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    Need advice on engine sound

    I'm looking to buy this BMW off Craigslist, the engine sounds funny to me. Please help I added a video clip

    hered the Craigslist ad

    https://jacksonville.craigslist.org/...379223930.html


    Video - https://drive.google.com/open?id=1i_...4b7nvDJoA2rkxT

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joeytrombley View Post
    I'm looking to buy this BMW off Craigslist, the engine sounds funny to me. Please help I added a video clip

    hered the Craigslist ad

    https://jacksonville.craigslist.org/...379223930.html


    Video - https://drive.google.com/open?id=1i_...4b7nvDJoA2rkxT
    Sounds like it needs the valves adjusted or could be low on oil?

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    +1 on out of adjustment valves,

    The 1986 325e I just bought sounded exactly the same way. Once I adjusted the valves it was much quieter but, these motor still seem to sound like a sewing machine even when adjusted properly.
    "Life is too Short to drive boring cars"


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    Sounds pretty bad, but a good adjustment should fix that.
    Check when the timing belt has been replaced for the last time if you're planning on checking the car out.
    Should be done every 5 years, or 60k miles. Whichever comes first. The engine is toast if it snaps.
    ^ true story



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