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Old 08-25-2012, 11:24 AM   #501
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Ordering the ENTIRE Mango recommended list of parts today for my '00 323i auto. My relationship with this car is slowly going from hate to love, so I'd better take care of her! Thanks again Mango, for this AMAZING thread!
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Old 08-27-2012, 06:29 PM   #502
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This is a great post, thanks OP and contributors for the write up. Looks like I may be in need of another expansion tank change on my E46 (manual trans). Had one go out on me about 6 years ago, so I guess it's about the right timing for it to happen again (which I think it did). The machine's sitting at Avus now, just waiting to hear the diagnosis...
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Old 08-28-2012, 01:08 PM   #503
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Old 08-30-2012, 07:46 AM   #504
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Ordering the ENTIRE Mango recommended list of parts today for my '00 323i auto. My relationship with this car is slowly going from hate to love, so I'd better take care of her! Thanks again Mango, for this AMAZING thread!
Where did you get your parts?
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Where did you get your parts?
step #1, search for best prices @ www.furiousmethod.com

step #2 verify you're getting quality oem parts.
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Old 08-30-2012, 11:56 AM   #506
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step #1, search for best prices @ www.furiousmethod.com

step #2 verify you're getting quality oem parts.
I use Furious all the time, in fact I have modified it to include my favorite sites. I figured if someone had already gone through the process, it would help out a e46 brethren.
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Old 09-04-2012, 02:23 AM   #507
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This thread is for you if you just purchased your E46 3-Series and/or have more than 75,000 miles on your current cooling system on your E46 3-Series BMW. The E46 3-Series (as well as the E36 3-Series) are known to have somewhat of a delicate cooling system which are sometimes known to fail prematurely. In the event of a failure, the results are often times catastrophic.
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Old 09-04-2012, 05:25 AM   #508
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I went through BMAparts and RMEuropean for everything.
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Old 09-11-2012, 12:24 AM   #510
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If I may chime in here, The end caps did not fail on my radiator. 12yrs The Aluminum connection at top right of rad actually got hairline crack. For 12yrs and 162k that rad did pretty well I think. Replaced it with Behr rad. (entire cooling system rebuilt)
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Hi guys,
You know an Australian distributor that can supply these parts.
And what additional tools would I need?
I just have a ratchet set, screwdrivers, allen keys, wrench, couple of pliers, wire/cable cutters, and a torch!
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What's "very good?" Is this just a spammy response posted in an active thread in attempts to get clicks on your website? Transparent. Clear as day.

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Hi guys,
You know an Australian distributor that can supply these parts.
And what additional tools would I need?
I just have a ratchet set, screwdrivers, allen keys, wrench, couple of pliers, wire/cable cutters, and a torch!
I can't help you with the Australian distributors but I think BMA ships all over the world. As far as tools... that should be fine. If you have an automatic, you'll need a 32mm wrench. Some adjustable wrenches go up to 32mm... just make sure its not too thick or it wont fit between the fan blade and water pump.
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Hi guys,
You know an Australian distributor that can supply these parts.
And what additional tools would I need?
I just have a ratchet set, screwdrivers, allen keys, wrench, couple of pliers, wire/cable cutters, and a torch!
Give Lucas at Clickable Automotive a shout. Good prices, great service and cheap shipping.

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Old 09-11-2012, 02:46 AM   #514
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What's "very good?" Is this just a spammy response posted in an active thread in attempts to get clicks on your website? Transparent. Clear as day.



I can't help you with the Australian distributors but I think BMA ships all over the world. As far as tools... that should be fine. If you have an automatic, you'll need a 32mm wrench. Some adjustable wrenches go up to 32mm... just make sure its not too thick or it wont fit between the fan blade and water pump.
The man himself, thanks Mango!

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What's "very good?" Is this just a spammy response posted in an active thread in attempts to get clicks on your website? Transparent. Clear as day.
Yeah, but guy says he's a sponsor. Is this verifiable?
Guy who pays for the board gets a pass.
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Yeah, but guy says he's a sponsor. Is this verifiable?
Guy who pays for the board gets a pass.
Technically, I pay for the board too with my "///OEM" membership. Don't think that would justify a generic "sounds nice!" in every thread. It's like the influx of spammy new users we get every once in a while that do the exact same thing. "Sounds nice!" in every thread with a nice convenient URL to click on. At least pretend to engage in the thread!
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I honestly don't think Chinese understand the culture well enough to blend in.
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I was changing my expansion tank last night and it started to rain.
I am almost there.
I removed the air box and 3 clips from the top.
Is that all there is ?

Two hoses, three clips , remove the hoses and pull up ?
I thought that there was an additional hose underneath but when I looked at the new expansion tank it does not appear necessary.
I think it is part of the transmission cooler.

But, am I almost there ?
Remove the hoses, pull up hard and replace ?


I have not gotten to the sensor yet, but is all I do is twist and it falls out ?

I bought a new hose for the top and I am going to replace it with a new one.
I figured I may as well, while I have half of it off. It would be a good time.

Do most people replace hoses when they replace the expansion tank ?
I thought it was a good idea.........just wondering.
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^Yep you got it. All easy peazy. Replace everything. No question about it. Actually doing the work is the best way to learn. Just do it.
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^Yep you got it. All easy peazy. Replace everything. No question about it. Actually doing the work is the best way to learn. Just do it.
I am trying to limit my time in the rain....
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