Sorry, I forgot to mention the car is in NYC and I'm in the South. :-)
I'll have to have someone else check the underside of the block. I figured
there would be some way to find it from the VIN.
Well, you could have a BMW dealership search to see if the block has
been changed on that VIN under warranty. If they find that it has, you
are good to go. If not, it still may have been changed but not under
Although the history of fuel quality varies I ran a Nikasil 4.0 M60 in
the UK to 185k without problems and it was still going strong at least 6
months after I sold it...
As the article says the problem is historic - any motor running well
with a good idle now is unlikely to be a victim - but still a bargaining
If you have a trusted friend who can confirm that the car has a steady
idle, good service history and pulls like a train, go for it.
BTW what was the first change BMW forced in US fuel?
Well, it *did* have one when it left the factory. So unless it has been
replaced it still does. The only way to be 100% sure is to check the
part number cast into the block.
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