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Old 09-08-2014, 10:40 AM
mwilcox6 mwilcox6 is offline
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flushing coolant

Bought a used 04 325i from a auction dealer, had it for about a month and I checked my coolant for the first time and it was completely empty. I'm sure there is some in the radiator but I'm gonna go ahead and flush it because I don't know what's in there already and don't want to mix it should I only use BMW coolant and distilled water?
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Old 09-26-2014, 03:07 PM
Goober McGruder Goober McGruder is offline
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Bought a used 04 325i from a auction dealer, had it for about a month and I checked my coolant for the first time and it was completely empty. I'm sure there is some in the radiator but I'm gonna go ahead and flush it because I don't know what's in there already and don't want to mix it should I only use BMW coolant and distilled water?
There's nothing special about BMW coolant. An equivalent from your local auto store will work just fine.

As for distilled water, this is a must, no exceptions! Any impurities, especially calcium compounds in hard water, can lead to very serious, very expensive damage. Stick to the pure stuff.

(the "bad" stuff includes spring water, bottled water, etc. Only distilled water is clean enough)
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Old 11-05-2014, 03:45 PM
olivers_bmw olivers_bmw is offline
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Plus it is a $1/gal at the food store, I grab a gallon or two when I shop and keep a gallon in the car during the warm weather.
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