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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 09-01-2003, 03:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just opened up my valve cover to clean the gasket for i thought it was the cause of a small leak.

What do i find. one of the twelve head bolts is snapped clear off at the head of the bolt. This explains the oil light and leaking coolant.


To recap. In the last 2 months ive replaced

x2 - upper strut bearings
x1 - lower strut arm and ball joint
x4 - power steering gearbox (couldnt find right fit)
x2 - alignment jobs
x1 - intake boot
x1 - oil pan
x3 - radiator hose
x2 - tie rods

And to add to the list

x1 - headbolt and hopefully not new valve train (the head of the bolt and the washer was jumping freely inside the valve cover for who knows how long) But if the head does have to be taken off... im sure as hell getting oversized valves and some headwork done Woot woot.
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Dude you dont have any idea how much money I've spent on my car in maintence parts...

Ahhh the joys of owning an old car.
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yea i realize this is all with an old car but just in the last little while it all happens. And very soon, within the next few weeks im gonna have to get new brake pads and a new clutch.
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...I understand completely
soon after I purchased my 86 325e it snapped a head bolt
only $1800 for a shop to give me a head job
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