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The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

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Old 12-17-2010, 07:32 PM   #1
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Angry Leaks at 110K miles

I went to get my car's rear subframe inspected because there was a recall at one point as well as to replace the fuel filter. I also asked to get an oil leak diagnosed. It turns out I have THREE oil leaks! (valve cover gasket, oil filter housing and oil pan gasket) Then, I also have a power steering pipes leak too! (I knew about the oil leak but I didn't know I had a P/S leak too) I guess I shouldn't be too upset since I only paid about $5400 for the car after selling a very used Jeep to help pay for it, but the quotes were so costly, I only agreed to get the valve cover gasket replaced since it was allowing oil all over. I ordered the Bentley Repair Manual. I hope it helps because the oil pan gasket replacement was quoted at 12 hrs of labor at $135/hr and $1,679.17 total (parts was cheap though at $59.17). Is that really right? a 12 hr job?
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Old 12-17-2010, 09:28 PM   #2
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DO NOT PAY $1600 TO FIX THE VALVE COVER LEAK!!

The valve cover gasket kit is less than $150 and it should take someone who isn't a mechanic less than 3 hours to do the entire job. Definitely check out the DIY on this forum as it has great information for changing the VCG.

Keep in mind the $150 would include a complet VCG kit with the replacement rubber grommets, not just the main gasket.

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Old 12-17-2010, 09:35 PM   #3
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Thanks for the answser...it's kind of what I thought...this is my first bimmer and they saw a woman who has a car with lots of leaks and hoping I had a fat wallet!

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Old 12-17-2010, 09:40 PM   #4
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You can get a VCG from bavauto for $30 I believe and $1 a piece for the grommets. Pretty easy DIY. Took me about an hour and a half my second time around
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Old 12-17-2010, 09:42 PM   #5
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This is the link I used and it was perfect!! You will have the most time in cleaning the old gasket off as it will be very hard and brittle. Also, be very careful with the valve cover as it is made of plastic and can crack if you drop it.

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...e+cover+gasket
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Old 12-17-2010, 09:45 PM   #6
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DO NOT PAY $1600 TO FIX THE VALVE COVER LEAK!!

The valve cover gasket kit is less than $150 and it should take someone who isn't a mechanic less than 3 hours to do the entire job. Definitely check out the DIY on this forum as it has great information for changing the VCG.

Keep in mind the $150 would include a complet VCG kit with the replacement rubber grommets, not just the main gasket.
The $1600 was for the oil pan gasket, not the VCG.
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Old 12-17-2010, 09:46 PM   #7
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You can get a VCG from bavauto for $30 I believe and $1 a piece for the grommets. Pretty easy DIY. Took me about an hour and a half my second time around
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I was figuring the price with Oil and filter change, but you are right on with the super low cost of materials. I would run fast if I were karenlovesherbmw, this shop sounds really shady......
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Old 12-17-2010, 09:48 PM   #8
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Oh you are right!! But still, more like 7 to 8 hrs and $80 per hr is more like it.
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Old 12-17-2010, 09:50 PM   #9
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It was BMW of Roxbury in NJ...

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Old 12-18-2010, 12:51 AM   #10
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Find a cheap local independent BMW shop immediately. Those prices are absurd.
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Old 12-18-2010, 03:17 AM   #11
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+1 on getting a second look. The oil filter housing can make it look like other things are leaking. Kind of a tedious DIY, but not expensive by any stretch. I don't know that I'd worry about the oil pan, they like to loosen bolts, outright gasket failure is not very common.

I had the same problem on an M50 525i, oil leaking all over the place. After changing the valve cover gasket, oil filter housing gasket and tightening up some loose oil pan bolts, it stopped leaking entirely.
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Old 12-18-2010, 12:49 PM   #12
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Thanks, guys I think I'll take a look at the oil filter housing next and do some tightening up

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Old 12-18-2010, 05:12 PM   #13
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Yep - I would be surprised if the oil pan gasket was leaking. Fix the other two and the power steering leak too. P/s line is about $90.

If the pan really is leaking, you may just have to live with it, or pay big money to have it fixed.
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Old 12-18-2010, 08:36 PM   #14
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My (future ex-) husband said he replaced my power steering fluid and dripped some fluid and didn't clean it up and says maybe they saw the drips and assumed I had a leak. Other than that, my dad says he'll tighten any bolts if any are loose on the oil pan when he does my oil change next (I hope to learn how to do the oil change as well). I hope that's it. When I got my car it had a bad, rear end shake that turned out to be a bent rim where the valve cap was missing (previous owners lived in Maine...lots of pot holes?) Maybe the shake loosened some bolts????

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