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Old 03-16-2019, 12:03 AM
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Check your vacuum pump and the o rings on your VANOS solenoids too.
Those were covered when the timing cover gasket was replaced. Plus the vacuum pump is on the right side. My leak is on the driver side.

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My worst leaks were, in order:
  1. oil cooler thermostat gasket
  2. oil pressure sender crush washer
  3. VANOS solenoid o-rings
  4. one of the eccentric shaft sensor sealing elements
  5. upper timing case cover gaskets
Replaced every gasket and seal on the top of the engine - finally no more leaks. It's my opinion that all seals on this engine will leak so long as it has the stock (hot) thermostat.


Dye is really easy to use, cheap, and effective. Clean everything first with brake cleaner, add some dye, and drive. Will show up right away. If you're really concerned about the dye, use spray on foot powder - just spray it all over the outside of a clean engine, and new leaks are really easy to spot.
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Old 03-16-2019, 11:53 AM
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My worst leaks were, in order:
  1. oil cooler thermostat gasket
  2. oil pressure sender crush washer
  3. VANOS solenoid o-rings
  4. one of the eccentric shaft sensor sealing elements
  5. upper timing case cover gaskets
Replaced every gasket and seal on the top of the engine - finally no more leaks. It's my opinion that all seals on this engine will leak so long as it has the stock (hot) thermostat.


Dye is really easy to use, cheap, and effective. Clean everything first with brake cleaner, add some dye, and drive. Will show up right away. If you're really concerned about the dye, use spray on foot powder - just spray it all over the outside of a clean engine, and new leaks are really easy to spot.
Been there. Changed all that and more ..i think what's left is oil pan gaskets (upper and lower) ..not leaking currently. I am already considering selling the x5 and get done with it. Wife is eyeing a 2018 Ford Explorer Sport..my 2013 535 still runs well so i am keeping it. Love the car!

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Been there. Changed all that and more ..i think what's left is oil pan gaskets (upper and lower) ..not leaking currently. I am already considering selling the x5 and get done with it. Wife is eyeing a 2018 Ford Explorer Sport..my 2013 535 still runs well so i am keeping it. Love the car!

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Go with Tesla or BMW i3 BEV. That's what I did and no more maintenance and leaking fluids. My X5 has been in the garage since January 1st and I'm not even rushing fixing it. I may or may sell it only time will tell but in the meantime, I am enjoying the EV.
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Go with Tesla or BMW i3 BEV. That's what I did and no more maintenance and leaking fluids. My X5 has been in the garage since January 1st and I'm not even rushing fixing it. I may or may sell it only time will tell but in the meantime, I am enjoying the EV.

You like the i3? The X5 is the wife's DD, but my work is trying to hire her in, and based on what I've read I'm ready to pick up an i3 and that will our DD and we'll drive to work together. It's only 10 miles one way to work.



Attempting to keep an E36 and an E70 running as dailies turned out to be an awful idea.
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You like the i3? The X5 is the wife's DD, but my work is trying to hire her in, and based on what I've read I'm ready to pick up an i3 and that will our DD and we'll drive to work together. It's only 10 miles one way to work.



Attempting to keep an E36 and an E70 running as dailies turned out to be an awful idea.
The X5 is my wife's. She is stay at home mom. She doesnt work. She drives it around for errands, take kids to school, shopping..etc. we tend to drive it on weekends as a family SUV. My 535 is my 535 ya know what i mean .. it's my DD. I work 2 miles away from my house. Seriously i take the freeway route (2 miles longer) just to get the engine temp high enough and battery charging ...when the weather is warm enough i bike to work...but traffic is getting bad with a fast growing population in Reno.

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You like the i3? The X5 is the wife's DD, but my work is trying to hire her in, and based on what I've read I'm ready to pick up an i3 and that will our DD and we'll drive to work together. It's only 10 miles one way to work.



Attempting to keep an E36 and an E70 running as dailies turned out to be an awful idea.
I love the i3 and it is quick! Feels quicker than my X5 V8 because of the instant torque. Can't complain.
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