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erlstifen 12-30-2012 07:50 AM

Alternative coolant for E46?
 
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330iPilot 12-30-2012 07:55 AM

You can use other coolants but genuine BMW coolant is only a few dollars more so I just stick with that.

jfoj 12-30-2012 08:37 AM

Also use distilled water, DO NOT USE tap water.

LeMansteve 12-30-2012 08:41 AM

Why are you looking for an alternative? It's hard to beat the BMW-brand coolant.

zhenkaaaM3 12-30-2012 08:42 AM

No difference. 50/50 prestone

Sweetness 12-30-2012 09:35 AM

Zerex G-05

wildirish317 12-30-2012 10:13 AM

Here's the best thread I've seen yet on coolant:

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...errerid=227595
:read:

dmax 12-30-2012 10:47 AM

JPR also had a great post on coolant somewhere...

From what I know, it's OE or G-05, but just yesterday saw a BMW coolant bottle posted here that had a typo...said Volvo in one instruction and BMW in another...so some Volvo coolant would work too, I suppose.

It should be a $25 investment every few years. I have to do mine...will plan on it in the spring when I put in a new WP just to be safe(r).

LeMansteve 12-30-2012 11:23 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dmax (Post 15017859)
yesterday saw a BMW coolant bottle posted here that had a typo...said Volvo in one instruction and BMW in another...so some Volvo coolant would work too, I suppose.

I would not assume Volvo coolant is the same. Based on the thread you mention, I would only assume the bottle manufacturer made a printing error. They may make coolant and/or bottles for Volvo and BMW, but that does not mean the coolants specs are identical.

Zell 12-30-2012 11:28 AM

Zerex G-05 or Mercedes Benz coolant.

RoOs 12-30-2012 11:29 AM

Volvo coolant is same as BMW.

Grande D 12-30-2012 12:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sweetness (Post 15017782)
Zerex G-05

This.

Prestone is inferior. I've run an E46 with Prestone for 6 months, and when I did a full flush it was blowing chunks (that weren't there before).

wildirish317 12-30-2012 04:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LeMansteve (Post 15017906)
I would not assume Volvo coolant is the same. Based on the thread you mention, I would only assume the bottle manufacturer made a printing error. They may make coolant and/or bottles for Volvo and BMW, but that does not mean the coolants specs are identical.

It's most likely the label supplier who's at fault. I used to work in a distillery, and we purchased labels from one supplier, bottles from another, caps from a third supplier, and glue from yet another supplier. Although, somebody at the bottling plant should have "proofed" the labels to make sure they are correct.

scarede46er 12-30-2012 05:11 PM

Prestone/Supertech Long life work perfectly well. Flush every 2 years and you will be OK.

erlstifen 12-30-2012 08:41 PM

Thanks for the advices... I may just stick with bmw coolant.

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TerraPhantm 12-30-2012 08:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LeMansteve (Post 15017906)
I would not assume Volvo coolant is the same. Based on the thread you mention, I would only assume the bottle manufacturer made a printing error. They may make coolant and/or bottles for Volvo and BMW, but that does not mean the coolants specs are identical.

Volvo coolant is G48, so chances are it's the same as the BMW stuff. I doubt it'd be significantly cheaper if at all.

The Volvo community isn't nearly as anal as the BMW community about coolant types.

erlstifen 12-30-2012 08:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wildirish317 (Post 15017817)
Here's the best thread I've seen yet on coolant:

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...errerid=227595
:read:

Thanks for this... It made me understand more the principle of it

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