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Old 08-18-2012, 12:45 AM   #81
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I don't think the radiator would make the car run cooler unless you had a lower temp therm. A regular therm would be able to control temps within an 'approved range.' That said, I'm sure you folks with turbos run much hotter, so maybe the regular therm isn't good enough for you, but a 'regular' radiator would.

I agree we have a pressure releasing ET cap, which usually doesn't work before the regular ET cracks open. If you have aluminum radiator and aluminum ET...I was just saying that the build up in pressure could be greater with 'iron clad' system.

Do you guys who run FI and have stock radiators have issues with cooling? I don't frequent FI, coz I'm slow!
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Old 03-05-2013, 04:57 PM   #82
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I found this on ebay lately. Looks Promising...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/ALUMINUM-RAC...477e61&vxp=mtr
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Old 03-06-2013, 03:19 PM   #83
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I would love for somebody to buy one and let us know. The company has EBay's highest rating. We also need the expansion tank with the coolant level indicator in aluminum as well.

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Old 03-07-2013, 07:53 AM   #84
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I found this on ebay lately. Looks Promising...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/ALUMINUM-RAC...477e61&vxp=mtr
is it really bolt-on?
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Old 03-07-2013, 10:27 AM   #85
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is it really bolt-on?
Someone needs to be the guinea pig, buy one and install it, then
post here their experience.
I still would want an aluminum expansion tank, though.

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Old 03-07-2013, 02:37 PM   #86
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It looks exactly like a M3 radiator. I have one myself and I can tell its a m3 radiator.
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Old 03-07-2013, 04:10 PM   #87
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It looks exactly like a M3 radiator. I have one myself and I can tell its a m3 radiator.
One photo - need to see the rest of them.

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Old 03-07-2013, 10:42 PM   #88
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One photo - need to see the rest of them.

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Old 04-07-2013, 04:35 AM   #89
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Just bought this:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-E46-323-...8b117e&vxp=mtr

Hoping the fit is what they claim, and not the picture (which looks more like an M3 radiator?). They are local to me however, so I'm gonna give them a call on Monday.
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Old 04-07-2013, 03:17 PM   #90
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Examine it carefully. If you can find a junk E46 Non-M radiator to compare it with would be the best. I hope that this is a good one. We still need a better expansion tank. Thank you for helping our community.

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Old 04-15-2013, 01:18 AM   #91
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So any word on the fitment?

Crossing fingers bc i have the dreaded plastic leak =\ Granted i am at 280k
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So any word on the fitment?

Crossing fingers bc i have the dreaded plastic leak =\ Granted i am at 280k
My zionsville works great
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Old 04-15-2013, 01:45 AM   #93
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If someone would like to donate the 1k for a zionsville i would be all about it. I just dont understand why it is neccesary to spend that much on a radiator... i am just looking for something that is not going to break off when i hit a pothole *stock radiator fail*. Also on a side note there is no where near that much in the budget for the cooling overhall anyways =(
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http://www.fluidyne.com/products_rad...w.html#FHP1101

this would be for a manual transmission. i know he had trouble test fitting the e46 m3 properly but i do believe they were successful with the m54. cost should be around $700.
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Hello guys, I have the same problem a leak ... I found where is the leak and it's because the radiator is broken near one of hoses. There is a crack.
So I don't want to have the same problem and like you, try to find an aluminium radiator, but for a e46 328i not an m3.

And maybe I found one ... there is an hole for the expansive tank.
but still hesitate

http://www.ebay.com/itm/140702659948...S:1123&vxp=mtr_nr_
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Any news on a potential solution? I just e-mailed Fluidyne to see if they have one yet.
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Any news on a potential solution? I just e-mailed Fluidyne to see if they have one yet.
On my side, I bought the one I gave the link.
I'm waiting it arrives at home.

And will see if it's fit without modify anything.
But it's the only one (except zionsville) which looks like oem radiator.
And I asked picture, size, before buy it.
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5 pages and yet no one can agree on an aluminum radiator that's reasonably priced.

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On my side, I bought the one I gave the link.
I'm waiting it arrives at home.

And will see if it's fit without modify anything.
But it's the only one (except zionsville) which looks like oem radiator.
And I asked picture, size, before buy it.
I bought it, tried to install, but it didn't fit well.
it left no space for my cooler fan.
So I bought a new brand radiator.
And I'm currently trying to give this aluminium radiator for free.
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