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      01-30-2018, 07:56 PM   #1
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Big bill after 27 months of worry free driving

So quick background, I bought a used 2012 535i in 2015 with 32k and she now has 76k. Literally no issues until last week. I was driving and got the dreaded engine temp high and yellow limp. I promptly stopped, topped off coolant and no issues. Fast forward to Sunday, I start hearing squeak noises from the engine bay. Turns out my oil filter housing was leaking into my belt...I should have noticed lol. Anyway, take her in to my Indy, waterpump/thermostat, both oil filter housing gaskets and pulley, tensioner and belt replacement. Bill is 880 + 400 + 380 respectively. She's been good to me and although it's a 1700$ bill I don't mind it. With that said...keep an aye on your oil filter housing and do the diy while you can.
I figure I'll tackle the cooling system and spark plugs/coils in the next 10k.
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      01-30-2018, 08:36 PM   #2
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just had both oil filter housing gaskets replaced because BMW said it's leaking onto the belt. cost me just under $500 for an Indy shop to do. BMW wanted $900
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Pretty typical maintenance for 76k, OFHG has likely been leaking to some degree since 55-60k.

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Do you make house calls?
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      01-30-2018, 10:36 PM   #5
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I did an oil change at 70k. I used 0w instead of 5w I had no leaks before then. should I go back to 5w?

Tbh I didn't even think to look on the forum. But I need my coils and sparks done soon, I'll definitely come see you. PM me your info @stuck
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I did an oil change at 70k. I used 0w instead of 5w I had no leaks before then. should I go back to 5w?

Tbh I didn't even think to look on the forum. But I need my coils and sparks done soon, I'll definitely come see you. PM me your info @stuck
I'm running 0w. And by me, I mean the BMW dealer where is got serviced.

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Pretty typical maintenance for 76k,
I agree. I have a 2012 535i currently at 99,010 miles. I just did the water pump/thermostat 1,000 miles ago (went out stranding me on the way to Disney with company), the tensioner belts and pulleys 8,000 miles ago (because they were making noise and my Indy said do it before, not after), front blower motor 10,000 miles ago, as well as the oil gaskets at the same time. Before that, just basically tires and oil changes.

Everything I have read says these items (except for fan) are pretty standard for the 2012 535i
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Is there a DIY for the oil filter housing? I have a pool of oil on the top of the housing.
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Is there a DIY for the oil filter housing? I have a pool of oil on the top of the housing.
There's a YouTube on the repair...
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I ended up paying an indy shop $490 for the repair. Didn't want to risk dropping a screw in that mess.

I guess the gasket has been a problem for multiple generations, and still not fixed by BMW. Same with the VC gaskets, which my car needs. Unacceptable. I think BMW will start to feel the pain of losing customers....I don't see how they can survive longterm with this kind of track record.
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I ended up paying an indy shop $490 for the repair. Didn't want to risk dropping a screw in that mess.

I guess the gasket has been a problem for multiple generations, and still not fixed by BMW. Same with the VC gaskets, which my car needs. Unacceptable. I think BMW will start to feel the pain of losing customers....I don't see how they can survive longterm with this kind of track record.
Valve cover gaskets fail on ALL cars over time...
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Valve cover gaskets fail on ALL cars over time...
Haven't had mine replaced yet. You think my Indy shop would have noticed when they changed my oil filter gasket housing?
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Valve cover gaskets fail on ALL cars over time...
Haven't had mine replaced yet. You think my Indy shop would have noticed when they changed my oil filter gasket housing?
Yes... my old e60 was leaking and it was a pain cuz 2 of the bolts broke off... luckily I was able to get it out..
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