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Old 02-15-2008, 05:44 PM   #1
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X5 Hydrolock Engine

2003 X5 with 88K miles, dead as a door knob, towed to dealer, sounds a lot like the stories I am reading about a valve sticking from the cold and allowing fluid to leak into the engine. Looks like a blown head gasket, I am looking at either $6500 to rebuild the head gasket/ engine or a new engine for $12,000. I am not a happy camper and am not going to roll over easy and have these repairs made. Looking for others with the same issue, any resoultion, BMW stand behind it at all (as they made changes to the 04 to avoid this but did not do a recall bc its not a safety issue, yea right) Chris Wagner Dead X5.
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Old 02-17-2008, 02:31 PM   #2
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v8 or i6? crankcase freezes up due to moisture in the system therefor it does not breath then causes hydrolock. if the car is at home my 1st suggestion would be to remove all the spark plugs cover the holes with rags and something heavy so they dont blow off then crank over the motor a few times. if the motor cranks then your ok if the starter does nothing but click then your shit out of luck motor is seized
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Old 02-19-2008, 03:49 PM   #3
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X5 Hydrolock

Its a V6. Good old BMW wants to blame it on worn belts and that I didn't bring it to their dealership for all service. This the company that markets the "ultimate driving machine"? Hyundai offers a 10 year, 100,000 mile warranty on their engines, something BWM falls short. So far, very, very unimpressed with the support and assistance I have received. They will do anything to not be the problem. Anyone know a good lawyers that may have gone to court with BMW over a hydrolocked engine?

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Old 04-28-2008, 01:05 PM   #4
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Happened to me too around 110k km. Fortunately not much damage. We get serviced at our stealership so we covered the labour and BWM covered the parts. Yeah, I wasn't happy stranded inthe middle of the highway........... and they say this is not a safety issue !?!?!?!??

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