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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

 
 
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Old 01-23-2010, 12:29 AM
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Where exactly do we look on the E39 radiator for telltale cracks?

Where exactly do we look on the E39 radiator for telltale cracks?

Searching, I find pictures of fingers pointing to hoses and photos of replacement alloy radiators designed to not have the fatigue cracks ... but WHERE exactly do I look for these telltale cracks in the 2002 525i automatic?



Apparently, when I do replace the radiator, other things will fail too (like the water pump). Is this the canonical cooling-system overall DIY (from cn90) for the 2002 525i?
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