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wjjklj 10-13-2012 01:38 PM

Radiator
 
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Well I started my project by replacing the alternator. Then I figured why not just go ahead and replace the water pump. Then why not the belts and hoses. Today I noticed corrosion on my radiator. So I am ordering that.

I am attaching some pics so chime in. What time or mileage is expected to replace radiator? It was not leaking but does have corrosion on the inside and outside.

I can get a OEM BEHR model for $250 or a Nissens unit for $150. Any thoughts? Anyone ever use Nissens? Thanks.

sirstopher 10-13-2012 04:14 PM

What water pump did you get? BMW?
What alternator? Bosch?

You will always pay more for OEM parts, but in the end you will know that they work.

wjjklj 10-13-2012 07:46 PM

I bought a GRAF water pump with the metal impeller versus the OEM plastic one. The alternator was a new not rebuilt Valeo unit which is exactly what was the original unit was. I leaning towards the BEHR radiator even though it is $100 more than the Nissens unit.

wjjklj 10-13-2012 07:47 PM

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wjjklj 10-14-2012 11:05 AM

Anyone else ever replace radiator on e65 or e66? Anybody use Nissens?

1bad540 10-14-2012 05:59 PM

rad looks ok to me, but i guess while your in there draining fluids.

wilk187 10-14-2012 06:14 PM

i replaced the radiator in my e38 at 85k....they (e38) had a tendency to crack near the neck, but i haven't heard any issues with the e65 radiator...that being said, you'll probably be fine either way. but for less than $100 difference i'd go Behr

wjjklj 10-14-2012 07:24 PM

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Originally Posted by 1bad540 (Post 7134068)
rad looks ok to me, but i guess while your in there draining fluids.

No it is actually corroded on the sides.....hard to see from the pics. The corrosion is on the inside too.

wjjklj 10-14-2012 07:25 PM

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Originally Posted by wilk187 (Post 7134096)
i replaced the radiator in my e38 at 85k....they (e38) had a tendency to crack near the neck, but i haven't heard any issues with the e65 radiator...that being said, you'll probably be fine either way. but for less than $100 difference i'd go Behr

I bought the Nissens unit. It states that it cools better than the BEHR and has the same warranty. We will see how it lasts.


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