BMW 540i - End of its life?

BMW 540i - End of its life?

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fitzgeraldn

Original Poster:

12 posts

5 months

Saturday 19th January
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Hi All,


Having ploughed ££££ into my 1999 540i, I think it is finally finished.

The car had exhaust gasses in the coolant, which the garage originally thought was the head gasket. However, having torn down the engine at a substantial labour cost, the head gasket seemed fine, and instead there is a score mark/ line in the cylinder liner which we think must be to blame.
Three questions?

- We cannot work out how this line got there - any ideas, the engine has never been stripped before?

- Is this the end of the engine, the garage is mumbling something about a new block?

- Does anyone know its value as a parts car?

Thanks for all your help guys, I feel sad to give up on this car, but having already spent many ££££'s this year on it, I no longer have the money to carry on.

Cheers

iSore

4,011 posts

83 months

Saturday 19th January
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Where in the UK are you?

fitzgeraldn

Original Poster:

12 posts

5 months

Saturday 19th January
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The car is in a village by Cirencester (GL7)

iSore

4,011 posts

83 months

Saturday 19th January
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Can you email me?

HustleRussell

15,950 posts

99 months

Sunday 20th January
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If it’s a score / line in the cylinder liner how is it resulting in combustion gasses in the coolant- unless it’s a crack? Which is it?

A replacement used short block or complete engine would seem to be the most cost effective way forward.

These engines used to suffer the Nikasil issues IIRC so make sure you don’t und up with some low compression cast off.
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