coolant and smoking

Jaime Guadarrama

Asked by Feb 27, 2016 at 09:25 AM about the 2000 BMW 3 Series 323i

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I just bought a 2000 bwm 323i a few days ago. As i
was driving it my coolant light turned on. At a stop
u also noticed the car was smoking but the heat
gauge didnt show it was over heating i also noticed
it was leaking coolant i have never owned a car of
this type so i have no idea what it could be .

7 Answers


I would suggest bringing it into a shop to be checked out, if you have white smoke coming out the exhaust, possible head gasket.

Jaime Guadarrama

It`s smokes from the hood


Ok, there is a leak which could be a radiator hose or radiator itself. Do not let the coolant level go down for chance of overheating, that would cause a lot more problems. Need to get it fixed ASAP and don't be driving it, unless to get it fix close by.

Jaime Guadarrama

Would you happen to know how much it could cost to repair that


Hundreds less than if you were to keep driving it. Its hard to say, depending on what exactly what it is. If it is a hose, that wouldn't be bad. If it is the radiator then some what more depending if it can be fixed or has to be replaced.

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Tom Demyan

Correct, most times it's the expansion tank on the driver side, but could be a hose, the water pump, or radiator. Best to get it checked asap before you overheat and damage the engine. It will cost a couple hundred dollars to repair. BMW's are easy on the wallet if you know how to work on them yourself. Find an independent BMW garage in your area, to stay away from dealers and high prices.

Tom Demyan

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