So yesterday I was trying to do the timing cover gasket job and when I finally got to replacing it, I found this absurdity. No, it's not just them being layed on the floor differently, the new gasket was outright made incorrectly. You're probably wondering what company would make such a stupid mistake, and in this case it's not just one, but two, possibly more! The gasket (on the right) in the picture was made by Mahle, but I just so happened to have also had the same set from Fel-Pro, who lo and behold, MADE THE SAME MISTAKE! This raises concerns for me, that if two of the supposed leaders of the industry mess this up, surely everybody is following suit.
I'm just making this post to let other 2ZZ owners know to watch out for poor aftermarket practices, this is like the 4th or 5th time I've been burned on an aftermarket part for this car, so I'm going to graviate towards OEM parts as much as possible. Other gaskets/parts of note that got messed up include: Thermostat Gasket, Valve Cover Gasket, Heater Hoses, Radiator Hoses, and Brake Cables. When in doubt, just buy OEM, it's more expensive, but you'll be saving in the long run.