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Old 04-20-2013, 01:13 PM   #1
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Gotta hand it to bmw

Yesterday I swapped out my oil filter housing gasket because my 325i was leaking very bad. Previously I swapped the oil pan gasket and that didn't solve the leak.
So I read a bunch of forums and diys to get ready for the swap. And I have to say it was much easier than expected. Bmw did a great job assembling this engines and everything is really easy to remove and reinstall! Everyone always seems to say euro cars are so tough but so far it's been a lot better than some of those Japanese cars out there

So far no leaks hopefully it stays that way!

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Old 04-20-2013, 01:21 PM   #2
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After doing the oil pan gasket, the oil filter housig gasket naturally would seem easy in comparison.

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Old 04-20-2013, 01:24 PM   #3
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Yup, it's not too hard to work on these engines. Just take your time, use common sense and you're done.
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Old 04-20-2013, 01:27 PM   #4
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Old 04-20-2013, 01:47 PM   #5
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Go work on and Audi or VW LOL!

Yea these cars are cake to work on.
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Old 04-20-2013, 02:37 PM   #6
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Easiest car I've worked on is the E46 hands down. A big part of it is the longitudinally mounted inline six. Makes all the accessories easy to get to.

Worst by far was my mother's old Audi 90 2.8 V6. Absolute nightmare.
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Old 04-20-2013, 03:24 PM   #7
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Old 04-20-2013, 04:01 PM   #8
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After doing the oil pan gasket, the oil filter housig gasket naturally would seem easy in comparison.
Well I've done plenty of other things also and overall it's been pretty sensible. Unlike my girlfriends Chrysler which requires you to lower the engine to remove the spark plugs and take out the fender well for do the belts.

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Old 04-20-2013, 04:01 PM   #9
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Audi is a nightmare.
I agree. Helped my friend with the 1.8t audi and it's just terrible to do anything

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Old 04-20-2013, 05:18 PM   #10
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+1. I hated my VW 2.8 V6. I shall never buy a VW again, not counting the Porsche of course
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Old 04-20-2013, 07:44 PM   #11
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VW's are what I had before the BMW and I honestly love the designs of both these German cars compared to others. Some things are tricky but the designs actually all make sense unlike the other vehicles, it is very impressive.

Timing belts suck, I'm sticking with chains for now on though
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Old 04-20-2013, 08:08 PM   #12
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I have a '97 Civic that's pretty easy to work on. Replaced the CV axels today, pretty easy job. I have a '05 Kia Sorento that's a bitch to work on. My daughter has my old '03 Passat, it's somewhere in between the Kia and Honda. My E46 is easy to work on, but not quite as easy as the Honda. The Honda is a 4 banger, which makes things a lot easier.
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Old 04-20-2013, 08:27 PM   #13
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e46 are easy to work on.... until the head gasket pops. I heard that job sucks due to setting the timing... most just replace the engine or so I hear. Any clarification on this? I prefer to try the headgasket myself before I look for a motor.


I've owned every different style and type of motors and I prefer the feel of an inline 6 over everything else! BMWs have good combos to me, inline 6, timing chains, good looks and RWD.
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Old 04-20-2013, 09:21 PM   #14
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e46 are easy to work on.... until the head gasket pops. I heard that job sucks due to setting the timing...
If you've ever replaced a timing belt on a Mitsubishi V6, you should have no problem setting the timing on any car. It took me about 10 hours to get the damn belt set so that two rotations of the crankshaft showed everything in it's proper place.
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I've done the Mitsubishi v6 timing belts and Honda and VW 4 bangers... I guess I'd just need the double vanos tool but it seems like everyone who's attempted timing on a double vanos motor can't get it set back perfect. The Mitsubishi v6 has the tensioner that needs compressed and gotta insert an almost needle sized Allen key to hold it in order to get it all set....that was the longest belt job I've ever done I hate Mitsubishi/Chrysler v6s. Water pumps with the crossover tube that like to leak and are hard to get to.
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Old 04-20-2013, 10:04 PM   #16
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lol, yeah, I've got a small coolant leak after the Mitsubishi timing belt change that I'm hoping will seal itself. It's stopped losing fluid, but still has an antifreeze odor at times.
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Old 04-20-2013, 11:52 PM   #17
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Easiest car I've worked on is the E46 hands down. A big part of it is the longitudinally mounted inline six. Makes all the accessories easy to get to.

Worst by far was my mother's old Audi 90 2.8 V6. Absolute nightmare.
Don't know my rangers a cinch to wrench on lol. Plus for oil changes I don't even need to Jack it up
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Old 04-20-2013, 11:56 PM   #18
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Yesterday I swapped out my oil filter housing gasket because my 325i was leaking very bad. Previously I swapped the oil pan gasket and that didn't solve the leak.
So I read a bunch of forums and diys to get ready for the swap. And I have to say it was much easier than expected. Bmw did a great job assembling this engines and everything is really easy to remove and reinstall! Everyone always seems to say euro cars are so tough but so far it's been a lot better than some of those Japanese cars out there

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Lol it's an easy job, except when I did mine one of the bolts snapped while tightening it with a torque wrench...luckily I got it out but for a second I was like #!$& anyways it sat for two days until all new bolts came in from the dealership.

Personally it's not too bad to wrench on but I hate the weak fasteners.
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Old 04-21-2013, 03:12 AM   #19
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Yup got to give it to bmw they did a great job making everything simple to work on, I recently did my friends spark plugs on an 08 wrx and let me tell you it was horrible lol
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