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Old 02-20-2014, 01:48 PM
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04 X3 3.0 Blown Engine

The engine in my 2004 X3 3.0 is blown. Something went wrong with the cooling system and before my daughter could get it to the side of the road it blew. Sad day as it has been a fantastic car for us for 9 years. Before I sell it to a junk car buyer, I thought I would check to see if any of you are looking for parts. The rest of the car is in excellent condition. Black leather, less than one year old Michelin Pilot sports, new air conditioning unit. The car is in Austin Texas. Let me know if you have any interest in the vehicle. I would prefer to sell it whole for a discount.

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Old 02-20-2014, 04:30 PM
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Someone will skim the head and put on a new HG and have it back on the road.

Bang it on Craigslist for 4 grand. Will be gone by dinner time.
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Old 02-21-2014, 06:32 AM
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Why not take it to a shop and have them give an estimate on repairs?
Like Joylove says, it may only be a warped head, not a completely blown engine.
With new tires & AC unit, I'd give it another look first.
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Old 02-21-2014, 09:11 AM
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Yes, to me a blown engine is one with a connecting rod sticking out of the block.

Have to be a severe case of running with an overheated engine to get to that.
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Old 02-21-2014, 09:24 AM
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Good Advice. Thanks. I did talk to a couple of shops, but only one (a non-BMW shop) has looked at it. They said it needed a new engine as the oil was sludge like and contained coolant. I am several states away from the car, but I think I will have towed to an independent BMW shop that has good reviews for a second opinion.
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Old 02-21-2014, 10:10 AM
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miles and how often was oil changed?
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Old 02-21-2014, 10:26 AM
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miles and how often was oil changed?
Around 100K miles. The oil was changed at least once a year and most recently within the last 7 months.
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Old 02-21-2014, 10:26 AM
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yes, to me a blown engine is one with a connecting rod sticking out of the block.

Have to be a severe case of running with an overheated engine to get to that.
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Old 02-21-2014, 10:31 AM
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Around 100K miles. The oil was changed at least once a year and most recently within the last 7 months.
That car's just been broken in at 100,000 miles. Get it fixed rather than trash it. Like Supercourse says, unless you've got a cracked block or the pistons have welded themselves to the cylinders, it's most likely repairable.

Oh... and tell your daughter to turn the music down and pay attention to what the engine's trying to tell her.
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Old 02-21-2014, 10:42 AM
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Old 02-21-2014, 01:27 PM
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Around 100K miles. The oil was changed at least once a year and most recently within the last 7 months.
what mile interval? 14K miles or 7k?
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Old 02-21-2014, 01:41 PM
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what mile interval? 14k miles or 7k?
7k
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Old 02-21-2014, 01:43 PM
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Coolant in oil = Headgasket

Oil like sludge = guesswork.
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Old 02-21-2014, 01:46 PM
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.... They said it needed a new engine as the oil was sludge like and contained coolant.
Possible that it was the oil separator/crankcase vent valve that failed and the engine hydrolocked.

A non-BMW shop might not have been used to that and assumed water in the engine oil was coolant.
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Old 02-24-2014, 11:05 AM
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Update - talked with one of the independent BMW shops recommended here. They told me that with the aluminum block they see an approximately 60% success rate just replacing the head. Just an FYI for others that may have similar issues.
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Old 02-24-2014, 11:19 AM
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So what have you decided to do?
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Old 02-24-2014, 12:27 PM
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I say get a complete engine from the scrap yard and get it going again!
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Old 02-24-2014, 03:05 PM
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I sold the car to someone who is going to put in an engine. Got a lot more than the junkyards were offering. Thanks to all for the input. Now we are down to only an E90, at least until the new X1 gets off the ship!
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Old 02-24-2014, 07:10 PM
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ill give you 4 k right now..

and ill fly down if you pick me up
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