Kind of new to this forum. I recently to a whack to the underneath of my 1999 540I, due to some lovely person dropping an object off the back of his truck.
When I jacked it up to look at the damage, I saw that it took out the engine protection plate and bracket. No big deal.
Unfortunately I also saw some oil as well on the bottom exterior of the tranny. Took it to my local BMW dealer. First they (as I) thought it was the rear main seal. Unfortunately upon seperating the engine from the tranny, it was found that the "Starter" had been hit just right causing a fracture to run up and through into the block. The fracture goes right through an area that carries oil for cooling, hence junk engine. Does this make sense?
Now they are telling me that I need a new or rebuilt engine. I am trying to go through Insurance as they are telling me $15k US for a brand new one at 30 hours labor to install ($104 USD per hour in Northeast USA).
Does this make sense?
Having a tough time finding a re-manufactured M62?
What years engines fit the 1999 540I M62 engine 1996 - 2001?
You never know what your going to get from a junk yard do you?.
Any suggestions on who to call (bimmerworld.com or bavengine.com) maybe?
What should the cost of the engine be?
Looking thru the net there is an engine for a 540I and a 540IT (What is the diff)?
Can an N62 engine be used?
Any and all suggetions are welcome..