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Old 04-27-2005, 03:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The wife's 318i seems to break down at least once or twice a year. This time
the thing overheated. I was praying to the BMW gods that it was just an old
thermostat and that it would be a cheap fix. Well, once again the gods weren't
listening. Turns out, from what the mechanic tells us, to be a break in the plastic
coolant flange. To fix it will involve replacing the flange, the water pump, and all
the blelts and pulleys. Total $1081.00. GRRRRRRRR!!! Anyone else experienced this
problem.
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Old 05-03-2005, 10:52 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Punkfarter@Apr 27 2005, 02:35 PM
The wife's 318i seems to break down at least once or twice a year. This time
the thing overheated. I was praying to the BMW gods that it was just an old
thermostat and that it would be a cheap fix. Well, once again the gods weren't
listening. Turns out, from what the mechanic tells us, to be a break in the plastic
coolant flange. To fix it will involve replacing the flange, the water pump, and all
the blelts and pulleys. Total $1081.00. GRRRRRRRR!!! Anyone else experienced this
problem.
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Old 05-03-2005, 11:01 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Punkfarter+May 3 2005, 09:52 AM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Punkfarter @ May 3 2005, 09:52 AM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-Punkfarter@Apr 27 2005, 02:35 PM
The wife's 318i seems to break down at least once or twice a year. This time
the thing overheated. I was praying to the BMW gods that it was just an old
thermostat and that it would be a cheap fix. Well, once again the gods weren't
listening. Turns out, from what the mechanic tells us, to be a break in the plastic
coolant flange. To fix it will involve replacing the flange, the water pump, and all
the blelts and pulleys. Total $1081.00. GRRRRRRRR!!! Anyone else experienced this
problem.
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That is way too much.

A Water Pump is like $40
A T Stat is like $15
Radiator $200 (At the most)
New Belts $50 (At the Most)
New Water Pump Pulley $35 (Dealer)

That is no where near 1K though.

-Chad
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Old 05-03-2005, 11:05 AM   #4 (permalink)
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These plastic flanges melt when the engine over heats I hope that the water pump was the cause because M43 engine are prone to head gaskets
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These plastic flanges melt when the engine over heats I hope that the water pump was the cause because M43 engine are prone to head gaskets
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Even more wonderful news! My wife just called me and said that the car is idling rough and the Check Engine light is on!!! CAN'T TAKE THIS MUCH LONGER!!!!!
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