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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 01-18-2013, 05:51 PM
jjbaldas jjbaldas is offline
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Location: PA (Philadelphia suburbs)
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Mein Auto: 335d; 323Ci
VANOS seals and Valve Cover gasket

I had a leak from VCG and decided to do the VANOS seals on my 323Ci with 185K miles. I really was not having issues with VANOS (no cold start idle problems) but I thought while I had everything apart I would do it. I attached a few photos and am pleased with the condition of the engine with my mileage.
I was on the fence on whether to go with Beisan seals or a VANOS rebuild/core swap -- decided on Beisan and glad I did so. Saved alot of money and the repair was quite straight forward and did not add much time in my opinion.
I have 200 + miles on the new seals and the improvement I feel is more even power in the 2000-3000 rpm range; I now seem to get through the low gears more quickly now.
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