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      11-15-2011, 03:53 AM   #45
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OP wtf?!?

why did u have to go out-of-pocket?
should be covered. Sounds to me they took
some money where money should not be taken.

-ur dealer's got some explain'n to do.
and hopefully u'll post again and clear
things up for us members.
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      11-15-2011, 07:59 AM   #46
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OP wtf?!?

why did u have to go out-of-pocket?
should be covered. Sounds to me they took
some money where money should not be taken.

-ur dealer's got some explain'n to do.
and hopefully u'll post again and clear
things up for us members.

READ page one, post number one. The OP has a tune, hence no warranty coverage.
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      11-15-2011, 02:53 PM   #47
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READ page one, post number one. The OP has a tune, hence no warranty coverage.
Dackelone i did read it, but let's again.

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My car has been at the dealer for a week now. I first got limp mode on the highway last week, power reduced, etc. Stopped the engine, waited a few minutes and started again, limp mode gone. I drove around the parking lot for a few minutes and limp mode came back again so I took the car to the dealer.

Dealer runs codes, sees that VANOS timing is off. They find a "sheared off / broken bolt in the exhaust side of VANOS." As of today, they replaced the exhaust VANOS (so far $2700 out of warranty.) My SA says the car sounds better at idle (was ticking bad when I first took it in) but the computer still says "VANOS is not activating."

Now they want to replace the intake VANOS and tensioner for another $2000, $4700 plus tax total so far.

All this after PROcede on Map 1 auto tune driven normally on the road with no other mods... How can a bolt just snap like that? I'm looking at $5000+ out of pocket and no car for two weeks on a 2011 135i with 20,000 miles on it...

Anyone with a tuned N55, please be careful....
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Why didn't you remove the Procede before going to the dealer?
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It was removed.
okay 1st initial problem was taken care of, covered under warranty -
for 2700$ then the dealer said no needs more fixing for
additional $2000 (this additional fix, we don't know if it was
covered under warranty or out of pocket.)
grand total is 4700$, which 2700$, OP stated as covered.

then he goes on to question the tune, if this could cause the
problem. Then he states that he's 5000$+ out of pocket.

there's some info missing, Dackelone - and on the other
pages, other members go on to say it should be covered because
there was no tune when taken in to the dealer.

I want to know if OP fess'd up bout having a tune, thus red flag'n the
dealership, then all will make sense.
then the say'n "u pay to play" will apply.

+ OP is in Hawaii - there's not really anywhere else on the island
he can go for service. //
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      11-15-2011, 06:54 PM   #48
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where's the OP!?

u don't get emails when someone tags ur thread?
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      12-13-2011, 09:48 PM   #49
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WHATS WITH ALL THE MYSTERIOUS BS IN THIS THREAD????

I think everyone needs to know:

1) Did the dealer ultimately know you had a tune?
2) If "no", what was their reasoning for not covering the car under warranty

OP, you owe us at least that....

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      12-14-2011, 05:25 PM   #50
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Yes, dealer knew of a tune. Apparently someone who doesn't like me very much and knows I had a tune also knows someone at the dealership. I had removed the tune before going in, but I also had a half broken clip on one of the hard to reach plugs due to me rushing the uninstall so that was extra proof.

If you remove the tune, chances are they won't find it unless they really looked for it, and they will on a big job.

Advice? If you have a tune, just don't tell anyone about it.

From reading more on this, it looks like I could have just replaced the solenoids for a whole lot less money, but I'll never know. Happy to cut my losses and move on.

I've since gotten rid of the 135 as the DCT had been giving me issues for months. (unrelated to this.)

Sorry about not commenting here earlier, I don't have a 135 anymore so no need to visit these forums.
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      12-14-2011, 08:12 PM   #51
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Thanks for getting back to us. Does anyone know of any maintenance type procedure people are doing with the bolts? I thought I read somewhere something about replacing them when doing spark plugs. I kind of remember them saying it was not that horrible or expensive to do yourself. That does not seem to be the case here.
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      12-15-2011, 04:26 PM   #52
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      01-05-2012, 04:01 AM   #53
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Hallo
A Friend have the same vanos Problem with his e92 335 n55, but he dont have a tune. The Engine is Stock.
The bmw warranty pay all.



Sorry for my Bad englisch.
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      01-05-2012, 02:11 PM   #54
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Yes, dealer knew of a tune. Apparently someone who doesn't like me very much and knows I had a tune also knows someone at the dealership. I had removed the tune before going in, but I also had a half broken clip on one of the hard to reach plugs due to me rushing the uninstall so that was extra proof.

If you remove the tune, chances are they won't find it unless they really looked for it, and they will on a big job.

Advice? If you have a tune, just don't tell anyone about it.

From reading more on this, it looks like I could have just replaced the solenoids for a whole lot less money, but I'll never know. Happy to cut my losses and move on.

I've since gotten rid of the 135 as the DCT had been giving me issues for months. (unrelated to this.)

Sorry about not commenting here earlier, I don't have a 135 anymore so no need to visit these forums.
That is bullshit, make them prove it, or tell them you want to transfer to a different dealership that wont try to rip them off.

They must prove that YOU caused the damage, they wont be able to and they are trying to stick you with their bill.
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This is still the worst thread I have ever read.
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Wow. What a horrible thread. No offense but OP sounds like he is clueless.
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That's 5min I'll never get back. OP should join another fear campaign.. lol
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Partially resurrecting an old thread here, but my N55 is in the shop for this exact same reason--sheared VANOS bolt. 18,800 miles on the car. Here's the kicker--my N55 never had a tune. 100% stock.

We will see what transpires in the next day or two....
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Partially resurrecting an old thread here, but my N55 is in the shop for this exact same reason--sheared VANOS bolt. 18,800 miles on the car. Here's the kicker--my N55 never had a tune. 100% stock.

We will see what transpires in the next day or two....
Update? Is this really something we need to worry about?
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