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The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

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Old 09-26-2010, 01:50 PM   #1
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aluminum radiator for xi

I'm replacing my hoses and radiator on my 2001 325xiT with manual transmisison, with 94,000 miles. I'm thinking of going aluminum, and know that while expensive, the Zion$ville radiator is a drop-in replacement.

Are there any cheaper alternatives to the Zion$ville radiator that are also drop-in? I've heard of Mishimoto, but a search didn't give me a definitive answer on how well it fit, and if the expansion tank could attach as factory.

Thanks for any help,
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Old 09-26-2010, 02:46 PM   #2
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Behr, $140...0E based on what I know. My original went 190K...properly maintained, why think of spending 5 times that on something known to go the distance? Whenever folks try to do better...8/10 times, they don't (I'm making up stats. to support my hypothesis!).

You'll want that money for other things on car...and go 0E whenever you can on critical components and you'll never complain. Search every control arm/bushing/water pump/therm/fluid thread...every one...someone loves, someone hates...My lowly 99.44% stock car is amazing...don't know what cars others are driving that they're not happy with stock handling (other than dedicated racers), but I suspect in many cases, it's getting older bmws not well maintained at all...and thus sucked at the mods probably improved the situation over it topic here.

Not seeing any reason for an all aluminum radiator...for the little extra it might've taken bmw to make them that way, I suspect they would have if there was any reason for it...190K miles on mine makes me think you can't improve much on engineering like that.

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Old 10-15-2010, 10:21 AM   #3
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Old 10-15-2010, 11:38 AM   #4
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Radiators are not the problem, everyone carries the plastic-tank replacements. I was asking about aluminum radiators.

I opted to go with an oem plastic-tank replacement.
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