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Chris de la Cruz 04-08-2006 10:14 PM

e34 540i 6speed
I guy offered his car to me for cheaaapp. 360 000 kms on the motor and alot of surface rust and dent on the passenger side :(. its a 94 540i 6speed. i was damn interested to get it as a dd or a new project. any inputL?

Paul540/m3 04-08-2006 11:46 PM

Those are rare, esp 6speed. But watch out for nikasil (although not sure how much life is left in that motor anyways lol) But def a fun car

Chris de la Cruz 04-09-2006 12:14 AM

i just did an oil change on it today at work and the customer was willing to give it away for cheap... seals have been replaced and the bushings all been done

Gamite 04-09-2006 02:40 AM

do a compression check before you buy. Paul is right, it could be suffering from the ol nikalsil problem. Engine could be defunct

Chris de la Cruz 04-09-2006 10:32 AM

can anyone shed mnore light on the nikalsil problem?

Chris de la Cruz 04-12-2006 11:47 PM


T.Dot_E30 04-12-2006 11:50 PM

how much, give me it!

Chris de la Cruz 04-12-2006 11:51 PM

talk to me on msn about it...

i did a search on google.. i got it

The BMW M60 V-8 and BMW M52 6-cylinder engines (the M52 Nikasil engine never went to the USA) with Nikasil cylinder bore linings are particularly vulnerable to fuel (gasoline or petrol) with a high sulfur content.

The sulfur in the fuel breaks up the Nikasil lining in the cylinders, thus causing a loss of compression. Once the lining is damaged, excessive bore wear of the soft, underlying alloy occurs very quickly. Some Nikasil engines have failed in as little as 30,000 miles. And the effect is cumulative, so if the engine has ever been run on high sulfur fuel, the damage may already have been done and premature bore wear may result.

Some symptoms of the Nikasil problem are rough running at idle and difficult cold starting, both due to loss of compression. In severe cases, the loss of compression is so bad that the engine loses power. Oil consumption increases dramatically as oil is sucked up the side of the leaky pistons. In extreme cases, the compression decrease is so severe the car will not start in cold weather, especially M52 6-cylinder engines.

Over the years, BMW has provided replacements with steel, cast-iron or Alusil lined engines, at considerable cost to the manufacturer. Often, disgruntled owners have borne the brunt of these replacement costs, and prospective buyers are at risk, too.

the bachelor 04-22-2006 11:07 AM

So? Did you buy it yet?

Soldo 04-22-2006 11:11 AM

How much is he fivinc it to you for?

Chris de la Cruz 04-22-2006 09:14 PM

i took a look at last week, and honestly its too much work to get it running/ looking up to my standards

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