Head gasket is NOT included in this kit. See Related Items below to choose between standard or thicker gasket.
Head gasket failure is a not uncommon M54 issue and it's something to take seriously. This complete head gasket set for 2001-2002 E46 325i/330i, E39 525i/530i, E53 X5 3.0i, and Z3 2.5i/3.0i has all of the gaskets and seals typically replaced during a head gasket repair. Instead of buying just the head gasket (BMW part #11128501304) you can get all of the other gaskets and seals needed to complete the job.
This M54 top-end gasket set includes:
1 x 07119963073, camshaft screw plug sealing ring (rear)
1 x 07119963130, oil drain plug sealing ring (side)
1 x 07119963418, timing chain tensioner seal ring
1 x 11129070990, valve cover gasket set
1 x 11127526447, oil cap gasket
2 x 11349064457, valve stem seal kit (24 seals total)
2 x 11361433513, VANOS plug
1 x 11361433817, VANOS gasket
2 x 11361703713, VANOS solenoid seal
1 x 11531435808, heater pipe o-ring
1 x 11537509357, thermostat housing gasket
1 x 11611436631, intake manifold gasket set
1 x 11611437453, idle control valve grommet/hose
1 x 11727505259, air pump valve gasket
2 x 12141748398, camshaft position sensor o-ring
1 x 13547504728, throttle body sealing ring (325i M54)
1 x 13547504729, throttle body sealing ring (330i, 325i M56)
1 x 13621743299, temp sensor o-ring (manifold)
6 x 13641437486, fuel injector o-ring seal
6 x 13641437487, fuel injector o-ring seal to fuel rail
2 x 18107502346, exhaust manifold gasket to center pipe
2 x 32411093596, VANOS oil line seal washer
Note: this gasket set includes parts for 2.5L and 3.0L engines. Most of the parts are the same but there are a few parts that are unique to each.
Additional parts such as head bolts, other hardware, and sensors are sold separately (see below).
Symptoms of head gasket failure include: white residue (tapioca) in the valve cover, under the oil filler cap, and in drained oil, low coolant (not caused by failure in cooling system), low oil, oil leak onto exhaust manifold, and loss of power from loss of compression. Cooling system trouble on the M54 must be addressed quickly as the aluminum head and block are easily damaged if overheating occurs.
This is an OEM head gasket set manufactured by Elring - one of the original suppliers to BMW for these gaskets, as well as many other gaskets and seals. As the OEM it meets all of BMW's original design, fitment, and performance requirements and is TUV approved. OEM parts are the best alternative to more expensive Original BMW parts because they are virtually identical without the inflated price tag. These parts have a two year warranty.
E46 (99-05) > 325Ci
E46 (99-05) > 325i
E46 (99-05) > 325xi
E46 (99-05) > 330Ci
E46 (99-05) > 330i
E46 (99-05) > 330xi
E39 (97-03) > 525i
E39 (97-03) > 530i
E53 X5 (00-06) > X5 3.0i M54
E36/7 / E36/8 Z3 (96-02) > Z3 2.5
E36/7 / E36/8 Z3 (96-02) > Z3 3.0