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Old 10-20-2015, 10:15 PM   #1
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Rod bearing is done. Now what?

Ok everybody just like my post said. My rod bearing is clearly telling me it is done. I had removed the spark plug one at a time from each cylinder and when i got to the 3rd the knocking went away. I hit depression to a whole new low tonight.ugghhh

So i wanna ask everybody what now? What should i do with my car? Should I attempt to have somebody fix it? Is it still fixable? How much would i get charged?

Or as much as hate to say.Should i sell it as is? Part out?
It is an 02 m3 with 171k
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Old 10-21-2015, 07:37 AM   #2
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We're the rod bearings ever replaced under the recall? Do you want to keep the car? If the rod bearing problem didn't exist would you want to keep the car? What's the overall condition of the car?
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Old 10-21-2015, 08:21 AM   #3
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Yes it was done. Twice actually. Once back in November 2002 at 9k and another in october 2004 with 23k.. I would love to keep the car yet I have seen nasty pics of holes in the engine block. if ima have to get a new engine i rather not. If my bill is higher than 1500 i will count my losses
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Old 10-21-2015, 09:27 AM   #4
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At 171K, there is a good chance the crankshaft is a goner, but I would install new rod bearings and see what happens.
If it doesn't fix it, used engine would be an option.

How is the rest of the car, really clean?

This is a reminder for M3 owners, the rod bearing should be replaced preventatively.
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Old 10-21-2015, 09:32 AM   #5
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This is a reminder for M3 owners, the rod bearing should be replaced preventatively.
His rod bearings WERE replaced, twice. So how is this a reminder?
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His rod bearings WERE replaced, twice. So how is this a reminder?
Yes, they were replaced...147 000 miles ago.
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Yes, they were replaced...147 000 miles ago.
Good point, I missed the mileage part.

I thought the rod bearing replacement solved the original problem with different bearing shells? So I was surprised to see them both replaced twice AND fail later.
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Old 10-21-2015, 11:49 AM   #8
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The body is real good. The interior is real nice as well. everybody tends to think its an 2k11 vehicle and up. I havent been able to give it no mods since i rather do maintaince either haha. Its just that clean

Yea i thought the same with the rod bearings. I heard about failures before but i never worried about it since the recall was done twice.

Now that i done my research on the subject i will find it more as a maintance item. I would say around every 75k to replace them.

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