I have received numerous questions regarding this type of repair and although it sounds like a great cheap alternative to install the “All German Auto” coolant pipe, you may want to think twice. You normally get what you pay for and without proper technical knowledge of this repair you may think this repair is a great inexpensive alternative but in my opinion you’d be wrong and I’ll explain why.
The repair procedure according to BMW NA is to completely remove the engine from the vehicle, remove the cylinder heads and basically tear this bad boy down to the block and pistons to get to this pipe. Now I’m not going to explain in complete detail how I get this job done because although it is in use by many dealership technicians, BMW would lower the time in their system and dealer technicians feed their children on the tricks they learn and I’m not about to hurt a dealership technicians ability to feed their family, especially on warranty work. That being said this job can be completed with the correct parts and no engine removal in about 8-10 hours. You won’t even have to remove the intake manifold.
Now the reason for this particular blog is to explain why the German Auto “fix” isn’t a good idea. It basically boils down to the particular design of the original pipe. The original pipe has a gasket glued on the front that requires that the lower timing cover be removed in order to properly install the pipe. The pipe MUST slide in from the front. If you use the “All German Auto” fix you are unable to access this gasket and also since you have to cut the pipe to get it out, you’ll be leaving all of the metal shavings of the pipe in the block (of course you’ll try to get most of it out) and you definitely will be leaving ALL of the gasket material stuck in the lower timing cover since you’ll be ripping it off of the pipe. This means in all the time you spent doing the job quick and easy way, you eventually run the risk of the leak occurring again and it’s just not quality repair work.
Here at Baltimore Bimmer it’s our motto that: ”Quality is NON NEGOTIABLE”. This means we would rather send you down the road then do a poor job of fixing your car. This also means that although we’re not the cheapest guy in town, it is our goal to be less then the dealer, usually around 25-35% less. That’s because we’re Dealership trained and have all the latest technical knowledge and equipment to work on late model BMW’s and the older ones.
If you have any questions about this repair you can call us at the shop. We’d be happy to explain in more detail how this procedure is done. Thanks for reading and God Bless.