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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 07-30-2004, 11:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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well I posted a tread about how my car was overheating...so i took some advice kinda and changed my thermostat...that things in a weird place...its a bitch to get to. But anyway so i changed the thermostat to an aftermarket one and its temp was 170. Which seemed about right, but now the car doesnt reach the middle temperature line, its about 3/8 of the way on the temp gauge..is this bad that its cooling the engine more?

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If its lower.... I'd say its better than higher.... I'm not up on the exact degree that a stock thermo is... but if you got one that is set at a lower temp to turn your fan on.. thus your engine is apparently running at a lower temp.. so I guess that would be a good thing.... I wouldnt worry about it.... colder is a lot better than hotter... I know that much....
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yea i guess thats true..i just figured if it didnt get up to temp then it wouldnt run as smooth?
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instead of smooth i mean run up to its full potential..*
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well... when the temp around here gets down to like 20... its great driving weather... my temp gauge barely moves... its wonderful... and you can actually feel the car want to go more...
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ok well Ill figure it out by driving i guess...seems to be about the same
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