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My 2000 323i had been frequently plagued with low coolant. I had taken it to my mechanic and he checked it a few times and said he couldn't see anything wrong. Well today his response was totally different. He had detected oil and coolant mixing and told me that I would need to replace the engine. He sort of irked by saying that you were careless with the oil changes as you have to have them done every 7-8K miles. I told him BMW recommends that this be done every 15K miles...his response was pretty rude that "then you better take this car to BMW dealership". My question....if I go for replacing the engine, what sort of a price tag am I looking at? :(:(
 

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My 2000 323i had been frequently plagued with low coolant. I had taken it to my mechanic and he checked it a few times and said he couldn't see anything wrong. Well today his response was totally different. He had detected oil and coolant mixing and told me that I would need to replace the engine. He sort of irked by saying that you were careless with the oil changes as you have to have them done every 7-8K miles. I told him BMW recommends that this be done every 15K miles...his response was pretty rude that "then you better take this car to BMW dealership". My question....if I go for replacing the engine, what sort of a price tag am I looking at? :(:(
Oil and coolant mixing is a sign of a leaky head gasket. Tell this guy to **** himself and take the car somewhere else. You might not need to replace the entire engine for one faulty part. Good luck with the problem :thumbup:
 

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Oil and coolant mixing is a sign of a leaky head gasket. Tell this guy to **** himself and take the car somewhere else. You might not need to replace the entire engine for one faulty part. Good luck with the problem :thumbup:
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Sounds like a head gasket to me.
 

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If your car has never exhibited signs of prolonged overheating, you *might* get away with just a head gasket replacement. One episode of severe overheating can be enough to crack the head or the block, but that`s a worst-case scenario. You really need to find a competent mechanic who really knows how to diagnose these things. Where in NJ are you located?

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Guys....thanks for your replies.

There was never any sign of engine overheating....no lights no temperature guage indication, so this was kind of surprising to me.

By the way I am located in Central NJ around the Rutgers area.
 

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I'd send an oil sample to Blackstone Labs also. They will tell you exactly what is in your oil...
 

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I'd send an oil sample to Blackstone Labs also. They will tell you exactly what is in your oil...
This would be a smart move....depending on how long (and how much) the oil has been diluted, analysis will show if there`s excessive bearing wear, etc., and give you a better picture of what`s going on.

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Find a competent mechanic and don't go to the dealership. Though they might not tell you to replace the engine you'll still pay as much as an engine replacement would cost at an independent shop.
 

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http://www.bimrs.org/
http://www.bimmershops.com/

i'm thinking of trying Eurosport Of Westfield when my warranty is up. asked my BMW SA about extended warranty and it's a whopping $3200 for 2 years, ridiculous. haven't been to that shop yet but may be worth checking out, not too far from new brunswick either.
 

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http://www.bimrs.org/
http://www.bimmershops.com/

i'm thinking of trying Eurosport Of Westfield when my warranty is up. asked my BMW SA about extended warranty and it's a whopping $3200 for 2 years, ridiculous. haven't been to that shop yet but may be worth checking out, not too far from new brunswick either.
As far as I know, they have a good reputation. I know someone who campaigns an M3 race car, and they have done some work on it.

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Guys...I took the advise and had moved the car to another mechanic. He took a while to get back to me but assured me that the engine does need to be replaced. He however said that this would need a new head gasket. The total cost took close to $2500 instead of the projected $6000 estimated by the first guy who scared the pants off me. Once again...thanks a bunch for pointing me out in the right direction.
 

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glad to hear the good news. what shop/mechanic did you end up taking it to?
 

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This place called "Mehul Autos" on Rt 27 in Edison.

The check engine light is still on so I took it back to him. He said drive it for a few days and then bring it back. If the light wouldn't go he said he will reset. He told me to keep an eye on the temperature to be on the safe side
 

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I'd send an oil sample to Blackstone Labs also. They will tell you exactly what is in your oil...
How much would that cost approximately? I've never done this kind of thorough check up before..

Guys...I took the advise and had moved the car to another mechanic. He took a while to get back to me but assured me that the engine does need to be replaced. He however said that this would need a new head gasket. The total cost took close to $2500 instead of the projected $6000 estimated by the first guy who scared the pants off me. Once again...thanks a bunch for pointing me out in the right direction.
Nice job! Good luck and hope you enjoy your ride once the issue gets fixed. =)
 
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