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Old 04-24-2007, 05:55 AM   #176
A nation in despair
Joined: Jul 2003
Location: NM, USA
Oddometer: 21,122

When mine failed at 35k miles, BMW NA initially denied warranty claiming the bearing replacement is a maintenance item. There was some ambiguity, but my take is that the BMW said the issue wouldn't have occurred had I replaced the bearing at 24k miles.

OTOH, many have failed short of 24k miles.

Overall, FD failure rate is, IMO, higher than it should be, but also not that common given how many BMW's there are running around.
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