Should a BMW 330i (2004) with only 80,000 miles need a new engine ?


Asked by Aug 26, 2014 at 03:41 PM about the 2004 BMW 3 Series 330Ci

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I took  great care and maintenance of my car.  It did sit for 8 months - took it to the dealer to have it checked out and they said , "bearings, bushings , rods, etc. - would be cheaper to put in a new engine " to the tune of $12,000 !! Am I getting played - it was running fine until it it sat idle for 8 months. Ugh ???

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The only way the engine could go bad is if there was contaminants in the engine when you parked it, but if you maintained as you stated it should not have happened. Why did you take it to the dealer?


I took it to dealer for maintenance because of warranty - can you recommend anyone in San Diego area ?


I don't know any thing about San Diego other than it is in California. If the engine is indeed that far gone then what good did the warranty do you? I would get another opinion, do a search in your area for a good independent shop, maybe one that is ASE certified, check their reviews, etc. Have them check it out.

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Thanks for the advice . . . I do appreciate it.

Tom Demyan

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