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Hi, and thank you once again,, i am looking to by a 1988 930 and worried a little bit when the car starts for the first two minutes it smokes, how serious of a problem is that.

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  • enar2146 Aug 22, 2010

    I think you are right, the smoke is not really white, more like black, and yes i think that is why its up for sale. thanks

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Hi! May I know if it's a black or white smoke coming out of the muffler. Thank you for using FixYa!

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    Hi! HOws it going?

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Enar, What type of smoke is it? White means that the car is cold and burning more fuel than should if warmed up. Nothing serious about it. Black smoke means that the engine is burning lube oil too along with the fuel. This is serious as burning oil means that at least the rings have gone and needs new piston rings. And if not changed in time then may be new pistons or at least piston job along with rings will be needed. As you say it is an 88 model, this much is expected. May be that is why the car is on sale.

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