Radiator took a shit...

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  1. Deleted Items

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    I was driving home last night and it looked as if my car was over heating. I was almost home, less than 1/2 a block. So I pull into the garage and open the hood, steam rolls out and water is dripping from all over. The radiator broke right were the upper hose connects.:mad:
    Any way of repairing this other than getting a new radiator? Any place to get a good price on a new one?
    I drive a 98 BMW 328i.

    Thanks for any help.
     
  2. deusexaethera

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    Don't bother trying to fix a broken radiator; you're asking for it to break again, this time in a very inconvenient place, like Montana.

    There's gotta be aftermarket/OEM wholesale places that sell radiators for your car, but since the car cannot run for more than a few minutes without coolant, don't you think it would be better to get it fixed at the dealer, where you will at least have a solid, enforceable warranty?
     
  3. Blair

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    The Zionesville Autosport is nice since it's all aluminum. The common issues of 2 piece radiators won't happen with this... like cracking end tanks and radiator necks. It's well worth the money in my opinion.
     
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    ChosenGSR Mama always said you'd be the chosen one

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    Yes and no, for that price you can replace your OEM replacement radiator about 3 times. :dunno:
     
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    Peace of mind has a price. What's it worth is another question. To me, the cost was well justified.
     
  8. Blair

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    so apparently time is worth nothing.
     
  9. Necromancer

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    Depends on how you look at it.

    I have a 2000 328i and recently replaced the whole cooling system for some preventive maintence. Now, word is the cooling system in BMW's last about 70-90k miles depending on the given situation (Driving habbits, what time of day, stop and go traffic and many countless varibles)

    Let's say the radiator goes at 70k miles and replace it with an OEM. Do you think you're going to keep the car for another 70k miles? Sure, there could be the chance of the new radiator going after 10k miles but what are the chances? Slim.

    I say just go OEM unless you redline ALOT and drive during peak temperatures.
     
  10. ChosenGSR

    ChosenGSR Mama always said you'd be the chosen one

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    :werd: or the car is being tracked. I am the one to usually get better quality parts for my e36 M3, but that's because I race it as well. More expensive is not always the right choice.
     
  11. ChosenGSR

    ChosenGSR Mama always said you'd be the chosen one

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    some of us do maintenance as a hobby :dunno:
     
  12. Necromancer

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    True.

    Don't know too much about e36's but the radiators on e46's are quite reliable as far as tracking them go. Most people stick with the OEMs unless they are doing more then just simple autox (series racing)

    My e46 = subframe tearing :hsr:
     
  13. ChosenGSR

    ChosenGSR Mama always said you'd be the chosen one

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    e36s have subframe tearing issues as well, however I believe the M models were reinforced from the factory. I used to own a 330ci zhp as well :)
     
  14. Nihilation

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    I owned a 93 325is that I tracked a lot.

    [​IMG]

    The first mods I did to the car before even getting on the autoX or circuit track was to have RRT reinforce the subframes. I also tossed in a Z3 quick ratio steering rack(linear rate 2.7 turns lock to lock vs progressive 3.2 lock to lock of the M3), had all new bushings put in, M3 control arms, RRT custom valved Bilsteins and H&R springs with reversed strut hats, etc. This car was like a go-kart when it was all said and done. So neutral, so responsive. The E36 is such an awesome chassis!

    On to E36 problems:
    plastic impellers on the water pumps break
    plastic coolant inlet pipe necks crack and break
    the plastic end tanks separate or the inlet neck cracks off
    oil pump nut failures resulting in blown engines
    non-M cars subframes tearing
    steering rack hoses leaking

    The list goes on, however, the car is still one of the best ever!
     
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  15. ChosenGSR

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    That's a good looking 3. The oil pump nut shit scares me :noes:
     
  16. deusexaethera

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    Funny how Euros have all these problems, but so many people are willing to write them off as just being minor glitches, isn't it? I guess it's because their cars are so good to start with, that people figure the level of performance is bound to break stuff from time to time.
     
  17. ChosenGSR

    ChosenGSR Mama always said you'd be the chosen one

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    I wouldn't say "write them off". I am well aware of the maintenance that my BMW requires. I am also well aware that if I had a Honda I wouldn't have to worry about anything, as I have had one for years as well. However I will trade in that worry for the pleasure I get driving my BMW. I don't even have to be on the track to appreciate my M3.
     
  18. deusexaethera

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    My point exactly. You're not upset about the maintenance because the BMW is simply better at being a car than your Honda is.

    Just noting the odd behavior, that's all.
     
  19. Necromancer

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    I'm selling my BMW for a toyota or a honda :fawk:
     
  20. Tvan

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    With higher performace, more frequent and expensive matinence should be expected. However, almost every model of car has commonly known issues, sometimes they just take longer to become problems. Consider that most of the problems that the E36 is known for are usually the result of high mileage and abuse.
     
  21. deusexaethera

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    Hell yes. I like fixing stuff; it gives me a sense of satisfaction that simply buying stuff can't provide.

    It's all about actualizing the free will.
     
  22. deusexaethera

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    Stop rationalizing and trying to justify something that I already agree with you about.
     
  23. m3ntal

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    a new replacement radiator costs like $137 dollars if you look at the right places...check out bimmparts.com ..parts are usually shipped the same or next day...
     

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