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      11-05-2012, 11:13 PM   #1
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Is my car overheating (2011 E92) w/pics

I have started to notice that my 2011 E92 328 reaches over 250 on the temperature gauge. This is during my normal commute home, 45 minutes with LA traffic (AC on). I'm not redlining my car.

Should I take it in to the dealer?


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      11-05-2012, 11:20 PM   #2
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230-250/60 is totally normal for a N52. What was it running before?
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      11-05-2012, 11:36 PM   #3
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Remember that is oil temp, not water. So it won't be ~200 F, which is why 250 is the middle of the gauge.
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      11-06-2012, 02:00 AM   #4
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I think it's safe to say that you're fine.
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      11-06-2012, 03:28 AM   #5
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that's too hot!

mine is always sitting at 240F fully warmed up since the day I bought it. It has never landed on 250 dead even or gone beyond that. And I have a N54 with two smokin' hot turbos.
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      11-06-2012, 06:09 AM   #6
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that's too hot!

mine is always sitting at 240F fully warmed up since the day I bought it. It has never landed on 250 dead even or gone beyond that. And I have a N54 with two smokin' hot turbos.
OP, do not listen to this guy, and enjoy your car...
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      11-06-2012, 08:25 AM   #7
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2008 328i here, I've had mixed observations with mine (which I think is because we see seasonal changes clearly here in MI). On normal days where it's not very hot mine hovers a notch below the center mark. I have seen it creep up over 250 on a few instances when I'm pushing the car or when it's extremely warm outside. Idle with A/C on in hot weather is usually the worst. Nowadays, the weather's cooled of quite a bit, so it's always 1-2 notches below 250 for me.

Also related - on the warmest day this summer, when my temp. stayed over 250 frequently, my thermostat heater circuit conked out. The stat itself worked fine but the heating element inside it that opens it wider during high-speed WOT conditions failed (P code 0599). May have been a coincidence, but it's easy to imagine how the stat may be compromised if the engine is spending too much time over 250 C oil temp..
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I always find it weird that these cars' oil temps run so high normally. Just not used to it. My old Corvette without an oil cooler would run 190-200 in normal driving. I understand the N54 running that high but the N52 as well? Interesting.
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      11-06-2012, 09:20 AM   #9
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That's normal. My car has an n54 and 250 is normal. When I'm pushing the car, temps can get up to 270.
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328's have the temp gauge?
i have a 328, why dont i have it?
can someone please tell my why
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      11-06-2012, 10:24 AM   #11
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328's have the temp gauge?
i have a 328, why dont i have it?
can someone please tell my why
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Thats what I was thinking too.... My 335 has never even hit the 250 mark and I drove it across the country.
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      11-06-2012, 10:32 AM   #12
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I would take it to the dealer just to log a service ticket - who knows, but it wouldn't hurt to see if they find anything.
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      11-06-2012, 10:40 AM   #13
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meh dont worry about it, 250 or just below is normal. My temps have been to 270 and above (limp mode) but the limp mode was at the track
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I would take it to the dealer just to log a service ticket - who knows, but it wouldn't hurt to see if they find anything.
Like going to the Dr. with a cold. Your'e fine, 250 is in the middle of the gauge for a reason. Mine creeps past that on occasion.

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      11-06-2012, 11:07 AM   #15
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Im running the same car in the same temps outside with about the same amount of miles and ive never been at 250 and im in FL not even in the summer, I would at least call your SA and be like its running a little warmer then normal and maybe have them check it out. Cant hurt.
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have had my babyfor 4 yrs now & have not seen it over 250.
Should check out with your SA.
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      11-06-2012, 12:53 PM   #17
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You are perfectly fine. Keep on driving the car.
The oil temp will increase noticeably when you drag a 3500lb trailer over the Alps and drive wide open in second or third gear for a considerable amount of time whilst trying to maintain a constant speed on a steep incline. But the engine will perform just fine...
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      11-06-2012, 01:34 PM   #18
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Well he should at least have it looked at. Others with 328s say they have water temp gauge in that location and I recall one loaner with an economy gauge there.
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Like going to the Dr. with a cold. Your'e fine, 250 is in the middle of the gauge for a reason. Mine creeps past that on occasion.
I guess I am of the opinion that if it's under warranty, it doesn't hurt to have your SA check it - not anything out of your pocket. Furthermore, it's documented in the event there are future issues.
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      11-06-2012, 01:42 PM   #20
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Well he should at least have it looked at. Others with 328s say they have water temp gauge in that location and I recall one loaner with an economy gauge there.
My 328i has an oil temperature gauge. I think it's because it's a 2-door. OP, mine has been near the middle but never at the middle. I too have a 2011.
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Your temp will rise like that if there is no airflow going to the Oil Cooler(different story if you're tracking). Stop and go traffic can cause your oil temp to rise.
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      11-06-2012, 01:57 PM   #22
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bottom of the barrel base model 328's dont have the oil temp gauge there. they get an analog mpg needle like some of the old school bmw's.
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