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E36 (1991 - 1999)
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Old 06-21-2007, 07:29 AM
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Funny story to me, maybe not others...

Ok heres the scenario...
Im sitting in th drive through at a local Burger king(which btw is the greatest fast food places ever), its taking them a little while to find the cow and stuff so I have been sitting in line for about 15 min. its around 90 degrees outside. I lok down, see that my car is overheating. I figure that since the car in front of me just moved that I will be fine and be able to get some air going through it before it completely goes crazy on me. It hasnt hit red yet, but its jumping up, not gradually moving. Its getting too hot way too fast. Well i wait about 2 more min, steam starts rolling...i say a few words to myself, get my food and pull into a parking spot to let it cool since i didnt want to put any stress on the system. I go to feel the hoses going into and out of the thermostat, grab the top one, its flamin hot, when i grabbed it i squeezed it a little to see if there was any pressure....I never made it to the second one.
When i grabbed the top hose and squeezed, it was like letting loose the hoover dam or something, all of a sudden i hear the sound like when you open a coke can, then hear the sizzling noise, then see this great big river of coolant coming from the tstat housing. This happened when I was a :new: bimmer owner and figured it was like a relif valve system or something. So once things got to normal, i went straight home, ate, then took a look at it, turns out that there is a crack in it going diagonally from almost corner to corner. Really suprised me and was thankfull i didnt get burned, but when it started making noise i jumped about 10 feet backwards. People was looking at me like i was a retard sitting there eating french fries while messing with my engine. But hey, food and grease= a good meal. of course the fries already had a ton of grease on em but still. The coolant made em even better.
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Old 06-21-2007, 07:35 AM
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Wow mate, you were lucky not to get scalded!
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Old 06-21-2007, 07:41 AM
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I like reading everyone's stories, there seems to be a new one every day haha.

Overheating seems common with idling BMWs.
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Old 06-21-2007, 07:42 AM
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yea, but it scared me more than anything, getting scalded isnt a concern of mine. That would mean i dont have to go to work. And when i dont go to work i still get paid. Its a great thing
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Old 06-21-2007, 07:44 AM
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yea, but it scared me more than anything, getting scalded isnt a concern of mine. That would mean i dont have to go to work. And when i dont go to work i still get paid. Its a great thing
What size rims have you got? They look quite nice in your picture.
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Old 06-21-2007, 07:46 AM
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they are 17s. not sure on the tire size. I try not to touch something on this car. For some reason when I go to touch it it falls apart from the age. hahaha.

ill step outside here in a few and let you know.

EDIT: My tire size is 235/70/40R(someting like that) i dont know the width of the rim but its way wider tan ive had on any other car before.

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I like reading everyone's stories, there seems to be a new one every day haha.

Overheating seems common with idling BMWs.
Only cos of the stupid bloody viscous fan...god i hate that thing
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Old 06-21-2007, 08:14 AM
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you mean 235/40 17R may be?

To Pirate> I just got the new one, just in case.
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it was most expensive sucker on the list of things i fixed as well!
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Old 06-21-2007, 09:07 AM
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REALLY???

Is like £35 over here!
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Only cos of the stupid bloody viscous fan...god i hate that thing
viscous fan? Is that the stock radiator fan?
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Old 06-21-2007, 09:13 AM
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not the blades, but what the blades are mounted onto mate

Not sure if all US cars had them....

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Old 06-21-2007, 10:08 AM
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It was around 50 i think with the job. But just all other parts were less expensive. I pay to mechanic for job plus part, not by hourly rate, because it may take longer then it should, or so on, so on old cars, its basically per job rate here, which i think is rather good. If smth is stuck, you wont have to pay 3 times more just because he couldnt get his hands around it for too long and whatnot.
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Old 06-22-2007, 06:21 AM
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Anyone heard anything about a resistor on the Alternate fan? Its the electric one thats supposed to back up the mechanical one.
I replaced the 2 temp sensor for it, no luck. But if i jump the fan both hi speed and low speed work fine. So if there are ay ideas on this let me hear em, Im getting tired of taking a longer trip just to bypass traffic lights so i dont have to stop. Its getting annoying and sometimes I get lost.

And also i called my trusty parts provider, and this is the first time i have been disappointed with them. They dont have the part that I need. Im looking for an aluminum tstat housing. They dont carry them. They only carry the plastic ones with the tstat integrated into it for 50 bucks. But even though i need to replacve both I really want an aluminumm one.
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Yep, US cars have the viscious fan.

BMWredneck, buy your t-stat and housing from Pelican parts. Cheapest around. gonna cost around $30 for the t-stat and housing.
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Cant seem to get the aluminium housing in the UK

really irritating!
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Cant seem to get the aluminium housing in the UK

really irritating!
Sure you can... Just have one of us US folks send one over!
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Old 06-22-2007, 11:14 AM
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I like reading everyone's stories, there seems to be a new one every day haha.

Overheating seems common with idling BMWs.
Damn...don't say that. I came to these cars from my Supra cuz I got sick of it overheating every single stoplight I came to (headgasket, then thrown rods really sucks).

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they are 17s. not sure on the tire size. I try not to touch something on this car. For some reason when I go to touch it it falls apart from the age. hahaha.

ill step outside here in a few and let you know.

EDIT: My tire size is 235/70/40R(someting like that) i dont know the width of the rim but its way wider tan ive had on any other car before.
Hahaha, I know exactly what you mean there.
BTW, the number right after R is your rim diameter in inches. IIRC the first letter will always be P for passenger car tires, the first number is tread width in mm, the second is sidewall height to tire width ratio, then there is an R, which means Radials type tires, the last number I do know is rim diam in inches. If there is a letter before the R, it means they are speed rated. (I always put Z-rated on mine).
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ALuminum Tstat housings are such a blessing. My plastic one didnt fail, but I didnt want to take the chance. Chad, you always put Z rated tires on your car, that must get a little expensive. I usually go for H rated tires, 131mph seems like enough to me. Can a 325i even hit 155 with the gearing like it is. I would think that it would be close to redline at 125. The fastest I am willing to take my car is about 90 because it has so many miles, but my 528i was over 5500 rpms at 130 mph.
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Haha, well, how often do you have to change tires? 1 grand every 4 years isn't that bad...
My reasoning (may not be correct) is that if they can safely withstand higher speeds, they will undergo less wear at, say, 90 mph than a tire that is closer to its max speed threshold. No reason not to, tires are a bad thing to skimp on.

Also, I was curious what the gearing was like (Supra could hit 115 cruising at 4600 RPMs, so I thought I'd see what this ran). At 120ish I was only in low 5's IIRC, so I'm sure I could hit at least 135 no prob without being in the red.
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I definately see your point, but I dont go fast enough often enough to warrant the extra cost. My tires cost about $450 for a decent set, and give plenty of life and good grip. I have been driving my car a ton on the highway over the last 3 weeks, and I set the LIMIT function on my OBC to 82 mph. I just dont feel comfortable crusing at higher speeds than that in that vehicle.

I know that wear on the tires at speed isnt really a factor, but more likely a risk of delamination. A higher speed rating like Z or even W~180mph would be less likely to fail than something like a t~115mph. You can see how your tires are rated to wear by the tread wear number. Somewhere around 300-400 is a normal tire. Smaller number gets stickier, and higher is geared more toward something like a Ford Tarus for long life.

Oh yeah, my car theortically would be turning about 5200 at 115mph, 5900 at 130, and at theoritical top speed would be right around 140 mph, at redline.
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from what i have seen at pelican is only plastic housings for my car.
The aluminum ones are for the 323s...unless im looking in the wrong place.

But aluminum is nice...
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