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3-Series (E36) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1992-1999. Autodoodad Specific models include: BMW 316i, BMW 318i, BMW 318iS/ti, BMW 320, BMW 323, BMW 320, BMW 324, BMW 325, BMW 328.

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Old 08-08-2004, 09:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everyone. I've been lurking for a while in this forum, but this is my first post. Lots of great info. I'm running a '98 323is that I've had for 4 years (121K miles).

I had read in another post that the plastic neck on the E36 radiator was a source of trouble, but ignored it when I noticed some coolant leaking from it (I would simply top off the coolant when the obc said to check it). Denial is powerful! Unfortunately, I couldn't deny the fact that the neck blew up today on the highway 20 miles from home. Damn! I tried to reconnect the hose to what was left of the neck and added water. I got about a quarter mile before it blew again. Then the engine overheated. I had it towed to my mechanic. So I guess the moral of my story is: Don't ignore the signs of potential problems! You'll just end up on the side of the road waiting for a tow truck!
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