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Old 04-27-2013, 01:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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1997 528i problem

my car has a leak in the head gasket' this is common I hear. I was just wondering if I should spend money to fix it/ maybe put a new used engine in, or just buy another car cuz im broke lol. and does anyone know of any good bmw mechanics in Austin?? everybody I go to is bullshiitttt lol
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i got the same car ,head gasket leak ?whats it leaking
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A head gasket leak is NOT common. Its an indicator that the car was most likely redlined, or overheated. Overheating is the most common reason for a head gasket leak.

The engine is salvagable. You just need to have the Head inspected for cracks and planed down. The cost is usually high because of the labour involved. A complete job can run 8-10 hours.

You state your broke, but your willing to buy a used engine to drop in? An engine swap will be the same cost as fixing the head gasket. You could sell the car as is, but you would be taking a huge loss. As an enthusiat, the original engine with all maintence records is more appealing to me then a car with a swapped engine. That indicates to me that the car was mistreated, probably driven hard, and not taken care of. People want cars that were taken care of properly. I recommend fixing the car properly.
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