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.
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.