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My new 540i, actually used with 100k, has a few issues. One thing is when I start the car up after letting a set for a while white smoke comes out, only just when i start it up then it immediately goes away. Second is the engine kind of has a Knocking sound, but not like a rod knock after running for a bit. Then lastly when turing the steering wheel while not moving and also moving it grinds or cracking sound, which I assuming might be the ball joints. Any suggestions would be great. Thanks
Well the smoke still is there. I finally got the dealership where I got it from to see it, and now they are going to fix it. It seems to me that oil or something is getting stuck near a spark plug and burning off when I start the car.
Please let us know what the dealer does to fix it...
As far as I know, the little knocking is common. I have been told it's your knock down sensors. I only hear it during cold mornings and only lasts for about 5 seconds. See question 7 on this link
Click on the blank box and select "spark plugs"
Maybe all you need is a tune up... You can change the plugs/air filter. I can guide you on the process if this is the case. I just hope is not leaking so bad and getting into the plugs. The other thing, maybe all you need is a head gasket (the labor is expensive for this/parts cheap)
well here is what the dealership told. I can either return the car and get a different one, or get my trade back. Now I can tell the guy does not want to put the money into fixing the car from what it looks like. I saw a wrx 03. How would that compare to say like a 3 series. Real specs even though its not a bmw.
If you're getting the top of the line I would go for it. Otherwise, the 3 series would be my other choice. What year? Just don't rush into things... Maybe get your old car back and do a research on bwm's. People on this forum will tell you what things to look for prior to buying.
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