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      01-30-2019, 02:12 AM   #1
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N55 valve cover gasket replacement cost

Hello Everyone. So I got a quote earlier this week for replacing my valve cover gasket from my local Indy shop and they quoted me $700. I'm just curious how much other Indy shops are charging. This was just for the Gasket itself including parts with labor but not the valve cover. I'm considering just doing this myself but still curious what other Indy's are charging every else. Thanks in advance for the feedback.
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      01-30-2019, 11:12 AM   #2
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My shop quoted $1000 to replace, and warned if the valve cover is warped, a new one is $600 additional. I'll do spark plugs at the same time ($385), and save about $40 in overlap labor.
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My shop quoted $1000 to replace, and warned if the valve cover is warped, a new one is $600 additional. I'll do spark plugs at the same time ($385), and save about $40 in overlap labor.
I just did my plugs recently but I'll definitely do the Valve cover while I'm on this as well. Kind of surprised to see this @60K miles for my car, is everyone else seeing their valve cover gasket going out at around the same mileage?
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My shop just quoted me $650 for the valve cover gasket. Said it would be $1,000 if it needed a new valve cover.
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I believe I paid about $750 after tax and labor for a new valve cover
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      02-12-2019, 07:29 PM   #6
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I believe I paid about $750 after tax and labor for a new valve cover
Nice, sounds pretty comparable to the shops around here in the south bay area. That's a really good price, what shop did you go to and were you happy with their work?

I'm bought the after market Valve cover kit from ECM tuning for $275 and plan to have a local Indy who's gonna charge me $105/HR for labor.
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My shop just quoted me $650 for the valve cover gasket. Said it would be $1,000 if it needed a new valve cover.
$650 for a gasket? WTF?!?! I replaced mine when I did my VVT servomotor swap, it was like $60 CAD LOL!! The valve cover would be $650 (it's around $800 CAD).
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$650 for a gasket? WTF?!?! I replaced mine when I did my VVT servomotor swap, it was like $60 CAD LOL!! The valve cover would be $650 (it's around $800 CAD).
Yes, when you have a shop do it you have to pay them for labor as well.

Being that I no longer enjoy working on my daily, I'm happy to drop the car off and pay for it.
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I paid $900 parts and labor but on N54. Vic @ EuroSport, Burbank, CA does great work and is a stand up guy!
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      02-18-2019, 02:11 AM   #10
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$650 for a gasket? WTF?!?! I replaced mine when I did my VVT servomotor swap, it was like $60 CAD LOL!! The valve cover would be $650 (it's around $800 CAD).
My repair included the entire valve cover. There was a crack, but I believe the valve cover itself was only about $140 ish
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      02-19-2019, 06:35 AM   #11
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Replacing the valve cover gasket is a fair amount of work, since you have to remove the injector hardware. Figure an independent will charge $100/hour for labor and a dealer twice that.
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My repair included the entire valve cover. There was a crack, but I believe the valve cover itself was only about $140 ish
HyeWarrior could you refer me to your Indy? I'm located Carson but I don't mind making the drive if your Indy can help me out, I'm not getting much love from my Indy's here, they want only an OEM BMW valve cover or they won't do the work. I get that for most of the engine components it would be best to go with OEM BMW, but I have seen enough positive feedback from others using the high quality aftermarket valve cover gaskets with no issues and its half the cost. I Hope they can help me too.
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HyeWarrior could you refer me to your Indy? I'm located Carson but I don't mind making the drive if your Indy can help me out, I'm not getting much love from my Indy's here, they want only an OEM BMW valve cover or they won't do the work. I get that for most of the engine components it would be best to go with OEM BMW, but I have seen enough positive feedback from others using the high quality aftermarket valve cover gaskets with no issues and its half the cost. I Hope they can help me too.
If you’re still interested in doing the repair I know of a shop in Santa Clarita that can do it for a fair price
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Go to SPEEDLOGIC in Fullerton and call it a day. No one will beat his price or quality of his work. Better prices if you buy prices through him, and his prices are hard to beat.
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Go to SPEEDLOGIC in Fullerton and call it a day. No one will beat his price or quality of his work. Better prices if you buy prices through him, and his prices are hard to beat.
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The $700 estimate sounds fair, considering how labor intensive it is.....Here is my advice: I did it myself with a helping hand. I did the mistake of ordering a reputable aftermarket gasket, and it did not fit well. I ended up driving to the local dealer and purchasing a second set from them (it was $85 ish i think just for the gasket) as i did not feel comfortable reassembling everything back only to find out the gasket did not sit well (the few other gaskets that i was replacing with this job, I kept the aftermarket as they fit well), overall i am happy with the results...The reason I am writing this is because with aftermarket its sometimes hit or miss. Spend few bucks extra (about 200 i think to be more exact lol) and get the OEM cover if you need to, it might save you a headache, hence why some mechanics refuse to work with aftermarket because they are afraid if you return, you might blame them for a bad job.
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