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Old 01-30-2014, 12:01 PM   #361
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Originally Posted by Andrewdm10 View Post
Hi Guys,

Once again this forum has proved fantastic.
Just did the VCG and Oil/Plugs/Filters on my 02 330ci Coupe M54.

One thing i noticed when i did the VCG was the condition of the engine didn't seem that great condition internally.

I've attached photos below.

The Vanos area is Black and Dark brown. I have not seen any others look like this?? It looks really strange.
Is this something to be concerned about?

There was also a build up of sludge on the plastic black housing with loose grit on it.
I left it as it was as i didn't want to dis-lodge anything and intern have loose grit flying in the engine.

Motor & car has 140,000 kms
Apart from a rough cold start, it drives perfect now.

Can anyone shed anymore light in reference to my pictures?

Thank you.
Looks like somebody used goat's blood instead of the right type of oil...
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Old 02-19-2014, 07:37 PM   #362
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Vcg diy

Thanks to everyone in the forum for providing so much detail on this DIY.

I just replaced mine on my 2003 e46 with 112,000 miles. The outer gasket was barely flexible and was showing signs of leaking around the edges. The inner (spark plug) gaskets were brittle plastic. Overall, this DIY post made it very easy and took me about 2 hours to sort through.

Here is a pic of my engine at 112,000.
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Old 01-27-2016, 04:27 PM   #363
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Thank you, great pictures! I assume you disconnected the battery first? Any problems with disconnecting battery for the day (or duration of the project)?

My local dealer is quoting $356.04 for this job.
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Old 01-27-2016, 04:46 PM   #364
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When I did mine, honestly can't remember disconnecting the batter (it's been a while), but it's never a bad idea to cheat on the side of safety.

FYI @ 150K and no leaks -- save yourself $356 ... this is doable
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Old 01-28-2016, 12:15 PM   #365
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Originally Posted by Frank_E46 View Post
First of all, thanks to the OP--old thread BUT good thread!

I have a 2004 325ci @ 122,000 miles and thought it would be a good idea to finally do this DIY because of the smell of burnt oil (should of done this sooner).

The VCG was harden solid plastic--so, if you haven't done this DIY in my opinion the sooner the better to prevent from having to deal with the harden VCG gasket.

During the DIY, had to use a blanket to prevent pieces from falling into the engine and carefully remove the fused gasket from the mating surfaces. Here are some PIX:

Once again...thanks OP...!
Nice images and labels! I am hoping the PO had this done once. 325i has ~125k on it now and is leaking at the VCG.
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