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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 06-10-2013, 03:14 PM
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Head gasket blown

Hi I am new here and was hoping for some advice. My 318 has been over revving and heating my local garage could not id the problem. On Sat whilst driving the coolant light came on (it had in the morning to and I topped it up) then started screeching luckily I was very close to home pulled on to the drive and stopped the car. The noise coming from the engine was like the fan trying to cool it down. When hubby opened the bonnet after it had cooled there was beige creamy like sludge all over pouring out of the coolant funnel and lots of this goo underneath the car.Local mechanic said head gasket blown probably £1000 ish to repair. Really can't afford it for a while 2 questions really is Steel Seal any good? how long can I leave it before the engine seizes up and its too late to repair? I love this car but worth more to me than to sell probably about 2 grand (before this happened only 88k on the clock 2002 318 convertable. Any advice appreciated we have no mechanical knowledge whatsoever

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Old 06-10-2013, 04:05 PM
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The Bad News: You just destroyed your engine

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Tell hubby to start calling the local wrecking yards ("Breakers" in your neck of the woods) and shop for a serviceable replacement engine.
Or, sell the car for parts. None of the options will be easy for you....
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Old 06-10-2013, 04:18 PM
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I have a friend who is an indy mercedes mechanic and occasional does BMW work. I hang around his shop a lot and a few weeks ago he did a head gasket on a 5 series with the m54. I hate to tell you this bob is right he said if you ever blow your head gasket just go ahead and replace the engine it will be cheaper in the long run.
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Old 06-10-2013, 07:39 PM
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To the OP: Welcome to Bimmerfest. I am sorry you came to us under such sad circumstances.

Although I have no doubt that your head gasket is blown, I do not think that will be the end of your problems. BMW engines are very sensitive to overheating. Unfortunately, I agree with the above two posts. Engine replacement is probably necessary.

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Old 06-11-2013, 12:06 PM
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Thanks was going to park it for 12 months as I can't afford it at the moment then have engine replaced as otherwise this car is immaculate but will everything seize up in the meantime? or should I just sell for spares
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Old 06-11-2013, 12:22 PM
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You can get another engine for like $1000-2000s.... I'd say sine the engines already done for. Might as well try some bar's leak for now lol.
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Old 06-11-2013, 12:41 PM
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I would not try to saved the engine I would pull all of the accessories Like ps pump alternator ac compressor pack them up set them aside. Then pull the motor and leave it in a corner and save it for spare parts.
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Old 06-11-2013, 01:55 PM
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Thanks was going to park it for 12 months as I can't afford it at the moment then have engine replaced as otherwise this car is immaculate but will everything seize up in the meantime? or should I just sell for spares
I'd change all the fluids (besides oil) if it's going to sit for a while. Better to bathe in fresh fluid vs. cruddy. As said save or sell the engine for parts, then get a used one in working order.
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Hi I am new here and was hoping for some advice. . Any advice appreciated we have no mechanical knowledge whatsoever

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I would not try to saved the engine I would pull all of the accessories Like ps pump alternator ac compressor pack them up set them aside. Then pull the motor and leave it in a corner and save it for spare parts.
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I'd change all the fluids (besides oil) if it's going to sit for a while. Better to bathe in fresh fluid vs. cruddy. As said save or sell the engine for parts, then get a used one in working order.
I believe this part of the OP`s post will take precedence:

"we have no mechanical knowledge whatsoever"
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I believe this part of the OP`s post will take precedence:

"we have no mechanical knowledge whatsoever"
I forgot about that part. Im used to talking to mechanical minded people all day. If that's the case sale it and move on.
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Hoping the OP will take our sage advice to a trustworthy mechanic. Otherwise sell it off and start over.
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