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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 04-26-2014, 01:17 PM
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Anyone have a M52 valve cover they want to sell?

Just pulled mine to replace the gasket and the valve cover has several cracks in it. Ready to buy one now if you got one.

Make sure it has absolutely no issues... thanks!
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Old 04-26-2014, 06:45 PM
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Are you talking about the plastic engine cover or the metal valve cover? If the plastic part I have one for 30 plus shipping. Happy to send pics if you send your email.


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Old 04-26-2014, 06:57 PM
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Wait.. There are metal valvve covers?? No he wants a deal on the other wise $300 hunk of cheap plastic crap we call a valve cover. Why something that important was ever made of plastic is beyond my comprihention. But BMW did it.
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Old 04-27-2014, 04:56 AM
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There is a metal cover that happens to cover the valves, then there is the plastic cover above that.


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Old 04-27-2014, 06:47 AM
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On the m52b28 obd2 e39s they were all plastic. The m50 obd1 3 series had a metal valve cover. So could you put a obd1 on the obd2? I haven't tried it because you also would need all the plastic that goes on top of the metal since the oil fill is in a different location and this would only work on the single vanos m52. But that wont help the OP since he has a m52TU double vanos. Just look on ebay or find one in a salvage yard.
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Old 04-27-2014, 08:00 AM
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There is a metal cover that happens to cover the valves, then there is the plastic cover above that.


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The valve cover is plastic.

Funk, if you get a used one make sure it isn't warped also. Being that it's plastic and improper torque and torque sequence AND heat will warp them over time. The valve cover on my M54 is warped, went through 2 gasket sets before I realized it.
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Old 04-27-2014, 09:07 AM
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BMW tries to save weight by using plastic as much as possible.

Anyway, most valve covers one ebay are at least 11 years old, with unknown mileage.
Most are listed for $100+.

New from dealer is $320.

This is a tough call!
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Old 04-27-2014, 09:30 AM
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Wouldn't it be nice if someone would cast us one in aluminum...
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Wouldn't it be nice if someone would cast us one in aluminum...
An item that size in aluminum would be at least 600 bucks. I'm talking metal weight + workmanship + shipping and stuff. And being conservative sence I haven't tried to scrap aluminium in years. But would it actually perform any better? I agree for a little while it would be prettier.
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I had a hairline crack in my valve cover on the exhaust side I JB welded @ 172k after having the dreaded burning oil smell at stop lights. Now the car is at 235k and it still does not leak.
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Old 04-27-2014, 10:02 PM
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I had a hairline crack in my valve cover on the exhaust side I JB welded @ 172k after having the dreaded burning oil smell at stop lights. Now the car is at 235k and it still does not leak.
Ha, ha... yeah no metal valve covers here. Plastic.

And yes I do have a hairline crack on the underside which "if" that was the only issue I would just JB Weld it. But one of the bolt stanchions next to the spark plug tube hole is completely broke off. Which means this dang cover will always leak.

Yeah a new one is $350, and I have found a few used ones on ebay ranging from $70 to $169. There's a guy from Ontario Canada that owns a wrecking yard with "as he states" over 900 BMW's in it. He says he has hundreds of M52 Valve Covers!

Him and I talked on the phone yesterday and if I can trusts he'll pull me a clean, non-warped, non-cracked one... I'll probably buy one from him.

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Old 04-28-2014, 05:46 AM
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An item that size in aluminum would be at least 600 bucks. I'm talking metal weight + workmanship + shipping and stuff. And being conservative sence I haven't tried to scrap aluminium in years. But would it actually perform any better? I agree for a little while it would be prettier.
I've been in the biz for almost 30 years dealing with project just like this,,the prototype would run a couple of grand and then the casting of the part--say 100 per order would put the cost around 300 bucks a pop,,,The PT would be worked over sea's and the casting would be done hear..
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Old 04-28-2014, 06:46 AM
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...Yeah a new one is $350, and I have found a few used ones on ebay ranging from $70 to $169. There's a guy from Ontario Canada that owns a wrecking yard with "as he states" over 900 BMW's in it. He says he has hundreds of M52 Valve Covers!

Him and I talked on the phone yesterday and if I can trusts he'll pull me a clean, non-warped, non-cracked one... I'll probably buy one from him.
Funk Republic,

The link you showed above is $169.

Every item in this world, used or new, has an "appropriate market" value.

The used ones are at least 11 years old, and probably has over 100K miles, and can crack any time. To me, a used valve cover is only worth $40 in my book because of the above reasons.

The ebay listings mostly price this thingy as $100 and up, greedy people.

If you plan to keep the car for another 10 years, then new valve cover is probably the way to go.
You can treat this valve cover like tires, a new set of tires will cost some $400-$500. It is a consumable item.
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Old 04-28-2014, 06:48 AM
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BTW, this dealer in Lincoln, NE lists the item you want for $311:
http://www.bmwmercedesparts.com/
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Old 04-28-2014, 08:36 AM
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Funk Republic,

The link you showed above is $169.

Every item in this world, used or new, has an "appropriate market" value.

The used ones are at least 11 years old, and probably has over 100K miles, and can crack any time. To me, a used valve cover is only worth $40 in my book because of the above reasons.

The ebay listings mostly price this thingy as $100 and up, greedy people.

If you plan to keep the car for another 10 years, then new valve cover is probably the way to go.
You can treat this valve cover like tires, a new set of tires will cost some $400-$500. It is a consumable item.
Yeah, you are probably right.
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Old 04-28-2014, 07:57 PM
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Found one in really good condition from a Seattle wrecking yard that specializes in BMW, Benz, and Volvo. $100... I think I'm good.
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Old 04-28-2014, 08:08 PM
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Local Pick-and-Pull: $10 for valve cover, only if you can find the exact same model.
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Old 04-28-2014, 08:12 PM
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Yeah well... called 20 different yards. No one had one except these guys. They are a bit pricey, but didn't have to pull, it was ready to go at the counter. The only other option was to pay the same price + shipping and HOPE I got a good one on ebay.
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Old 04-28-2014, 09:31 PM
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dont know why this is such a hard think to decicde on?

ebay... 75$.. free shipping..

click buy now.. then order the gasket set and gromits..
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