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      01-14-2019, 11:27 AM   #1
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N63 dilemma - What do you think?

2012 X5 50i 130k miles M sport. CCP @45k and Valve stem seals done by dealer at around 90k miles under CPO. Turbo wastegate rattles are obvious. Beginning to burn oil again....

I know this topic has been beaten on forever but wanted to ask what you guys think about what I should do. Ideally I would like to keep it for another 2-3 years but don't think the truck will last that long. Option 1: Sell or trade in for something else. Option 2: With the diminished cost of a reman N63 engine (~3500 from what I'm reading) and new turbos, is it financially feasible to swap engines, turbos and replace hoses, lines while I have everything out and hope this will buy me another 2-3 years. I average about 15-17k miles per year.

I'm not sure how much Option 2 will cost me but I'm guessing 7-9k? The other thing concerns me is other items will break along the way e.g. transmission, etc Overall it's in good shape at the moment but I feel like something can go wrong at any time. Alternatively, getting a "new" vehicle would cost me much more but I will have a newer vehicle. What are your thoughts
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      01-14-2019, 01:24 PM   #2

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Wow, you must live at the gas pump doing that mileage a year on a 50i

Tough call, but I'd have trouble spending 7-9K on a vehicle that is only worth about 15-18K right now. I'd almost just drive it until it becomes obvious that is needs replacement. Even with a replacement motor it's value is going to decline further over the next 2-3 years, there's just so few people that want to get into these vehicles, especially a real high mileage one.

Just my .02.
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      01-15-2019, 04:19 PM   #3
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Sort of agree, except if you LOVE the car, and the motor, it might be a good call to put a new motor in it especially if the rest of the car is in fine shape. (I have exact same vehicle and its still in excellent shape).
The biggest issue won't be the cost if you go that route - it will be GETTING a new motor to spend your money on. Several folks here have been granted new motors as part of the ongoing class action suit but they are not expecting to get them for many months.
So there's that to consider.

I am thinking through the same thing, though I have no immediate concerns... I do love the vehicle, and would skip the gen in the middle and go for a new one IF I decided to give mine up - but only can afford a used/CPO of the new gen, so 2-3 years from now.
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