Customer: Hi, name is ***** *****. I have a 97 BMW 528i with 278k on it. It's been taken care of but in need of some work. Last night I started it up and sluggish for a few revs and then cleared out but once I got home noticed it was smoking from exhaust and water leaking out and never happened before. It doesn't leak any oil and no running hot issues, etc I do need to change flywheel and belts. plugs, vavle cover gasket, etc. I just tried to start and it won't turn over at all. Like it's locked up. Never replaced starter but.....?
JA: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?
Customer: The car has been rattling a bit lately but gets better after it warms up but I think this could be the vanos and I have a kit to replace rings, etc. It is temperamental in the sense that it has to run for 10 mins at least or it will cause check engine
light to come on but you can stop turn off car and back on and resets and runs fine.
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