I have a 92 325i. Last night, I stopped for gas. All was good. I started
out again and all seemed fine. About 4 miles down the road the Check
Engine light came on and the heat gauge needle went all the way to the pin.
I shut the car off and opened the hood. There was some steam but I
couldn't tell from where because it was dark. I walked to the store,
bought some pre-mixed anti-freeze. I let the car cool down and started
to add the anti-freeze. It wouldn't take that much. Maybe a litre or a
little more. It was dark and raining and I couldn't tell if there was a
I started up and headed for home but the heat gauge came right back up
within less than a mile. I stopped, called a tow truck and had it taken
to a garage. It won't be looked at until Monday.
This is my first BMW, so I'm not entirely sure what I may be dealing
with. I have never had any indication of a problem before this, it
almost 'instantly' over heated. At no time were there any funny noises.
I'm wondering what some likely culprits might be and how much of an
effort to fix these culprits might be involved. I'm also curious as to
how likely it is that I may have damaged the head or something else.
I'm assuming that broken hose, faulty thermostat and bad water pump are
the most likely causes?