I am Teh Edumacator.
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OK, let me spell it out for you then. If the planetary gears in your automatic transmission came apart with sufficient force, the resultant vibration and flying bits of metal could have caused your oil pan to crack, thus causing your oil to leak out while your car was still running, thus ruining your engine.
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1999 E39 540i/6-VF Stage 1 S/C, Dinan exhaust, Dinan strut+shock braces, Dinan ltwt flywheel + clutch, Dinan Brembo BBK, Dinan monoball, H&R Springs, Koni Yellows, M5 sways, Dinan forged 18" wheels, &c.
1995 E38 740i. Highly modded. Faster than you.
Sold 2-28-07: 1997 E36 M3/4, 8-30-05 RIP 1997 528i
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