My car stopped running and had to have it towed to family mechanic. Mechanic said I will have to replace entire engine because there was oil/water contaminating the entire engine. I never received a warning from car nor did I experience any trouble before this incident. Am I really looking at a $5000.00+ repair bill? Mechanic took engine apart and my guess is waiting to see if it will dry out and may be saved...he said it did overheat causing oil/water to spill into engine. The car was warmed up for 15 mins before I drove to the corner of my block and it just conked out and I noticed grayish smoke coming from the exhaust. I'm very upset as this is a very expensive first time repair for me and I surprising inasmuch as I don't drive it much and I purchased it used w/approx 58K miles and have 63K miles. Please advise. thank you
ENGINE REPLACEMENT on 2003 BMW Z4
by TQAYYUM in Philadelphia, PA on March 08, 2009
ANSWER by dandd on March 08, 2009
It may just need a head gasket, rather than an entire engine. 65,000 is not very many miles for a Beemer. It does not sound like you drove the car for very long. If the cylinders are not discolored and/or scored, a head gasket repair with a resurface of the cylinder head may be all you need. That job ranges from $2050 - $3000 according to the RepairPal Estimate.
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