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post #1 of 53 Old 24th February 2012, 12:22 AM Thread Starter
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Vanos pump repair

I've been getting a rough idle lately. I'm in Miami at the moment, need to drive back to NY in two weeks so I wanted to get it checked. Brought the car to Braman. SA says the vanos pump is failing and the hoses need to be replaced.

He says this is not covered by my extended warranty. Has any one else dealt with this issue lately.

I'm thinking of trying to hold out until I get back to NY and have the work done at Manhattan BMW. At least I have a relationship there.

Any thoughts?

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I've been getting a rough idle lately. I'm in Miami at the moment, need to drive back to NY in two weeks so I wanted to get it checked. Brought the car to Braman. SA says the vanos pump is failing and the hoses need to be replaced.

He says this is not covered by my extended warranty. Has any one else dealt with this issue lately.

I'm thinking of trying to hold out until I get back to NY and have the work done at Manhattan BMW. At least I have a relationship there.

Any thoughts?

Thanks
That's a really tough spot to be in my friend. A Vanos Feedline and Pump replacement will cost you no less than $5,000, and probably more to the tune of $7,000 or more. What really kills you are the dealer labor rates, especially if you don't have a relationship with a dealer and are not willing to budge on the hourly labor rate.

I would double check your extended warranty, or even triple check it. I don't know which kind you have but a vanos feedline and pump should be covered under most extended warranty policies because its a component of the engine. This surprises me that they said that it's not covered.

You have some options from my perspective:

1 - Do the repairs there in Miami, but get raped on repair costs.

2 - Risk driving it up to NYC, get better repair labor rates, but also worry the whole time driving up there that the engine is going to crap out on you.

3 - Stop driving the M5, have if flatbedded up to NYC to your dealer, and buy a plane ticket, could be expensive though.

At this point, its about choosing the lesser of 3 evils if your extended warranty is not going to cover the repairs.

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Just had my line covered under my extended warranty this week. They checked the pump but it was ok.


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I'm thinking of calling my NY SA and asking his opinion.

My extended warranty is from BMW and it is specifically Powertrain plus, if that doesn't cover any Vanos issues I don't know what would.

I'm thinking of trying to work a deal with Braman to cover parts and I'll pay the labor. He quoted the pump at 3,500 dollars

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I'm assuming the warranties people are referring to are 3rd party exclusionary warranties. I have one from Zurich and it doesn't exclude the Vanos units and so it's covered for me.

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Dude Tisher has the pump for I think around $2400..... And the BMW parts guy from bimmerforums quoted me $2200 shipped.


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Just finished with the Braman SA. They will cover all the parts and I'll pay for labor. Will cost me just under $2000. I'm pretty happy not to have the engine blow up somewhere in South Carolina at 10:00 pm.
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Just finished with the Braman SA. They will cover all the parts and I'll pay for labor. Will cost me just under $2000. I'm pretty happy not to have the engine blow up somewhere in South Carolina at 10:00 pm.
Good to hear bro. I speak from first hand experience on paying for a new VANOS system and having the engine be destroyed from the VANOS pump going bad. $2,000 is not bad at all considering the alternative. Congrats!

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Yep, my engine too was taken out be VANOS failure, so $2k is a walk in the park. Good luck and drive safe!

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Also there is a new service bulletin April 2010 SI B 12 09 07. It has an extensive procedure on testing the line and the pump.... It involves testing with a nitrogen bottle. BMW originally wanted to test the system using this special tool, but that doesn't tell whether its the line or the line and the pump. The nitrogen test show my pump to be perfectly fine but the vanos line had failed. My extended warranty company made them test per the new bulletin.

So I may ask them how they tested it and if they are sure the pump is bad.

But if your ok with just paying the $2k, for a new vanos system them I probably wouldn't sweat it.




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