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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 09-27-2012, 03:36 PM
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Oil Pan Gasket, Valve Cover Gasket and Crankshaft Oil Seal

Took my 05 325xi in to check on the oil leak and the shop said it was the oil pan gasket, the valve cover gasket and the crankshaft oil seal. I am not to familiar with car work but simple stuff (especially with the great DIY guides in the 346 communities!) I can handle. Looking at the guides, I feel I can handle the valve cover gasket myself. They want to charge a total of $160 for that work. I don't know about the Oil Pan gasket and the crankshaft seal though. Should I go ahead and have them do all three and not worry about DIY? The oil pan gasket seems like it would be easy but it must not be since they want to charge in the area of $700 for that work.

I'm not opposed in any way to paying someone who can do the work properly (the place seems to have a good BMW following where I live) but I don't want to pay so much extra for something that I CAN do after a bit of study.

Not to mention, I don't even have all the proper tools. I have no torque wrenches and I don't think I even own a metric set!

Any newbie DIY'ers out there (or EX-newb DIY'ers) that can weigh in on these thoughts?
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Old 09-27-2012, 04:20 PM
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I am not to familiar with car work
This excludes you from the oil pan and crank seal. I'd let em do it all if I was you. I have done all of the repairs you mentioned many times, they aren't hard if you are handy with a wrench and have some special tools, but if you don't, I'd skip it.
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Old 09-27-2012, 05:08 PM
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This excludes you from the oil pan and crank seal. I'd let em do it all if I was you. I have done all of the repairs you mentioned many times, they aren't hard if you are handy with a wrench and have some special tools, but if you don't, I'd skip it.
Thanks. It's not that I'm not handy, I just haven't learned my way around an engine. Yeah, I'll pay them. $1400 and that's not including all the fluid changes (which I might tackle myself!)
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Old 09-27-2012, 06:17 PM
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Thanks. It's not that I'm not handy, I just haven't learned my way around an engine. Yeah, I'll pay them. $1400 and that's not including all the fluid changes (which I might tackle myself!)
I thought you said $700. That is a good price, $1400 is a ripoff
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Old 09-27-2012, 06:21 PM
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I'm sorry, I wasn't that clear. It's $1400 for all three gaskets/seals and oil. Is it still a ripoff in your opinion? I'm in Chicagoland if that makes a difference. The dealership wants $1900 for the same job.
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Old 09-27-2012, 07:23 PM
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Well, I'd replace the VCG yourself first and the oil filter housing gasket. Both are diy'able and could be the source of your leaks. The OFHG when it leaks will drip down on the pan and it is misdiagnosed all the time.
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How many miles? On an 05 I highly doubt the crank seal is done already. There's a thread/poll on E46F recently about miles and crank seal failures. There were more than a couple guys chiming in with 200k+ miles and their crank shaft seals were still bone dry, and these were '99s.

It would be great of you could verify the leak. Without confirmation otherwise I'd say your mechanic is fibbing. It's not a stretch, these guys know if the owner won't be bothered getting their backs to the floor.

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