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Ok so I just bought this 92 325i (E36) and the prev. owner was telling me how he had a crack in the radiator but had it fixed or replaced. He also said that he had a problem with keeping water in it, when he said that I was ready to walk away b/c of a probable head gasket problem, but then he said it keeps antifreeze with no prob. but still likes to overheat. Could it still be a head gasket? I've looked around and it doesn't leak, just a lil oil but nothing major. I've noticed a cooling hose going to a pump is all cracked up but surely this couldn't cause this problem. Now I've had this car for about 2 weeks or so and it gets to normal temp. after like 5 mins. If any one has any suggestions or had this happen to them that would be great to see what I'm up against here maybe.
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Well I changed a connector hose on the air intake and there was a kinda tan milky substance in there could that be the milky liquid your talking about. Also I have no heat, the windshield trys to fog up when i try to cut the heat on, and when i turn the heat on i smell a hint of antifreeze. All these things i just noticed. Could that be the heater core? B/c I know that on my last car I had that prob., foggy windshield and antifreeze smell and it was the anti freeze.
Sounds like you have a heater core problem. You will lose fluid this way and also possibly make your heat not work and smell like antifreeze.
As long as your car keeps a good temp there is no reason to look for a cooling problem. If your care smells like antifreeze inside and your floorboards are wet, you have a heatercore problem.
This will involve removing the dash to fix. Not easy and not cheap.
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