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Old 02-18-2013, 01:57 AM   #16141
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I got bored of the blacked out and redded it out instead.. Thanks tho broski..
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Old 02-18-2013, 01:48 PM   #16142
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Old 02-18-2013, 03:03 PM   #16143
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Replaced thermostat. Used aftermarket cast metal one. Shall see if any differance. From my observations of the old one still on engine, looking from under car, leak appeared to come from bottom bolt area. Thought maybe a crack. Upon removing and inspecting the old one it was actually leaking from the center portion where the electrical stuff is. Not the outer seal as speculated. O ring inside electrical connector bad. Not something to repair.
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Old 02-18-2013, 04:04 PM   #16144
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Old 02-18-2013, 04:12 PM   #16145
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Photo of it installed?

Is the rest of the interior tan?
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Old 02-18-2013, 04:14 PM   #16146
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Hopefully not a Victor Reinz Gasket.
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Old 02-18-2013, 04:35 PM   #16147
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Hopefully not a Victor Reinz Gasket.
nope, did lots of reading here first... went with Goetz... 60k miles btw, oil changes every 5k (and, yes, i know now that a longer interval is preferred and have switched to 7500)

gaskets were stiff, plasticized in some spots... lot of condensate on inside of vc as well, too many short trips in car... needs a good long drive
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Old 02-18-2013, 06:21 PM   #16148
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Old 02-18-2013, 06:21 PM   #16149
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Old 02-18-2013, 07:21 PM   #16150
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:13 PM   #16151
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Had a guy buff the car this past weekend. Looks good, except he didn't use swirl remover for all the marks. Fail. So I had to buy Meguiars Swirl X and do it myself and the results are much better.
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:56 PM   #16152
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Struts, sway bar bushings, end links=like new ride again....
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:05 PM   #16153
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That's what I like to hear!!
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:06 PM   #16154
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Hopefully not a Victor Reinz Gasket.
My VR gasket is leaking after a few months. Getting swapped to an Erling gasket tomorrow.
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:20 PM   #16155
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My VR gasket is leaking after a few months. Getting swapped to an Erling gasket tomorrow.
Yep...in the same boat here.

Replacing mine within a few weeks...its been long enough.
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:21 PM   #16156
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My VR gasket is leaking after a few months. Getting swapped to an Erling gasket tomorrow.
Jake I did the same. Now the elring is leaking in two months. I am going goetze or whatever is OE soon.
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:27 PM   #16157
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Jake I did the same. Now the elring is leaking in two months. I am going goetze or whatever is OE soon.
How, or rather in what pattern did you torque the studs?
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:32 PM   #16158
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My VR gasket is leaking after a few months. Getting swapped to an Erling gasket tomorrow.
Pretty sure my VR gasket is leaking again too. Staring to smell some oil from the car when I park it.
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:17 PM   #16159
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I highly recommend GENUINE BMW ONLY on VCG. It's not that much from the dealer. I had 3 VRs go out in a row. Now using BMW and dry as a bone on the desert floor in the middle of summer!!!!
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:26 PM   #16160
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I highly recommend GENUINE BMW ONLY on VCG. It's not that much from the dealer. I had 3 VRs go out in a row. Now using BMW and dry as a bone on the desert floor in the middle of summer!!!!
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