Originally Posted by hoodoodrum
And another bites the dust!!! How it happened and why does not matter here.
You CAN'T avoid this problem design, it's a ticking bomb in every case sooner or later.
It'll keep happening and the Germans are hoping they can get away with this major flaw relatively unscathed until the next LT is born.
All will be forgotten when the last model year of this current LT generation reaches it's "out of warranty" date.
The number of failed 17-ball bearings can still be counted on one hand -- and someone can correct me, but I've yet to recall a single failure that wasn't a replacement unit, going back into a (suspect) drive housing (heck, we're not even sure the currently discussed unit is a 17-ball bearing yet!). Even then, the number of 17-ball failures in old 19-ball housings is a fraction of the number of replacements that have been made.
Whether or not BMW has done right by us by refusing to provide a blanket "we'll fix the 19-ball units up to X miles", it sure looks to me like the "fix" works. Recognize that there will never be "zero" failures -- final drive bearings have occassionally (rarely, but occassionally) failed for *decades* -- my knowledge goes back to at least '70s airheads. The current 17-ball failure rate, minisucle as it is, seems a lot more in line with history than the '99-'03 19-ball failure rate.
Separate subject: From my perspective at least, your posts on this subject are getting more than a bit boring/tiresome.
Every single time a bearing issue is reported or raised, you rant about the "evil empire" as if nothing has been done to address the issue, but fail to add anything positive to the discussion. Given how much effort has been expended by members of this group over the years through direct contacts with various people in and near BMW, with no result other than an unofficial commitment to cover replacements within broad guidelines of mileage/time/phase of the moon, I can guarantee that no amount of raving on this site will get BMW to suddenly "fess up" and guarantee everyone's bearings for life. Time to move on to another "cause."