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E70 BMW X5 produced between 2007 and 2013. Discuss the E70 X5 with other BMW owners here.

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Old 03-01-2016, 09:09 PM
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2012 X5 50i - valve cover gasket replaced

2012 X5 50i, 48K miles
I noticed some smell through the cabin and near the rear wheels. I created a thread here: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=898519.

On top of it, I got an "engine malfunction" message once when I started the car, accompanied by severe vibration at idle. I turned ignition off and started again, and it was all clear. Later, when i read the error codes, it showed a "combustion misfire in cylinder 5", which was strange.

Took it to the dealer thinking it might be an injector issue. Turned out, it was a leaking valve cover gasket, and the injectors were covered in oil, causing random misfires. It was a 12+ hour job. Thankfully, Route 66 covered it all ($2100) - see attached invoice. It wasn't 100% smooth though - when my SA called Route 66 for authorization, they wanted me to drive the car for 500 miles and monitor the oil level to determine leak intensity. I called Rt 66 and refused to drive the car with strange odors entering the cabin; plus i mentioned that i've added one quart of oil since my last oil change 4K miles ago.

I used this opportunity to change spark plugs and air filters as well. Had to pay 30 mins of labor + parts. Just got my car a few hours ago, and I feel that the idle feels smoother, and throttle seems more responsive. I requested them to return the old spark plugs to me - pic attached. They looked OK, though some appear to be fouled up.
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Old 03-02-2016, 11:10 AM
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Ouch - 1900 bucks for Labor. That's on the order of 15 hours.
Seems like a lot. Sure they weren't charging for Lunch breaks.
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Old 03-02-2016, 11:16 AM
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Ouch - 1900 bucks for Labor. That's on the order of 15 hours.
Seems like a lot. Sure they weren't charging for Lunch breaks.
Seattle is pretty expensive for labor. This dealership charges around $145/hr. A nearby dealership charges $199/hr. Good indy's charge about $115 - $150/hr. $1900 works out to be around 12 hours of labor, and from what I've heard, it takes about 8 hrs to replace the valve cover gasket on one side for the X5 50is; they replaced both sides.
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