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      05-02-2021, 08:29 AM   #23
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Receipts for the oil and filter purchases are sufficient. I'd still go to a dealer to inquire about a pre-emptive timing chain replacement. If a dealer concludes that the chain is likely to fail soon they can probably get approval for it. Chances of that with an Indy are slim to none.
Thanks for the reply. I will have them check it when I go in for recalls.
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      05-14-2021, 12:57 AM   #24
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Bump. anyone know what's happening with this? I should prob email our lawyer
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Anyone know when we will start to see reimbursements?
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After when the Lawyers get there 70% then divide what's left with how many N20 owners there is.
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Hello everyone,I have my car in the Indy shop and the guy told me that I have timing chain swap,I call the dealer and they quote me $6200 “which is ridiculous “
I found this information on the web about the lawsuit against BMW about the timing chain,
My question is
Did I qualify for reimbursement “BMW X1 2013 87000 miles
If I qualify do I have to bring the car to the dealer to confirm my timing problems or I can fix it in the Indy shop and send the invoice to BMW,
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Hello everyone,I have my car in the Indy shop and the guy told me that I have timing chain swap,I call the dealer and they quote me $6200 “which is ridiculous “
I found this information on the web about the lawsuit against BMW about the timing chain,
My question is
Did I qualify for reimbursement “BMW X1 2013 87000 miles
If I qualify do I have to bring the car to the dealer to confirm my timing problems or I can fix it in the Indy shop and send the invoice to BMW,
Thanks.
Tow the car to a different dealer and let them know you are aware of timing chain class action lawsuit result and NICELY request that they help you out with coverage.

A good dealer will want the warranty work and work with corporate to get you something. To be honest... at 87k I would not expect 100% coverage but I would be expecting 50% or better.

They will likely bring your car in for diagnosis (no, they wont take your indy's word). You'll be on the hook for an hour or two labor until they confirm its truly timing chain component failure.

Word to the wise, make sure indy has everything buttoned up properly under the hood... I wouldnt even mention someone else has messed with the car.
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I need help! My 2013 X3 with less than 75.000 miles has been sitting at a BMW dealer in Idaho Falls for 2 months. After a lengthy process, I finally was able to show the service manager that my car qualified for the reimbursement from the class action lawsuit (the car has yet to be fixed- I wanted to make sure it qualified before spending $15,000 on a new engine). They agreed that the engine failure was due to the timing chain. Before proceeding with the repair they needed to run more diagnostics and submit to BMW who then said this engine failure was not due to timing chain but rather driver error! What good is a lawsuit if they can pick and choose what causes the failure? I am still fighting to get this resolved but would appreciate any help out there. Has anyone else had a similar experience? How was it resolved?I am sooo frustrated and HATE BMW for treating its customers this way. Thank you for any help!
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What are they saying you did wrong?

I hope you didn't miss any oil changes as indicated by the onboard computer. That would be an easy out for BMW… since you failed to properly maintain the vehicle.
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Model: 2015 328xi GT N26
Build: 11.2014
Mileage: 95k mi
Timing Chain Status: Before Loose, now tight
Oil Changes: Every 5k miles since 35k with Amsoil Euro
Stop/Start Status: Coded off at 36k
No whine noted

Took my car in to BMW Houston for service (battery,brake bleed, etc), ask them to check my timing chain as I was getting worried due to the miles. I never had any whine noise but when looking at the chain through the oil filler I can lift up the chain with my finger but not enough to lift above the cam. Got the car at 35k miles and it was always kinda was noisy but hey its a BMW.

When they checked they said that parts of the guide have failed and the chain needs replacement. At that time the service rep informed me that my VIN qualified for a BMW extended recall warranty. I though that it expired at 7/70 but he told me that my car is covered until 100k on a 60/40 program where I paid the 40% of the service. While they got it approved through BMW, I called a very good Indy BMW service shop and was quoted $2700 for the timing and oil pump chain replacement. When BMW got back to me they informed me that my part would be $1750 so I approved the work through them.

If you are over 70k but under 100k, call your local BMW service center and give them your VIN to see if you qualify for the program. As far as I knew, if you were over 70 but under 100, your part was 60%, not 40. He did tell me this extension was limited to a year.

Now the timing chain is tight and I cannot lift it with my finger, if you have this issue, see if it's loose. Because if it is then you are on borrowed time. The two things the happen are either the guide rails fail and clog the oil pump or the timing chain gets so loose that it jumps the cam sprocket on hard acceleration or deceleration. I would add that on rare occasions the chain actually breaks, but this is a rare cause. If it breaks its because the chain jumped off. The fragile guide rails are the weak point and after exposed to heat over thousands of miles they will become brittle and break.

Remember also I did not have any whine noise and changed the oil every 5k. Now with the new chain, the car is so much quieter at idle. I can't even hear it running from the inside which was not the case before.

If you have under 100k, check into this program. Could save you money, once you are over 100k then you are SOL and have to rely on an indie shop....if your chain doesn't break before then.

Good luck!!
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