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post #11 of 17 Old 2nd July 2019, 03:05 PM
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WOW those bearings look amazing, and based on the oil analysis, didn't need to be changed, so why change?

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post #12 of 17 Old 3rd July 2019, 04:46 AM
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Congrats and a nice looking example! A great step after the E34 M5.


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WOW those bearings look amazing, and based on the oil analysis, didn't need to be changed, so why change?
Well, peace of mind i quess. Ive notice if UOA says bearings are fine, they really are. This once again proofs that. If, just IF i some day sell this car, its near impossible to sell here if bearings has not replaced. So i have to do that anyway so why wait.

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Well, peace of mind i quess. Ive notice if UOA says bearings are fine, they really are. This once again proofs that. If, just IF i some day sell this car, its near impossible to sell here if bearings has not replaced. So i have to do that anyway so why wait.
That seems to be a huge misconception in Europe for E39 M5 that I also experienced when I was selling my previous M5s, one with 77k km and one with 174k km. This question kept coming up from potential buyers as a major concern which made no sense to me. If UOA results are fine, the car had regular oil changes and oil is clean I see no reason to replace them prematurely. People would usually understand in the end but it's just annoying since bearings are not an issue or common replace item on S62. Even talking to some mechanics here they would try to talk you into it like it's a service interval which again I find annoying.

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That seems to be a huge misconception in Europe for E39 M5
There might be a problem with some cars, oil chance interval 25000km and lot of high speed driving on autobahn burnouts etc... Also same with S38, CR bearings last forever in USA but in europe ~200k km and needs replacement. When i sold my E34M5 i said UOA shows no problem, but still many say i believe when i see old bearings. Here in Finland is maybe me and few my friends who sent old oil to lab. Others think its just BS... Dark middle age still in some areas...

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Yeah, UOA is not very popular here either and most people don't even know what it is but that's their problem. Looking at the service book of my M5, it had oil changes every 10-15.000 km. There are some exceptions but bearings are generally not an issue on S62 and I wouldn't worry about them as long as the Blackstone results are fine.
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