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325i BMW emitting white smoke

I have a 2005 325i BMW. There is white smoke coming from the tailpipe when I come to a stop and idle and there is a smell of burning plastic.

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  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2014

    it's burning 2 quarts of oil a month

  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2014

    my bmw is using alot of oil and white smoke is coming from the tailpipe

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You are smelling burning antifreeze. likely a head gasket but only testing will determine that for sure...Do not drive it. get it to a shop or more damage is likely.

Posted on Mar 18, 2009

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Hi good day I am working on a BMW 320i out of japan I am getting white smoke and the exhaust is wet what cause it to happen ?the plugs burning white.


White smoke from the tailpipe is usually attributable to an engine combusting either antifreeze or water. Black smoke is caused by burning too much fuel and blue smoke is caused by burning oil...So I would say that your BMW is burning coolant of some kind. Does it smoke all the time the engine is running or just when it is cold?

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What causes white smoke from tailpipes?


head gasket ,burning water .could be a inlet manifold gasket as well

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Hi to all.I am thinking of buying a 2nd hand 2013 Suzuki APV SGX 1.6l Automatic with 19,000km mileage only. Everything is tiptop but when the engine is on, very visible white smoke comes out from tailpipe...


Is this your first car, or first year driving in winter?
are you in USA or canada? (we are a USA forum here so???)
if yes, Suzuki is chapter 11, here and getting many parts are a PAIN.
big pain. dont buy SUzuki cars. , in N.America. bingo !
but my guess you are not here, in USA or N.America
but are far from here, right? km is canada or outside here.

and x2 never buy smoking engines.
(i do but for dirty cheap and fix em)

white smoke smells like burning smoke, RUN,, lingers.long time it does.
Fast dissipated smoke, (it's not smoke sorry!)
is steam it's normal all cars do that and more cold, weather. all fuels burns to water as a byproduct of combustion, but will smell like exhaust only. (carbon and exh. smell, all very normal)
but if the steam continues, and smells of antifreeze and nasty
sweet smel,l RUN.

buy a Nissan. or Honda. never any Suzuki ever.
the question is ,where next will they go bankrupt. hummmmmmmmmmm

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Why is a very strong gas smell coming from my tailpipe?


White smoke is water vapor and in this cold climate it is normal. Strong gas smell is not normal although you may smell some while engine is warming up. Bad cat converter can produce smells, but usually more like rotten eggs. If engine is running rough and seems rich, check coolant temp sensor. Bad converter can cause stalling too. Otherwise, idle speed is controlled by idle air contol motor which can get dirty and stick. Any codes set?

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White smoke and odd smell from tailpipe


maybe a rodent crawled in and it got way up into it and is stuck and it will be a while till it gets burned out? no clue. see a mechanis

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Thick white smoke out of tailpipe. No power loss. smells like oil burning


start with seal valve but try do this Replace your engine oil to 20/50 synthetic Valvoline .and add oil stop smoke . i hop for you the best .

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There is white smoke coming out the tailpipe no smell of antifreeze


If it doesn't smell like sweet then you most likely got a bad tank of gas. Just to be safe keep an eye on your engine temp. and coolant levels.

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I have a 2001 ford ranger and white smoke is coming from my tailpipe that smells like gas


your tail pipe is always going to smell like gas the white smoke is oil being burned from worn out valve guides or rings.

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White smoke when reved up. No loss of fluids or coolant in the oil. Just oil-like smell burning out the tailpipe with big puff of white smoke


White smoke on startup could be a head gasket leak between the water jacket and the cylinder. Won't always show in the oil. Antifreeze makes it smell oily or sweet. Compression test will tell for sure. Bluish is oil that was burned. White is usually water or oil into exhaust after combustion.

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2005 325i with a lot of white smoke coming from the tailpipe.


Yes, the best way to determine if you've blown a head gasket, it to use the diagnos # 4 gas analyser or smog test analyser- (the tube that goes up the tail pipe), place the wand near the radiator. if the wand reads finds CO in the cooling system ,100% blown head gasket

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