Ok guys, I love the site and was hoping for a bit of spoon fed info from the more knowledgable amongst you all.
I was recently given a 1998 316i compact, with the 1.6 engine. The car is on 175000 miles but has two issues which bother me:
1. Car seems to struggle to get up to correct temperature unless its idling, or in traffic. On a long run the temp seems to stay very low. Am I correct in assuming this is the thermostat? Water levels are fine.
2. Although my oil seems to be fine (i.e. not sludgy) I get bits of mayo on the dipstick and some on the oil filler cap. Not huge amounts and no overheating. I am sure its my headgasket, seeing as it hasnt overheated could i get away with just changing the gasket without having to re do the head? ( Skim?) does anybody have any words of advice before I get started?
I am based near Manchester UK. Anybody know what price range is reasonable for getting the headgasket sorted?
Thanks for any help in advance, and I am missing my hondas engine reliabilty LoL