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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 08-06-2012, 08:20 PM
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radiator broke

Just after getting A/C fixed, here comes another issue. The plastic connector of coolant radiator was broken so hose is disconnected and coolant was pouring out everywhere just after I stopped the car in the parking lot. See the broken part here.
Here are my questions:
1. do I need to replace radiator altogether or mechanics can fix at min cost?
2. I cannot drive it to the mechanic now as engine will overheat. I can only think of buying a 100 mile AAA membership instead of paying tow truck fee outright. Any better solution to get the car to the garage?

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Old 08-06-2012, 09:17 PM
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Bad news bud! Radiator has to be replaced. If you know someone who has AAA they just need to make the call and be there with their member card when the tow truck shows up. AAA covers your car and any car you're riding in if you're a member.
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Old 08-06-2012, 09:48 PM
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Thanks. Don't want to call up friends to owe the favor for the sake of saving a few bucks. The distance to the cheaper garage is around 7 miles.
Called my insurance (AMICA) and know their roadside assistance program will tow my car up to 50 miles per call for unlimited times starting tomorrow for only $20 a year. AAA plus cost $90/year.
The only downside is I cannot use my roadside assistance for friend's car.

Now need to look for cheaper replacement parts. Found radiator for $260 online. Any good replacement part online store to recommend?
Just checked Amazon and found the radiator there is only $75-120. Don't know the quality but considering my car is already 14 years old,would prefer cheaper price with ok quality.

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Old 08-07-2012, 10:18 AM
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cheap parts = doing again... and again.

good parts = doing it correctly, once, the first time.

Dont halfass your car.. it gets you where you need to be.


How about a salvage yard for a inexpensive OEM BMW radiator?
have it flushed & checked for flow..



EDIT: wait.. you have a 99 328i.. and you're getting cheap on the radiator?
Hows the rest of the cooling system?
Now might be the time to address it.. you know.. because it tends to have a "domino" effect.
If your plastic radiator got brittle enough to snap.. what else is brittle and about to snap?
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Here you go. Mishimoto all aluminum radiator for $255 with free shipping and lifetime warranty.
I've got one of these and it's very good quality for just about the same price as a good OEM plastic and aluminum replacement.
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Old 08-08-2012, 11:23 AM
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Hey look.. Its cheap.
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Old 08-08-2012, 05:47 PM
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Hey, anyway, you'd better change to a new radiator, it is not that expensive, and after you change the new one, your will dramatically reduce your chances to get overheat again. Don't change an OEM one, change to a new aluminum radiator, such as this one:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/DUAL-CORE-2-...ht_4297wt_1194
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I just bought an all aluminum off eBay, and have had great results so far. It's thicker than OEM but still fit in okay. All hoses and everything fit the same.
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Also I had the car for about 5000 miles and just got around to fixing the cooling system. The radiator was leaking so had to replace it. When I went to flush the block and opened the plug nothing came out. It was so deposited I had to use a pick to clean the crap out. I used Preston's flush and did x 2. Is there any other flush to use that is best?
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Also I had the car for about 5000 miles and just got around to fixing the cooling system. The radiator was leaking so had to replace it. When I went to flush the block and opened the plug nothing came out. It was so deposited I had to use a pick to clean the crap out. I used Preston's flush and did x 2. Is there any other flush to use that is best?




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Just replaced radiator. $66 bucks parts, $120 labor.
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