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I have a 535d and we have just inadvertently driven through

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I have a 535d and we have just inadvertently driven through water that looked like it was a couple of inches deep and turned out to be about 18 inches - the car stalled just as we came out of the water and eventually restarted but is now running poorly and making a clicking noise as it runs - power seems ok and the engine noise seems better at higher revs but defo not right. I am on holiday in Scotland and need to know whether it's ok to drive back to London or get the RAC to recover the vehicle.
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This is definitely not okay to drive. Have it checked out immediately. You likely have water in the engine or electronics
His is definitely not okay to drive
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Ok that's very clear thank you - so should I call the RAC to tow the car to my local garage? Can you give me any indication as to the likely damage or is it too difficult to call? Your honesty is appreciated.
It is hard to predict how water intake may impact a car but I would suspect that water has been pulled into the engine and that some engine sensors or other electronics.