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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 02-12-2013, 12:48 AM
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Help 318i owners Cooling System Refresh

Hi im looking up the parts to do the cooling system on my 318i. I noticed the radiator on the 4 cylinder & 6 cylinder e36 are different. The four cylinder has the expansion tank attached to the radiator and the 6 doesnt. Id rather get an all aluminum radiator and mount the expansion tank separate like on the 6 cylinder. Would i be ok doing this.

Here is the kit i was thinking about getting it doesnt come with radiator. Anyone have any experience with this kit or recommend a different one?
http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E36-318...ing/ES2083267/
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Old 02-12-2013, 09:33 AM
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I don't think any of the hoses will fit, nor am I sure that the fan will be in the correct location. Probably will, though, but you'll have to also buy a fan shroud for the 6-cylinder radiator, since the 4-cyl shroud won't work on the 6-cyl radiator.

So basically, you'll have to custom rig it. Not the hardest thing in the world to do, but that kit you linked to would be not be very helpful, since you won't be able to use the expansion tank or hoses that come with it. You'll also have to buy the smaller hose which connects to the 6-cyl expansion tank (along the top).

Honestly, in your case I'd just stick with a stock 4-cyl radiator setup. It's just not worth the extra effort.
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Old 02-12-2013, 09:39 AM
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If i got the four cylinder radiator would that kit work. I got confused because the kit comes with an expansion but i thought that comes attached to the radiator & i also didnt like that the water pump with that kit looks to have plastic propeller and not metal. Any suggestions for sites with cooling system kit?

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Of course the kit will work if you use a 4-cyl radiator, but you were asking about using a 6-cyl radiator and then linked to a 4-cyl cooling system kit...

Anyway, I'd certainly recommend getting a water pump with a metal impeller, and not the one included in that kit.
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Old 02-12-2013, 09:59 AM
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I think i'll jus make it easier on myself & jus stick with the 4 cylinder radiator. Now jus hav to find radiator & metal water pump. Is there anything not included in that kit that you think i should change?

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Old 02-12-2013, 10:19 AM
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Yes, belts and the fan.
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Old 02-12-2013, 10:25 AM
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If you put in 6 cylinder radiator you will need, as follows:

Standard replacement radiator 17111469179
New upper radiator hose 11531708499
New lower radiator hose 11531726344
hose from expansion tank to heater 11531730351
Expansion tank 17111723520
Expansion tank overflow hose 17111723521
also 6 cylinder fan shroud and 6 cylinder radiator cover
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:31 PM
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Thanx Yea i think i'll just stick with the 4 cylinder stuff unless the 6 cylinder stuff will be better for it...wanna get this done before i drive it had it for about 3-4 weeks

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Old 02-12-2013, 01:49 PM
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You will be fine with the 4 cylinder rad, theres no need to upgrade unless you are going to an aluminum radiator for track use. Way cheaper to stick with the 318 radiator. I had to replace all that stuff with mine because put in the m3 drivetrain.
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Old 02-13-2013, 07:54 PM
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Thanx for the help. Just finished ordering everything for the cooling system. Next will be suspension.

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Thanx for the help. Just finished ordering everything for the cooling system. Next will be suspension.
I just bought a 318is and am looking for a good coolant system. Did you end up buying the link provided above, or a different one?
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Old 02-19-2013, 04:05 AM
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No I ended up getting the kit from pelican parts the kit from that link came with some stuff you didnt need and also the water pump in that kit didnt have a metal propeller. Heres a link for the kits on pelican.

http://www.pelicanparts.com/cgi-bin/...FILTER_TOOL=ON
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Old 02-19-2013, 12:16 PM
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Thank you. Do you know if the waterpump kit for the 1996-1999 318is will work on a 1994 318is?
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