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Old 01-05-2016, 04:55 PM   #1
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Engine dying?

My 02 330ci with 215,000 miles that has always consumed 1 qt/700 miles makes a knocking sound upon cold starting. Lifters? I am contemplating trading it before it dies altogether. It has been my fav but I think it's time to let her go.
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Old 01-05-2016, 05:16 PM   #2
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Knocking and ticking are different sounds to me.

I would suggest you get someone knowledgeable to listen the noise before you get rid of the car.

Could even be VANOS knocking.
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At this point your car is still running. Even if you added oil every two weeks, it's still cheaper than a new car. Get a new car only if you want one. Cause you certainly don't need one.
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Old 01-05-2016, 10:47 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replys guys. I am thinking it would be easier to sell it if it is still running, so that's what I am going to do. I got good use out of it for 3.5 years.
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Old 01-06-2016, 08:05 AM   #5
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Has your oil separator ever been replaced? A failed one is known to cause high oil consumption such as 1qt/500miles. I replaced one for a forum member and that fixed the consumption issue. Does your coolant show any signs of oil and vice versa?
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