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Old 11-03-2015, 03:22 PM   #1
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E46 318ci - Head Gasket, CCV, M43B19

Hey guys. I have the opportunity to purchase a 2000 BMW 318ci. It's a car that has been parked up for a while due to what is apparently a bad head gasket.

I went to see the car today and found a couple of interesting things. The car did start and was just puring clouds of white smoke out of the exhaust. I pulled the spark plugs and all 4 were clean and dry. I also saw that the coolant level was decent however the car was low on oil.

It also seemed to have all of it's power ao I'm thnking that the head gasket/head might actually be ok. I was thinking the CCv system might be bad and that's why I'm here. Obviously it's not easy to tell without seeing the car but any help is appreciated.

Either way I am buying the car as the price is very good even if I have to part it out.

Also there is no sign of oil in the coolant or vice versa. Thanks!
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Old 11-03-2015, 10:25 PM   #2
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do it continue to smoke as the car runs, or does it clear up?
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Old 11-05-2015, 08:34 PM   #3
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Rent a compression tester from autozone or napa and make 100% sure its not the head gasket.
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Old 11-06-2015, 07:25 AM   #4
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Rent a compression tester from autozone or napa and make 100% sure its not the head gasket.

OP is in Ireland.
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Old 11-07-2015, 01:51 AM   #5
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OP is in Ireland.
oops my bad, but same advice either buy one or rent it from somewhere. Its worth the 30 or so dollars.
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Old 11-08-2015, 10:50 PM   #6
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Oil in the coolant is not the only symptom of a bad head gasket. It could also
have exhaust gasses in the cooling system causing it to over pressurize and over heat. I have had that with a e36 318i I had and my current 330i. Doesn't smoke at all and no coolant and oil mixing.

Did you drive the car or let it run for 20 mins?

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