I've seen stranger things than talented individuals spending untold hours bringing a hunk of metal back to life, though it not be worth it. Figured I'd ask
To wit, someone on this forum invested their talent in putting a supercharged 6.6 liter v8 into an e39 that spends many months a year still rolling around on 16" wheels. If that can happen, surely a swiss-cheese'd s62 has a future as a coffee table?
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Hey guys I'm the owner of this car! I can't thank Adam enough for saving my life!! He's a really good guy. I haven't even paid Adam off fully and he's letting drive it. We need more people like him in this world.
I did see the "lower engine noise" before I made the purchase. I went on this board and read some threads about VANOS. I assumed that's what the sound would be coming from.. seeing that they told me that it "developed" that lower engine noise. But as many say, assuming gets you no where.. you usually make an "***" out of yourself.. as I did with this. I did hear that noise.. and I took to the BMW dealership to get it inspected. They told me I needed some parts such as a thermostat and new hoses.. but nothing about a rod bearing. so I wanna say a week later.. I was driving to my friends place to have easter dinner.. and I noticed while on the road the noise got EXTREMELY loud.. and a few moments later the car shut off and I'm gonna tell you.. I was extremely scared. I was on route 495 south.. towards virginia.. and people drive insanely fast on there. I was on the left lane doing about 60 on there. When it happened, there was a car tailgating me.. cars passing me in the other lanes. Luckily I was able to stay calm and wait for the right oppourtunity to coast into the far right lane and get in the shoulder. there wasn't a shoulder at all in the left lane. I just kept saying to myself "Somehow.. someway.. I have not seen the last of this car". God is good.. luckily I found Adam and the rest is history =)
Thanks so much for following up with this. I'm going to purely guess a few things:
1. If the noise is persistent cold, warm, and regardless of oil temp....it seems more likely to be rod bearings
2. By the time it was that way it's likely your crank would likely need to be polished. This is just a guess on my part.
3. A BMW dealership, with a chance to inspect the noise, did not identify it's source.
I really appreciate learning that you had warning, in some sense of the word. It wasn't an out of the blue "my engine threw a rod" - it wasn't a mis-shift at the time of event, or a track day....it was a regular ol' developed rod knock and subsequent seize.
What I'm grateful for here is that such a sequence of events is more "normal" - it's not a freak, out of nowhere, $10k expense (or whatever your ultimate cost is). As an owner, i can only hope mine would go down the same path and hopefully the board gives me the prescience to invest $2.0-2.5k to replace the rod bearings once such a knock occurs. Maybe not, but at least it gives that hope.
Thanks for sharing and please share lots more aobut your car when the time comes