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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 09-18-2013, 09:06 AM
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Is my E39 engine completely messed up?

My mechanic did not fix my radiator hose very well after change of water pump for my E39 (530i) 2002 model, I was not aware of this fact when I drove the car about 40miles before the cars stopped because of serious engine overheating, and the engine oil was forced out under the car due to the hotness of the engine. On taking the car to another mechanic he changed the gasket and some components of the radiator, after finishing and the car was started, it was bringing out smoke, he later said my engine has gone due to serious overheating experienced...my questiong is, can this completely knocked down my engine or the problem could be changing of TOP CYLINDER? Please I need help. When I had similar problem with my E36, I only changed the top cylinder and other few components and I used the car after for 4 years.....PLEASE I ADVICE ON WHAT TO DO...NEW ENGINE IS NOT EASY TO COME BY
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Old 09-18-2013, 09:41 AM
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Depending on the model year and engine type, the E36 probably had a cast iron block, which could withstand some overheating without damage. The M54 engine has an aluminum block, and is VERY sensitive to overheating. It is likely destroyed.
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Old 09-18-2013, 10:10 AM
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Old 09-18-2013, 12:37 PM
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You're not the first, nor the last, so we put together these helpful threads to advise you, based on other people's experience:

- Summary advice to provide users who suspect a major engine repair due to overheating (1) (2) (3) (4) & how to test an engine for a blown head gasket, cracked heads, a warped block, stripped head bolt threads, cam seizures, contaminated bearings, coolant hydrolock, or piston, ring, or valve damage (1) (2) & what are the major factors in deciding whether to rebuild the engine, replace the engine, or sell the car (1) & a DIY for replacing the I6 M54 head gasket (1) (2) & replacing the V8 M62TU head gasket (1) & why these engines are so prone to heat-related damage in the first place (1) & welding the crack between cylinder #3 and the water jacket on the exhaust side (1) & what engine swaps are most recommended (1) (2) (3) & where to obtain a new or rebuilt head (1) replacement short block or long block (1) (2) & how to lift & remove the engine (1) & the most recent real-world results from the last 50 people faced with similar blown engine problems from which this advice came from (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) (17) (18) (19) (20) (21) (22) (23) (24) (25) (26) (27) (28) (29) (30) (31) (32) (33) (34) (35) (36) (37) (38) (39) (40) (41) (42) (43) (44) (45) (46) (47) (48) (49) (50)
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