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Old 04-17-2013, 07:08 PM
BMWDude49120 BMWDude49120 is offline
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2014 X3 35i Oil Cooler?

Can anyone who has had a 2014 X3 35i delivered already tell me if your car came with an oil cooler? Especially looking for feedback from those with M Sport, but all feedback is welcome. Thanks!
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Old 04-17-2013, 07:13 PM
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Can anyone who has had a 2014 X3 35i delivered already tell me if your car came with an oil cooler? Especially looking for feedback from those with M Sport, but all feedback is welcome. Thanks!
would be very surprised if the X3 had an oil cooler.
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Old 04-17-2013, 07:20 PM
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I have seen pictures that suggest some do. Or, they did back in 2011. In the picture at the link below, you can clearly see the oil cooler behind the passenger side intake. I was thinking the oil cooler was installed because the X3 may be used for towing, not for tracking.

http://x3.xbimmers.com/forums/showpo...6&postcount=33

However, I am 99% sure the 2014 I saw on Saturday had a solid piece in that intake, just like on the driver's side, and I could not see an oil cooler through the grill in the passenger wheel well. I am just trying to get confirmation one way or the other.
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Old 04-18-2013, 12:04 PM
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I believe that all N55 engines have some sort of oil cooler. Quoting from an N55 manual:

Two different types of oil cooling systems are used depending on the model and application.
In the "hot climate" version, heat transfer from the engine oil to the engine coolant is
avoided by separating the oil cooler from the engine coolant circuit. The other version
uses an auxiliary radiator in combination with an oil to coolant heat exchanger bolted to
the oil filter housing. The auxiliary radiator enhances cooling efficiency by adding surface
area to the cooling system.

There are after-market oil coolers as well, mostly for racing.
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Old 04-18-2013, 12:45 PM
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My 2012 35i has one. I know for 2012 the 35i had them and the 28i did not, it was based on the engine.
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Old 04-21-2013, 12:10 PM
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Well, I think I have my answer. It appears BMW is no longer using a separate oil cooler and is now using an oil/water heat exchanger instead. In the picture below of the N55 in a '14 X3 35i posted by another member, you can see the exchanger on the filter housing. This is disappointing, but better than nothing, I suppose.

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Old 01-26-2015, 07:51 AM
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Well, I think I have my answer. It appears BMW is no longer using a separate oil cooler and is now using an oil/water heat exchanger instead. In the picture below of the N55 in a '14 X3 35i posted by another member, you can see the exchanger on the filter housing. This is disappointing, but better than nothing, I suppose.

this is not accurate. BMW does have the oil cooler for the X3. I sure the X3 M- Sport gets it... I though i would get it since i got the Hot Climate Version but i do not have it

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Old 01-26-2015, 11:32 AM
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this is not accurate. BMW does have the oil cooler for the X3. I sure the X3 M- Sport gets it... I though i would get it since i got the Hot Climate Version but i do not have it

Please tell me then which versions of the 2014 and up X3's have an external oil cooler. I have a 2014 M Sport and it does not have an external oil cooler, only the oil/water heat exchanger as shown above.

I believe BMW stopped putting external oil coolers on all X3's from 2014 and up. Please prove me wrong.
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Old 01-26-2015, 05:29 PM
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This is an oil cooler as pictured. It is a water over oil cooler-heat exchanger, the same as used on over the road diesel trucks and industrial diesel engines.
Did BMW formerly offer an air over oil cooler, similar to an AT cooler?
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Old 02-07-2015, 05:05 PM
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Yes, they did until the 2012 or 2013 MY. Check out the link in the third post in this thread. You can clearly see the oil cooler in the passenger side lower air intake.
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Old 02-09-2015, 04:28 PM
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The 2015 M-Sport has the oil cooler located behind the passenger side front intake.
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Old 02-10-2015, 01:37 PM
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2014 X3 35i Oil Cooler?

I have one.
2011 3.5 X Line
DHP
Air cooler behind front passenger air intake.
Not the M Sport front end.

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Old 04-21-2015, 08:06 AM
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I dont have it. And i speced my X3 with everything you could possibly add to it... I have the heat exchanger
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