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E36 M3 (1995-1999)

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Old 08-01-2010, 07:48 PM
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1995 M3, 134k miles and original water pump??

I just bought a 1995 M3 with 134k miles from my brother in law. He's owned it since it had 60k miles and has never changed the water pump. From what I read, the water pump for this year model has a high failure rate.

Is it possible to for a water pump from this year to last this long? If highly unlikely, its probable that the previous owner changed it before 60k.

Let me know what you guys think ?!?
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Old 08-02-2010, 10:05 AM
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Accepted wisdom says that the water pump, thermostat, radiator, expansion tank, hoses and tstat housing are 80-100K mile replacement items. So no matter what, they are all due. There are several online vendors that sell complete cooling system overhaul kits. It's a real gamble not doing it. One overheat, that will warp the head will be several thousand $ to fix.
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Old 08-15-2010, 12:25 PM
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I just bought a 1995 M3 with 134k miles from my brother in law. He's owned it since it had 60k miles and has never changed the water pump. From what I read, the water pump for this year model has a high failure rate.

Is it possible to for a water pump from this year to last this long? If highly unlikely, its probable that the previous owner changed it before 60k.

Let me know what you guys think ?!?
Yes, it's possible the original water pump has lasted this long -- a few others have reported similar experiences. It is, however, unlikely, and if the case, very lucky.

You need to replace your cooling system; this is a well known weak point, especially in the E36s. Serious ramifications if you overheat that engine.

Even if the owner before your brother-in-law did attend to it, you're coming up on needing to do it again. Every 60-80k miles is advised.
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Old 09-24-2010, 07:10 PM
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Took my '95 in a couple weeks ago for a new water pump since it's seeing more track time. I bought it w/52k on it (now has 104k) and figured the pump was original since I never replaced it. Turns out it was worse than the infamous plastic impeller type--made of cheap metal and made a scraping/bad bearing sound once it came out (my mechanic was appalled). He figured I had very few miles left on it (& a 95 degree track day this weekend--yikes!). I replaced it with a Stewart, which is made like a tank, and not that much more expensive than an OEM metal impeller water pump. Highly recommended!
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