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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 07-26-2015, 10:28 AM
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Quality full gasket replacement kit?

So my head gasket is done for. I noticed last oil change that my oil looked a tiny bit lighter than I thought it should be, also the coolant in the reservoir seemed to drop 1/4 an inch. I changed my oil yesterday, and it was muddy looking, also my reservoir was about 2 inches below the line in the coolant so I know I have coolant leaking into my head.

One of my heater hoses in the back was really swollen so I took off my intake manifold to replace it and I thought, since I have this off already, it would be easy for me to just do the head gasket (I think?). I don't plan to send the head to a machine shop so I was told it would be an easy job because I can get to the head without taking the cams and lifters and springs off of the top part of the block, but rather take it off as one. (I hope it is as easy as I have in my mind lol)

But anyways, I was wondering if there is a specific company I should go through for a gasket kit since I might as well just replace them all while I am here. I don't really trust the $40 buck kits on eBay. I have 220k miles on the BMW and I plan to have this be the only time I do a head gasket on the car so I might as well make it last the remaining life of the car.
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Old 07-26-2015, 11:37 AM
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It's highly advised that you have your head professionally inspected for warping and cracks when replacing the head gasket. Otherwise, you run the risk of putting it back together and blowing a brand new head gasket and having to do the job all over again. Do the smart thing... It isn't very expensive to have it inspected.

Anyhow, Elring Klinger is the best brand to get. You can get a full kit from Pelican Parts for around $150. And yes, don't by cheapo eBay parts for something like a head gasket replacement.
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Old 07-26-2015, 08:20 PM
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Thank you for the reply ZeGerman. I have a SnapOn straight edge and feeler gauges so I plan to just clean it really well, look for any cracks, and check for warping myself.
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Old 07-27-2015, 12:21 PM
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Sometimes you can't find small cracks by visual inspection. It should be magnafluxed to look for small micro fractures. As Z said, it's money well spent.
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Zygloed, not magnafluxed. You can't magnaflux aluminum.
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I really thank you guys for your help, and I will take your advice on taking the head to a machine shop. So I am wondering if this kit will work on my 98 328i E36. The description says "M52B28 1996-2001 [BMW e36 and e46 328i]" But I don't know what M52B28 nor have I ever seen these actual cam parts so I wanted to double check with people that know about this.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/231628614920...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
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Yeah, that should work for you. Your car has the M52B28. M52 = engine series, and B28 = 2.8L, which is what your 328i has.
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