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Old 05-04-2010, 08:46 PM   #1
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expansion tank delema

so i bought an expansion tank off ebay from a parts supplier in america. the expansion tank arrives and to my horror there is an extra hole. apparently this is for euro spec 318i? is there such a thing as euro spec 318i? and does it have a diffferent cooling system. Long story short the seller is clearly not interested in paying for the return shipping to america. ill enclose the lunk and if anyone coudl point out where it blatently says this will not fit my car that would be great. I understand you have way more bmw knowledge than me so please try to think as a much simpler person.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...K%3AMEWNX%3AIT
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Old 05-04-2010, 09:11 PM   #2
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Old 05-04-2010, 09:23 PM   #4
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Hey, maybe they have the heater delete down under???
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Old 05-05-2010, 01:38 AM   #5
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The picture looks like the same one from my australian delivered 328iA which I just replaced with one from ECSTuning no problems.
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Old 05-05-2010, 04:56 AM   #6
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so i bought an expansion tank off ebay from a parts supplier in america. the expansion tank arrives and to my horror there is an extra hole. apparently this is for euro spec 318i? is there such a thing as euro spec 318i? and does it have a diffferent cooling system. Long story short the seller is clearly not interested in paying for the return shipping to america. ill enclose the lunk and if anyone coudl point out where it blatently says this will not fit my car that would be great. I understand you have way more bmw knowledge than me so please try to think as a much simpler person.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...K%3AMEWNX%3AIT
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I don't know your car, but from the ebay listing, I do not see your model listed...that's all I can say. Also, iirc, there is a tiny hole that the T-25 screw goes through to mount to the mounting bracket...I don't think you're talking about that extra hole...but just in case you are...
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hey guys, i cant get a pic atm but ill try to explain. Remove the splash cover and get under the car. looking at the expansion tank as its mounted with my legs sticking out the front of the car. There is an extra hole that clearly fits another hose. its on the wall facing the engine. the one in my car does not have this.
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just had another look. Looking at the ebay pic that tube sticking out of the side that you can see is what im on about.
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That's the same tank I installed in my car...yesterday. I don't know about AUS models, but it fit perfectly in my car. The tank has 6 holes total: fill hole, directly behind the fill hole is a hole for the upper radiator hose, half way down is that hole that you apparently don't have (don't know where this one leads), then there's the hole for the sensor, the large one that connects to the lower radiator, and the smaller one beside that used for the drain. I just checked realoem and there is a euro 318ti that uses that same tank (I checked the left hand drive model ?difference?). Unfortunately there's no AUS choice on realoem so I have no clue what you have/need.
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Does your heat work properly? Maybe someone bypassed a broken heater core?
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Old 05-06-2010, 11:29 PM   #12
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No picture - difficult to understand what you need. Do you have Auto or Manual ? I'm guessing it's for transsmission oil cooler, No?
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i never will understand why people buy sh1t off of ebay, you never know what you will get. granted the scamming isnt as bad as it used to be but come on. you saved 12 dollars compared to this http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-328...ling/ES253026/ something you know will work.
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i never will understand why people buy sh1t off of ebay, you never know what you will get. granted the scamming isnt as bad as it used to be but come on. you saved 12 dollars compared to this http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-328...ling/ES253026/ something you know will work.
thats the same tank that came in the mail. ill get pics tomorro
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thats the same tank that came in the mail. ill get pics tomorro
What are the specs on your car model and year.
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