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Old 06-06-2009, 04:57 PM   #1
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M56 SULEV guys, any of you had the fuel pump or filter go out?

Curious, I have about 77K on the engine. The fuel pump and filter are built into the gas tank and it runs about 6K.....no joke...to replace the gas tank with the lifetime fuel pump and fuel filter. Wondering if any of you had to go through this. No issues here, but I can buy a new engine for the price of that gas tank!!!!!
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Old 06-06-2009, 05:02 PM   #2
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Shouldn't it be covered up to 100k miles? That was my understanding... all emissions related components are 100k covereage. So I'd assume that since that tank is special to to SULEV that it would be covered as well... maybe I'm worng?
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Old 06-06-2009, 05:08 PM   #3
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Shouldn't it be covered up to 100k miles? That was my understanding... all emissions related components are 100k covereage. So I'd assume that since that tank is special to to SULEV that it would be covered as well... maybe I'm worng?
You are right, but just wondering if anyone has had any issues with the fuel pump or fuel filter. My luck, I hit 101K miles and it goes to hell. Trying to do some research. I imagine you could retrofit a non SULEV fuel pump, filter, and gas tank if it did happen out of warranty. The SULEV radiator is even different, costs 2 times as much as a normal radiator. After my radiator going out, I now have a normal non SULEV radiator. The SULEV has some catalyst coating on it.
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Old 06-06-2009, 06:45 PM   #4
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Aren't all the fuel lines, return line, and vent line all metal also? I never understood the logic behind that whole setup.
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Old 06-06-2009, 06:54 PM   #5
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Lol I've never even seen a SULEV engine, were they only sold in Europe or something?
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Old 06-06-2009, 07:16 PM   #6
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Lol I've never even seen a SULEV engine, were they only sold in Europe or something?
LOL....SOCAL is the main reason BMW made these engines. Besides a few other states.
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Old 06-06-2009, 07:27 PM   #7
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LOL....SOCAL is the main reason BMW made these engines. Besides a few other states.
Yeah CA has the most retarded emissions laws lol
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Old 06-06-2009, 07:30 PM   #8
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Yeah CA has the most retarded emissions laws lol
Yep....bump for the responses from M56 SULEV owners. Any responses from you guys that own one? Looking to keep this thread focused on M56 SULEV owners and their experience.

EDIT...and LOL, how many Cali owners have checked their engines with 2003+ years to see if they have a SULEV M56 engine, I bet a few have no idea they have one.

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Old 06-06-2009, 11:25 PM   #9
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Bump.....looking for M56 guys and their experience. Please, do not thread crap on this.....M56 SULEV guys only.
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Old 06-07-2009, 02:41 AM   #10
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I have an M56 SULEV too. No issues so far with fuel filter or gas tank @ 53k miles. Don't plan on keeping the car past 100k anyways
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Old 06-07-2009, 03:10 AM   #11
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I have an M56 SULEV too. No issues so far with fuel filter or gas tank @ 53k miles. Don't plan on keeping the car past 100k anyways
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Old 06-08-2009, 07:07 PM   #12
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I have the M56... obviously. No issues yet with fuel system. I'm at 62,000 miles.

Anybody have luck with intakes or exhausts?
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Old 06-11-2009, 11:45 AM   #13
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I have a SULEV with 30k miles. I went to the dealer when it was still under warrenty and askd them if the could fix my gas cap. It was difficult to remove everytime I would take it off(eventually fixed its self). They quoted me I think 8,000$. I just said don't bother.
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Old 06-11-2009, 12:53 PM   #14
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I have an '03 325i with M56. I bought it CPO, and the warranty expires in October. I plan on getting rid of it then.
Currently, it has 62K miles on it. The $$$ estimate you got for the fuel tank replacement is correct. And yes the fuel pump and filter are built in to the tank, all sealed up and not serviceable...
The extended warranty is only good if you live in Cal, NY or any other state that required the SULEV emissions. I live in Texas, so I'm screwed after the CPO warranty expires.
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Old 06-11-2009, 02:31 PM   #15
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I have 65k miles on an '03 M56 SULEV, no issues. Have you considered buying a used set from a dismantler (aka junkyard)? It would probably be cheaper than a new one.
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Old 06-11-2009, 03:38 PM   #16
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i have one at 75k and no problems so far, i do have a magnaflow exhaust but i dont have to get smogged for another 2 years so we'll see what happens
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Old 06-11-2009, 03:54 PM   #17
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I have one, as well. No issues with the fuel system so far.
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Old 07-09-2009, 10:33 AM   #18
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I just got the call from my mechanic for a $7k fuel pump replacement. I bought an extended warranty when I purchased the car (2004 325i sedan 65k - California emissions) and it has certainly paid for itself. The warranty company is sending an inspector out to make sure it's the fuel pump.

I guess when you buy a car it might be a good idea to ask, "what's the most expensive part to replace" and it's a $7k fuel pump - run.
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I just got the call from my mechanic for a $7k fuel pump replacement. I bought an extended warranty when I purchased the car (2004 325i sedan 65k - California emissions) and it has certainly paid for itself. The warranty company is sending an inspector out to make sure it's the fuel pump.

I guess when you buy a car it might be a good idea to ask, "what's the most expensive part to replace" and it's a $7k fuel pump - run.
Just a quick follow up - Pleasanton BMW replaced the tank for free under the emissions warranty.
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Old 07-17-2009, 12:15 PM   #20
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So, somebody asked earlier about intakes and exhausts... any feedback guys?

I've searched and seen mixed reviews in regards to intakes throwing CEL on the SULEV. Is this true, or perhaps it's only certain intakes?
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