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Old 05-31-2009, 02:04 AM   #1
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Default Oil Leak

Hi, im new at the the 318 website. I just purchased a 1997 318ti today. the car was unbelivably good looking. and at a price i could not pass up at only 2200 dollars. the car has 160xxx miles on it. when i drove the car away on the test drive it had a minor oil leak. i am wondering if anyone else has this problem at this millage?

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Where's the leak? Could be a simple or not so simple.
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Hi and welcome!

Buying a '97 ti seems like a good decision - particularly for that price

Like cali-ti said, it's hard to tell much about the leak without knowing where it is.

M44s are known for developing certain oil leaks. The most common is the valve cover gasket - though it's usually more of a seep than a full leak. This leak can get oil into the plug holes, which isn't a good thing

Another common oil leak on M44s is the filter housing. I think this can also be done as a relatively simple DIY project.

These are some of the common oil leaks on ti's, hopefully the engine was clean enough for you to be able to pinpoint the source of the leak...
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I can confirm that I've had the car for about 4 years and finally decided to locate the slow oil leak I've had for the entire time. Mechanic replaced the oil filter housing gasket and the crank gasket (I think). I'll report but he thinks one or both of these caused the problem.
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