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    basically the title says it all!!!
    just bought my 328i and just curious to know if it has a nikasil head or not.
    if it does what can i do about it!!!!!
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    There's a good article in Total BMW this month about the Nikasil blocks and related issues.

    To identify, look under the car up under the starter motor, the steel linered engines have a raised steel tab and the Nikasil ones have an indented one.

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    well that was quick and informative!!! many thanks will take a peek tomorrow!!
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    After 41 post's, you'd have thought you know the rules by now..... Please have a look again, in the mean time, i've done the thread title for you.
     
     

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    If you are lucky, you might see the crank sensor plugged into that hole, that is also something you only get on a non nikasil engine.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ferret View Post
    After 41 post's, you'd have thought you know the rules by now..... Please have a look again, in the mean time, i've done the thread title for you.
    hi sorry a little rusty as i havnt been on here for over a year!!!
    exactly what did i do wrong please?
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    From what I recall, all cars built after march 1998 had the NON nikasil engines fitted, however, there is nothing to say that a non nikasil engine could have expired and been replaced by another donor engine, which could be a nikasil one.
    Check the engine number on the block, check your V5 to see if they correspond, and/or check the dealer for engine number details.
    Hope this helps you.
     
     

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    also BMW replaced some engines with nikasil problems with alusil engines so it is possible to pick up a pre 98 car with a alusil block.

    even if it is a nikasil engine it doesn't matter unless its running rough.

    " I have done alot of stuff i am not proud of, and the stuff i am proud of is just disgusting"
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geordie Boy View Post
    From what I recall, all cars built after march 1998 had the NON nikasil engines fitted, however, there is nothing to say that a non nikasil engine could have expired and been replaced by another donor engine, which could be a nikasil one.
    Check the engine number on the block, check your V5 to see if they correspond, and/or check the dealer for engine number details.
    Hope this helps you.
    I think this was done form week 6 onward of 98. You can read ur ecu or dme and find the exact manufacture date. I have a nikasil block ( which i realised it is nikasil with help of great people in the forum) and it is running well, touch the wood

    If you worried do a compression test
     
     

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    i've had my car (e36 328i '96) for a few weeks and drives great. i've forgotten all about the nikasil issues from the late 90's. My car has done 104,000 miles and 15yrs old, so i (touch wood) would think any problems would've shown well before now.

    i thought ALL e36 328's had the nikasil block? thanx for the pics, i might check under mine later to see.
     
     

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