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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 10-14-2015, 12:02 AM
guitarbryan guitarbryan is offline
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White smoke, no milky oil, coolant loss

So I recently got a 2000 528i and I'm convinced it has a blown head gasket. There is a lot of coolant smoke at startup and I'm losing a lot of coolant. There is no milky oil. The coolant is being forced through the overflow tank and the car overheats.

Also if it happens to be a head gasket, a lot of mechanics in my area say its cheaper to just buy a new engine. Should I just try the repair myself?
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Old 10-14-2015, 01:44 AM
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You should find a better mechanic.. We have done head gasket jobs on 6 cylinders for 1200ish, takes 8 hours or so... but the head has to go out to the machine shop.. so it takes a couple of days

I suspect that your cooling system is in need of attention..

you plan on fixing it, your looking at a timing set, a head set, intake set, exhaust set, Id do a fan clutch right off the bat (i wont let you take a motor off my lot when its just going to fry again )

then after that you can move to radiator and t stat at your own convinces ' since im not allow to free plug our shop.. All i can say is good luck
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Old 10-14-2015, 02:33 AM
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So I recently got a 2000 528i and I'm convinced it has a blown head gasket. There is a lot of coolant smoke at startup and I'm losing a lot of coolant. There is no milky oil. The coolant is being forced through the overflow tank and the car overheats.

Also if it happens to be a head gasket, a lot of mechanics in my area say its cheaper to just buy a new engine. Should I just try the repair myself?
No milky oil yet is a good sign of no coolant into the engine oil. Could you tell more about the smoke. Smoke could be valve stem seals leaks or the CCV needs to be replaced. How you can tell is a coolant smoke? Loosing coolant could be a lot of reasons, check for leaks in the engine or inside the car through the heating core.
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Old 10-14-2015, 07:03 AM
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No milky oil yet is a good sign of no coolant into the engine oil. Could you tell more about the smoke. Smoke could be valve stem seals leaks or the CCV needs to be replaced. How you can tell is a coolant smoke? Loosing coolant could be a lot of reasons, check for leaks in the engine or inside the car through the heating core.
it smells remotely sweet. and there is a ton of smoke only at startup
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Old 10-14-2015, 07:12 AM
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You should find a better mechanic.. We have done head gasket jobs on 6 cylinders for 1200ish, takes 8 hours or so... but the head has to go out to the machine shop.. so it takes a couple of days

I suspect that your cooling system is in need of attention..

you plan on fixing it, your looking at a timing set, a head set, intake set, exhaust set, Id do a fan clutch right off the bat (i wont let you take a motor off my lot when its just going to fry again )

then after that you can move to radiator and t stat at your own convinces ' since im not allow to free plug our shop.. All i can say is good luck
well what the mechanics say is with the cost of the head gasket job they could do an engine swap for a bit more. this is also taking into account the car has 190k miles.

Edit: and yeah i also forgot, hot ac doesnt work sometimes and when it does it will just be on the driver side. any ideas?

for the head gasket would it be a bad idea to buy a new one? you have to repair the old one?

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Old 10-14-2015, 07:35 AM
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Burning2nd ,gave you good advise, to add I would do the following. On a cold engine, remove the spark plugs and note which cylinder the come from. After you have pulled all of them, if you notice that one looks nice and has a good shine to it, that cylinder is burning some coolant. If you find that spark plug, I would look at finding a used engine from a wrecked car. I had a burnt valve on one of my cylinders and chose the newer engine instead of taking the head off and making the fix. The tools and such to do the job costs so much and the time to make an engine change is half what the time would be in making the fix for the head gasket,,my 2 cents issued
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