.com/forums/showth...4#post20783124
30.Page Not Found - confirmed bearings failed (unknown cause, or which ones, but implies RBs, never posted the update thread he mentioned) 53k miles, 2010
31.E92NJM3 - holed piston due to a failed injector!, nothing to do with bearings.
32.SSR Performance customer - confirmed bearings failed (not stated which) & crank damaged , 78k miles, no further info
33.GSTE34 - confirmed blown engine (rod thrown), 88k miles, 2008, but NOT due to RBs but a rod bolt falling out! additional info from https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...3&postcount=17
34.besiktas - only confirmed 'bearing is gone', no further info!
35.maxe93 (now Maxf80M3) - confirmed blown engine but not RBs! No3 piston melted (unknown cause), 150k kms (93.2k miles), 2008 - also, corrected link https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...78&postcount=1
36.jonshmoe - confirmed bearings failed (unknown which), 97k miles, 2008, no further info
37.Jmags41 - confirmed broken con rod, 50k miles, 2012, supercharged for 25k, no further info
38.deansbimmer - confirmed broken conrod, bought as a parts car, 2008, ~80k miles,no further info, extra info from here https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...postcount=2505
39.maicol76 (no2!) - confirmed blown engine, but is due to piston contacting a detached valve head! (engine 45-52k miles, 2013), 2011, tracked exclusively for 3yrs to then.
40.Fstylin - only confirmed 'metal shavings in oil' & 'odd noise from engine', no other info!
41.StuttgartBMW - suspected RBs, but engine hadn't been stripped & op didn't report back, 68k miles, 2008.
42.Lexshive - a confused & conflicting report, possibly detonation damaged piston & RB??? A separate thread possibly hints at this too https://www.m3post.com/forums/showth...6#post23150226
43.JTHOR312 - only confirmed damaged engine, possibly piston/ring damage, post is so vague it's almost completely useless, 2011, no further info
44.Bluestorm - confirmed seized engine, allegedly from overfilling with oil! (seems unlikely), 42.5k miles, 2012, no further info.
45.cblack201 - confirmed seized engine, 71k miles, 2008, previously had a crank & bearings at 64k! No further info, corrected link https://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/s...7#post30111247
46.T!m@ - not confirmed, 'cracked block, overheated'(link to photo sometimes works! confirmed cracked block), ~100k kms (~62k miles), 2008 (info from PM).
47.Reported by M Power-Belgium, burnout video - confirmed engine blown, in the video you see a conrod on the floor! The big end is darkened & still so hot that it's vaporising the adjacent oil! Due to the nature of abuse maybe the oil overheated & got too thin?? No further info.
48.Excers - likely no1 mains failed leading to spun RBs (7k after replacing them with BE), but engine not stripped fully to confirm, 81k miles, 2011
49.bblefas - confirmed blown engine, 14.5k miles, 2011, replaced by BMW under warrantee, no further info.
50.scaryharry19 - confirmed blown engine (thrown rod), 72k miles, 2008, supercharged ~22k miles.
51.drifts500 (friend's car) - not confirmed blown engine! (cracked block, cause uncertain), 90k miles, 2009,
52.kuy902 - confirmed blown engine, 2008, tracked a lot and supercharged (690 bhp!!! https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...7&postcount=57 ), no further info
53.bergerking - confirmed seized engine, 132k miles, 2011, engine not stripped, no further info.
54.x2nervisx - confirmed seized engine, 107k miles, engine 2008, no further info, engine not stripped as of 1/2020
55.kiquos - confirmed blown engine (rod thrown) just after RBs changed, but NOT the bearings fault as their is evidence that a rod bolt dropped out!, 80k miles, 2011, better info here https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=452
56.ebay car with replaced motor - unknown cause for replacement, 12k miles, 2012 (reg. DTF 3139, NY, car seems familiar??)
57.ebay with blown motor - confirmed 'bad engine' only, ad also stated 'will likely need a new engine', 60.2k miles, 2011, corrected link https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...postcount=2477
58.deansbimmer - 5 failed S65s in workshop, as of 29/3/20 no further info.
59.williocom, dead engine (no further info), 20k miles, 2011, BMW replaced under warranty https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...2&postcount=16
60.radiantm3 - confirmed engine seized, 61k miles, RBs originally changed by BMW at 17k under warrantee! No more info. https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=109 and https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...5&postcount=73
61.luvyrteeth - confirmed engine blown, 'bearing failure', no more info, 75k miles, 2008, (have PMed) https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...83&postcount=3 , https://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=955963
Likely bearing failure of 2nd one, photos of metal from oil filter https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=162 ,& heavy tapping https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=139
62.paul604 - confirmed seized engine, 2010, no further info https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...3&postcount=16


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      04-15-2020, 02:02 PM   #2519
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That wasn't posted today as you posted that the other day in some other thread here .
Do you have any further info for that blown engine?
Car year, mileage, was engine stripped?

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Updated 'confirmed RBs' list with a few more cases.
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Any more info on those engines?
Btw, any of them have recent oil reports beforehand?
No oil reports. I can't think of a single time where a customer with a failed engine ever had any oil test history. Coincidence? Probably not... In my experience, most engine failure customers aren't really BMW enthusiasts and had no idea of the S65 lottery until they won it.

Attached is a pic of six S65's on one of our racks waiting tear down. From left to right:

1: 2009 S65B40, 77k miles, 10w60, seized #1 main.

2: S65 4.6, approximately 45k miles on the build, spun #4 bearing, rod broke, hole in the block. 10w60 oil. 2008 block casting date.

3: 2009 S65B40, 63k miles, 10w60, rod knocking, swarf in oil.

4: 2011 S65B40, 44k miles, 10w60, #1/5 spun rods (first journal).

5: 2013 S65B40, 51k miles, 5w50, rod knock- Cyl #6 bearing galled, not spun yet.

6: 2008 S65B40, 120k miles, supercharged, original bearings, 10w60, spun #2/6 journal.

Picture #2 are more S65's dismantled and waiting further assessment. One (front and center) was a sleeved 4.4 block that had rod bearing failure after 16k miles from the build. That block may still be good to rebuild. Lower middle block had an injector failure and scored a cylinder. The other two blocks in that pic are main failures and cracked.

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No one could reliably repair a windowed block, it's only good for scrap. Welding back in bits (even if you have them all) would never be as strong.
Interestingly, I have actually welded a windowed block and rebuilt it successfully. It was a perfect scenario however with where the hole was, no bore/mains damage, etc...Agree that usually it's not an option. That engine is still running as far as I know. I'd also like to experiment with welding a cracked main web and seeing how well that kind of repair would take...
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It always seemed odd that everyone says the S65 with the block cracks are paperweights...seems like some of the well-known AL cylinder head/block repair places could certainly handle the repair.

I'm thinking of places (close-ish to me) like Midwest or Tri-State Cylinder Head.

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As seen on Facebook/YouTube today.
That guy must be deaf .I heard the knock noise already in the first second of the video .
Hood moved upwards when it blew at 11 sec. (front side on the right) it blew through the block against the hood .
Nice run , great advertising and RIP S65 for the list ...
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Blimey, I'm usually quite sensitive to these noises & I missed that one! Lol, although at least I have the excuse I'm not in the car .
But yea I agree, at the transition from 1s to 2s is where the noise stands out. I've come across loads of customers over the years who either don't hear, or ignore unusual sounds coming from their car!

Oh btw, I've had a PM from CrissiE92, another engine's gone down , he suspects a spun main (I don't know why he suspects that atm), more info to follow. He's a new forum member, but I noticed he's had 2 posts already, so he may have posted in some other thread about it. Not checked yet.

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Yea but the issue is, it isn't that they are just cracked, when an engine throws a rod it nearly always punches a hole through the block, which just causes too much damage to be worthwhile &/or even possible to repair. Well, 99.9% of time anyway! See Deansbimmers post about being able to actually repair one! lol

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Thanks for the photos & detailed info .
I'm confused by 1 of your engine reports though, how do you know with engine no1 that it's no1 main is seized when you haven't torn them down yet? , I'm guessing that you've at least had the sump off & seen that main is discoloured?
I'm betting that engine no4's no1 main is buggered, wanta bet against me?
Eng no6 did well to do 120k miles, especially with a supercharger!, although, I don't suppose you have any idea how long the supercharger had been on it?

That 2nd photo's funny angle is making me dizzy for some reason, lol.
Btw, that's a lot of engines in your workshop! Dead engines! Am I counting right at 10 S65s in those photos?

I don't suppose you know the mileage of the injector damaged one do you? Did he have no signs of trouble prior to failure?
Btw, that's the 3rd engine in this thread were a duff injector has taken the engine out. I wonder if it's worth having the whole set tested after a certain mileage?? Say 100k miles?? What do you reckon?
(I think this has been mentioned here once before that I'm aware of, but I don't recall an outcome to that conversation). I appreciate it's a very rare occurrence, but it could be a low(?) cost thing to do to save a possible high cost failure. Actually, how much would it cost just for testing 8 injectors? Or would we just be better off using a fuel cleaner occasionally?

Re repaired block, wow! They were lucky! I should listen to my own phrase of 'the only absolute, is their are no absolutes!' . (And no, despite the well known phrase, not even death* & taxes are always absolute ).
*e.g. my dad ~2.5 yrs ago! https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/sur...-back-14269547
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I don't suppose you know the mileage of the injector damaged one do you? Did he have no signs of trouble prior to failure?
Btw, that's the 3rd engine in this thread were a duff injector has taken the engine out. I wonder if it's worth having the whole set tested after a certain mileage?? Say 100k miles?? What do you reckon?
(I think this has been mentioned here once before that I'm aware of, but I don't recall an outcome to that conversation). I appreciate it's a very rare occurrence, but it could be a low(?) cost thing to do to save a possible high cost failure. Actually, how much would it cost just for testing 8 injectors? Or would we just be better off using a fuel cleaner occasionally?
I think the best care is stop the car if emergency mode.

That's what saved my engine when my injector stucked open.

40,000 miles.

Problem is,
Previous owner always used 87 octane fuel without cleaning additives.

I did not like that and started putting 95 octane fuel (which contains cleaning additives).

Stopped the car for 2 weeks to go offshore to work, when I came back, in the first ride, it happened.
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Ok, so I've finally gone through the whole list! (& added 9 missing/new cases). I would like to state that where I've written 'confirmed blown engine' etc, I only mean that I have confirmed that is what the owner states. Although for some I have found some extra info (e.g photos) & posted the links that corroborates this. I've also corrected some vague or incorrect links & added name changes.
Where no links are provided, see original list.

Quite a few of the cases are from failed main bearings! With most of those being supercharged motors.....
And a couple of engines destroyed by an injector failing & a couple by oil pump failures!

In my following post I have separated out the mains failures from the RB failures etc, as well as removed dead linked ones & just incorrect info, see my post below. For some reason I seem to have plenty of time atm! Can't imagine why!
Anyway, this list is a direct copy of the positions of the original list in the op. (I would hide it in spoiler tags, but this forum lacks that function ).
I am adding new/newly found cases to the lists in my following post.

1.maicol76 - confirmed main bearings failed, 29k kms (18k miles) (RBs condition unknown)
2.RenoE92M3 - confirmed rod bearings failed, 43k miles, BMW replaced engine (main's condition unknown)
3.zOOm - confirmed engine blew up "Piston went through engine block" (likely rod bearings), 59k miles
4.MathewDavid - NOT blown up! Ticking noise later went away!
5.Gatchaman - confirmed rod & main bearings, 5.6k! miles
6.I LOVE MY M3 - NOT blown up! Premature wear to rod & bearings, more info here https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...6&postcount=24 , motor stripped due to noises.
7.taleof2bricks - confirmed blown engine, rod thrown, failed rod bearings, 28k miles
8.DLSJ5 - confirmed blown engine, but due to oil leak from supercharger! Ran out of oil! Plus had high boost! Not RB issue.
9.armorrig - not confirmed! No evidence or post of a blown engine.
10.elmariachi (name changed to satinghostrider) - conf.pistons broken + unknown amount of bearing wear, possibly due to detonation
11.h4nh - confirmed engine blew up in a later post, supercharged & run 89/91 fuel!
12.Brooklyn Mark - likely blown but not confirmed, 38k miles, supercharged, forum banned him 4/2014
13.e90m3_6MT - confirmed blown engine, broken con-rod etc, 107k km, 66.5k miles
14.Boxed - confirmed (by BMW) rod bearings worn out, bearings replaced MY 2011 (no more info)
15.jacobe92 - confirmed rod bearing failure, 31k miles, (no more info)
16.Sti2e92sedan - confirmed seized engine but NOT RBs fault, failed oil pump
17.M3NST3R - confirmed blown engine, 47k miles, MY 2008, replaced by BMW (no more info)
18.Canadian - confirmed spun rod bearings, 6.3k! miles, repaired by BMW (did some track days[not noted previous track mentions])
19.zgirl1999 - unknown, website gone
20.bigtracing - confirmed failed rod bearings, 96k
21.Artem@ONEighty - confirmed bearings failed, but unsure which, 28k, engine replaced by BMW
22.Elvace - not confirmed! The photos of 3 RBs he did take show modest wear, additionally he had a broken clutch plate which was almost certainly the source of the noise in the video! 105k kms(65.2k miles)
23.kinnsella - confirmed rod bearigs failed, 35k, BMW replaced engine with a reman unit
24.HapaM3 - confirmed rod bearings failed, 47k, (some tracking)
25.JDATX - confirmed rod bearings failed, 39k miles, replaced under BMW warranty
26.amg893 - confirmed rod & main bearings failed, 90k kms(56k miles)
27.foolio2 - confirmed engine failure (video of car sounds like rod bearings knocking. Engine not stripped), 6.7k!, BMW replaced engine
28.brandfay - confirmed rod broke (likely due to rod bearings failure), 20k miles, BMW replaced under warranty
29.Agent Orange, name changed(?) to Morally Gray - confirmed main bearing failure! Supercharged, suspicions fall on the supercharger though. 70k kms(43.5k miles), 2010 MY
30.Maybe 5 other cases in Oz?? - not confirmed, no specific reports
31.Crusher - confirmed seized engine, 20k miles, 2012 MY, BMW replaced under warranty, no further info
32.e93 jonesy - confirmed bearings failed (possibly mains), no car info, BMW replaced under warranty
33.BMW Fanatik - confirmed engine failure, rods 3 & 5 broken, but big suspicion of other factors, his engine definitely died, but it may have originally been damaged by being hydraulically locked from sucking water in a "massive puddle"!, 12k kms!(7.5k miles),somehow he got it done under warranty!
34.stubble88 - (name corrected) confirmed bearings failed (unknown which), 20k, replaced by BMW, reman engine, slightly changed link https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=226
35.mkoesel - likely rod bearings failed - video produced, sounds like a big end knocking (not belt noise lol!), engine wasn't stripped down during his ownership, sold on as is, 95k miles.
36.REDBULL - confirmed blown engine (no further info), 23k miles, 2010 MY
37.TL866 (3 cases in Spain) corrected link https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=523 - not confirmed, in Spanish! (may Google translate later)
38.TrakBch - aka Master P! confirmed blown engine, rod bearings seized & broken conrod, 63.7k miles, 2008 MY, some tracking https://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=963103
39.JRLittle - confirmed broken rod, 500 miles!! 2010 MY. Possible contributory factor, RPM run in limit exceeded. 2010 MY
40.magicknife - confirmed engine failure, replaced by BMW under warranty, cause unknown other than a very loud noise
41.neilm3 - not confirmed, initial failure not due to RBs, headgasket failed which lead to coolant mixing with oil subsequently destroying RBs.
42.LoonR1 - confirmed engine failure, likely bearing failure (swarf in engine), 33.5k miles, 2011 MY, BMW replaced under warranty
43.Malek@MRF - confirmed RBs failed 38k miles, 2011 MY, was running 0w/40 oil for last 15k miles. Better link showing pics of RBs & crank https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=672
44.Five potential cases in Bahrain by 0-60Motorsports - not confirmed, no links, no real info, nothing!
45.antonio010 - confirmed engine failure, due to bearing failure (mentions both mains & rod bearings), 90k miles,2008 MY
46.oreokid24 - confirmed RB failure, BMW replaced engine under warranty, 35k miles, 2011 MY
47.fer316 (4 in Europe) - not confirmed yet, in Spanish, may translate it later.
48.tar0d - confirmed RB failure, 60k kms (37k miles), 2008 MY,
49.tobilli - confirmed RB failure, 90k kms (56k miles), 2009 MY
50.ellekz - confirmed RB failure, 47k miles, 2009 MY, https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...7&postcount=90
51.BMW M3 Guy - confirmed RB failure, 55k miles, 2008 MY, repaired by BMW under goodwill!
52.JYTSky - confirmed bearing failure (which unknown), 36k miles, 2011 MY, BMW repaired under warranty
53.M33DDIE - confirmed engine failure, cause unknown, but piston was removed from original engine to inspect, 35k miles, 2008 MY
54.PERFM3(renamed PerfM5) - confirmed bearing failure, mileage unknown, 2008 MY, covered by 3rd party warranty
55.mtecnic - confirmed blown engine (crank/rods failure), 70k miles, 2008 MY, covered by CPO party warranty (car tracked)
56.xccess - confirmed blown engine (likely bearings/rods), 88k miles, 2008 MY,
57.vmudry - confirmed RBs failed, 56k miles, 2008 MY
58.theboss1853 - confirmed RBs failed, 60k miles, 2008 MY
59.ellekz - confirmed RBs failed, ~45k miles, 2nd (used) engine!
60.avusm3 - confirmed engine failure (seized), unknown cause, 44k miles, 2011 MY
61.Oxymoron - confirmed engine failure (seized main bearings), 32k miles, 2011 MY, BMW replaced under goodwill
62.Antonio1988 - confirmed RB seized, 31k miles, 2012, BMW replaced under warrantee
63.IIAp3x - confirmed RB failure, 55k miles, 2008, replaced by BMW, mostly covered with 3rd party (Premier Dealer Services) warrantee
64.maloo - reports of RBs failed on an M3 featured in the 'Boston Bimmer' magazine (not available online).
65.SHADY1 - Eurotic of Houston - confirmed blown engine, pictures of broken rod & piston
66.TTO898 - confirmed blown engine, unknown cause, 15k miles, engine replaced under warrantee
67.Gabergab - confirmed blown engine at 65k kms(40.4k miles), engine replaced by BMW, 4 mths out of warrantee, 70% goodwill payment, tracked regularly, no further info
68.Ging - confirmed blown engine but NOT rod bearings, this was a rare case of a rod breaking (Arrow rods, bearings were free), 24k kms (14.9k miles), forced induction (7.5 PSI).
69.Zzhou - confirmed blown engine (block holed), 42k miles, tracked 5-6 times per yr, another forum member states he saw his car in the dealer & they told him the RBs had failed - https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...4&postcount=58
(not his friends car, although he states that blew up too with rod bearing failure, no further info given)
70.bqureshi - confirmed rod bearing failure, 57k miles, 2009, pics - https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...postcount=1092
71.2jzinsider - confirmed blown engine, failed bearings (unknown which), 62k miles, 2011
72.serg87 (now AdonM3) - confirmed blown engine due to RB failure, replaced under warrantee, 48k miles, 2011
73.serj.ru - confirmed failed RBs, crank & some pistons damaged, 63k kms (39k miles), 2008
74.Grk_M3 - confirmed failed RBs, scored cylinders, no more info.
75.Pepper135i - confirmed engine failed, 20k miles, 2012, BMW replaced engine under warrantee, no more info
76.WkboardAtx - confirmed RB failure & blown engine, 80k miles, 2008, (occurred whilst driven by dealer!), no further info, direct link http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=542393
77.Thekhwaj - confirmed RB bearing failure, 22k miles, 2012, final confirmation of failed RBs here - https://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1248610 , serviced every 5k.
78.MrFeisty - confirmed rod bearing failure, 80k kms (50k miles), 2010
79.BostonS65 - confirmed engine failure, but unknown cause (but 'metal everywhere' inside engine & 1 cyl down on compression), 3.1k miles!, 2013
80.chamoloco - confirmed engine failure, but uncertain cause, he possibly describes a big end knock but says the small end bearings were 'worn out'!
81.///MTex - rod bearing failure, 57k miles, 2009, (better link) https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...postcount=1086 , photos https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...postcount=1092
82.turbomaniac - confirmed failed rod bearings (includes pics), 56k miles, 2008 , corrected link https://www.m3post.com/forums/showth...2#post19664522
83.Omni2702 - confirmed bearings failed but due to oil pump failure, 52k miles, 2008,
84.335m - confirmed RBs failed, ~60k miles, 2008, no further info
85.CHIEFKIEF - confirmed RBs failed, 30k miles, 2009, no further info.
86.ifly747 - seized engine, 83k miles, 2009, metal in oil sample thought to be from bearings, no more info
87.MFKN3 - confirmed RBs failed ('rod knock'), he states of 3 other local (Aus) M3s with bearing failure, no further info.
88.decimation1 - confirmed failed bearings (spun, unknown which), 80k miles, 2008 - extra info here https://www.m3post.com/forums/conver...5815&u2=258246
89.Bel-Tirid's friend - confirmed his car's RBs failed, no further info
90.MPACT - confirmed spun bearings 1 & 5, 67k miles, 2011, supercharged, 2nd engine spun same bearings along with no1 mains damaged! Suspicions fall on an issue with the supercharger installation causing no1 mains failure on both. Info & pics here https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...25&postcount=1
91.williemandowa - confirmed RBs failed, 101k miles, some tracking, no further info
92.Sonny-Heyman (reported by aussiem3) - confirmed blown engine (windowed block), 160k kms (100k miles), 2010, no further info
93.Sascha Ernst (reported by ///M Power-Belgium) - confirmed blown engine (windowed block), 65k kms (40.4k miles), no further info
94.chief - confirmed blown engine (windowed block, thrown conrod) but caused by a stuck open injector, see here https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...57&postcount=4, 69k miles, 2008, pictures here https://www.m3post.com/forums/showth...4#post20783124
95.Page Not Found - confirmed bearings failed (unknown cause, never posted the update thread he mentioned) 53k miles, 2010
96.Squartus - confirmed bearings failed (no1 mains & adjacent RBs), engine 61k miles, this 2nd set (WPC rod bearings) 30k miles, supercharged, crank photo here https://www.m3post.com/forums/showth...3#post20356443
97.bxchino_m3 - confirmed blown engine only, no other info at all! (user banned 10/2018)
98.HeaTHeR_aK - confirmed blown engine only, no other info at all!
99.Wtlitng - confirmed failed RBs, 19k miles, 2011 (engine replaced by BMW), no more info
100.ase2dais - inconclusive, reported 'tic-tic' noise could've been anything, although car was replaced after 2 failed repair attempts. 2008, no further info
101.chuckster (not Fazerboy, he just linked it) - confirmed RBs failed, 68k miles, 2008,
102.e92Mjunky - negative, nothing about a blown engine, but he put an S65 into an e46 M3!
103.M3ForMe93 - confirmed RB failure, 140k miles, 2008, pics of the engine out https://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1325498
104.Rahstar - confirmed RB failure(no.5), 85k miles, 2008
105.houston - only confirmed engine seized, 17k miles, 2011, no further info.
106.JFWM3 - confirmed blown engine (block holed, thrown rods), ~105k kms (65k miles) initial post incorrect, 2008, supercharged, correct mileage & a little more info here https://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1509701
107.E92NJM3 - holed piston due to a failed injector!, nothing to do with bearings.
108.romemmy - confirmed engine blown, broken con rod due to seized RBs (possibly caused by a failed main bearing), supercharged, no further info.
109.OnAFriday - confirmed bearing failure, suspected but not confirmed RBs, 53k miles, 2008,
110.Doc Oc's friend - confirmed main bearing failure, dinan pulley was on engine (so supercharged?), no further info
111.jobe - confirmed main bearing failure, 54k miles, 2009
112.Seattle Craig's List Post - dead link
113.M3E90SF - confirmed RBs failed , 42k miles, 2008, engine replaced by BMW (partial good will). Op deleted his post in the original thread, but confirms RBs in this later FS thread https://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1391761
114.jaye92 - confirmed RB failure, 2008, no further info
115.dpdoughty - confirmed blown engine (broken conrod), 82k miles, 2008,
116.Hovig24 - confirmed RB failure, 53k miles, 2008
117.grantwoodOK - confirmed RB failure, 70k miles, 2011. And possibly a 2nd one! (ongoing as of 3/20). https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=135
118.SSR Performance customer - confirmed bearings failed (not stated which) & crank damaged , 78k miles, no further info
119.tacoman - confirmed RBs failed (seized engine, whilst at dealer!), 36k miles, 2010
120.Twosevennine - confirmed RBs failed (rod knock), no further info
121.EYXB - confirmed RBs failed, 92k kms (57k miles), 2012, corrected link https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...36&postcount=1
122.Twosevennine - duplicated entry
123.GSTE34 - confirmed blown engine (rod thrown), 88k miles, 2008, but NOT due to RBs but a rod bolt falling out! additional info from https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...3&postcount=17
124.benbejamin18 - confirmed engine failed, likely RBs, 62k miles, 12/2007
125.LatifE90 - confirmed RBs failed (engine replaced), 60k miles, 2009, further info from here https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...1&postcount=21
126.Ruben7520 (name changed to M4_Ronin) - confirmed RBs failed, no further info (possibly formely owned by DreamTime? - https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...1&postcount=61 )
127.EAS customer - confirmed RB failure (incl. photos, appear to be LCI bearings), 120k miles, no further info
128.M3ANMACHINE, wrong person & link, it's aptwave - confirmed main bearings failed & seized engine, 31k miles, 2012, correct link https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...59&postcount=1 , photos - https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...1&postcount=48
129.yeah_knee - confirmed RB failure, 108k miles, 2008 https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=208
130.besiktas - only confirmed 'bearing is gone', no further info!
131.Duk996 - confirmed main bearings failed, 50k miles, 2011, RBs rough but not failed, photos - https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=115 https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=150 https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=187
132.Nugget - confirmed main bearings failed, estimate of 5k kms on new RBs, in forum photos https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=111 , photos - https://postimg.cc/gallery/2d18xm4xg/
133.maxe93 (now Maxf80M3) - confirmed blown engine but not RBs! No3 piston melted (unknown cause), 150k kms (93.2k miles), 2008 - also, corrected link https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...78&postcount=1
134.jonshmoe - confirmed bearings failed (unknown which), 97k miles, 2008, no further info
135.zeemy - only confirmed major engine fault (serious knock, likely RBs), 80k miles, 2008, no further info.
136.Inflame's boss - confirmed RBs failed, 46k miles, 2011, no further info.
137.spr - alternate thread shows their was nothing wrong with the engine! (was misdiagnosed by shop!) https://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1472011
138.fastmvr - confirmed bearings failed (not stated which, indicates RBs), 109k miles, 2008, better link https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...2&postcount=76
139.Nilick - confirmed RBs failed, 45k miles, 2011, no further info
140.Jmags41 - confirmed broken con rod, 50k miles, 2012, supercharged for 25k, no further info
141.deansbimmer - confirmed broken conrod, bought as a parts car, 2008, ~80k miles,no further info, extra info from here https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...postcount=2505
142.maicol76 (no2!) - confirmed blown engine, but is due to piston contacting a detached valve head! (engine 45-52k miles, 2013), 2011, tracked exclusively for 3yrs to then.
143.Fstylin - only confirmed 'metal shavings in oil' & 'odd noise from engine', no other info!
144.Redish motors (engine from Jamaica) - confirmed seized engine, rods 1,2 & 3 blued, certainly RBs failed, but maybe no1 mains too? No further info.
145.StuttgartBMW - suspected RBs, but engine hadn't been stripped & op didn't report back, 68k miles, 2008,
146.steven747 - confirmed RBs failed, 94k miles, 2008
147.nastynogales - confirmed engine knocking, 135k miles, 2008, no further info
148.amrazM3 (now amrazM) - confirmed engine seized, (via PM) cylinder 8 bottom shell spun and fused to the crank took out the motor and it couldn't even be spun over by hand. before the motor went it was consuming oil pretty rapidly, bmw sent an engineer to look at the engine and they verified that the oil wasn't low at the time of the incident, 25k miles, 2011, corrected link https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...07&postcount=1
149.bimmer414 - confirmed RBs failed, 122k miles, 2008, ~12 track days, (stated oil analysis missed bad bearings, Pb levels were slightly elevated, report not shown. Have PM'd).
150.New_m3 - confirmed RBs failed, 102k miles, 2008
151.Codinge90 - confirmed RBs failed (engine otherwise apparently undamaged), 101k miles, 2010, corrected link https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...82&postcount=1
152.fastmvr's son - duplicated entry (138)
153.Ruben7520 (now M4_Ronin) - duplicated entry (126)
154.Lexshive - a confused & conflicting report, possibly detonation damaged piston & RB??? A separate thread possibly hints at this too https://www.m3post.com/forums/showth...6#post23150226
155.JTHOR312 - only confirmed damaged engine, possibly piston/ring damage, post is so vague it's almost completely useless, 2011, no further info
156.Bluestorm - confirmed seized engine, allegedly from overfilling with oil! (seems unlikely), 42.5k miles, 2012, no further info.
157.cblack201 - confirmed seized engine, 71k miles, 2008, previously had a crank & bearings at 64k! No further info, corrected link https://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/s...7#post30111247
158.JTHOR312 - duplicated entry (155)
159.In Belgium 2016 - confirmed destroyed engine (rod thrown), photo showing a major oil leak, further info by PM from ///M Power-Belguim - I spoke to him via FB in 2018 .
He said he drove on the highway and suddenly he heard a loud knocking/rattle noise under the hood.
He pulled over ASAP. First thing he saw was the oil coming from under the engine bay .
His BWW/Dealer confirmed that a bearing spun and it blew a rod through the block and oil pan .The S65 was completely locked up . Metal debris was everywhere. He never red-lined in the rpm's ...and the car was stock.
160.T!m@ - not confirmed, 'cracked block, overheated', (link to photo sometimes works! confirmed cracked block), ~100k kms (~62k miles), 2008 (info from PM).
161.SYT_Shadow (typo corrected) - confirmed seized engine, 60k miles, 2011, lots of track use!, tuned, no1 main bearing spun https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...76&postcount=1
162.Reported by M Power-Belgium, burnout video - confirmed engine blown, in the video you see a conrod on the floor! The big end is darkened & still so hot that it's vaporising the adjacent oil! Due to the nature of abuse maybe the oil overheated & got too thin?? No further info.
163.2006325i - confirmed no1 main & RB spun (photos), 70k miles, 2011
164.bmwlover0725 - confirmed RBs failed (spun) , 162k miles, 2008, has done 10k miles on new shells with 1 of the journals slightly scored!
165.aardchua - confirmed RB 'issue', ~50k miles, 2008, engine was replaced under warrantee.
166.aznazasin - confirmed RB failure (hole in block), 88k miles, 2008
167.MoonShot - confirmed RB failure, 62k miles, 2008, engine replaced by BMW under warrantee.
168.bmwlover0725 - duplicate entry, see 164
169.deansbimmer customers x2 - No1,confirmed mains & RB failure, seized engine, 74k miles, 2011. No2, confirmed RB failure, spun bearing, (asked dean for more info)
170.dgoldenz - confirmed failed RBs (rod thrown) on 2nd engine!, , supercharged for 10k miles, 59.2k miles, 2013, better link with photos https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...postcount=2382 , not mains apparently! https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...4&postcount=34
171.Griffith500 - confirmed 'kaput' engine!, ,2011, no further info
172.Excers - likely no1 mains failed leading to spun RBs (7k after replacing them) but engine not stripped fully to confirm, 81k miles, 2011
173.frazierrg - confirmed blown engine (thrown rod), 43.6k miles, 2011, no further info
174.bblefas - confirmed blown engine, 14.5k miles, 2011, replaced by BMW under warrantee, no further info.
175.M3_Singh - confirmed blown engine (thrown rod, photos), 79k miles, no further info.
176.bmwlover0725 - duplicate entry again!, see 164
177.scaryharry19 - confirmed blown engine (thrown rod), 72k miles, 2008, supercharged ~22k miles,
178.drifts500 (friend's car) - not confirmed blown engine! (cracked block, cause uncertain), 90k miles, 2009,
179.kuy902 - confirmed blown engine, 2008, tracked a lot and supercharged (690 bhp!!! https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...7&postcount=57 ), no further info
180.tweny - confirmed failed mains & RBs, 43k miles, 2011, photos https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...8&postcount=13 https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...6&postcount=69
181.jazzy1999's mechanic - confirmed blown engine, appears from the single photo no1 mains failed followed by adjacent RBs, no further info
182.superbang - confirmed RBs failed, 69k miles, no further info
183.bergerking - confirmed seized engine, 132k miles, 2011, engine not stripped, no further info.
184.x2nervisx - confirmed seized engine, 107k miles, engine 2008, no further info, engine not stripped as of 1/2020
185.Kobaiyashi - confirmed RBs failed, 136k, 2008, no further info as of 29/3/2020
186.kiquos - confirmed blown engine (rod thrown) just after RBs changed, but NOT the bearings fault as their is evidence that a rod bolt dropped out!, 80k miles, 2011, better info here https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=452
187.ebay car with replaced motor - unknown cause for replacement, 12k miles, 2012 (reg. DTF 3139, NY, car seems familiar??)
188.ebay with blown motor - confirmed 'bad engine' only, ad also stated 'will likely need a new engine', 60.2k miles, 2011, corrected link https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...postcount=2477
189.Nugget - duplicate entry, see 132 (copied this entry's link to that entry).
190.deansbimmer - 5 failed S65s in workshop, as of 29/3/20 no further info yet.
191.shakeywarrior - confirmed rod knock & copper debris in oil filter, no further info at this stage
192.williocom, dead engine (no further info), 20k miles, 2011, BMW replaced under warranty https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...2&postcount=16
193.radiantm3 - confirmed engine seized, 61k miles, RBs originally changed by BMW at 17k under warrantee! No more info. https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=109 and https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...5&postcount=73
194.surewin - confirmed RBs failed, engine saved! 62k miles (photos plus oil report) https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=256 , more info from tom @ eas here https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=389
195.anerbe - confirmed failed RBs, 54k miles, 2009, (oil reports) - https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=967 , RBs hadn't spun but crank scored https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...92&postcount=1
196.CrucialScott - confirmed damaged engine, 'bottom end knock', 43k miles, 2010, likely but unconfirmed RBs - https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=205 , https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=208
197.luvyrteeth - confirmed engine blown, 'bearing failure', no more info, 75k miles, 2008, (have PM'ed) https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...83&postcount=3 , https://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=955963
198.paul604 - confirmed seized engine, 2010, no futher info https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...3&postcount=16
199.Green-Eggs customer - confirmed seized engine, no1 mains seized, supercharged, tracked, (had new BE rod bearings which were damaged by the mains failure). https://www.m3post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=100
200.
This is great work. Definitely the kind of thing that is perfect for isolation. Using the forum as a great M3 sample group it would be so interesting to see number of total M3's on the forum vs number of RB failures vs number of RB replacement.
It would probably be the closest we will come to seeing a true percentage of failure.
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Thanks .
Trouble is we wouldn't know if we got the total number of M3 owners.
I think their is a thread where the op posted a poll asking about RBs replaced or not, & engine blown or not. I don't think it'd been posted to in some while. I guess we could bring it back to life , I'll see if I can find it. [edit] Turns out theirs a few, but I think it was this one I was thinking of, it's certainly had the most votes at nearly 200.
I've bumped btw, but when I re-read it I see some of the options need editing.

Btw, it's probably best if you don't quote my whole list, it pads out the page a lot & I can't update it .
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