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#4479089 - 08/04/17 03:19 PM BMW 328i engine at 108,500 miles- Pictures!
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Registered: 07/21/02
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This is my son's 2009 328i; the pictures were taken while we were replacing the valve cover gasket. The car has been run on BMW 5W-30 or BMW 0W-30 since new- with a minimum OCI of 15,000 miles.



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#4479093 - 08/04/17 03:26 PM Re: BMW 328i engine at 108,500 miles- Pictures! [Re: MCompact]
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Fantastic! Looks great! Thanks for sharing!
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#4479122 - 08/04/17 04:05 PM Re: BMW 328i engine at 108,500 miles- Pictures! [Re: MCompact]
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Hmmmm, I'll stay at 5k....if I ever own another Bimmer that is.
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#4479124 - 08/04/17 04:06 PM Re: BMW 328i engine at 108,500 miles- Pictures! [Re: MCompact]
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Varnish in check with 15k+ miles. Looking good.

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#4479125 - 08/04/17 04:06 PM Re: BMW 328i engine at 108,500 miles- Pictures! [Re: MCompact]
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Registered: 07/22/15
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Nice!!! Thanks.
Now tell us, how problematic if at all has the car been.
BMW gets a bad rap here at times.

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#4479135 - 08/04/17 04:18 PM Re: BMW 328i engine at 108,500 miles- Pictures! [Re: MCompact]
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Looks fantastic! Love that straight 6.
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#4479136 - 08/04/17 04:24 PM Re: BMW 328i engine at 108,500 miles- Pictures! [Re: AirgunSavant]
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Registered: 07/21/02
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Originally Posted By: AirgunSavant
Nice!!! Thanks.
Now tell us, how problematic if at all has the car been.
BMW gets a bad rap here at times.


Not bad; a battery, a set of brakes and a VANOS solenoid(under warranty). I think it needed a couple of other things- I'll check the records when I get home.
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#4479138 - 08/04/17 04:26 PM Re: BMW 328i engine at 108,500 miles- Pictures! [Re: MCompact]
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I can only imagine what new valve cover gasket cost, if you had the work done at the dealer. $1000? Any idea why it need new valve covers?

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#4479150 - 08/04/17 04:55 PM Re: BMW 328i engine at 108,500 miles- Pictures! [Re: MCompact]
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How much time between oil changes? I always end up changing my oil based on time, rather than mileage. I haven't had the valve covers off my S85 powered M6, but looking at the valvetrain with a bore scope, it's stayed spotless on a steady diet of Redline 10w60, after switching from the initial Castrol TWS.

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#4479190 - 08/04/17 05:50 PM Re: BMW 328i engine at 108,500 miles- Pictures! [Re: MCompact]
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Registered: 11/19/11
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Change the eccentric shaft sensor while the valve cover is off! Common issue on these, they fail often and the cover comes back off to change it. Also the rear breather hoses get brittle, cant hurt to put a new one on while its all apart.
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#4479198 - 08/04/17 06:04 PM Re: BMW 328i engine at 108,500 miles- Pictures! [Re: Audios]
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Impressive esp for 15k mile oil changes. Looks like it had 5k changes. Who makes the BMW labeled oil for them? Although I think BMW lowered the interval to 10k on new ones. So not sure if the older models were back spec'd to the 10k interval as well.

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#4479224 - 08/04/17 06:40 PM Re: BMW 328i engine at 108,500 miles- Pictures! [Re: MCompact]
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Looks good, imagine that a BMW that hasn't need much work and stayed nice and clean. IIRC BMW oils were Castrol synthetic.
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#4479225 - 08/04/17 06:40 PM Re: BMW 328i engine at 108,500 miles- Pictures! [Re: MCompact]
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Registered: 07/21/02
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Loc: KY
Originally Posted By: MCompact
Originally Posted By: AirgunSavant
Nice!!! Thanks.
Now tell us, how problematic if at all has the car been.
BMW gets a bad rap here at times.


Not bad; a battery, a set of brakes and a VANOS solenoid(under warranty). I think it needed a couple of other things- I'll check the records when I get home.


The only other issues were the blower motor(warranty), the oil filter housing gasket and a belt tensioner.
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#4479228 - 08/04/17 06:42 PM Re: BMW 328i engine at 108,500 miles- Pictures! [Re: Blueskies123]
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Registered: 07/21/02
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Originally Posted By: Blueskies123
I can only imagine what new valve cover gasket cost, if you had the work done at the dealer. $1000? Any idea why it need new valve covers?


The exhaust heat cooks the right rear corner of the gasket and it starts to leak. Pretty common north of 105k.
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2014 M235i
1999 Wrangler Sahara
1995 318ti Club Sport

Wife's:
2016 i3 REX
2009 Cooper Clubman

Son's
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#4479231 - 08/04/17 06:44 PM Re: BMW 328i engine at 108,500 miles- Pictures! [Re: Audios]
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Registered: 07/21/02
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Originally Posted By: Audios
Change the eccentric shaft sensor while the valve cover is off! Common issue on these, they fail often and the cover comes back off to change it. Also the rear breather hoses get brittle, cant hurt to put a new one on while its all apart.


I am; it had oil in the socket when we disconnected the harness. You are right- you are crazy NOT to R&R it.
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2014 M235i
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1995 318ti Club Sport

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2016 i3 REX
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