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    Posted: 14-August-2010 at 17:34
Hi there does anyone have an idea what the cost of a head
gasket replacement should be on a bmw 325 ci auto straight
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I was quoted for a head gasket replacement on an M54 3.0 engine in an E39 and it was going to be a minimum of £600 from a BMW speciallist about 4 years ago. Not a cheap job.

Also if the cars overheated at any point then the engine may well be junk.


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Hi my local garage were going to charge my warranty company
110+vat , so im wondering what they are going to hit me
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So is the head gasket covered under a warranty?

£110 is not enough to do a head gasket on an M54 engine.


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Be careful with a head gasket repair on an m54.  Getting a good seal can be difficult because of the alloy block and potentially warped head.  Also, it is incredibly easy to strip the threads when bolting the head on.  If that happens then the engine is more or less junk.
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Originally posted by Dergside Dergside wrote:

Be careful with a head gasket repair on an m54.  Getting a good seal can be difficult because of the alloy block and potentially warped head.  Also, it is incredibly easy to strip the threads when bolting the head on.  If that happens then the engine is more or less junk.


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Sorry it was £1100+ vat and the helicoyle did unthread when
they tightened it back up so he stripped it down and re-
threade it - its been in the garage for three weeks now
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£1100 sounds more like it.

Yes they are a pain and unless your cash is 100% commited to you may still be better off going for a replacement engine.

FAB direct etc could help...
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