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Rattle followed by white smoke!

Hi all,

I need yet more advice from this amazing knowledge base.  My car is the
infamous '82 2.2i A100, with the 5-cyl WC engine.

I was driving home on a short run, and whilst accelerating, at about
4000rpm, there was a rattle from the engine, followed by a large puff of
white smoke. No power loss, and the engine is not loosing any water.

The engine has only previously done this at a steady crusing speed on the
motorway, at about the same engine speed.  (only rattle is less pronounced
due to wind noise).

The engine will smoke alot if I engage a low gear down a long hill, or
similarly engine braking. Also at about 4000rpm.

Is my engine dying?  It's only done 145,100m.  I was expecting to see 200k.
I normally only accelerate to 3000 - 3500 rpm max before changing.  So I
haven't mis treated it badly.  I never accelerate hard or go above 3000 when

What do I do?  Shall I just go out and buy a new A8 4.2 Quattro? :-)



P.S. Anybody know of any independent Mitsubishi Owner Clubs, US or UK?
82 Audi 100 5E 2144cc inj (145k still squirting carb cleaner into the regulator)
84 Mitsubishi Galant Turbo (96k getting rustier, I'll have to paint it brown!)
80 Rover 2600S SDI(46k head not fixed yet, the Audi's taking up all my time!)
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