Man....im sorry to hear about your situation as well. Its never a good feeling.So I really didn’t think I would post, but after seeing my car on a lift at another shop today, and realizing just how scammed I got, there’s no way I wasn’t going to post.
Without getting into too many details, and to keep this short, Matt was supposed to do an engine swap on my 335i.
About 2 years ago my serpentine belt snapped and I had the car towed to Matt’s shop. After a few days he came back to tell me that the belt got shredded, wrapped itself around the crank pulley, tore through the main seal and got sucked up into the motor. He even went as far as to tell me he saw pieces of belt inside the motor just from opening the Oil fill cap. Conclusion: Matt suggested swapping the motor since disassembling the motor, cleaning it, will be the same cost and he won’t be able to guarantee that all bits of belt were cleaned.
Four months, yes...FOUR MONTHS...go by filled with excuse after excuse as to why my car isn’t done yet. First the engine he ordered was delayed, then apparently an engine shop was working on it to test that it’s good, then that motor was apparently no good anymore etc. etc. after 3.5 month he finally said that since the original motor he ordered is not good, he’ll sell me a 25k mile motor he had access to for the same price I was getting the other motor (a 65k mile one). If my memory serves me right I paid $3000 or $3500 for the engine.
This was all great news especially since he “surprised” me with news that the 25k mile motor has RB Turbos which he’ll install in my car. GREAT! A new motor and upgraded turbos?! Who would say no!
WELL...fast forward a year and half (I picked up the car from him January 2018). With all this news of him scamming people, including my best friend, and my own suspicions and uneasy feeling that he didn’t do what he said he would on my car, I decided to take the car to a nearby Indy just for a good look over. Just got back and I can with 100% certainty say this POS scam artist never did an engine swap on my car. How do I know? The thing is sweating oil, water pump is leaking, oil in the coolant, not to mention the thing that definitely proves it’s the original motor - my rear main seal was slightly leaking like 3 years ago...Matt himself told me so. Well guess what, the rear main seal is STILL LEAKING! The kicker...I had an ECS oil drain plug in my car, well the oil drain plug is still the same. Sure..the donor motor could’ve had the same, or they took my old one and put on this one...but let’s be honest, all the evidence points to the fact it’s my old motor. Basically, there is no way on God’s green earth that this is a 35k mile, at this point, engine but more like 130k mile engine. Which my car now has around 120k on it. And when he did the motor swap I specifically asked him to replace the front and rear main seals in the new motor as a preventative measure to which he assured me that all main seals were replaced.
The deal I made with Matt is that I will take my old engine home. I had planned to rebuild it, keep it as a cool project. So the funniest thing, if you still have some sense of humor left after reading this, is that he gave me an old motor and “supposedly” my old oem turbos back to take home. Which now begs the question..who’s engine is now in my garage?!
Also, shortly after I picked up the car I called BMW of NA to try and confirm if the motor in my car is the motor that matches the VIN of the donor car. BMW informed me there is no way of matching up a motor tag to a car’s VIN. This scumbag knew this, even though he assured me he’ll give me the VIN so that I can match it up later. Anyone know if that’s accurate? Maybe there is a way I can prove that this engine is my original engine??
Tried to keep it short but didn’t happen. More reason to never take your car to this scumbag!