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Old 11-05-2012, 08:42 PM   #13541
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:42 PM   #13542
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Since snow is in the forecast, my '03 325xi got its Continental Extreme Winter Contacts mounted on the stock alloys installed this afternoon and the summer tires and wheels cleaned and stored in the garage.
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:51 PM   #13543
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Old 11-05-2012, 09:03 PM   #13544
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Changed my plugs. These things are hammered. Were NGK Iridium's ever a stock plug on a 2002 330?
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Old 11-05-2012, 09:30 PM   #13545
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Cowl installed. Big relief! Been wanting to do it ever since I bought the car.

I tried installing the new cowl with the OLD white clips still in the car. no wonder why it wouldn't fit.

Everything is perfect except the hood insulation strip has shrunken over the years and is about 1/3rd inch too short on either side. so it doesn't look right.

And as always, never used any special tools to ever take BMW wipers off. Just press down near where it attaches to the car and wiggle up and down.
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Old 11-05-2012, 09:31 PM   #13546
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bought an expansion tank, and upper radiator hose today. both of the originals failed last night.
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Old 11-05-2012, 11:52 PM   #13547
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bought an expansion tank, and upper radiator hose today. both of the originals failed last night.
replacing only those two parts?
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Old 11-06-2012, 12:15 AM   #13548
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I've seen your thread on replacing everything, but right now I can't quite buy all the parts on that list. I got those two things to get the car running again. After this semester I'll start piecing a new coolant system together.

I guess I have a question though.
So, I've replaced all of the belts, pullies, tensioners, and the expansion tank and upper hose tomorrow. All that I see left that absolutely needs replacing is the radiator, water pump, thurmostat, and lower hose. right?
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Old 11-06-2012, 12:18 AM   #13549
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Off the top of my head pretty much. pulleys and belts are extremely important. good you're doing those at least.
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Old 11-06-2012, 12:41 AM   #13550
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Off the top of my head pretty much. pulleys and belts are extremely important. good you're doing those at least.
Yeah I learned about tensioners failing the hard way. I was on the highway when a tensioner seized/exploded, and my belts got shredded in the fan. It might be a little extreme, but I replace all the tensioners/pulleys/belts when I start to hear one squeak.

So how often have you seen a radiator fail? The reason I ask is because that's the most expensive part, and I'd rather not shell out the cash on it if it isn't absolutely necessary. My car has 114,400 miles on it btw.
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:02 AM   #13551
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Yeah I learned about tensioners failing the hard way. I was on the highway when a tensioner seized/exploded, and my belts got shredded in the fan. It might be a little extreme, but I replace all the tensioners/pulleys/belts when I start to hear one squeak.

So how often have you seen a radiator fail? The reason I ask is because that's the most expensive part, and I'd rather not shell out the cash on it if it isn't absolutely necessary. My car has 114,400 miles on it btw.
Mine failed at 68,000. Replace it.
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:06 AM   #13552
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At 114,xxx radiator might have been replaced already as I purchased my car with 110,xxx and it was already replaced with a simmens one, definitely a possibility but if it hasn't been replaced I would replace it I think radiator is about 150 no?
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:26 AM   #13553
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damn... 68k is way soon. Kinda reminds me of how my transmission failed at 64k

I am the original owner, and it hasn't been replaced yet, but I guess I should based on these replies.
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:47 AM   #13554
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Ok.. Kind of a scare tonight. It's 43F and wet out, as I was pulling out of work, I heard a squeak and then my radiator light came on.

I got it pulled over right away, shut it off and the light went away when I turned the key over. I checked the tank the best I could in limited light, found little coolant in there. I keep a jug in the trunk thankfully. Filled it and got it home.. Wtf is going on?!

How often do you guys add coolant? I thought this was supposed to be a sealed system.
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:48 AM   #13555
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At 114,xxx radiator might have been replaced already as I purchased my car with 110,xxx and it was already replaced with a simmens one, definitely a possibility but if it hasn't been replaced I would replace it I think radiator is about 150 no?
I have a Behr radiator in mine, got it for $150ish w/ lifetime warranty.
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Old 11-06-2012, 04:08 AM   #13556
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Old 11-06-2012, 10:51 AM   #13557
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Ah, you'll have to ask site admin for that. I only handout DMAX stickers!

As far as the radiator, guys, there's really no typical mileage failure point. I've seen them range widely. At that point just take a note how everything else plastic is surviving in your engine bay. If things tend to be dry-rotted out, it's probably a good idea to be proactive and not reactive about the radiator.

Good thing is the E46 radiator typically doesn't catastrophically fail. Will usually give you a warning or slow leaking or seeping
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Old 11-06-2012, 10:52 AM   #13558
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Ok.. Kind of a scare tonight. It's 43F and wet out, as I was pulling out of work, I heard a squeak and then my radiator light came on.

I got it pulled over right away, shut it off and the light went away when I turned the key over. I checked the tank the best I could in limited light, found little coolant in there. I keep a jug in the trunk thankfully. Filled it and got it home.. Wtf is going on?!

How often do you guys add coolant? I thought this was supposed to be a sealed system.
You should know better by now! Things can't seal if they're rotted out. At this age and mileage, everything is rotted out. Replace it!
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Old 11-06-2012, 11:15 AM   #13559
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Just replace every part on car because of a couple other people having issues. That way if you ever blow an engine or seat you can put your old one in until you buy new again sometimes maintenance can be taken too far. If your changing rad might as well do heater core and all lines

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Old 11-06-2012, 11:19 AM   #13560
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Ordered the parts for a cooling system overhaul on my 2004 325Ci vert. I bought the car a month ago and have watched the temp gauge continuously since then. The car has 95,000 miles on it, and it's due. (Past due maybe, but it was a Florida car, and didn't suffer the temperature extremes (cold) that we get in Kentucky.) The plastics seem to be holding up, but 13 years is a long life for plastic parts. Btw Mango, the parts price for the overhaul is now above $500, and I sourced them through 3 suppliers.
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