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E30 (1982 - 1993)
God's Chariot. The E30 was produced primarily from 1982 through 1991. The cabriolet was the one exception which was produced through 1993.

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Old 09-28-2013, 12:05 AM
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What Head Gasket to use for my E30

hey guys, my last post for a head gasket didn't go well, so I need to re-word another one. Ive been shopping around for a new gasket kit, and everyone has ruled out Victor Reinz... I guess they fail regularly. What kit SHOULD I buy? I found one on BavAuto that looks good, can someone review it for me? thank you!!!
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Old 09-28-2013, 01:01 AM
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Who is "everyone" that ruled out VR gaskets? There is NOTHING wrong with them. I have yet to see a VR head gasket that's blown due to a failure of the gasket itself. Not torqued correctly, or overheated when the system wasn't bled correctly, or the head and block not cleaned enough before the head was installed, yes, but never a failed head gasket from a material or construction fault.

I'll bet you a buck the gaskets that BavAuto sells are made by VR.
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Old 09-28-2013, 10:10 AM
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http://www.e30tech.com/forum/showthread.php?t=82138

Read through this guys post about 3 different gaskets that he's used. He sounds like he does work for others, and his experience with Victor Reinz is un-lucky.
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Old 09-29-2013, 11:29 AM
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I wanted to share some information I think you turbo folks might be interested in.
the reason why they didnt last. the stock hg arent designed for boost
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Old 10-01-2013, 04:10 AM
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In reality it really doesn't matter that much what gasket you use they all will work even the cheapest Fel-Pro .It has much more to do with how you do the work aluminum heads almost always need to be trued to get a good seal.It's very unlikely that after any mileage your head is still perfectly true.If you pull your head and slap on a new gasket like a lot of people/shops will do your asking for it to fail and at that point it doesn't matter how good your gasket is because it's not going to be able to over come a even a tiny warp in the head and will fail prematurely .I don't recommend using the cheapest gasket ,buy what you can afford and follow all the proper procedures when you install it and you won't have any issues.
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Old 10-01-2013, 10:04 AM
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Actually right now it looks like our current stock on M20 head gaskets is Elring brand. I've used these, Victor Reinz, and I'm currently running a Goetze brand on my own car now. Besides being foolish last fall and running my car WAY hot resulting in a blown gasket I've never had an issue with any of them sealing properly provided the surfaces were clean and the head was flat. If the car got hot enough to blow the gasket it's always a good idea to have a machine shop check it out before putting a new gasket in.
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Old 10-03-2013, 04:28 AM
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Well I took the head off my 325i yesterday after 10yrs and almost 250k since I rebuilt the motor and though it looked bad the Elring gasket in it wasn't blown.Another 20 miles and this would be a different story.So I guess I'll be buying another Elring to put back in the motor .I'd buy it from Bav but as usual they only list it in a kit and I only need the head gasket .Plus with their shipping I'm scared to ask what the cost would actually be.
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Old 10-10-2013, 09:50 AM
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I have a VR head gasket works great for me it has about 8k on it along with the engine and when I rebuilt I used all Goetze gaskets don't have one leak yet but I do only have 8k on it but i think the head gasket is going to come out soon and replace it once I get the rest of my turbo parts
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Old 10-11-2013, 01:39 AM
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When I used to build engines, I used a lot of different brands of Gaskets. Depending on what I felt worked best for that particular application.
VR, Götze, Elring have never disapointed me.

To expect a normal Head gasket to hold under 2 Bar boost, is like tying a bungee rope to your nuts
O-ringing the head on your block on is also a meaningless exercise in futility, if you are not generating excessive combustion pressures

As mentioned earlier by Ken & toybuilder, the end result depends on mechanical preparation and end-use.
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