Date: Mon, 17 Mar 1997 22:03:16 -0500 (EST)
Subject: <E36>TSB Date for Gasket
In reference to E36 318's, John Burns wrote:
>Beware of the profile gasket issue on early cars. Try to buy
>one BUILT (not registered!) after about 3/93 for peace of
Thanx John...maybe not expert, but knowledgeable due to lots of homework!
Just to clarify, It's actually 10/93 or 11/93, so yes, early model year
1993's are affected also...I just saw a documented case of a 1993 having the
failure on the NHTSA Website. (Complaints section). Anyways, the TSB states
that BMW incorporated a newer gasket that is made of an "optimized rubber"
around that time. If you own a 318 (M42) built prior to that, your car
falls into two categories: Your gasket has already failed, or your gasket
WILL fail. To those in the DC/Baltimore area, the cheapest I have heard of
is a place in Towson called "Autobahn" or something like that...they are so
familiar with the repair they can do it parts and labor for around $750.00,
as opposed to the $1200 average US dealers are charging.
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