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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 03-07-2015, 05:11 PM
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valve cover gaskets.....best brands?

Well, it looks like that time to do my valve cover gaskets. It seems I have a small leak. I can briefly smell oil burning through my vents. It seems to a small leak as the smell only lasts a couple of minutes then is gone. What brands/kits are best and where to get them from?
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Old 03-07-2015, 05:38 PM
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Why not get the OE gaskets from the dealer? I find they only cost a little more and are engineered to be an exact fit. If you want to go with aftermarket pieces, you won't go wrong with either Felpro or Victor Reinz.

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Old 03-07-2015, 05:41 PM
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I just replace mine with victor rienz so far so good it even came with the 15 rubber grommets all for under $30 from eBay, sure beats stealer price of $130 lol
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Old 03-07-2015, 06:00 PM
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Old 03-07-2015, 07:48 PM
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Your dealer wanted $130? I just bought one from Hendrick BMW in Charlotte with all the grommets (for a I6) for only $45. Your dealer is way out of line.
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Old 03-07-2015, 07:56 PM
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Your dealer wanted $130? I just bought one from Hendrick BMW in Charlotte with all the grommets (for a I6) for only $45. Your dealer is way out of line.
About $80 for gasket and $3 for each rubber gromments...fields bmw in orlando...
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Old 03-07-2015, 08:57 PM
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Are we really talking about which VCG to use still?! OEM is the way to go. That has been settled for awhile now. BMW OEM is the only one made from Viton and is now guaranteed to last a long time (probably the life of the car if CCV issues are kept in check).

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Old 03-07-2015, 09:21 PM
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Erling Klinger Zylinderkopfhaubensatz. Ok? That one. Or there's also one that starts with a M.
You are right maaaaan
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Old 03-07-2015, 11:03 PM
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Erling Klinger Zylinderkopfhaubensatz. Ok? That one.
+1 I know this is sold at Autohausaz and I have heard great things.

I just did mine with Fel Pro from Rock Auto and it works great.
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Old 03-08-2015, 01:08 AM
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Typing /vcg f3 in the bestlinks nets this...
- Which VCG brand to buy (1)

See also:
- How to replace the E39 V8 valve cover gasket (1) & how to replace the E39 I6 VCG (1) & which VCG brand to buy (1) & what VCG lubricants to use (1) & what can go wrong when replacing the VCG valve cover gasket which may cause subsequent plastic engine cover leaks (1)
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