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The BMW N55 engine has a much more robust valve cover than that of earlier generations such as the N54. However, many systems were integrated into the valve cover itself, which means that there is more to go wrong. This valve cover comes out of the box, ready to install, with all of the hardware and gaskets you need pre-installed.  



BMW N55 Valve Cover Replacement Symptoms

Since the BMW N55 valve cover has many critical systems built into the design, that means that there are more things to fail on it. Some of the things you need to watch out for are:

  • Valve cover gasket leak
    • Oil almost always leaks from one side of the valve cover and drips onto the exhaust manifold. You will notice this by a burning oil smell. You might also have a low engine oil light and a 
  • Failing PCV valve
  • Physical damage such as cracks
    • Since the valve cover also acts as the vacuum reservoir, any cracks here will create vacuum leaks. This will lead to rough running and wastegate issues. 

Over time, the plastic of the valve cover becomes brittle from the heat of the engine. You can expect to need to replace the valve cover at around 100,000 miles. 

Due to the involvement of the job, you can expect to pay around $1000 for an independent shop to tackle the job for you. 


BMW Models Applicable

This BMW N55 valve cover fits:

  • 2008-2017 BMW X6
  • 2011-2017 BMW 535i GT
  • 2010-2012 BMW 550i GT
  • 2011-2017 BMW X3
  • 2009-2012 BMW 750i
  • 2012 BMW 650i
  • 2009-2012 BMW 750Li
  • 2012-2018 BMW 640i
  • 2010-2012 BMW 750i xDrive
  • 2012 BMW 650i xDrive
  • 2010-2012 BMW 750Li xDrive
  • 2013-2018 BMW 640i Gran Coupe
  • 2010-2012 BMW 550i GT
  • 2013-2015 BMW X1
  • 2010-2017 BMW X5
  • 2013 BMW 135is
  • 2013-2015 BMW 740Li
  • 2013-2015 BMW 740i
  • 2011-2015 BMW 335i
  • 2012-2016 BMW ActiveHybrid 5
  • 2011-2015 BMW 335i xDrive
  • 2013-2015 BMW ActiveHybrid 3
  • 2011-2016 BMW 535i
  • 2013-2015 BMW ActiveHybrid 7
  • 2015-2018 BMW 640i xDrive
  • 2011-2013 BMW 550i
  • 2014-2018 BMW 640i xDrive Gran Coupe
  • 2011-2017 BMW 535i GT
  • 2014-2016 BMW 435i
  • 2011-2012 BMW Alpina B7
  • 2014-2016 BMW 435i xDrive

  • 2016-2018 BMW M2

  • 2014-2016 BMW 335i GT xDrive
  • 2011-2013 BMW 135i
  • 2014-2016 BMW M235i
  • 2011-2016 BMW 535i xDrive
  • 2015-2016 BMW 435i Gran Coupe

  • 2011-2013 BMW 550i xDrive
  • 2015-2016 BMW 435i xDrive Gran Coupe
  • 2015-2018 BMW X4
  • 2015-2016 BMW M235i xDrive

Additional Parts Required with BMW N55 Valve Cover

  • The valve cover comes with everything you need, so there aren't any additional parts required with it. 


Special Tools Required with BMW N55 Valve Cover

To install the valve cover itself, there aren't any additional tools required. For the entire removal process however, you will need a few, which you can find in our full DIY guide. 


Additional Parts Recommended with BMW N55 Valve Cover

We don't recommend any other parts with the valve cover. It comes with everything you'd need pre-installed. 


Aftermarket Upgrades or Genuine Option for BMW N55 Valve Cover

There are no aftermarket upgrades to replace your original valve cover with. 



Just like everything else we sell, this N55 valve cover comes with our Lifetime Replacement Guarantee. Since it's plastic, it will eventually fail in the same way, again. When it does, purchase yourself a new one and return your old one back to us using our extremely simple return process, and have that part refunded. 

In the video below, Gareth Foley, our BMW Catalog Manager, gets up close with this BMW N55 valve cover. If you're unsure if this valve cover fits your car, you can verify the fitment by going to our homepage and use the vehicle selection tool in the upper left corner. As usual, if you like this Really Quick Product Review, subscribe and check back here for regular releases in the future.

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Written by :
Evan Madore

Writer/Editor at FCP Euro and owner of a daily R53 MINI Cooper, a track-built R53 MINI, and a 1997 Dakar Yellow E36 M3 Sedan. ••• Instagram: @evan.madore

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