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Old 01-15-2006, 12:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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A few bmw newbie questions.

First of all hello, i am new to the forum and new to bmw. the car i have is a 94 325is.

the first thing i noticed that i am concerned with the car is the temperature gauge goes a litlle over the middle, which in the gauge photo that shows you temperatures is at about 195 degrees and my question is is this normal? and also whats the oem temperature on the bmw thermostat in farenheit? what is the regular temperature the bmw's ride at?(California)


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Old 01-15-2006, 01:04 AM   #2 (permalink)
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to the forums bro...

as to your question.... ideal engine temp is anywhere.. from 180-200 F... i would suggest u do top off the coolent though...

anyways, take it easy, and lets see some pics of that beast!
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Your engine temp is normal. No need for concern here. Honestly, I couldn't tell you the oem thermo temp, but be sure that's what you use. There are lower thermos out there, and they are not ideal. Had a friend who went to a lower switch, and he had issues.

As a new owner of an e36, one thing to know, is the coolant system is easily the weakest part of these cars. Careful maintenance is necessary, if you want to ensure a long life for your new Bimmer. New water pump every 3yrs or 60K, and a coolant flush (with oem colant only) every 1.5yrs or 30K are wise investments. The BMW inline six is virtually bulletproof, but the coolant systems are from it.

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thanks for the responses. so temperature being a little over the middle is normal? thanks for all the advice and where do your cars temperature usually run in?

and also the coolant is right were it has to be so thats good.

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It's perfectly normal; the 525i with the same engine as yours that my dad used to own always used to sit at 195. As long as it doesn't go beyond that, it's good.

My car sits at 180-185.
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