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    I have 2002 3 series 318i. I was driving and the oil pressure light came on I drove for another day. Then all of a sudden the car stalled at a junction and it wouldn't start. I got towed to a garage and he has informed me there is no compression in the engine. He said that i would be better off getting another engine than to strip it all down. Any thoughts or advice for this problem?
     
     

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    Did he state what is causing the no compression?

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    Only normal things that happen. Obviously without stripping it right down and looking inside you don't know the full damage but each cylinder was tested.
    Possibly the timming chain slipped
     
     

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    Surely the oil light coming on was a bit of a clue...it sounds like the oil pump has possibly failed, major blockage in the oil feeds or there was insufficient oil in the engine.
    A replacement engine is usually the easy option but you always run the risk of buying a dud. A rebuild is usually very very expensive.
     
     

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    When the oil light comes on you STOP IMMEDIATELY not use the car for another day.
    Unless it was a faulty light all the bearings will be likely ruined too.


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    Does anyone know or recommend a BMW scrap yards for replacement engines?
     
     

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    Quarry Motors (forum brealer 10% discount) or Alexanders of Somerset, don't be tempted by eBay or all these engine rebuild companies (unless it is a mechanic you or friends know) it will almost always end in tears
     
     

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    Rebuild will probably cost more than the car's worth. As said be careful with s/h engines, my mate bought one for a gsi Astra years ago with a documented 56k. Went through all the hassle of fitting it to find it ran like a bag of nails. The seller (a trader who sold lots of engines) failed to inform him that the last few minutes of the documented 56k was spent upside down in a ditch revving it's tits off..
     
     

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