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Update on the VANOS problem
Just spoke with my SA, and he read me a notice he recieved from BMW. This information applies only to US cars as far as I know.
The new oil lines must be ordered on a case-by-case basis, after a documented failure. The PUMA number and the VIN number of the car must be submitted, and only one oil line will be delivered per VIN number.
Evidently, the new parts are here in the US, and delivery should be overnight. They have a limited stock of these parts, so they are only allowing dealers with a documented failure to order the part. The dealer must follow this procedure to get a part.
My SA also spoke with a technician at BMWNA, and he said they have a "very small failure rate across the country, low single digits."
Reading this Board, it sounds like a much larger problem. At least it appears that BMW is taking the right steps to get parts to people that need them.