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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 03-07-2011, 10:22 PM
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Oil Pan Gasket replacement - how much ?

My BMW cert. mechanic is charging me $562 to replace an oil pan gasket. Is that reasonable ? Isn't it a matter of lifting the car, removing the "easy to reach" nuts and bolts, replacing the gasket, putting bolts back ?


Job01 ENG. OILPAN GASKET 530I 01 Labor: $450.00
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11-13-1-437-237 OILPAN GASKET 1.0 @ 46.00 =$ 46.00
5W30 ENGINE OIL 7.5 @ 7.50 =$ 56.25
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R+R LOWER OILPAN TO REPLACE GASKET
OILLEAK FRONT FRONT OILPAN GASKET


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Haz Waste: $1.50
Tax: $8.95
Estimate Total: $562.70
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Old 03-07-2011, 10:29 PM
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it is
6-8H labor but nothing complicated
do it

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Old 03-08-2011, 06:51 AM
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It is probably NOT the Oil Pan Gasket, that thing rarely leaks before 200K miles.

This was what I though a few years ago. It turned out to be the Oil Filter Gasket, a $6 part from dealer and 3h labor.
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http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=414315
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Old 03-08-2011, 07:13 AM
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Cam has been right very often (I've seen plenty of people come here swearing they have a oil pan gasket leak only to find that five dollars later and a few hours of effort, they're happy to resolve the OFH leak).

Here's what is in the bestlinks on this (the bestlinks has ALL of Cam's DIYs!):
- CCV FAILS: crankcase ventilation valve diaphragm tears, freezes (1), &/or clogs (1), necessitating CCV replacement (M54,M54,M54) (M52,M52) (M52TU) (M62,M62) ('99 528i) ('98 528i); raising pressures, often causing the OFH oil filter housing to leak (1) (2) (3) (4); frequently blowing the VCG valve cover gasket (1); and sometimes the head gasket (1) (2); often causing vacuum leaks (1) (2) (3)

As for labor charges, simply go to the bestlinks to find:
- BMW phantom diagrams (1) & nominal prices by part number (1) labor rates by zip code (1) (2) (3) where to find a good mechanic (1) (2) joining BMWCCA (1) (2) & finding a reputable BMW indy in your area (1) (2)
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Old 03-08-2011, 07:54 AM
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He already replaced my oil filter housing seal (cost me $387) and it still has dripping oil. Now, he says it's the oil pan gasket.

I cut and paste his estimate on my initial thread.
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Then check the OFH Gasket area with a mirror again.
- Clean the whole area with engine cleaner and some gentle water spray.
- Run engine, go shopping etc for a few hours.
- Check the area below the OFH Gasket area with a flashlight and telescopic mirror.
Or better yet, check it from below with a flashlight (remove splashguard 1st).
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Old 03-08-2011, 08:12 AM
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he says it's the oil pan gasket.
Well, if it 'is' the oil pan gasket, it's apparently not pretty on the I6 to replace:
- How to fix broken or stripped oil drain pan plug bolt threads (0) (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) (17) (18) & replacing the oil pan & how to replace the BMW E39 oil pan gasket DIY (1)
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Old 03-08-2011, 08:44 PM
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HOLY ! Sorry about your experience! I guess paying him almost $600 is worth it.

btw, thanks for all the tips! At least my mechanic is on the list.
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Bump.
Anyone do this?
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Bump.
Anyone do this?
I replaced my oil pan gasket without removing anything other than the attaching fasteners. I cut the replacement gasket into two pieces in order to get it back in and then applied gasket sealant at the cut lines to seal those areas. You can do this job in 2-3 hours. Search for my thread "Replaced oil pan gasket" for the full story.
It has been over 3 weeks now with NO LEAKS!!
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I replaced my oil pan gasket without removing anything other than the attaching fasteners. I cut the replacement gasket into two pieces in order to get it back in and then applied gasket sealant at the cut lines to seal those areas. You can do this job in 2-3 hours. Search for my thread "Replaced oil pan gasket" for the full story.
It has been over 3 weeks now with NO LEAKS!!
I did the search but only this is popping up. If you're still on can you pop the link up? Thanks!

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I did the search but only this is popping up. If you're still on can you pop the link up? Thanks!

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Look here: (VERY long thread) http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...166&highlight=
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I would not cut the gasket and install it.
I replaced the oil pan gasket, and it literally exploded when removing it.
Pieces of plastisized rubber fell all inside the pan.
Drop the front subframe, then the pan - do it right.
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....tho the gasket can be replaced w/o dropping subframe it sure looks like an awkward and tight space to be working in. Frankly, unless the leak is significant I'd leave it alone and I've with it.


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I would not cut the gasket and install it.
I replaced the oil pan gasket, and it literally exploded when removing it.
Pieces of plastisized rubber fell all inside the pan.
Drop the front subframe, then the pan - do it right.
Jack up the front of the car by about 20 inches. Then you can crawl under the frame to remove the oil pan, and replace the oil pan gasket. It is a 2 hours job, not too difficult.
Also, after removing the oil pan, and while you are under there, make sure you check and if necessary tighten the oil pump bolts.
See https://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/s...IY-replacement
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....tho the gasket can be replaced w/o dropping subframe it sure looks like an awkward and tight space to be working in. Frankly, unless the leak is significant I'd leave it alone and I've with it.


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Check this write-up. It is doable. http://www.magnum1.com/magnum/BMW-74...-Bolts-740.php
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Check this site the cost estimate. Just input the car information and your location.

https://repairpal.com
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Jack up the front of the car by about 20 inches. Then you can crawl under the frame to remove the oil pan, and replace the oil pan gasket. It is a 2 hours job, not too difficult.
Also, after removing the oil pan, and while you are under there, make sure you check and if necessary tighten the oil pump bolts.
See https://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/s...IY-replacement
It's not that easy on the I6.
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I did the search but only this is popping up. If you're still on can you pop the link up? Thanks!

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Alika has a good response but I'm not sure anyone else is paying attention. This thread died back in 2011 and it started about an E39 530 but some recent links are in regards to the M60 and M62 engines which is the V8 so...

Are you asking this about your 2009 335i?


Edit: Sorry for leaving you out c4t, you must have posted while I was typing. +1
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