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Old 07-03-2012, 08:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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All Alum. radiator for 328i with AUTO TRANSMISSION

Hello everyone!

I have a '97 328i convertible with an automatic transmission.

My stock radiator just cracked and came apart at the upper hose neck. ( of course!)

So, I have been searching ebay for an all-aluminum radiator but the only ones I see currently available are for manual trans only.

Does anyone know of another source where I can get the right one?

The manual radiators are around $150 so I am hoping to stay under $200 for one that has the trans fluid hose ports.

Failing that, can I place a trans cooler in front of a new all aluminum radiator?

Thank you!
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The Mishmoto aluminum rads are toted as the best aluminum rads for the E36. On ebay you can find them for $200 or less.

Failing that what retailers have you tried? ECS Tuning, Bimmerworld, and Turner Motorsports all carry them.
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The Mishmoto aluminum rads are toted as the best aluminum rads for the E36. On ebay you can find them for $200 or less.

Failing that what retailers have you tried? ECS Tuning, Bimmerworld, and Turner Motorsports all carry them.
Thank you. I see the very nice looking Mishimoto rads on ebay but none with an integrated ATF cooler. They recommend buying their universal add-on trans fluid cooler to mount on the front of the rad apparently above or beside the AC coil.

$240.00 for the rad plus $70.00 for the trans cooler; $310.00 total plus shipping.

I'll check the other suppliers you mentioned.

Thank you very much for the help!!!

Has anyone done a similar replacement of a stock rad with an aluminum one plus trans cooler? Any tips?

Thanks again!

George :-)
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The existing trans cooler easily transplants onto the aluminium radiator. Fitted one to my E36 auto very easily using the stock parts.
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The existing trans cooler easily transplants onto the aluminium radiator. Fitted one to my E36 auto very easily using the stock parts.
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