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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 11-18-2012, 02:00 PM
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Oil Leak

Hi everyone,

I need your advice/help. I have an oil leak, it is on the driver side. I cant get a clear look at were it is coming from, but I can see that oil is leaking down the header above the serial number. Oil is all over the bottom of the front, Im guessing its getting blown around. I have checked my oil and the seems to be NO water mixed in, its not milky nor cloudy, I had my VCG changed about 2 years ago, so I dont think that is it.

What is your guys thoughts??/

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Old 11-18-2012, 02:03 PM
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Look at the oil filter housing... it's got a gasket that is known to fail.
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Old 11-18-2012, 02:36 PM
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^^^^ What he said. It's a $6.00 part.
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Old 11-18-2012, 07:18 PM
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Thanks guys, that looks like that could be it. Im going to have it looked at tormorrow to make sure thats the problem. Then I will be doing the DIY.
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Old 11-18-2012, 10:35 PM
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I just had the same issue with my 330ci, it was the oil filter housing gasket, it cost me 430 to repair at mechanic.

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Old 11-18-2012, 10:37 PM
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Hi everyone,

I need your advice/help. I have an oil leak, it is on the driver side. I cant get a clear look at were it is coming from, but I can see that oil is leaking down the header above the serial number. Oil is all over the bottom of the front, Im guessing its getting blown around. I have checked my oil and the seems to be NO water mixed in, its not milky nor cloudy, I had my VCG changed about 2 years ago, so I dont think that is it.

What is your guys thoughts??/

Thanks
Def the oil filter housing gasket, just had to repair mine, it cost me 430 at mechanic. At dealership quote is 450.

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Old 11-19-2012, 11:36 PM
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If you have basic mechanical knowledge you can DIY and save $400. I did it myself with help of DIY instructions. Take your time and it can be done.
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Old 11-23-2012, 12:51 PM
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Thanks to everyone for your help, it was the OFH gasket. I didnt have time to do the DIY but I did get it done for $225 and Im happy with it. Thanks again to everyone for your help!!
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