is the head gasket going a common fault with bmw? i see so many bmw's for sale with head gasket trouble, why is this?
E36's are notorious (well all BMWs) for developing air locks within the cooling system and also suffering from cracked/split thermostat housings which cause a coolant fluid leak.I was today looking at buying an E36 328i coupe for my mrs but i am in two minds now as people say the E36 is the worst for head gasket trouble, anyone throw any light on that? :thumbsup
Every owner a rover? with the K series engine....:hihiyou dont have to look hard on ebay to find a BMW with headgasket trouble or overheating issues, my E34 535i has just just done the headgasket and that has full service history, been in to BMW most of its life and an independant the rest of the time, its only covered a genuine 95k from new but its just blown the head gasket so i disagree a bit with earlier posts regarding servicing.
I am not a trader but i have had a lot of cars in my time and never had one blow the head gasket, ive done quite a bit of homework and there is a lot of these cars with cooling or gasket troubles so i think maybe as mentioned in an earlier post whatever the problems are have been rectified in later models.
I also have an E34 518i with 140k on the clock and no service history when i bought it that runs like a sewing machine and has never given me a problem (touch wood) but when i got it i did go right through it and service it all, cambelt etc.
I will be fixing my 535i as i love it so much and its mint, but having said that these cars are worth so little now that when they get problems if the owners dont have the know how to fix them themselves its easy to see how they end up being broken up for parts or scrapped which i think is a shame.
If i was to put my car into BMW to be done i would no doubt end up with a bill for more than the car is worth :frown
I was today looking at buying an E36 328i coupe for my mrs but i am in two minds now as people say the E36 is the worst for head gasket trouble, anyone throw any light on that? :thumbsup
They lost their coolant due to a problem with the profile gasket.I'm pretty sure the chain timed M42 engines suffered a lot with headgaskets, believe that was a design issue rather than lack of maintenance.