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      05-19-2008, 05:38 PM   #23
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This is the plan of action hatched with BMW UK & AG.
Other than that maybe they have found some "measurement" issues with the cylinder block and pistons??

The bits are coming from Germany 4 days lead time - and as its a bank holiday in Germany so add three days (a bridging day each side).
So means I get the E93 for another week
Bring on the sunshine.....

My run in will probably a few days (500+ miles).
I did run my car in from new. I would run the block in as I don't need the hassle of going back in again.

Unless the engine goes bang, unfortunately it's not that easy for me to refuse back as there are way too many people involved in the chain for the car to be refused back.

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Fleet co-ordinator (My company)
My boss
My boss's boss
My personnel dept

Everyone in my company has to sign it off - So I think this option is out.
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There's always a way Sherekhan. Tell me, what fuel did you use in your car?

You must ensure you check it really well when you take re-delivery.
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Just found this, is it related do you think?
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/bmw-320-se-cyl...QQcmdZViewItem
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The SE has a different cylinder head and smaller valves than the SI
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Are you sure? I didn't think the SI was that special? just overhyped BMW PR
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A quote from EVO
"The cylinder head itself is cast alongside the F1 heads at Landshut; the engine is then hand-finished at Hams Hall, near Coventry. With bigger valves, unique alloy cylinder liners, different bore and stroke, a higher compression ratio and a higher rev limit, it’s safe to say that it’s thoroughly revised."
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There's always a way Sherekhan. Tell me, what fuel did you use in your car?

You must ensure you check it really well when you take re-delivery.
There is very little way when the personnel manager has to sign off the car to the business. It's not worth the grief if my next car is a lemon then they will just not want to know.

I have tried a variety of fuel.

I did ask BMW before I tried "premium" fuel.

Started with Shell Unleaded, move to Tesco 99 then Shell VPower.
I have moved away from Tesco as I don't like the bio bit of the Tesco99 fuel (not for technical reasons). Been using Vpower every time since Nov last year. I have always tended to stick to Shell 80% of the time or will try to drive to a Shell garage.

I did try Aral 100 whilst Germany just over a 1.5 years ago. It made the engine sound great.

BTW good find for the cylinder head shame it aint mine....

As 3 Toed said the car is a homoglation car, but not wholly in the true sense!
It does drive very different in handling and sound.

The engine is slung back quite far in the engine bay and the brakes have been upgraded (vented and size increase). The rear valance doesn't allow anything to be attached such a tow bar and they have engineered a motorsport exhaust.
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ShereKhan, What is homoglation? have you just made this word up?
How does 2 mm bigger valves help?, does it help with Tyre pressure?
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ShereKhan, What is homoglation? have you just made this word up?
How does 2 mm bigger valves help?, does it help with Tyre pressure?
Sorry that my typo - should read homologation

I've got a 10" notebook that I type on so very easy to get typo's

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homologation

What on earth are you on about tyre valves? They have nothing to do with engine running.
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A quote from EVO
"The cylinder head itself is cast alongside the F1 heads at Landshut; the engine is then hand-finished at Hams Hall, near Coventry. With bigger valves, unique alloy cylinder liners, different bore and stroke, a higher compression ratio and a higher rev limit, it’s safe to say that it’s thoroughly revised."
Is it because it is hand finished it doesn't last do you think?

I think a FIAT Strada would be better, made by robots?

Good look getting your car engine replaced, maybe they will put in a deesel?
I sometims make typos two, but that is because I have fat fingers.
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Is it because it is hand finished it doesn't last do you think?

I think a FIAT Strada would be better, made by robots?

Good look getting your car engine replaced, maybe they will put in a deesel?
I sometims make typos two, but that is because I have fat fingers.
I think I expected BMW to have a higher build quality for such a small production run (as opposed to Fiat group or any Italian band). From memory the Honda Type R engine's were hand finished but did not suffer any issues AFAIK. So the Japanese are much better than the German's perhaps?

The Strada is just a myth and a good advert campaign. The engine normally sounds like a diesel at idle anyway but much better at high revs
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I think I expected BMW to have a higher build quality for such a small production run (as opposed to Fiat group or any Italian band). From memory the Honda Type R engine's were hand finished but did not suffer any issues AFAIK. So the Japanese are much better than the German's perhaps?
Not usually any issues with AMG engines either which are hand built.

On the other hand, you almost never hear of spring failure in any other make apart from BMW, so it does make you wonder about certain aspects of their engineering design and quality control.
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Good Look with your car ShereKhan.
Is your new engine being built in Longbridge as well?
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Good Look with your car ShereKhan.
Is your new engine being built in Longbridge as well?
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Last time I checked Wellsway are no where near Longbridge and AFAIK it doesn't exist anymore!
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Checked with the stealer to see what the latest is with my car.

They have managed to rebuild the engine after having removed all and sundry. They are going to keep it for a week longer so that they can carry out some further tests.

What sort of tests would you think they would carry out?

The only one that comes to mind is a compression test.
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From what I've read of your troubles, the best compression test you could possibly have on that car is to test how small a cube you can make of it.
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From what I've read of your troubles, the best compression test you could possibly have on that car is to test how small a cube you can make of it.
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Checked with the stealer to see what the latest is with my car.

They have managed to rebuild the engine after having removed all and sundry. They are going to keep it for a week longer so that they can carry out some further tests.

What sort of tests would you think they would carry out?

The only one that comes to mind is a compression test.

A compression test after a re-build. They should have done this before they took it apart lol
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A compression test after a re-build. They should have done this before they took it apart lol
So is this normally done before and after or only before? Never rebuilt an engine so have no idea
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So is this normally done before and after or only before? Never rebuilt an engine so have no idea
Usually a compression test is done to diagnose an engine fault. Such as A Faulty or failed ring or piston. To see which cylinder is down on compression,

Was your car running rough, as if on 3 cylinders?

Also can highlight headgasket failure or an unseated valve.

If the engine is all put together now and running i cant see why you cant have it back.
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Maybe they need to check the pressures also?

I think the best course of action sherekahn is to get the car replaced. It will never be the same again. What engine have they fitted? is it a diesel now? would it be a sid? that would be good.
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They'd better check ShereKan's pressure soon.
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