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Old 07-26-2013, 07:40 AM   #21
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Should I do the cooling system maintenance?

Does this include radiator and those 2 plastic heater pipes?


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Old 07-26-2013, 08:45 AM   #22
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Seams high. What he is doing is all in the same place and does not take.long to do. I would say 2-3 hours labor plus parts.
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Old 07-26-2013, 10:22 AM   #23
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I think for aussie pricing and if includes parts is ok price
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Old 07-26-2013, 08:14 PM   #24
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Price includes parts and labour but not radiator.
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Old 07-26-2013, 08:19 PM   #25
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Should I do the cooling system maintenance?

Are you in Melbourne? I'd ring around a get some other quotes.


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Old 07-26-2013, 08:49 PM   #26
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Im in Sydney. I called Peter Mabey BMW in Crows Nest and they quoted $600 just for the expansion tank!!! wtf
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Old 07-26-2013, 09:02 PM   #27
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Should I do the cooling system maintenance?

The expansion tank is $130. Anyone with very basic skills could change it out and flush system in under an hr. Have you considered doing job yourself?


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Old 07-27-2013, 03:07 AM   #28
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Got quoted around $1200 by my indie to do the system: tank, hoses, thermostat, sensors, water pump. Is that a fair price?
These things can be done in one go. Even for a first timer it should not take more than half a day (but you probably need to spend a lot more time to research, and tooling acquisition, before get hands dirty). Given there are so many excellent DIY guides out there, why no give it a go?

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Old 07-27-2013, 04:33 AM   #29
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If there is a reason to work on it, replace it all.
If there are no issues, leave it alone.
If you want the peace of mind that comes with a shiny new cooling system, do it. But do it all in one go.
You'll never get a solid consensus on this topic, it really comes down to what you are comfortable with.
I agree with this. Have had 3 x E46s, two of them i owned up to 180,000km+

Each of them i replaced the thermostat and that was it! My current E46 i had to replace the fan clutch at 60,000km. If its showing signs of wear, get onto it, but if its not and the car is in good mechanical condition - it will last.


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Old 07-27-2013, 05:18 AM   #30
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Thanks for the comments guys. I went ahead with the job by my mechanic as the expansion tank blew and some leaks were found on the thermostat. Replaced everything minus the radiator using genuine bmw parts. Peace of mind for the next 100k km.....i hope!
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Old 07-27-2013, 06:12 PM   #31
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Radiator?


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Old 07-27-2013, 06:32 PM   #32
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Got quoted around $1200 by my indie to do the system: tank, hoses, thermostat, sensors, water pump. Is that a fair price?
I would really recommend doing it yourself, unless you've got money to blow. You could finish the job in less than half a day.
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Old 07-27-2013, 06:56 PM   #33
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Thanks for the comments guys. I went ahead with the job by my mechanic as the expansion tank blew and some leaks were found on the thermostat. Replaced everything minus the radiator using genuine bmw parts. Peace of mind for the next 100k km.....i hope!
Good move - I think you should enjoy reliability going forward
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