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Silly question, probably, so I need to have my thermostat replaced, looks liek it is stuck and causes the car to overheat. I was driving back home, when suddenly the hose just poped and broke. Some preasure build up! At first I thought after looking at it, looks like just wear and tare, so walked my ass to BMW and bought one, dind't want to leave my baby on the street. Replaced the hose and core, got in, all seemed fine. Got home no problem. Even gave me some coolant (for free?) :-) but they said if it broke like that it might be an indication of a thermostat. Do you agree? it's a late model 99, 323i. Anyways, I took it this morning to my class, got home and notice the temperature light on and also the engine light on! Damn!! I popped the hook and a light smoke was coming out. I waited for the car too cool off. Started again, needle half way, after driving for 2 blocks it went instantly to red! So it is a thermostat, right?

My question is, I have a great mechanic who is like 12 blocks from my house. Can I drive my BMer to his place even with temperature of the hook? or is it better if I have her towed? I don't want to cause any more damage to the car! I'm not even taking her back to BevHills BMW, they will easly charge me $500 to have the thing replaced!

Please advice!!

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You shouldn't drive with the temp "off the hook'... but if you've gotten it hot enough to be smoking, it might not matter. Pull the oil dipstick and smell it to see if you sense "burnt" odor.
You can probably drive the vehicle 12 blocks if you keep an eye on the temperature needle. When it starts to climb, stop, raise the hood and let it cool. Why don't you also get a new thermostat and replace it. It's not toooooooo hard.
These cars are somewhat hard to fill with coolant and low coolant will cause overheating. Turn heater to MAX and add coolant, if req'd.. If the heater isn't blowing hot, you've got air in the system. I, sorry to say, have some experience in this area. Get back to me if you need more help. Tom
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Do not drive the car with even a chance of the car over heating. Better off pay for a tow now and not an engine later.
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