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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 09-13-2011, 11:12 AM
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Question What is a Fair price (Blown head gasket)

I couldn't find anything similar, and I will try to make this slightly generic so it is useful.

My Car: 1997 323i, ~90k miles, 3rd owner.

Problems: Failed Head test (blue liquid turned green), minor cosmetics (dings, head liner falling), rough start (told it was poor injectors).

Two questions will help me choose my path.

1) What would be a fair price for this car? Full disclosure, selling "as is" to a stranger.

2) I've seen prices on the board for around $2k for the gasket and $100/injector for a shop to fix this. Is that accurate?

Thank you.
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Old 09-13-2011, 11:19 AM
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~90k miles ... Failed Head test
You 'may' be able to save the car for less than you think.

- Summary advice to provide users who suspect a major engine repair due to overheating (1) & how to test an engine for blown head gasket, cracked heads, a warped block, cam seizures, contaminated bearings, coolant hydrolock, or piston, ring, or valve damage (1) (2) & why some engines are so prone to heat-related damage in the first place (1) & a one-paragraph summary for the next owner with a blown engine (1) & what questions to ask when severe heating-related damage is initially suspected (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) & real-world results from 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).
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Old 09-13-2011, 11:42 AM
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1. $1500

2. Probably about right.
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Old 09-13-2011, 11:50 AM
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Amazing BlueBee, thank you for the time. Thank you as well Smolck for the quick reply.

Steve
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Old 09-14-2011, 02:12 PM
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trade it in to the dealership and get another car.
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Old 09-14-2011, 02:45 PM
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I couldn't find anything similar, and I will try to make this slightly generic so it is useful.

My Car: 1997 323i, ~90k miles, 3rd owner.

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** 1997 ** 323i ????????????

You SURE about that ? That particular MY would make it an E36, not an E46....
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Old 09-14-2011, 03:39 PM
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** 1997 ** 323i ????????????

You SURE about that ? That particular MY would make it an E36, not an E46....
Which is excellent, cause then ALL of Lady Bluebee's links will apply 100% to your car.
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Old 09-14-2011, 11:29 PM
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Bluebee's links will apply 100% to your car.
Not unless you flip the E36 upside down to make it an E39!
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