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E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series E60 Sedan was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E61 wagon followed shortly there after. The E60/E61 5 series is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 06-02-2016, 09:03 PM
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VANOS Unit - replace or keep

I got a buddy who gave me a brand new rebuilt vanos unit, for $100 because he's moving out of town and has to sell his car, so hes not going to get a chance to even use it..

My vanos isn't making a rattle noise or not that I know of but im asking, will a new vanos unit restore any power if any was missing? or should I just keep it until my current one starts to fail ?

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Old 06-03-2016, 06:37 AM
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New parts are better than 200k parts, you already bought it, why not? Couldn't hurt.
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If your car isn't throwing codes for VANOS errors, the one you've got is working perfectly. Changing it won't affect power at all.
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If it ain't broke don't fix it.
I'm thinking the same thing. Put it on the shelf for when you do need a spare
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Old 06-03-2016, 08:12 AM
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My units were replaced when they broke at 65k miles due to debris getting everywhere - my engine covers foam underbelly literally melted and went everywhere. Why change a good unit for a used rebuilt one which may or may not work. This used part could damage your car, and just because it was rebuilt doesn't mean it works.
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VANOS Unit - replace or keep

Oh alright then guess I'll save it for later

But I thought vanos gives you more torque especially if it's brand new or rebuilt
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Old 06-03-2016, 08:44 AM
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Oh alright then guess I'll save it for later

But I thought vanos gives you more torque especially if it's brand new or rebuilt
You are correct in stating that it does give your more torque, but if yours is working then it is working. Once your cam timing is off you will know it, trust me on that one, and then it is time to replace. Hopefully you will never have to replace!

If you change it and then your timing goes off, you are going to pay someone a lot of money to fix something that was never broken.
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Old 06-03-2016, 08:46 AM
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But then what's he gonna do with his weekend?
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Keep it till you need it.
If you car has no issues you aren't going to get anything from changing it.

Its like wiping your butt before you poop.
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Old 06-03-2016, 09:50 AM
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Keep it till you need it.
If you car has no issues you aren't going to get anything from changing it.

Its like wiping your butt before you poop.

HAHAHAHAHA - best analogy of changing it!
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Old 06-03-2016, 09:57 AM
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Suprised nobody's on my side. If this was the coolant thermostat everyone would be all "oh gaawwwddd change that out and the $500 water pump too before it destroys your engine, even if it's fine right now!"
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Old 06-03-2016, 10:29 AM
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Suprised nobody's on my side. If this was the coolant thermostat everyone would be all "oh gaawwwddd change that out and the $500 water pump too before it destroys your engine, even if it's fine right now!"
It's not about being on one's side here. Like you, we are giving our personal opinions, and I would never recommend anyone to change a part if there is nothing wrong with it, and as long as the part is not a known failure part like the fuel and water pumps, and fuel injectors.

If you were tuning your car that is a different story. Or if this was gear oil, then yeah, but the VANOS is a serious part of the system and is not a known part that fails.
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Thermo and water pump can leave you on the road side easily.

Vanos will act up first, with noise and shaking/low mpg/low power.
That's enough warning to change it.
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Old 06-03-2016, 12:39 PM
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It's not just "change it now" and that's all.

I bought a 2004 e60 with 35k miles. The age worried me because of plastic tubes and seals on components.

I changed the DISA early and old one was ok but I knew if the old one failed on me it would be very bad.

It helps you sleep better if you know that the part you changed avoided a huge bill and being stranded.
A Vanos will not deteriorate quickly nor will it leave you stranded.

You will not get extra horsepower replacing it UNLESS yours has an issue.
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