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      12-06-2012, 03:26 PM   #1
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X5d head gasket?

Last weekend I started my grille replacement therapy which can be found here and while raised I noticed some soot on the underside of the hood just behind the left kidney. I popped off the engine cover and found more soot under the cover and around a pipe that I can't identify. Nothing alarming, just more curious than anything. I take it to my dealer and he I go to the technician who says a little soot is normal but finds a drip of some sort. So today I dropped it off and just received a call that my head gasket needs to be replaced. To get to it, they'll need to drop the motor. Ruh roh! That doesn't sound good but sould be a simple repair.

Has anyone else experienced any soot under their hood? What about this head gasket issue; anything to the liking?

Note that I absolutely love my X5d!! I've never had a single issue with it.
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      12-06-2012, 03:54 PM   #2
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Last weekend I started my grille replacement therapy which can be found here and while raised I noticed some soot on the underside of the hood just behind the left kidney. I popped off the engine cover and found more soot under the cover and around a pipe that I can't identify. Nothing alarming, just more curious than anything. I take it to my dealer and he I go to the technician who says a little soot is normal but finds a drip of some sort. So today I dropped it off and just received a call that my head gasket needs to be replaced. To get to it, they'll need to drop the motor. Ruh roh! That doesn't sound good but sould be a simple repair.

Has anyone else experienced any soot under their hood? What about this head gasket issue; anything to the liking?

Note that I absolutely love my X5d!! I've never had a single issue with it.
I have the same on my 2011 X5D, actually going to the dealership today for regular service due and was going to mention it to my SA. Did you have any error or limp mode events before this? Thanks for sharing by the way
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      12-06-2012, 04:03 PM   #3
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I had no codes or errors or limps in the past so I wasn't too concerned. They're doing an early service and the alternator bolt recall while it's there. Looking at your garage, looks similar to mine.
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Got my X back today after a week in the shop. They had to drop the transmission and engine out of the vehicle to make the repair. While they were working on the head gasket, they noticed the exhaust cooler was also leaking. That puppy was replaced too. Glad I have that warranty.

As for how it drives after it was put back together, so far so good.
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Got my X back today after a week in the shop. They had to drop the transmission and engine out of the vehicle to make the repair. While they were working on the head gasket, they noticed the exhaust cooler was also leaking. That puppy was replaced too. Glad I have that warranty.

As for how it drives after it was put back together, so far so good.
I've also noticed a large amount of oil and soot under the engine cover. Is this a common issue as I have 50K miles on my 2007 3.0is and the CPO warranty is running out soon? Thinking if I should bring it to dealer but not sure if they will reject due to how much soot or lack of dirt under the cover, since it sounded like it was their discretion.

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Holy crap, headgaskets going already on diesels?
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I've also noticed a large amount of oil and soot under the engine cover. Is this a common issue as I have 50K miles on my 2007 3.0is and the CPO warranty is running out soon? Thinking if I should bring it to dealer but not sure if they will reject due to how much soot or lack of dirt under the cover, since it sounded like it was their discretion.
I took it in for precaution but I was also getting a smell of something in the cabin ventilation. It couldn't hurt for you to have them look at it.
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I am really interested on getting an X5d but with what I am reading, it makes me think twice!
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I took it in for precaution but I was also getting a smell of something in the cabin ventilation. It couldn't hurt for you to have them look at it.
The soot (and cabin smell) is EGR from leaky EGR cooler. I had mine replaced a month ago. Smell is gone.
Get the EGR cooler replaced.
I wouldn't be surprised if they at first incorrectly blamed head gasket, then found EGR cooler as the issue. Never heard of head gasket problems on BMW diesels.
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I am really interested on getting an X5d but with what I am reading, it makes me think twice!
Don't let it deter you. It's an awesome vehicle. I had the sport pack with the Y spoke wheels from the V8 sport-option. I ended up trading it for an M3 that begged me for a couple of months to buy it. I honestly was sad to see my X5 go.

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The soot (and cabin smell) is EGR from leaky EGR cooler. I had mine replaced a month ago. Smell is gone.
Get the EGR cooler replaced.
I wouldn't be surprised if they at first incorrectly blamed head gasket, then found EGR cooler as the issue. Never heard of head gasket problems on BMW diesels.
I thought the exact same thing but they really did find a leak and replaced the gasket. Also you're right, they looked for the leak then replaced the EGR cooler as well. It's all pretty clear in the service report.
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