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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 10-26-2006, 07:14 AM
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Heater core replacement on 328i

I have been smelling antifreeze, at first just when I hit the defrost button and it blasted air out of the windshield vents, now I get a whiff out of the regular vents (like it's getting worse). I notice my windshield gets "Slimy" quickly so I am sure I have a heater core leak. I am hoping it is a gasket where the tubes come into the heater core itself but may need the whole deal. My question is...I know I will have to pull the center part of the dash on my 98 328i, but does thre WHOLE dash have to come out to get down there? Anyone ever do this? I have not checked my Haynes manual yet, but i am sure it won't give me the detail I need before I start the job. Anyone have the Bently manual that can check the heater core replacement section and let me know how involved it is?

Ill get a better look at it tonight to make sure it's not a leaky clamp or crakced hose, but will probably bypass the heater core until I know eher the leak is. I don't want antifreeze all over the interior carpet if it fails!
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Old 10-26-2006, 07:47 AM
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any good mate? - http://www.babcox.com/editorial/ic/ic80136.htm
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Old 10-26-2006, 07:58 AM
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Holy Cr@p! Didn't realize it's that much work. Mine needs replacement probably as well. Anybody done this themselves?
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I was surprised myself. was going to do it myself but got a garage to do it in the end.

As Waveho said on Tuesday "I just didn't have the time, energy, or incliniation."

genius!
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Old 10-26-2006, 08:50 AM
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Wow. That all I can say....

Good news is that Pelican parts has the Baer Heater core for $104 delivered!

Bad news is the cheaper (read: non-dealer) BMW shop is still quoting 9 hours at 90 bucks an hour.... and they want $190 for the part. I'm going to give it a try...

I had asked if it could just be the o-rings and he says maybe, but typically it's the plastic that cracks where it meets the metal of the heater core. And after you have spent 9 hours to get in there, why not replace the whole deal.

Ill check the heater control valve and the lines tonight. He even said I could remove the kick panels in the wheel wells and might get a look at the problem from there (if it is a line).
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From what I've heard, unless you're a mechanic, or a serious DIY'er, this particular job is best left to the pros. As mentioned before, I went through two European motors specialist garages who declined the job outright before I found one that took it. You can do better on the price quoted. The complete job, including parts and labor, cost about $790. Pricey, but worth it. A suggestion: have them switch out any and all bulbs throughout your dash while they're back there.

And I stick by my statement, as repeated by Pirate: "I just didn't have the time, energy, or incliniation."
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