Originally Posted by cl206
It's possible maybe it was 15k miles or 1 year whichever comes first. There is usually a time limit as well. Maybe they well exceeded the time limit each time and that contributed to the engine failure too.
Because of their frequent 1000 round trips back "home" to Kansas City from McKinney TX , they drive their SUV right at about 15K a year. Car was not quite 4.5 years old with just over 65K on it when engine started making horrible noises while they were driving on I-35 nearing Kansas City - traveling with two small boys. They bypassed the "ex" wife's house and drove stright to Baron BMW in KC (obviously not their selling dealer). The "ex" picked his family up and the next day Baron BMW called them with an estimate of $5-6K and days to fix.
He never went back. He went straight to the Lexus dealer, bought a new RX450h, and arranged for Lexus get rid of the X5 for him. The probem in all honesty, probably wasn't oil related .... but who knows if more frequent changes would have prevented or at least postponed it.
I was wrong about "shortly after the warranty expired." BMW powertrain warranty was then ... AND STILL IS ..... only 4 years/50,000 miles versus Lexus 6 year/70,000 miles. Had his car been a Lexus ..... it would have been covered ...... or more likely ..... the problem never would have happened.
Learn something everyday ....... I didn't think any new vehicle sold in the USA had less than a 5 year, 60,000 mile warranty. Can you imagine someone with a BMW on 60 month payments getting a bill like that ????? My son is an actuary and fortunately can afford this type of calamity]