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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 08-26-2016, 02:15 PM
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valve cover gasket

I have an oil leak which appears to come from the valve cover gasket. The oil is trickling on the bell housing. Which gasket should I get ? I see one for $49 and another for about $24

Any suggestions on what else should I change since I'm there anyway ? Plugs ?
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Old 08-26-2016, 02:27 PM
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valve cover gasket

IMO Victor Reinz is fine, that's what I used, just make sure to replace bolt grommets, I believe there is (10). Plugs would be a good idea.

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Old 08-26-2016, 02:29 PM
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I have an oil leak which appears to come from the valve cover gasket. The oil is trickling on the bell housing. Which gasket should I get ? I see one for $49 and another for about $24

Any suggestions on what else should I change since I'm there anyway ? Plugs ?
Get the first one which is BMW quality

Second one is good to use too but, you'll find your self doing another VCG job sooner than you think.... Ask me how I know.

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Old 08-26-2016, 02:29 PM
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Buy new grommets to use when installing the nuts that secure the cover to the head. I'm not sure on gasket, easy to buy from dealer, quality will be Xlnt. It's not a pricey item, takes bit of time to install-don't cheap out on parts, will come back to bite you.
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Old 08-26-2016, 02:33 PM
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Victor Reinz is not fine, in any of my experiences with them. You are lucky, rudedogg16.


I always use OEM engine gaskets (save fore the 328i, my first and last experience with Victor). You can actually feel and see the difference.


I put a Victor on my 328i, had to change it after 5,000 miles as it started to leak a lot. Put an OEM one on that is still going strong 25k miles later. When I pulled the Victor and compared it to the OEM, the difference was INCREDIBLE. Victor was hard rubber and smaller. It would not stay in the valve cover when I flipped it over to install it. WHAT A BITCH. When I used the OEM gasket from the dealer, I immediately noticed how much softer it was, and also larger. I stuffed it in the valve cover and it never came close to falling out when I flipped it over to install onto the head.

Then I had 10,000 miles on Victor VCG's for the 540i (prv. owner) and one of those started leaking. Changed both to OEM (and painted the valve covers crinkle black, which made the leak worth it because I wouldn't have painted them until they got pulled). The difference in the two gaskets was night and day for this model, too.
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Old 08-26-2016, 02:40 PM
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Here I found a genuine bmw for half the price on ebay + Free shipping:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-OEM-Valv...tXvRPy&vxp=mtr

Here's another with free expedited shipping, but its $10 more then the first one:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-3-5-7-Se...lXpvXO&vxp=mtr

I've got my gaskets from ebay (BMW version though) and always worked perfectly no issues... Though mine didn't come rubber gormets so i went to the dealer and got some along with some brand new nut bolts incase one snaps later down the line. Ask me how I know.
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Old 08-26-2016, 02:42 PM
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Here I found a geuien bmw for half the price on ebay

http://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-OEM-Valv...tXvRPy&vxp=mtr
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Old 08-26-2016, 04:11 PM
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There are 15 grommets that go with these valve covers, you need to replace all of them along with the gasket.
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Old 08-26-2016, 09:06 PM
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Thank you. I'll get the oem one. How long do they last? 50k ?


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I've had good experience with Elring. FCPEuro has a kit with all of the additional doodads (for about $75.Lifetime warranty.

Qty Part SKU Brand Price
1 Engine Valve Cover Gasket Set ELR-382750 $21.99
15 Engine Valve Cover Washer BMW-11127838077 $2.79
15 Engine Valve Cover Grommet ELR-436010 $0.19
1 Engine Oil Filler Cap Gasket BMW-11127526447 $8.99
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