Question about 1997 BMW 318
I have an 97 BMW 316i which has had a few overheating problems since purchase (Approx 11mnths ago). Most times I've just taken it to mechanical mates who do a quick fix on the obvious issues (as I don't know much about cars and hate getting ripped off by the professionals). The first time the guy ran liquid engine sealent (maybe seal-up?)through the system to seal up any leaks temporarily. It ran ok for about another 3months then started to overheat again, idle funny while stationary and had poor acceleration on take-off. Was also hard to start when it had been sitting for ages (like overnight)and would take about 6 times before the engine would click over and start!!! After taking it back to my mate the second time he said it was f****d, but had still fixed what he could. I then took it to a BMW specialist to determine the exact problems. They fixed the PCV valve, vaccum pipe, temp switch, connection on block?? and replaced coolant & transmission fluid. They also noted possible transmission damage due to low fluid, leaky headgasket that could fail at any stage, and that the thermostat had been removed and bolted to the engine. For a few months the car was running the best it had ever had until just recently (while driving)there was a whole lot of dodgy engine noises (like stuff was falling off)and it overheated like crazy. I took it to another mate who found the water pump had completely blown up!!! He replaced the belts and installed a new water pump (but forgot to put the fan attached to the water pump back on - is this the fan clutch??) I drove it for a couple of hours before it overheated again. I decided to assume the head was blown and have neglected it!!! I can't afford to fix it if it does have a blown head, but don't want to loose out on all the money I've put into it.....Can you please help? Any advice, suggestions or feedback would be much appreciated :)
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