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Old 11-25-2016, 10:18 AM
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Is it time?

Hello everyone, ok here's the deal:

2003 X5 with 133k miles on it. Started noticing oil in the coolant recovery tank. This has been going on for at least 2 years. Service engine light stays on. Engine never overheats. Recently had to start pouring coolant in about every 3rd day because it gets low. Car cranks right up, idles smooth as a cats purr. Took it to a mechanic and asked for their honest opinion. He told me that there is oil in the water pump as well as the radiator and that in his humble opinion I should get rid of it because the repairs would be extensive.

I'd like to get a second opinion from the community. I'm prepared to spend maybe up to 3k for repairs. The truck still looks good and I would hate to give it up without a second opinion. What say you 'ol wise community?
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Old 11-25-2016, 09:40 PM
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We can't tell you more than mechanic.
Depends what mechanic estimated it would cost to fix all the issues.

Check the KBB price of your car assuming it was in good "salable" condition - which is not so it would be worth that much after is fixed. My guess would be ~$4-5k
If you add mechanic's estimate to the price you can get for this car as is in CarMax (because in this situation I don't think you can sell it) and compare that to to similar cars on the market you will have the story.
If one assumes you add $3k to it to fix it - it still will be worth $4k but if you get $2-3k from CarMax and add $3k you will be able to buy newer and with less miles..

So, realistically it will likely cost you more than $3k to fix this and mechanic's suggestion is probably the right one.
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Old 11-26-2016, 01:32 PM
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Not sure what engine you have but it could be something as easy as an oil cooler or gasket. Or as hard as a head gasket. Find the common issues for your engine & situation then decide.
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