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Old 10-19-2016, 02:15 PM   #1
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Fan clutch - which brand?

My son's BMW 325i (M56 engine) needs a new radiator, fan clutch (it is weak) and a few other cooling system-related parts.

Genuine BMW fan clutch is $203. That is a bit too expensive. What about other brands such as:

CoolXpert?
Meyle?
Meistersatz?

Do you think Meistersatz fan clutch is as good as OEM genuine BMW part?

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Old 10-19-2016, 02:25 PM   #2
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Old 10-19-2016, 02:46 PM   #3
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ok thanks, ORB.

What about Thermostat Assembly, Wahler brand? Is it as good as OEM genuine BMW part?
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Mahle-Behr (OEM) -- $84...

https://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-32...2.5L/ES205200/

Where you can, get OEM or better cooling components for these cars, such as:
Saleri water pump (OEM at half the price)
https://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-32...ump/ES3154125/

Or better than OEM:
Metal pulleys (OEM are plastic and should be replaced every 60K... why bother when you can pay a little more and not replace them again?
https://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-32...ump/ES2855687/
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ok thanks, ORB.

What about Thermostat Assembly, Wahler brand? Is it as good as OEM genuine BMW part?
I think that's the OEM... if not, you won't go wrong with Mahle-Behr...
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Yeah, Wahler supplies the part to BMW. I would actually go Mahle-Behr on the thermostat, the Wahlers have a design flaw that causes coolant to seep past an O-ring. Mahle-Behr is reputable, their fan clutch would be fine too.
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I would go with the OEM Behr fan clutch from Autohaus. This was identical to the part on my 2001 325i.
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Alright, thanks for your advice. I will order these parts (Mahle-Behr and Genuine BMW) for my son's car soon.
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