BMW E53 oil from Exhaust

Asked by Nov 17, 2018 at 07:44 AM about the 2002 BMW X5 3.0i AWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair


I am hoping I can pick some brains!

I have a 3litre turbo diesel 2002 X5, while I was driving the revs dipped and
white smoke started coming out of the exhaust and by white smoke i mean
the whole road was covered.

I got it recovered home and there was no oil or water in the engine at all. I
refilled it and ran it. The white smoke came out straight away but after about
10 minutes oil started pouring out of the exhaust. While it was running it did
not overheat and the turbo was replaced with a new one about 20k ago.

I'm thinking the white smoke is head gasket but was more worried about the


1 Answer


The oil and water chambers in the head are very close together. My thoughts are the head gasket. A compression test of the cylinders would confirm this if you go that route. Good Luck!

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