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BMW don't encourage idling for any unnecessary length of time, but what do they know LOL?
Have a friend accelerate the car to about 2000 - 2500rpm (While stood of course) and have a smell near the tail-pipe... Does it smell of burnt fuel or OIL ?
Does it smell of "Steam" too?
With the engine off, have a look at the oil filler cap AND dipstick, check for beige or "milky" deposits.
Also you may drain a very small amount of coolant to see if there is any other alien substance...
These simple tests are usually done before suspecting the head gasket failure and before a compression test.
Let me know and we'll take it from there :-)
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