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      04-02-2018, 11:58 AM   #67
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a) Had hard start problems followed by CEL, DSC, and BRAKE lights. Also had a high pitched whistle noise. Diagnosed to be crank position sensor was cause of hard start. PCV valve malfunction cause of whistle. Replaced crank position sensor, valve cover and valve cover gasket.

b) $0

c) SULEV warranty covered completely

d) No hard time, as a matter of fact they brought up the SULEV warranty!!!

e) Not one bit!

BMW of El Cajon was the dealership
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      05-02-2018, 11:25 PM   #68
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a. Changed my spark plugs over the weekend and I noticed oil seeping into one of the cylinders. Other dealer said only VCG covered if it involves check engine light but said I had a crack in the cover. Brought it to another dealer for an oil change and mentioned that and SULEV. SA said he would ask for me. Changed out the valve cover under SULEV.

b) 96 for the oil change

c) SULEV covered

d) No

e) No

Done at BMW of Henderson , car registered in CA
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Good stuff guys... keep posting. Really good info for us high mileage SULEV owners!
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Is there a consensus on whether or not the Valve Cover is covered on SULEV vehicles?


If the Valve Cover is leaking oil... Wouldn't that cause it to fail the "California Smog
Check test or EPA approved short test"?

I see some success here, and others posting that they had issues.
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Is there a consensus on whether or not the Valve Cover is covered on SULEV vehicles?


If the Valve Cover is leaking oil... Wouldn't that cause it to fail the "California Smog
Check test or EPA approved short test"?

I see some success here, and others posting that they had issues.
Valve covers not covered... I tried a whilee back and apparently only the VCG is which doesnt make sense at all.
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Valve covers not covered... I tried a whilee back and apparently only the VCG is which doesnt make sense at all.
Yup, just went to the dealership and tried to see if they would cover it.
  1. First I hit & , and read a few threads.
  2. THEN I called service at 'BMW of El Cajon' because Brandon08_328 mentioned them replacing his Valve Cover under SULEV. I think his name was Adrian, but the guy I spoke to from BMW of El Cajon was AMAZING! He knew his stuff, and said that while the Valve Cover isn't covered, that something inside it is (I forget the part). Basically, if this part is broken, then the Valve Cover gets replaced under SULEV... OR if the cracked Valve Cover is throwing a code, then it should be covered (mine was not). Again, I was impressed with this dealer and guy's customer service. I'm just some dude calling from across the country because a forum member's post...... AND they spent a good 10-15min checking it out, and walking me through the steps of how it can be covered. Awesome service from those guys.
  3. I called BMW NA to try and get an official word since some people seem to get their valve covers replaced under SULEV, and others don't. BMW NA is always nice, but the guy I spoke to said he knows nothing about cars or technical issues, and it's up to the dealer to interpret the warranty.


Basically, I pleaded my case with the service manager, and he gave me a discount on the valve cover; agreeing to put it on while they replace the VCG under SULEV. I get the dealer's point, but the whole thing is ridiculous, and based on the wording in the SULEV warranty, the valve cover should be covered. Maybe it's a reach, but for the failure rate of these things AND their own SULEV warranty.. There should be a class action lawsuit against BMW for this.
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Iíve had a fuel pump and thermostat replaced under SULEV.

My dealership hasnít given me an issue yet but Iíve only gone in when I was just about certain what the issue was and if it was covered. I always feel weird pulling into the dealership service bay with a 2009 and 90k.... I donít belong there anymore.
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So the E90 is my wife's car. Mine are older BMW'S. I saw your thread on the SULEV warranty and wanted to add our recent experience. The car is a 2009 328xi with about 115,000. We reside in upstate NY and have to deal with state inspections annually. This car has been a challenge the last couple of years due to the radiator and the sensor. I made it a goal this year to deal with it early since she wants to keep the car for a while longer.

Last week I took it to Keeler BMW in Latham, NY and told them I wanted their time to pull the code and give me a diagnostic. I was very clear to the service adviser that I knew what was going on Radiator and the EAC Sensor. When the tech checked it and the SA came to get me he told me the radiator would be replaced per warranty for the SULEV engine. That the VCG would be replaced, along with the valvetronic sensor. The tech recommended changing the coolant hoses, which we did do. Along with the VC, it was cracked. Cheap plastic part.

Thought all was good. Until she told me yesterday that the car was stumbling. I drove it and it misfired on #6, but did not turn on the check light. I checked the OBD just for the heck of it. Waiting to call the dealer tomorrow and see what happens.
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a) Had hard start problems followed by CEL, DSC, and BRAKE lights. Also had a high pitched whistle noise. Diagnosed to be crank position sensor was cause of hard start. PCV valve malfunction cause of whistle. Replaced crank position sensor, valve cover and valve cover gasket.

b) $0

c) SULEV warranty covered completely

d) No hard time, as a matter of fact they brought up the SULEV warranty!!!

e) Not one bit!

BMW of El Cajon was the dealership
This describes EXACTLY the issues that my daughter's E92 328i w/N51 is having (DSC/brake/CEL lights and high pitched whistle).

According to the Carly OBD reader, her car has the following codes:
2A94 (Crankshaft sensor signal)
29E0 (mixture control)
29E1 (mixture control 2)
581E (engine control unit error: engine speed)
5E1A (ECU/DSC speed signal invalid/coil outlet valve [dump] shorted rear left)

I dropped it off at my local BMW dealer this past Friday morning, and the initial call from the Service Advisor said it appears the CCV/PCV is bad, and replacement is going to be covered under the SULEV warranty. More to follow today after they finish completing the diagnosis.

By the way: my daughter's car was originally sold & registered in CA; we bought and drove it home to TX. Despite the fact the car is no longer in CA, it is covered under the SULEV warranty.

According to the SULEV warranty, it covers the "original and subsequent owners". Since the warranty has no specific reference to the location of subsequent owners and registration, the car is covered in the remaining '49 States'.

Hopefully my experience helps others who question the warranty coverage outside CA.
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Post Your SULEV Warranty Success Stories

Insane situation and pictures as I have never seen the new power plant cutup like that. Good to know warranty took care of everything Good job BMW AND dealership.
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Fuel pump

2011 bmw 328xi Sulev
116,000 mileage

Got ignition coils at 111,000
Spark plugs at 111,000

Got an issue with fuel pump

i drove over at 40-50mph car starts to stumble or lose power then I'd wait 10 min to cool down and start engine. Pray that i don't stall again.

Uphill - car stalls and gives fuel pump warning

Even if car is parked/idle for a certain amount of time, fuel pump sign comes on and car turns off.
(Maybe certain temp, i don't know)

Park ave in NJ (Dealer) wants to do diag. If covered under warranty they'll waive the diag cost.

After reading people's stories I'm now confident that it will be covered.

Anyone have a similar situation?
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