2001 530i let oil low, stalled, smoked, now drives, no smoke. permanent damage or no?

Asked by Feb 14, 2016 at 09:46 AM about the 2001 BMW 5 Series 530i

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

hello. my 2001 530i stalled, didnt start, eventually started and accelerated
to around 4000 rpms, with lots of blueish smoke out the pipe. upon
inspection i realized it was running dry on oil. after adding 4 qt of oil i drove
it and it smoked for 2 miles, but next 20 miles car barely smokes and still
no check engine light or any warning lights. im wondering if permanent
damage has been done? can it be checked relatively easy? what would it
cost to rebuild? im in massachusetts. thanks

2 Answers

232,615

Might be the Crankcase valve and hoses that are faulty and or blocked, one of the symptoms is high consumption of oil. Get the car into a BMW independent mechanic so they can take a look at it ASAP, keep checking the oil level in the meantime. Running that low on oil it's hard to say if any real damage was done. Hope for the best. To install a new or rebuild engine will be more than what the car is worth.

update- after driving for 50 miles today, check engine light came on and car does smoke especially if driven 30 mph+. not constantly, but smells bad. barely noticeable if just idling.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Search BMW 5 Series Questions

BMW 5 Series Experts

#1 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 2,010
#2 Michael Branan
Michael Branan
Reputation 780
#3 Robert Charlson
Robert Charlson
Reputation 680
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used BMW 3 Series
973 Great Deals out of 33,361 listings starting at $1,000
Used BMW 7 Series
188 Great Deals out of 6,022 listings starting at $2,999
Used Mercedes-Benz E-Class
376 Great Deals out of 21,751 listings starting at $699
Used BMW X5
426 Great Deals out of 16,438 listings starting at $2,000
Used Mercedes-Benz C-Class
476 Great Deals out of 28,694 listings starting at $1,499
Used BMW M5
14 Great Deals out of 636 listings starting at $13,495
Used Audi A6
140 Great Deals out of 6,507 listings starting at $999
Used BMW M3
38 Great Deals out of 1,709 listings starting at $4,544
Used Mercedes-Benz S-Class
129 Great Deals out of 6,544 listings starting at $1,200
Used Audi A4
191 Great Deals out of 10,813 listings starting at $700
Used Honda Accord
717 Great Deals out of 87,000 listings starting at $1,250

Used Cars For Sale

2017 BMW 5 Series 530i For Sale
921 listings starting at $51,212