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E30 (1982 - 1993)
God's Chariot. The E30 was produced primarily from 1982 through 1991. The cabriolet was the one exception which was produced through 1993.

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Old 08-25-2008, 10:58 PM
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awww **** what just happened did i blow my timing belt or fan belt ? and if wasnt a b

i went off a curb about an hour before the car just started to stop on me. im sure it isnt my battery because all the lights still work perfectly. and it turns on just fine. So here i am about to get off my exit, when suddenly my car starts to slow down on its own and i start to hear a really loud tick tick tick tick tick tick sound and it gets louder and i gas the car more. ithe car suddenly come to a complete stop on its own. 2 lights on my dash now come on, the oil light icon and the battery light, nothing else. i get out theres smoke coming out of the back, and some thing is leaking under the bottom of the front of the car. now, can someone please tell mewhat the hell just happened?????????? im told tat its my fan belt but i dont know so im here looking for help.
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Old 08-25-2008, 11:16 PM
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Have you opened the hood and looked?
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Old 08-25-2008, 11:23 PM
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no i had to leave it about 1 mile from my house and it was about 9pm and no street lights where i could park so no.
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Old 08-26-2008, 06:16 AM
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Sounds like you could have busted the oil pan when you ran off of the curb. Smoke coming from the car would not be caused by the fan belt unless the fan belt was loose. Then there would be the smell of burning rubber? Did you smell burning rubber? Did the temp gauge run into the red? Well i hope it is something as simple as a fan belt but it sounds like you busted the oil pan and then ran the car with no oil, which caused the valve train noise and or rod knock.
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Old 08-26-2008, 09:30 AM
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+, I also think you cracked your oil pan. I shattered my oil pan in HS, and there was smoke everywhere luckily I turned the engine off the second I heard the bang so all i needed was a new pan. Good luck getting your car fixed let us know what happens.
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Old 08-27-2008, 02:00 AM
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+another 1. theres only a couple times when the ticking noise gets louder, no oil pressure, or too light of oil.
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Old 08-27-2008, 07:10 AM
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You killed it. It's ova. No pan= no oil= motor siezed. Not to mention who knows what type of susp damage is done.
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Old 08-27-2008, 07:47 AM
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haha say what you mean swiss, don't sugarcoat it.

time for a motor swap boien...good luck w/ everything
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Old 08-28-2008, 10:41 PM
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so heres the deal
from the mechanics mouth:

it all starts with a freshly painted street curb. turns out that my AC belt was already starting to fall apart being that its probably never been in changed in a long while. so, after rolling off the curb and scratching the bottom of my engine with all that paint. the paint then dried up and became hardened, this all happening while the belts are still trying to rotate. this which caused my AC belt to start falling apart, once that happened it got tangled up with the Alternator belt since the AC wasnt blowing from the fan any more which caused my radiator to overheat. going off the curb supposedly created a small hole in the radiator. if this is the weirdest stuff youve heard happen to a car then im glad to share it with you as for the progress of the bmw, its still in the shop and waiting on the custom parts to be replaced. parts : AC belt , Alternator belt, Temporary Radiator. comments welcome. feedback adn advice as well. yes im still new to BMW's and still learning. will report later.

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Old 08-28-2008, 11:20 PM
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i have heard of weirder things but then of course i did work at a dealer that dealt with alot of old people.
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Old 08-29-2008, 05:33 PM
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Well im not a master BMW mechanic, but if this "dried paint and busted radiator" story is true then you engine is probally siezed from running the motor hot for long periods of time. Or you have a warped head due to over heating. I want to call BS on this story especially the paint hardening on the AC belt. The engine should still run for a short period of time (without running hot) with out a radiator and AC belt. If this sory is true then my advice is get a new mechanic.
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Old 08-30-2008, 02:24 AM
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ok, so let me get some numbers here from you fellas on what you think these would cost me in a store or from where ever i would need to go to get them.

how much would each part cost me ? 325 '86

-New Radiator
-New AC belt
-New Alternator belt

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Old 08-31-2008, 08:05 PM
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-New Radiator
-New AC belt
-New Alternator belt

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anywhere from $130 to $600 depending on performance wanted
why do you need that?
i spent like $12 on mine from bavauto with shipping
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Old 09-03-2008, 11:35 AM
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12$ dollars on what ?
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Old 09-04-2008, 10:11 AM
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God ....if you believe that....

Then I have bridge to sell you.
Paint drying??? Are you f-ing kidding me? Your mechanic sure does have a f-ing vivid imagination Boielen.
Thats the dumbest theory I have ever heard.
Sorry. Thats waaaaaay tooooo out there even for me to believe.
Thats "HOKE"!
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Old 09-04-2008, 10:13 AM
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Have you opened the hood and looked?
lol Seriously.
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Old 09-04-2008, 09:04 PM
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Well....

The tick may have been the belt slapping against something. No Alt belt will cause your car to overheat and die due to no power being generated back into the battery. The curb killed you rad and likely you pressed it into your AC belt, which caused it's demise. Sry, but the paint didn't do you in.
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Old 09-07-2008, 09:28 AM
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Have him check the motor mounts while at it. Maybe consider changing waterpump/T-belt while radiator is out in case it is due. May save on some labor.
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Old 09-07-2008, 06:17 PM
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doesn't sound good

gonna have to look at it, but a jumped curb doesn't sound like a timing belt thing...sounds more like an oil thing...I would agree with others about the cracked oil pan thing...I certainly would look at it before trying anything else. A cracked oil pan is very easy to detect...or just check the dipstick and determine oil level....good luck
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Old 09-07-2008, 06:23 PM
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Wow your mechanic is a jerk. I don't believe that paint story for a second.

Edit: Take a look at the flux capacitator and piston return springs.

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Old 09-07-2008, 06:38 PM
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this is quite a little tale of goofiness

jumping curbs, paint, timing belts...yes...quite interesting...keep us posted on this one...good luck
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Old 09-07-2008, 06:43 PM
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you're serious about this?

hmm, this is better than one could hope for...good luck
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Old 09-08-2008, 05:24 AM
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But dont let your mechanic charge you extra for turn signal fluid, oh and have him rotate the air in your tires.
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Old 09-09-2008, 12:29 AM
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Rotating the air in the tires, funny, but I have a feeling the reason most people DIY is because it's not so funny.
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Old 09-21-2008, 12:53 PM
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ok so heres the update on my e30, its a long list. ( going off of receipt )

I had replaced:

Timing Belt
Rad Hose
Hector Hose
Thermostat
Hose
Thermostat Housing
Head Gasket
Intake Valves
Radiator
Degreaser
Carb Cleaner
Clamps
Fuel Hose
Rostch? Plugs
Oil Filter
Cam seal restrainer
Hose Clamps


Now she runs like a beaut.
comments ? feedback ? fellas

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