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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 08-17-2005, 08:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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...be extremely careful of large objects in the road. Last night a cinder block literally destroyed my oil pan. I came across it in a turn and I attempted to drive over it--I failed. When the oil lights came on I said to myself, "it's just a small leak, I can make it home without much issue." I made it home and just about shat myself when I saw that only a small portion of my oil pan was all that remained. I drove about two miles with no oil, so I'd say my engine is shot. Oh well, I've always wanted a modern drivetrain anyway.
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Dude...you seriously thought you could drive OVER a cinder block with a lowered BMW? What the hell were you thinking? I'm sorry, but I leave driveways at like 2 mph so i don't fuck up my car.
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if she wasn't knocking at you when you got home the chances are you will be ok. two miles isn't that bad to drive with no oil. you can always pull the motor, pull a main bearing cap/rod cap and see how she looks before slapping a new oil pan back on there.
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Dude...you seriously thought you could drive OVER a cinder block with a lowered BMW? What the hell were you thinking? I'm sorry, but I leave driveways at like 2 mph so i don't fuck up my car.
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Agreed, but I had no choice. I had three options: have a head-on with a car going in the opposite direction, turn right into a curb, or try to clear it. Since it was too late to stop, I chose the latter.
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your car is lowered, and you only trashed the oil pan?!?! jesus, I think had I hit a cinder block I'd be at the very least replacing some front suspension and certainly the front spoiler as well as the oil pan
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motor should be ok seeing as it's an M20 and not with all the hydrolic parts the newer motors have.. You would be surprised at how long you can run an old school motor without oil. but don't run it without coolant or with a broken water pump belt (thats the worst you can do)

After repairing the pan and some fresh oil if it doesn't make any unusuall noises you should be ok.. but better to tow it next time.. could save you a lot of money.
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that happen to me LOL well my cousin was driving (learing how to drive). i was telling him to slow down and try do avoid bumps and pot holes(lol), as soon it said that BAMM!, smoke on the air engine shut off(i already knew what happen). the kid hit the man hole that was up to high. when i look under the car you can see the hole in the pan the size of a fist(mad as a fuck). CRAZY was cars was sliding because of the oil, what a show.

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Thanks for your replys. I went and found the remaining chunks of the pan, not a pretty sight. The engine was running just as it always did when I got home so I might have been lucky (no knocking or anything, although it was smoking a little--hopefully it was burnt oil). I'm getting ready to go back to school so the car will have to sit for awhile.
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You exhaust was smokey, or the engine was smokey? Either way, you're probably alright, because if you blow a hole in your oil pan and shoot your oil pressure all to hell, you're probably gonna have smoke if the oil gets on hot stuff.

But christ man, a cinder block? Those are pretty hefty bastards, I'm surprised you don't need a whole new front end, oil pan, and transmission pan, not to mention numerous small items. If she sounds okay, you're probably alright, but the best way to test is once you get the engine back together, do an oil pressure test. That'll give you an idea of how shot your bearings, etc, are. Pulling the bearings for inspection might not be a bad idea either.

This isn't just directed at you, but everyone: NEVER drive ANY automobile with the oil can lamp on!! The oil level reminder is something else entirely, but the oil can is your oil pressure warning, and if you have no oil pressure, you will cook your engine... no matter how "old school" it may be, its only a matter of time. Its costly abuse that should be avoided always, even if a tow costs you a hundred bucks or more. Think what a new engine might cost you.

Okay, I'm done ranting now. Sorry about that, but man, if that engine comes out clean in the wash, you are one lucky bastard. Take it easy, and next time, get a tow.
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