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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 01-11-2013, 03:16 PM
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Radiator Options.

Currently my E36 has been leaking coolant. I diagnosed it to the radiator and wanted to know if there is a better replacement from the oem rad. Past owner said he has replaced it a couple times and would like to get as much life out of it as possible. I know E36's have weak coolant systems and it would be odd to not have a aftermarket replacement that is of higher quality.

I'm used to E30's where one rad last as long as the car. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Please if your going to be a jerk don't respond.
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Now you have two sources to choose from. ECS Tuning is in Ohio and Bonehead Performance is in PA. Same price, shipping is free, pick which one can get it to you faster.

http://bhperformanceparts.com/mishim.../i-253109.aspx
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Old 01-11-2013, 06:53 PM
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I know everyone hates ebay stuff but the aluminum radiators on ebay are like $120 and they have great welds. I'm 10k and a little over a year in with mine with no issues and I don't suspect any either.
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Old 01-14-2013, 11:07 PM
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FWIW my Mishimoto lasted less than 18 months. The advice I got from the guy at radiator shop when I went to get it repaired was that cheap aluminium radiators are cr@p and to replace with better quality or OEM.

The OEM Behr radiators won't last the life of the car but they are known quantities, fit perfect and will give you a good 10 years before failing. Plus they are affordable and easy to fit.

I ended up replacing my Mishi with one.
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Old 01-14-2013, 11:32 PM
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Thanks for the replys. The Mishimoto does have a life time warranty mate. Was kind of thinking about trying out one of the ebay rads. Can always be re-welded right? Turner also has a no-namer that looks promising.

http://www.turnermotorsport.com/p-25...5328323m3.aspx

For anyone who is looking to get a deal on a Mishimoto E36 rad currently $220. Send these guys a email: boombop.racing@gmail.com

Also more info about E36 rads. http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum....php?t=1276480
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Was kind of thinking about trying out one of the ebay rads. Can always be re-welded right?
Maybe, but know what can not be re-welded, a blown head gasket. Cooling system failure is portably the biggest killer of the e36, so cheaping out is not a good idea.
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Old 01-15-2013, 09:07 AM
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Maybe, but know what can not be re-welded, a blown head gasket. Cooling system failure is portably the biggest killer of the e36, so cheaping out is not a good idea.
Not completely sure. Also have heard of people just finding any old 33mm core rad that would fit and using it with minor modification.
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FWIW my Mishimoto lasted less than 18 months. The advice I got from the guy at radiator shop when I went to get it repaired was that cheap aluminium radiators are cr@p and to replace with better quality or OEM.

The OEM Behr radiators won't last the life of the car but they are known quantities, fit perfect and will give you a good 10 years before failing. Plus they are affordable and easy to fit.

I ended up replacing my Mishi with one.
How did it fail?
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Wondering that myself, and why he didn't simply get a new one, since they're warrantied for life.
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Where is your coolant leaking from.
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Old 01-15-2013, 03:04 PM
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Where is your coolant leaking from.
Not sure if I should answer this or not...
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Wondering that myself, and why he didn't simply get a new one, since they're warrantied for life.
It failed where the core joins to the end tanks in October, just started leaking coolant from one of the fins. It was repairable but the radiator shop said I'd likely be back in a few months when it failed again.

I followed up on the lifetime warranty aswell but the E36 ones were on backorder and eta was December, because I needed the car running I ended up forking out for OEM.

Haven't heard anything from Mishimoto so I should get in touch to see where they're at with the replacement.

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Here is what I installed in my M3:

http://www.turnermotorsport.com/p-18...8is-323is.aspx

Sure it is pricey, but very good quality and great for occasional track use. Plus it is all Aluminum, drops right in (perfect OEM fitment), even takes OEM expansion tank without issue.
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Dude its just a freaking question all trying to do is help you
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