My vehilce's full factory warrantey expired end of July 2010. I now have the extended "Certified Series warranty"
2006 X5 with just 80K
Going north on Royal York near Bloor last week and the verhicle dies. Thinking it was a simple alternator as the battery was dead as well, I had it towed ($160) to a garage that does oil changes and tires for me - pretty staright forward to do an alternator - so I thought.
Get a report the engine is seized, no oild and it needs to be repalced - used engine plus labour around $7,000.
Did I mention this vehicle had ful warranty less than 6 months ago?
Had it towed to Endras BMW in Durham ($500) and the good news is that it was a hydralic lock caused by a "Crank Case Vent Valve" but that was only the good news for a while - the rods may have been bent which means about a $14,000 bill from BMW - NICE,
Did I mention this vehilce has less 80K and is had full waranty until 6 months ago?
Good news - rods were not bent.
Thorough this, I also learn that BMW is aware this is a manufactures defect and will cover the valve - not the spark plus, oil change and related issues to this manufactures defect - so far, with towing, cabs, having to reset meeting as they did not give me a rental car - and we are now at close to $3,000 and they are paying for the valve - NICE.
What about the liability i now have with someone in my vehicle and I am going up the 400 to go skiing and this happens again in the middle of the highway and we get rammed by a transport as when this thing goes, it is DEAD, no four ways, nothing.
What about the perosn who is travelling up north with his young family, gets lost, no cell service in the middle of no where and this happens, its 40 below - he has a problem and BMW knows about this and does nothing NICE!!
Any advice on how to pressure them into protecting the people from this negligence would be appreciated. firstname.lastname@example.org