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      11-10-2019, 08:26 PM   #1
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35i front differential going out

Hey all,

as the title says, my front differential is going out.

For the last few thousand miles, I've had a whining noise that increased with speed and engine load and can be heard with either side window down, which led me to believe it was the front diff or transfer case. The indy shop was hopeful (and said it was more likely) that is was a front wheel bearing, but confirmed that it is indeed the differential.

The car was CPO and now has 76.5k miles. Both differentials and transfer case fluids were done at 60k miles at a well respected indy shop using OEM fluids. I have every service record since purchased at 15k miles. I have only ever run the stock tire size 225/40 & 255/35, or a square 235/45 setup.

It's currently at the dealer so I can try and get BMWNA to goodwill it. Both the dealer and BMWNA customer service rep I spoke to sounded hopeful (without promises, of course). Dealer quoted $4500, while indy shop came in at $3400.

Worst case scenario, if they won't pay for any of the repair, I may end up finding a used diff and doing it myself. Not excited if I have to do that.

Has anyone else had the front diff go out, or had any similar work goodwilled by BMWNA? if so what miles were you at?

I was literally three weeks away from paying off this car and going FBO before this
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Harsh man, as a fellow Seatteite with a similar ride all I can do is offer sympathy. Let us know what happens. I love my X1 to death and I think it would honestly take more than that for me to bail. What indie are you using?
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Harsh man, as a fellow Seatteite with a similar ride all I can do is offer sympathy. Let us know what happens. I love my X1 to death and I think it would honestly take more than that for me to bail. What indie are you using?
Thank you, I'll definitely post an update- should hear back with BMWNA's decision in the next day or two. I'm definitely not bailing on it, it's been a really great car. Just unfortunate timing. At least after this it shouldn't need any major work for quite some time.

I use South Lake European, off Rainier Ave in Renton. I would definitely recommend them if you're looking for an indy shop!
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