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ineedabrew   Posted Saturday, Nov 18th 4:51pm [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
Post nr. 14
Stone Mountain, GA
1979 BMW 323i
Anyone know where to get just a head gasket...not the whole set and approximate cost?

I've got to open her up again valve problem.


Bill in MN   Posted Saturday, Nov 18th 9:07pm [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
Post nr. 42

Minnesota USA
1988 735, 1986 535 turbo, 1981 Baur 323i

There are plenty of sources but I've used Steve for quite a while now. He supplies a lot of stuff to the e28 community, is good guy and has decent pricing. For most things his turnaround time is pretty fast.

Figure on $50-75.

Greg323i   Posted Monday, Nov 20th 3:58am [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
Post nr. 258
Melbourne, Australia
1982 Hennaröt 323i
I'm not an expert, but if you've just done the head, I think you could just reuse the one you used, especially if it has less than 100 miles on it. I'm sure I'll be corrected if I'm mistaken.

sunbeam***   Posted Monday, Nov 20th 11:15pm [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
Post nr. 199
wirral UK
1982 323i
No gasket "should" be reused, as once the material has been compressed it loses its main sealing capabillity...filling a gap by compression!
Cylinder head gaskets are made from a graphite/steel composite material with jacketed fire rings and once they have been torqued down you throw them away!

ineedabrew   Posted Wednesday, Nov 22nd 12:24am [Edit] [Quote] [IMS] [View car]
Post nr. 16
Stone Mountain, GA
1979 BMW 323i
Hey ...I appreciate the info and a new head gasket has been acquired. Bill gave me great advice. Go to and he will hook you up with the parts you need at great prices and incredible shipping time.
Thanks Bill!

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