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DIY: Do It Yourself
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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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