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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 06-05-2011, 07:38 PM
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Radiator blew

Im 18 and new to this all, a week ago I bought a 1996 328i with 165,000 miles and yesterday while sitting in traffic the radiator blew, the plastic that the hose in the left top corner attaches to broke and the hose popped off, I heard this is a common problem and was wondering how much including labor it would cost to fix???
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Old 06-05-2011, 07:55 PM
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Zero. Buy an aluminum radiator off ebay, buy a cooling system overhaul kit from ECS tuning, and overhaul your cooling system. Its so easy, a caveman can do it. Seriously. Aluminum ebay radiators arent half bad, I'm using one now and I race with it and everything, and theres no plastic on it to break off Look up cooling system overhaul E36 and you'll see how easy it is
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Old 06-18-2013, 07:26 PM
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I realize this response is two years too late but I took your advice drive by72 and purchased a aluminum radiator from ebay, I also replaced the radiator fan clutch, thermostat, thermostat housing (with an aluminum one), water pump (with a metal impeller instead of plastic) and I have had absolutely no problems since then, the car now has 184,XXX miles and until a couple of weeks ago when I bought a 2002 330I it was my daily driver.
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Thanks for coming back to the 'Fest! It's always welcome when someone comes back with the problem solved.......even if it's two years later.
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