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Old 11-06-2007, 10:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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overheated-now won't start :-O

hi all, i have '92 325i 2.5L V6. The other day started leaking antifreeze, i kept on driving it to the house, and then an oil pressure gauge came on and the car died on the highway. after letting it to cool down i couldm't start it anymore. i checked the oil and it was dry. i added oil but it still wont start now. does it sound like bad news? internal engine damage?

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Old 11-06-2007, 10:20 AM   #2 (permalink)
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By not starting you mean? Does it crank? Did you ever upgrade your cooling system?
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Old 11-06-2007, 10:22 AM   #3 (permalink)
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oh yeah it cranks, but it just wont fire up anymore. cranking is strong too. and i never did an upgrade either. dont leak oil either. but when i drove it overheated it all dissapeared....
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i did the same thing along time ago

















my head cracked

have a mechanic check it out asap
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sounds like the engine is gone my friend. you'll be lucky if it can be saved.
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Its done. You got it so hot the head warped/cracked and all the oil coolant mixed and probably most went out the tail pipe. Start looking for another engine or car cause to get an M50 properly rebuilt with as many new parts as yours is going to need is going to cost at least a few grand.
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this would be a good time to upgrade if you want to mod, other then that, probably costs less to buy a new car.
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hi guys its too bad if my engine is hooped, i really like this car. i probably still try to fix it it. what kind of mods are you talking about? sorry i have never dealt with that before.

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Old 11-06-2007, 05:13 PM   #9 (permalink)
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engine swap from a 328 or M3
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so 328 is a better engine? i found one guy he is parting out 318..
would that work?
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First of all get the car checked by a mechanic. I think we're all pretty confident on our assessment that your engine will need to be replaced. However, diagnosing these things over the internet can be iffy. Have a professional look at it.

If you are going for an engine swap, do not put in the engine from a 318. Well, at least I recommend against that. It is a great engine, but you will have to go through some trouble to mount the engine properly, only to end up with a lot less power and torque. A six-cylinder from another 325, a 328, or an M3 would be easier.

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Did you bring it to a mecanic?
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hi, no not yet. i got it booked for next thursday... long wait...
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take the engine from the v-tec guy on the other thread
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where is the thread, can you copy it here...

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