Saturday, December 15, 2012

128,950 miles

Santa Rosa, CA

Filed on-line complaint with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration regarding the fuel pump housing leak.
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Wednesday, November 07, 2012

128,650 miles

Dobbins, CA 

Fuel pump controller failed

The fuel pump controller actually failed after being exposed to gasoline from a hairline crack in the fuel pump's plastic housing. The crack might be attributed to improper torquing of the controller mounting screws. (The controllers have been removed and replaced numerous times. The plastic may have simply fatigued.)

It appeared the controller failed at the moment the 1-gallon (low fuel) warning came on. Could simply be coincidence. I was carrying a spare (used) controller unit and was able to immediately replace the failed unit.


NOTE: The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration is now investigating fuel pump leaks in the 2005-2008 R-Series BMWs. Some 24,000 vehicles may be involved.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

127,988 miles

Santa Rosa, CA

Fuel pump leak

A hairline crack has developed in the plastic housing at the top of the fuel pump, allowing gasoline to leak. Gas filled the compartment where the fuel pump controller is seated.

The fuel pump controller's silicone insulation was destroyed by the gasoline, exposing the circuit board.

Estimated cost to repair:

1 ea. Fuel pump  $481.97
1 ea. Fuel pump control unit, with gasket  $147.97

Parts total, including tax:  $680.34

Labor unknown at this point.

I have not yet decided on a course of action.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

127,370 miles

Santa Rosa, CA

Headlamp failure

1 ea. Eiko #H755 H7 55W halogen lamp   $13.99

(From O'Reilly Auto Parts. Eiko "Certified Green" lamps are made in Korea)

Tax: $1.19

Total: $15.18

Friday, March 02, 2012

126,600 miles

Santa Rosa, CA

Change out rear wheel - self service

Remove spoked wheel with worn-out Michelin Anakee and install cast aluminum wheel with new Michelin Anakee 2 (tire purchased and mounted on spare rim last September 21.)

Total miles on the old Michelin Anakee tire (last installed May 12, 2010): 13,326 (10,830 miles after patching a nail puncture in the tire.)


Remove old front and rear tires from rims

Northbay Motorsport, Santa Rosa

Labor: $30.00