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Old 12-30-2012, 07:50 AM   #1
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Old 12-30-2012, 07:55 AM   #2
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You can use other coolants but genuine BMW coolant is only a few dollars more so I just stick with that.
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Old 12-30-2012, 08:37 AM   #3
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Why are you looking for an alternative? It's hard to beat the BMW-brand coolant.
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Old 12-30-2012, 08:42 AM   #5
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Old 12-30-2012, 09:35 AM   #6
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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).
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Here's the best thread I've seen yet on coolant:

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

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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.
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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.
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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.
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Zerex G-05 or Mercedes Benz coolant.
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Volvo coolant is same as BMW.
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Prestone/Supertech Long life work perfectly well. Flush every 2 years and you will be OK.
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Thanks for the advices... I may just stick with bmw coolant.

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

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

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