This may be a silly question but how hot would you expect the engine to run?
I have a brand new 320i (my first BMW) which is running perfectly and with
no warning lights but after a drive in the rain today I noticed some light
steam coming off the hood / bonnet. When I investigated I found it was a
lot warmer than on any other cars I've had.
Is this normal or something I should worry about?
I would not worry.
The indicator that something is amiss is the needle on the instrument
cluster. It should remain normally within a needle's width of the center of
the guage. Perhaps 2 needles width if you live in extreme cold or hot.
Unfortunately on the new 320 there doesn't appear to be an engine
temperature gauge, only a warning light that comes on if it's too hot.
This hasn't come on yet though so I'll assume everything's okay for now.
As others' have said - the temperature indicator is just that an indicator and
not a GAUGE (GAGE) that measures the temperature.
All the indicators read an AVERAGE level - even the fuel gauge.
The range is COLD to TOO HOT and 1/2 way or just over is about right. If it
shows 3/4 travel then start to worry otherwise - have fun.
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