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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 11-07-2014, 11:07 AM
skarz skarz is offline
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Valley pan gasket change

Ok guys I'm about to change the valley pan gasket on my 98 540i and I'm wondering what parts I'm gonna need to get this done successfully anybody got a parts list? ??
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Old 11-07-2014, 11:11 AM
MKJS MKJS is offline
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Bunch of threads on this one. Check the google search box at the top right.

Pretty big job, good going!
"Any car that merely takes you from A to B does not go far enough." - August Horch
(9/98 production) '99 540i

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Old 11-07-2014, 11:31 AM
bobdmac bobdmac is offline
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Mein Auto: 2001 540i/6, '90 BMW k75s
Check out the kit from ECS Tuning. I got the Level One kit because of the "upgraded gasket," and because of parts overlap with other work I'm doing. I'm in the middle of this right now. If you're curious, check out my thread, "Around the m62TU in 80 Hours, More or Less."

Here are some other DIY links that I'm still keeping open in my browser that you may find useful:

Magnum's Valley Pan Gasket Repair (740, but the ame engine)
Hotswimmer's DIY on Bimmerforums
BMW Planet's M62 (pre-VANOS) Valley Pan Gasket DIY
BMW--giving new meaning to the phrase "disposable income."

Last edited by bobdmac; 11-07-2014 at 11:32 AM.
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Old 11-07-2014, 05:57 PM
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bluebee bluebee is offline
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Mein Auto: 02 BMW 525i M54 auto 130K
I don't have 'em, but I can type /valley pan in the bestlinks, which nets this ...
- BMW E38/E39 V8 M62 engine valley pan gasket coolant leak DIY (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) & what parts to order in a valley pan gasket kit (1) (2) & what is the purpose of the valley pan anyway (1)
Please read the suggested threads, where the best always add value to those threads, either by pictures or by descriptions, so the next person with the same problem stands on your shoulders.
See also: E39 Bestlinks & How to easily find what you need
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