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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 3:47 pm    Post subject: E46 B3S radiator Reply with quote

Afternoon all.

Looks like my radiator has a very slight leak so need a replacement.

Can anyone suggest a make other than main dealer? Or is main dealer the best way to go? Does anyone know who makes them for BMW?

As always, thanks in advance

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Should be just one of these I believe.

http://www.eurocarparts.com/car-radiator
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Standard radiator is from an E46 330i so you can search with that. It would most probably have been Behr, but Nissens is good too. I used these guys C3BMW to get one for my B10 3.3



http://www.c3bmw.co.uk/StockItem.asp?categoryID=98&subcategoryID=0&productID=1336&oRef=-1&section=2&Item=unassign
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i'd advise against the EIS brand euros sell, the one on my car always leaked
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks all

Looks like I have a choice from 44.99 all the way to 280 for BMW Genuine from what I can see on Ebay

I'll see what my garage has to say when I see them tomorrow

Anyone know the labour time to replace? Is it front of car off? Hoping not!!

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would go genuine its an important and integral part
If u get main dealer to fit you will get 2 year part warranty
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I see your point Hap, pretty vital really Smile

A few bits and pieces on Euros parts of the BMW forums so not going that route

Nissens parts look good and their website looks good also, they do all sorts of cooling stuff, including trains!!

Less than half price of BMW Part also

Decisions decisions Smile

All I know is, once one bit goes and you replace it, other parts that are part of the same system start to slowly fail also....... In an ideal world I would replace the entire cooling system as it is all 12 years old now..... Oh to have the time and the money Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I look at the rarity of the car and factor it into cost
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Behr still make the radiators it seems, same price as Nissens

Also it is asking for manual or auto transmission... Is it just a plug that is different? Or is there more to it?

Also, does anyone have a rough idea on labour time to drain, replace rad and refill and test?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have gone for the BMW one, I blame Hap!!

Will update you on prices..........

Thanks all

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the 2 years parts gtee applies on diy installs not just dealer fit
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

unless youre already committed theres a few well trodden sources for cheaper than normal genuine bmw parts
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not purchased just yet!!

I have looked at ebay and bmwminiparts

Do you have any other info?

Thanks!
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Fiat 131 Supermiafiori
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ask for trade discount, as long as you wear something car related, most dealers are happy to oblige!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not sure if BMW includes the expansion tank with the radiator at that price, might be worth asking.

If the expansion tank has not been changed to your knowledge it may be worth replacing that at the same time as they are notorious for splitting.

Could also try other suppliers of genuine BMW parts such as KOED in Denmark. Purchased some recent parts from them saving 20 - 30 %.

Nissens in my experience are usually good, was not so happy with the Behr stuff.

Just thought I add some confusion Very Happy

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