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Got an 06' 330i, manual tran, 52k miles on it. The water temp light came on and the car went into limp mode. I parked it and noticed that the coolant was a little low so I topped it off with some water. Ran ok the next day for about 10 minutes and then it did it again. I parked it, never saw any obvious puddles of coolant anywhere, but it is again low on coolant. Anyone got any ideas? I would like to fix it on my own if possible. Out of warranty. Thanks.
Do you see signs of coolant in the oil or the reverse? It's a bit better to top the coolant with premix of coolant and deinonized water. Are the cooling fans working rightly? With the car at less than operating temp, turning the A/C on should cause the fans to start running immediately.
BTW, I have not done either, but many forum members feel these are fairly straightforward DIYs. Some places (EA Tuning?) sell cooling system overhaul kits w/ waterpump, radiator hoses, thermostat, and reservoir, do them all at once and you should be good for another 75K miles. The Stewart water pump is a little more expensive, but has a lifetime warranty. Search forums and you will find detailed DIYs.
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