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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 03-19-2013, 11:20 AM
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My 1997 BMW 328i Is OVERHEATING HELP!!!!

hi everyone

i have a 97 328i e36 and its overheating i took it to get fixed but on the way there it started to overheat then it shut off.

i have no clue whats wrong, when i drive it the coolant in the coolant res goes down then when i wait till it cools i unscrew it and it comes back to full.

i check the oil and on the cap and around the rim is this white stuff.
i dont know whats wrong please help if you need more info let me know

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Old 03-19-2013, 11:24 AM
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Not good news: you've blow the head gasket. Maybe warped the head, too. By running it until it shut off, you killed it. It should have been shut off as soon as it started overheating the FIRST time and towed to the repair shop. Sorry, but you're looking at a major repair bill. DO NOT drive it again until it's fixed.
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Old 03-19-2013, 11:26 AM
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Cheaper to replace the engine, chief. Don't worry, you will be back on the road sooner than you think. Expect to pay $800 - $1100 for a M52B32 for your 328IS.
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Old 03-19-2013, 11:30 AM
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thanks thats what i suspected i have a head gaskets set. can anyone give me some info one the job
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Old 03-19-2013, 11:34 AM
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You'll need more than that, but here you go:

http://www.pelicanparts.com/bmw/tech...ead-Gasket.htm

Notice that it's considered a 9 out of 10 job in difficulty. With the special tools and skills you'll need, I'd consider it a 10 out of 10. It's not a job for the novice.
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Old 03-19-2013, 11:40 AM
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ok thanks for the help
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Old 03-19-2013, 11:47 AM
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Swap the engine b/c you will spend more getting the job done b/c the head is most likely warped.
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Old 03-19-2013, 12:18 PM
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Just swap the engine dude. Seriously. It's cheaper and faster.

Bavarian Auto Recyclers give some crazy good prices on their engines and they test all engines before they leave their facility and give you the compression ratio readings as well.
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Expect to pay $800 - $1100 for a M52B32 for your 328IS.
Er, make that a M52B28.
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:03 PM
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Er, make that a M52B28.
AAiiieee!! You're right.

Sorry for the typo.
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