Thank you Clifton and Bavarian for your continued insight... I am truly grateful.
Guys like you make half the worries go away on these forums.
I'll report back with what the dealer says. I am just surprised that a 6 year old car's engine can look this horrific. My 12 year old Lexus has a cleaner and better looking than my precious E90 now.
Clifton - thank you for putting my mind to some ease. 2 out of 10 on the scale of maintenance doesn't sound too bad!
Anyone else has any pictures of their E90 Engine bays showing the 'regular' non oil soaked engine?
Also - with the condition mine is assessing from the pictures; things like vacuum pump or anything else isn't at risk? :-S