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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 01-31-2017, 02:05 PM
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Hello everyone in BMW land. New to the forum and look forward to many conversations about BMW's. This time I have a problem. I have followed the forum for 2 years now getting great tips and help with projects on my 325 CI. Well I need help again. I was driving on a 4 lane and I heard something clanking around my engine compartment. my water temp jumped to Hot hot hot. Engine shut off and after it cooled down would not take water. had it towed home. I believe that a road hazard caused the damage to the radiator and loss of water. The engine I believe is damaged. It is in the shop now awaiting diagnostics. Well my insurance adjuster says it is impossible for anything to get into the engine compartment and put a hole in my radiator. Is there anyone who can prove him wrong? when I took the protective cover from down under the engine there were rocks and debri on the large plastic engine compartment (skid plate?). I would appreciate any comments stating that the radiator can be damaged on the inside beyond impossible. I want to thank you all in advance for any comments. I don't have anything against insurance adjusters. i just don't believe it is impossible for the radiator to be damaged from the inside
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Old 01-31-2017, 02:31 PM
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As long as all the original plastic cladding under the car is still intact, it would me extremely difficult for any foreign objects to get in there and do the type of damage you describe. More often, the fan clutch self-destructs, allowing the fan to get loose and do all kinds of damage. Maybe this is the case, what kind is shape is the fan in ?
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Old 01-31-2017, 08:14 PM
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I agree with Bob that it is highly unlikely.
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