Originally Posted by Valka
Mine's out at 110k and the shop quoted me about the same price as you. The gasket was $29 at my local dealer and this really isn't hard to do.
Thanks for the great writeup and yea, leave the coolant hose connected it's far easier...also don't be retarded like me and lose the metal clip that holds on the oil pressure switch. Pry it off and it will fly somewhere if you aren't careful.
My new years resolution is not to spend any more blood money at the BMW mechanic. I've always worked on my older cars, and 6k in repairs later I am working on my wife's 2006 325i because that's just nuts for one year of ownership. (water pump, thermostat, oil pan gasket, coolant hoses, an oil change, serpentine belt and both VANOS solenoids).
Replacing this and the spark plugs would have been another 1k and I finally said no, enough is enough. I can work on cars, even ones as overly complicated as this.
53 Studebaker Champion
65 Dodge D300
80 Toyota Corolla
93 Toyota Supra TT
++my wife's old car
98 Mercury Villager
++my wife's new car
06 BMW 325i
That's because you push the clip down to release it, not pull it up. Most BMW electrical connectors are that way: push down on the clip.