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Old 10-06-2011, 10:44 AM   #21
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There's no debate. BMWs require preventative maintenance on their cooling systems. Period
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Old 10-06-2011, 10:54 AM   #22
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Arrogant and close-minded is a poor combination. Welcome to my ignore list, sir.
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Ok I'll put my 2 cents in again. If you like spending money to prevent something that might happen, go right ahead it's your money! If you don't, then take solice in the fact that my 01 330ci is at 166K miles with only 2 thermostat changes at 60 & 120K and a water pump change at 120K because it was actually leaking. Everything else in the cooling system is original. Just because one or a few people have a failure, doesn't mean we all must go out and replace everything! Hell if this your approach, you should just lease a new car every three years and forgetaboutit when it comes to maintenance! This is the problem with the web in that right or wrong is clouded by certain opinions that can spread like wildfire and become gospel. Oh, don't tell anybody, I use Prestone and doh I use Syntec 5-50! and on and on
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Old 10-06-2011, 11:10 AM   #24
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I don't know about you, but I don't like to be stranded. Do you not read the mountains of cooling system failure threads we get here on an almost daily basis? In the grand scheme of things, is $500 seriously too much to spend every 80k miles? I'm sorry if it is!
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Old 10-06-2011, 11:16 AM   #25
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BMWs require preventative maintenance on their cooling systems.
That is incorrect, unless you can show a BMW document indicating so.
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Old 10-06-2011, 11:19 AM   #26
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That is incorrect, unless you can show a BMW document indicating so.
No, but I can show you a pink house from a very manly fanatic in London!
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Old 10-06-2011, 04:19 PM   #27
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umm, I'm gonna have to disagree with that.

My old car had this happen and I have seen it on others.

Why would it be hard for them both to leak at the same time?

Yes, it can happen, but is very very rare. The thermostat and water pump are different parts and fail differently. Yes, you may have had this happen to you, but that does not make it a common occurrence. When evaluating situations you have to look at the overall picture and not take your own situation as being everyone experience. If you read the many posts on cooling system failures, you will usually only find 1 item broke or sprung a leak.
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