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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 05-02-2014, 01:18 AM
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So i purchased a 91 E30 318i today around 2pm, the guy mentioned that the metal piece on the heater core that connected to one of the coolant hoses was broke so it leaked coolant. i purchased it thinking id fix it when i got home, well i put coolant in and made it about half way home a good 30minutes once i made it to sacremento the check engine light came on i immediatley pulled off an exit and as i came to a complete stop it died on me. i got out and white smoke was coming from the engine bay i poped the hood and coolant from the hose was poored onto the headers and it was burning all of the water. There was NO coolant left, so to my guess the car overheated(temp gauge does not work). I tried starting it after and it just cranked over but wouldnt start, i called a buddy one of my old drift buddies and he said hed tow it in a couple hours. finnally after about 4 hours we got the trailer there and i got the car to crank over for a couple seconds while givin it gas and it started... with a loud ticking noise. definantley know its not a rod knock, but does anyone have any idea what it could be?! it idles fine, but the more throttle i give it the faster the tick goes. definantley not driving it i got it at my house sitting. my buddy lives an hour away and is to busy with work that he dosnt have time to check it out but he suggested its probably a lifter. anyone got any ideas?!
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Old 05-02-2014, 04:42 AM
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Old 05-02-2014, 10:55 AM
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Does it only run if you stay on the gas? I'd prolly do a compression check to see if that "ticking" isn't compression leaking past the headgasket. That happened to my awd talon tsi back in the day.
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Old 05-04-2014, 10:57 PM
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thanks guys, yeah i started it up the next morning and the ticking has went away. i pluged up the hose and the leaking stoped for the most part but theres a little water leak i tracked it to behind the gears im gonna guess its a water pump. so i'll change that out tommorow and change my oil and see how it goes from there.
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Old 05-05-2014, 12:11 AM
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Do a compression test before you change or add anything. That way you won't waste 5+ quarts of oil and a gallon of antifreeze. I'm pretty sure you've created a four-cylinder boat anchor.
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Old 05-05-2014, 02:46 AM
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No HH it's not a boat anchor but the head gasket is probably gone and he may have warped the head, but you can fix that . OK, yeah your right it's a boat anchor you could but three M10's for what this is going to cost to fix.Do the compression test also check for water and coolant mixing under the oil cap and inside the valve cover as well as the dip stick the coolant in your oil could have been causing your ticking ,when oil is frothed up with water/coolant it doesn't lube the rockers enough so they tick,after it sits the coolant and oil separate and the oil can work again but there's still a frothy mess all inside your engine and as the car gets hot it starts all over again.But you could be really lucky and nothing happened ,I actually hope that's the case , so let's everybody channel some good Karma for for our new user from Cali and his car.
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Old 05-08-2014, 12:12 AM
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thanks for the help guys yeah i did i compression test the headgasket seems to be good, i put a new radiator and electric fan in and replaced the parts that were leaking and it has been running good so far, my temp gauge after all does work. Im new to this forum, its my first forum acturally all i ever owned was nissan s13's and they were super easy to work on. I will defiantley need advice and help with my e30 so i thank you guys for the reply!
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