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    More S65 con rod bearing wear pictures/photos from VAC

    More soon. 7 and 8 are pretty damn bad too.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Mike@VAC Click here to enlarge
    More soon. 7 and 8 are pretty damn bad too.

    http://i1184.photobucket.com/albums/...65-conrod1.jpg
    In your opinion, what is causing the wear?

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    I'd like to know what the measurements are compared to others that show no wear. Are the bearings moving around and unseated ? Can you take some pics of the oil passages/journals?

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    oohhh man..

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    Correct me if I'm wrong...but that looks like it's the compression side of the rod bearing, no ?

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    That's some nasty looking rod.

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    Ah $#@!... Here we go again
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by folgrz Click here to enlarge
    Ah $#@!... Here we go again
    Not again, we are getting more info and it's great. I love this forum.

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    Well at least we are getting this info from another vendor Click here to enlarge

    Rather than a vendor and customer bickering back and forth.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by folgrz Click here to enlarge
    Well at least we are getting this info from another vendor
    EXACTLY.

    Shows there sure may be something to the video earlier...

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    This is great that VAC is showing us this. I would love for them to solve the issue as I really wanted to get myself an E90 M3 DCT in the near future. This worries me as bearings wearing out are not gone end up being good for the vehicle owners wallet!

    Looking forward to VACs analysis and solution to this issue.
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    This seems to be turning into a major problem, I don't see how BMW will get away with not addressing this. How many miles were on this motor?
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by LZH Click here to enlarge
    Correct me if I'm wrong...but that looks like it's the compression side of the rod bearing, no ?
    Nope, you'r rightClick here to enlarge

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by bobS Click here to enlarge
    This seems to be turning into a major problem, I don't see how BMW will get away with not addressing this. How many miles were on this motor?
    I think that is over reacting. Thousands of these cars have been sold and many are beaten on and driven on the track regularly. The number of failures seem very small in nature whether stock or modified.

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    I hope so,but the fact all the failures seem to be the same shows me there is a pattern, maybe there was a problem during a production run of certain engines during a certain year but I guess we'll have to wait and see. Its happening in stock and modified cars, doesn't look good IMO.
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    What was the mileage on this motor?


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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Jaypod Click here to enlarge
    I think that is over reacting. Thousands of these cars have been sold and many are beaten on and driven on the track regularly. The number of failures seem very small in nature whether stock or modified.

    i agree 100%. BMW is not going to react to a handful of people that literally tear apart their engines to see the bearing wear. There are hundreds of thousands of S65s that are performing just fine and BMW isnt going to cater to the people that want to supercharge their engines.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by LZH Click here to enlarge
    Correct me if I'm wrong...but that looks like it's the compression side of the rod bearing, no ?
    yes

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DBFIU Click here to enlarge
    i agree 100%. BMW is not going to react to a handful of people that literally tear apart their engines to see the bearing wear. There are hundreds of thousands of S65s that are performing just fine and BMW isnt going to cater to the people that want to supercharge their engines.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DBFIU Click here to enlarge
    i agree 100%. BMW is not going to react to a handful of people that literally tear apart their engines to see the bearing wear. There are hundreds of thousands of S65s that are performing just fine and BMW isnt going to cater to the people that want to supercharge their engines.
    Going to have to let this all play out. If more failures appear down the road and someone gets a class action suit together, we could see bmw address it.

    At least there is actual info and visual evidence on the net, unlike the AMG M156 issue.


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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by M3_WC Click here to enlarge
    Going to have to let this all play out. If more failures appear down the road and someone gets a class action suit together, we could see bmw address it.

    At least there is actual info and visual evidence on the net, unlike the AMG M156 issue.
    yes, but if the owners are not stock, we wont hear about 3/4 of them for fear of negativities toward whatever company they chose to modify with..
    most people are not inherently "mean", so seeing that bashing is all but guaranteed, they would not want to talk about it even if THEY feel and know it was not the aftermarket's fault, because it would do no good, ie "mean"

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Jaypod Click here to enlarge
    I think that is over reacting. Thousands of these cars have been sold and many are beaten on and driven on the track regularly. The number of failures seem very small in nature whether stock or modified.
    I don't think we know the full number of failures or how widespread this is. The S54 bearing issue was played down early on too and it was well over 100 motors.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DBFIU Click here to enlarge
    i agree 100%. BMW is not going to react to a handful of people that literally tear apart their engines to see the bearing wear. There are hundreds of thousands of S65s that are performing just fine and BMW isnt going to cater to the people that want to supercharge their engines.
    Why would this just be an issue for guys who are supercharging?

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by LostMarine Click here to enlarge
    yes, but if the owners are not stock, we wont hear about 3/4 of them for fear of negativities toward whatever company they chose to modify with..
    Exactly.

    Or guys may "trade" their car in before tearing the motor down... Click here to enlarge

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    How much longer will BMW be making this motor ?

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