Hello to all.
I'm new to BMW's and would like some advice on a 318i Touring that's been
offered to me.
Firstly, some details of the car itself. It's a 1990 1800cc automatic estate
with 160k on the clock. I've taken it for a spin and it feels nice and
tight. The auto box shifts gears smoothly and the engine feels nice and
It's had a recent back box change, new rear suspension and a new radiator
(all very recent).
Here come the 'but' part. Whilst out on the test drive i noticed what can
only be described as a 'growl' coming from the firewall area whenever the
power was applied. The growl subsided as the engine had to do less work
(i.e. the car was up to speed).
When parked up, the engine idle was fine and steady, and I checked the
gearbox oil level both with the engine off and with the engine on and drive
engaged. The fluid level looked okay to me as did the fluid itself.
Basically, what I'm asking is this. Is the growl normal for a 160k mile old
BMW engine or should I walk away from it?
Any input would be gratefully received. Please let me know if you need any