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Old 11-21-2014, 08:24 PM
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Went for an oil change at dealership and 2 days later......

I see some oil stains on the garage floor under the car. Strange, I assume the technician didn't tighten the bolt enough. I'm sitting at the dealership and the service tech proceeds to tell me it doesn't have anything to do with the oil change but that there's a big problem.

Long story short, he tells me that there is oil leaking from several places.

As stated in the invoice quote:

"COM FOUND OIL LEAKING FROM UPPER TIMING CASE
COVERS/VALVE COVER GASKETS AND ALTERNATOR
BRACKET GASKET--4177.05 + TAX"

Estimate given for oil leaks."


I didn't see any leaks at all under the car before the oil change, then 2 days later I see a small oil puddle leaking under my car.
I'm not saying the oil change caused the leaks, just that its odd that the oil leak started after I got an oil change.

Is there some shady business going on or just some impeccable timing?

Anyway, I'm going to take it to my regular mechanic Monday.
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Old 11-21-2014, 09:14 PM
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Could be bad timing/coincidence, but like the cop shows say, 'no one likes a coincidence.'

Strictly anecdotal, but the few times I've had a dlr do an oil change, they always came back dripping, vs my DIY. The oil flow and 'catch' are seldom attended to by the 'tech' and it is days before the stuff is blown off/dissappated.

But, you might not be that lucky...I would slide under and wipe off all areas around the oil drain area, and rearward, give it a look for a couple days afterwards, and see what you see.

If still dripping, maybe it is a stripped drain bolt/not fully tightened bolt, etc. Or maybe that edgy $4200 fix, which I guarantee is just a ballpark 'beginning' leading to $6Gs worth of work at the dlr. Why an oil change at a dealer? WTF...

You might add your car yr, model, mileage, et al, to your Sig, too...
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Old 11-22-2014, 07:00 AM
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Why an oil change at a dealer? WTF...
BMW's Free Maintenance? Maybe BMW's extended Maintenance Plan?
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Old 11-22-2014, 02:36 PM
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Had you brought it in and you had a BMW warranty, the document would have said:

"Minor oil weeping is normal. Possible overfilling and spillage by owner. No action recommended at this time"
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Had you brought it in and you had a BMW warranty, the document would have said:

"Minor oil weeping is normal. Possible overfilling and spillage by owner. No action recommended at this time"
Lol...ain't that the truth
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If you are about a 100K you should expect those two to fail.

Mine did cost me $2300 for both at a local Atlanta BMW Authorized repair shop.

$900 was for the alternator bracket gasket alone, as you have to drop the entire sub frame to get there (and suspend it mid air)

Good luck to you.
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Update:

I took it to a mechanic I know and I told him I have some oil leaking. I didn't mention anything that BMW found.The next day he let me know that I had oil leaking in "the left upper timing cover gasket and lower gasket and seals, replace engine oil cooler gasket and pipe seals and replace broke vacuum pump."

Total:$1,440


There was a discrepancy in what the two said. Not sure what to make of this, just glad the oil leak was fixed and didn't have to pay anything near what the dealerships price was($4,177).

I also asked how much he charges for an oil change and he said $75.
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Old 12-10-2014, 08:22 PM
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Not sure what to make of this, .
Lets see if the oil leak is fixed. Give it a while, given your cold temp...
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