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E30 (1982 - 1993)
God's Chariot. The E30 was produced primarily from 1982 through 1991. The cabriolet was the one exception which was produced through 1993.

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Old 04-09-2011, 09:21 AM
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Apparently you 'can' replace the E30 I6 oil pan gasket by removing ONLY the oil pan!

So that the E30 team can both benefit and pitch in with ideas, see this post about the E30 in the E46 forum referencing the E39 success story:
I post this E39 (I6 M54 engine) success here, for the following two reasons:
  • To let you know it is (apparently) 'possible' to replace the E30 oilpan gasket without removing anything other than the oil pan
  • To solicit your advice for improvements and ideas to the technique and/or gasket sealants and/or locations for the cuts
Here's where to add the advice:
- E39 (1997 - 2003) > Replaced oil pan gasket

Note: If you guys already have figured this out, please let us know; but, as far as we know, this is a first.

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Old 04-09-2011, 10:41 AM
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that is completely stupid.
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Old 04-09-2011, 10:51 AM
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Old 04-09-2011, 01:50 PM
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i thought just unbolting the engine mounts then lifting the engine was the easier and safer way then cutting the pan
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Old 04-09-2011, 01:56 PM
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that is completely stupid.
Why?

In the M54 engine, it's an all-day job to replace a leaking oil pan gasket.

With this approach, it's an hour or an hour and a half, at most.

The all-day job is often farmed out to the shop (read $$$); while this approach can easily be done at home.

I 'assumed' the E30 oil pan gasket R&R (based on the comments quoted by m123) was the same situation.

Is it not?
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Old 04-09-2011, 04:47 PM
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thats the time it takes to do it the proper way. cutting up a gasket and lobbing in sealant to fill the broken area is a dumb. if you cant do something right, dont do it at all. i HATE taking apart a motor to find out the previous idiot silicones the hell out of everything to avoid the little extra time it takes to do the job right.
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Old 04-10-2011, 05:35 AM
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thats the time it takes to do it the proper way. cutting up a gasket and lobbing in sealant to fill the broken area is a dumb. if you cant do something right, dont do it at all. i HATE taking apart a motor to find out the previous idiot silicones the hell out of everything to avoid the little extra time it takes to do the job right.
Tell me about it. Took me 2 1/2 hours to get all that off the m50.

Steve and I replaced my oil pan gasket in the m20 (when i had one) without cutting or anything. Just dropped the pan down a bit and stuck it on.
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I have to work on this woman's jeep again today, I'll take a picture of here valve cover gasket this time (someone literally used 2 tubes of form-a-gasket on it)

I do not approve of Cutting any gasket Prior to installation, i dont care if it takes an extra two hours and involves lifting the engine
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Old 04-25-2011, 07:33 AM
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Does anyone know where to purchase an oil pan gasket set? I am looking for a high quality part (oem as much as possible). And I also found this oil pan gasket set at **************.. Is this one good?Thanks!

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Old 04-25-2011, 07:44 AM
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. what do you mean an oil pan gasket "set" .. its 1 gasket. you can get it at ANY bmw parts retailer. you can even order it at your local non-bmw parts store like autozone, advance auto or anything like that too. places like pelicanparts will have the OEM one.
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that is completely stupid.
You stole my words! I call jinx.
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Old 04-25-2011, 09:06 AM
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i thought just unbolting the engine mounts then lifting the engine was the easier and safer way then cutting the pan
They arent cutting the pan. Just the gasket.

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Old 04-25-2011, 09:09 AM
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Why?

In the M54 engine, it's an all-day job to replace a leaking oil pan gasket.

With this approach, it's an hour or an hour and a half, at most.

The all-day job is often farmed out to the shop (read $$$); while this approach can easily be done at home.

I 'assumed' the E30 oil pan gasket R&R (based on the comments quoted by m123) was the same situation.

Is it not?
Go and ask the BMW dealership if they do this. The answer would be a resounding NO. If you are too lazy to get down there and replace the gasket the correct way, who's fault is it that your car ends up at the dealership?
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