|Broken Bolt on the left|
Like many of you I keep reading about my particular model years BMW with broken bolts. I've read many articles and I've seen a few videos in YouTube, where this is brought up as a problem, some even go as far as to suggest a recall. I've ran into this problem myself and to be honest I've fixed it myself because it's so expensive to go to the dealer to get it repaired.
|Broken Bolt, Valve Cover Gasket BMW 330i 2006|
|Broken Bolt, middle of picture, Oil Pan, BMW 330i 2006|
See a YouTube video below:
This is a link to the Oil Pan pictures:
Broken bolt pictures BMW 330I 2006 Oil Pan Bolt
This is a link to the Valve Cover Pictures:
Valve Cover Gasket Replacement, Because of Broken bolt on Valve cover.
In order to lessen the cost to repair all of this broken bolts, I invested in a repair manual, this has helped a lot in determining what it would take to repair all of these broken bolts, and it helped find the correct part numbers. This is a link: Bentley E90 repair manual I suggest the Hard Cover, it's much easier to handle. I got it for $90 Dollars on Amazon.com
I think I determined that the best thing one can do to own a BMW was to keep it for a few years and then upgrade to a new one, this way you will always be under warranty, and you don't have to worry about any repairs. I think this is the Master Plan for BMW.
Other problems that I've had to deal with, I ran into a problem with the Vanos, I cleaned it and didn't have more problems, a must after 30K or so. I also had to replace a broken window motor, it was relatively easy to do, but I still haven't figured out how to reset the window, if you've ever done this before you know what I am talking about. It's in the manual I bought, only thing its complicated to say the least.
I found this link to a place where you can send your complaints to: http://www.safercar.gov/
Click on Search for Recalls. You will see other people have complained about this issue too.