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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 09-28-2012, 06:52 PM
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blown head gasket?

Current mechanic found a miss in two cylinders, lowered compression in them as well. Feels a head gasket is blown. Looking for a general second opinion from someone out there. 1988 series three 197 K mileage, uses NO oil, ran fine when I took her in for a throw out bearing and clutch pack......
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Old 09-28-2012, 09:23 PM
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Are the cylinders that are low next to each other?. If so I'd say head gasket
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Old 09-28-2012, 10:32 PM
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you took a car in to change the clutch and he did a compression test ?

why was he touching the motor to do a compression test in the first place ?
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Old 09-28-2012, 11:22 PM
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Wierd. Give some more b'grnd on why checks were done.........
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Old 09-29-2012, 12:11 PM
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lowered compression as in how low. psi numbers help alot
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Old 09-29-2012, 01:45 PM
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Old 09-30-2012, 12:43 AM
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Appreciate the quick replies. Check ride by the mechanic revealed the 2 cylinder miss. I heard it from the garage bay when they started the car to bring to me.... the subsequent compression check revealed low readings on cylinders x 2. I will know more details on Tuesday. Not my primary ride but could be if we can get her running well. I have wanted a BMW for several years and this has been the perfect fit so far.
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Old 10-01-2012, 02:20 AM
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Thumbs down Damaging vehicle in workshop

If somebody brings a car in good running condition into a local workshop, so that they fix his clutch
& it comes back with a miss that is clearly audible..
I suppose some mechanic will be wearing a shiner for a few days
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