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Re: Should intake gaskets cost $1000 to replace? (archive)

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Posted by JPL on July 18, 2001 at 09:36:18:

In Reply to: Should intake gaskets cost $1000 to replace? posted by anthony on July 18, 2001 at 00:02:41:

I replaced mine myself about 4 months ago. I got them from Eurasian for about $65 each. Also I put in the Korman Heavy Duty Accumulator support ($19? - it's about a $5 part) which helps reduce gasket wear. While I was in there I replaced all the vacuum lines and used Locktite sleeve retainer on the two aluminum vacuum 90 degree fittings that were loose (causing more leakage). I was going to put in a set screw into the large 90 deg. fitting but it was still tight (common problem area). It's not a difficult job just time consuming. Make sure you remember where all the hoses came off from plus their routings and just take your time. Also make sure to torque the gaskets correctly. Total cost was around $250 I think as the cost of the two vacuum hoses to the ICV (Idle Control Valve) are a little pricey but well worth replacing while you are in there. I have the shop manual but it doesn't cover this very well. I think I also had a write up on it that I'll try to find. Good luck.

90 m3
black and tan

I took my car to BMW today and they told me that the hesitation and poor gas mileage was caused by worn intake gaskets. The gaskets run about 165 each with 3 hours labor as well I need new alternator bushings. Total cost before tax will be about $900.00.

This is less than 3 weeks after I just spent $1600 on an Inspection II and having an oil leak fixed.

Ah well, this car is still too much fun for me to give up but the repair bill is sure getting up there.


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