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Old 02-28-2005, 01:35 PM
jdad jdad is offline
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Mein Auto: 1997 528
1997 528 Check Engine Light

This winter, my check engine light came on a couple of times, then went away. More recently, my thermostat would go into the red zone, then return to normal, then go back to red and then back to normal and the engine light came back on. My mechanic said there is a slow coolant leak and I need a $1000-$1500 repair to the head cylinder gasket, but that it may be more than that once we get it opened (new cylinder, cracked engine block). The coolant was refilled and the indicator lights are off for now. The mechanic recommends trading the car now so that I do not start putting a lot of money into an older car with 100K miles. I was hoping to keep for a while. Any advice experience is appreciated.
Old 02-28-2005, 01:58 PM
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Location: Bay Area, CA
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Mein Auto: ...a lot of people crazy.
Second opinions are of paramount importance here. See if you can find a good independent BMW mechanic.

I could tell you where to go in CA but not in PA, unfortunately....

Best of luck...keep us informed about what you find. How many miles?

How does the oil look? Is there coolant/water leaking into the oil? That usually makes the oil look lighter in color and even white sometimes...DAMHIKT!!

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