I noticed this when steam started to come out of the heater ducts while in
traffic. The needle was near the red. On opening the hood I saw signs of
leakage on the oil pan flange area on the left side.
I got the car to a dealer in Glendale (Pacific BMW) and signed up for an
estimate. That was $115. What ever happened to the days of *free*
I got a call from the dealer a couple of days later. They told me that they
couldn't see where the leak was and if I wanted them to investigate further
it would co$t me another $575 to pull the intake manifold. Mind you, that
was on _top_
of the $115, and would still be part of the estimate! Actually
the problem was not included.
it with this dealer! They must have a steady line of suckers to
keep themselves in business, but I have no intention of becoming another
Anyway, now that I'm done venting, does anyone here know what the probable
cause of this leak and overheating problem is? I'm guessing that the car
leaked out enough coolant over a period of days or weeks to finally
overheat. Once I got some water into it I had no problem driving to the
So, what is the most likely failure mode for this car's cooling system?