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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 01-14-2011, 02:15 PM
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Help! i put the wrong coolant into my BMW

hey ever1 i think i messed up my 2003 bmw 325I. I put the orange extended antifrezze into my car and now it started puttering and lost power. I got towed and it started fine and drove what is going on and what should i do next.
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Old 01-14-2011, 02:47 PM
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Drain the antifreeze and put the right stuff in. I doubt it did any damage yet. It didn't have anything to do with the car not starting. That's a different problem and you didn't give enough information to make a diagnosis.
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Old 01-14-2011, 02:50 PM
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Drain the antifreeze and put the right stuff in. I doubt it did any damage yet. It didn't have anything to do with the car not starting. That's a different problem and you didn't give enough information to make a diagnosis.
Yeah I seriously doubt that these two are related. Granted that is not the proper coolant, but it really shouldn't have any short term effects like you are experiencing.
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Old 01-14-2011, 03:22 PM
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The coolant in no way has ANYTHING (I REPEAT, ANYTHING) to do with your issue. BMW Coolant is not magical and nobody has ever shown me solid proof that it is any better than Prestone, Peake, or equivalent.
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The coolant in no way has ANYTHING (I REPEAT, ANYTHING) to do with your issue. BMW Coolant is not magical and nobody has ever shown me solid proof that it is any better than Prestone, Peake, or equivalent.
I use prestone blue stuff. It's good
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Old 01-14-2011, 05:22 PM
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Lot's of people seem to use Prestone w/ no problems. I cannot see why thermally or metallurgically Prestone would work fine in every car except a BMW.
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Old 01-14-2011, 06:09 PM
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what is going on and what should i do next.
What is going on is, you need to run codes to find out; and what you should do is, sell your car and get something simple that won't cause you any pain. Like a Schwinn...
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hey ever1 i think i messed up my 2003 bmw 325I. I put the orange extended antifrezze into my car and now it started puttering and lost power. I got towed and it started fine and drove what is going on and what should i do next.
WTF did you do, put it in *the gas tank* ?
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WTF did you do, put it in *the gas tank* ?
That would cause loss of power and sputtering
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That would cause loss of power and sputtering
If you got some bad fuel with water in it. Did you fill up shortly before the loss of power and sputtering? If so, you could try some products that remove water from you gas tank.
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Old 01-15-2011, 08:58 AM
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WTF did you do, put it in *the gas tank* ?
OKay, this made me laugh pretty hard!
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i may or may not have put 2 gallons of kerosene into my car, what would result? anylong term damage? I didnt want to make a new post cause smolck would laugh pretty hard
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Old 01-16-2011, 09:31 AM
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i may or may not have put 2 gallons of kerosene into my car, what would result? anylong term damage? I didnt want to make a new post cause smolck would laugh pretty hard
did you fill up at the airport?

I thought that stuff is more or less similar to gas with a much higher octane rating?

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Old 01-20-2011, 02:34 AM
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THANK YOU EVERY1. i drained it and put the green 1 in and my car is perfect AGAIN... FOR THE PAST 3 DAY'S....
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Old 01-20-2011, 05:28 AM
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My water pump just failed this weekend and I replace my coolant with prestone green. No time for dealer stuff. Car has never run better.
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Old 01-21-2011, 02:55 AM
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THANK YOU EVERY1. i drained it and put the green 1 in and my car is perfect AGAIN... FOR THE PAST 3 DAY'S....
Lol damn man close call
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The coolant in no way has ANYTHING (I REPEAT, ANYTHING) to do with your issue. BMW Coolant is not magical and nobody has ever shown me solid proof that it is any better than Prestone, Peake, or equivalent.
Smolck is 100% on the money! (As usual.)

On the E39 side of the house we extensively culled the BMW TIS on coolants gathering details on the specific requirements for calcium, chlorides, hardness, sulfates, amines, nitrides, silicates, etc.

We then looked at all the commonly available coolants, we covered the chemicals in the various brands, and the we we even analyzed the tap water used to mix with the coolants. (We do this for all fliuds, by the way).

There are always religious camps (e.g., 'buy only BMW' versus "buy by BMW specifications") but here is our tribal knowledge summary for the E39 (should be similar for your E46):

- Engine coolant: phosphate free (for Europe's high-mineral-content water), amine & nitrite/nitrate free (for USA long-life requirements), & low-silicate or silicate free (for Japan requirements) 50:50 mixture of ethylene glycol & water (the Bentleys say distilled water (Bentley 020-11), aka de-mineralized or de-ionized water, some call it purified water, and the BMW AG TIS 12.11.2007 18:56 specifies water with a pH from 6.5 to 8.0, maximum total hardness of 3.6 mmol Ca++/liter, maximum chloride content 100 mg/liter, and maximum sulphate content 100mg/liter; interestingly the BMW TIS says "potable tap water usually fulfills these requirements". EPA reports show San Jose & NYC tap water easily fulfill these requirements. The BMW TIS expressly states additives are not helpful and are not recommended. BMW lists a score of recommended coolants in their BMW AG TIS 12.11.2007 18:55 which meet the BMW N 600 69.0 standard, some of which are BMW PN:81.22.9.407.454 1.5-liter; BMW PN:88.88.6.900.316 1 gallon; Castrol Anti-Freeze NF; BASF Glysantin Protect Plus G48, & Havoline AFC (BD04); but most of which are not easily found in the USA. Many Bimmerfesters recommend BMW coolant; however other Bimmerfesters recommend Prestone Extended Life 5/150, Valvoline Zerex G-05, and Service Pro Universal Formula. Others recommend Evans NPG+ but be aware this fluid entails a different formulation & philosophy than the fluids listed above and is not compatible with them. [Total Volume: 1997 I6=10.5 quarts (2.6 gallons), 1997 V8=12.0 quarts (3.0 gallons), 1998-2002 I6=11.1 quarts (2.8 gallons), 1998-2002 V8=12.7 quarts (3.2 gallons), 1997-2002 V8 with latent heater=13.5 quarts (3.4 gallons)]. Prestone says the only reason for phosphate free is the extremely high mineral content of water in Europe - and that in the USA, it's not needed. Replacement Interval: Every three years (Bentley page 020-9) or every four years (aforementioned BMW AG TIS) starting from date of manufacture (except for M-Power vehicles which have 3-year intervals). Note: Mixing BMW-recommended coolant brands is permissible; but mixing types is not permissible unless it's an emergency.

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Awesome info, bluebee, thanks!
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