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Location: Baltimore, Maryland
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I've had my M3 for about 150 miles. It has a total of about 47000 miles on it.
Last week it passed a state vehicle inspection given by a BMW dealer. During the inspection they did a minor tune up, (filters, plugs, oil change).
Today I get a check engine light and find smoke in the crank case.
I've known this car since it was brand new. There's never been any major problems with it. There has been a history of a check engine light comming on but no mechanic was ever able to find a cause. The dealer has apparently reset the light a couple times but it always comes back.
Furthermore I'm not sure about it's oil level. The dipstick has no markings to say if the case is full or not. There's just two little notches. I assume the level is supposed to be between them but who knows? Right now the oil level after running for an hour was just barely above the lower notch.
No strange noises....no rough riding. Nothing that feels out of the ordinary. Just the engine light and the smell of smoke from the crank case. Now we're not talking billowing columns of smoke pouring our from under the hood or anything like that mind you....I took the oil cap off and there's just latent smoke hanging around in the case.
Thoughts? Comments? Need I go to the dealer who did the inspection and beat the ever loving bejesus out of him tommorow?
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