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Yea whats up with this .
I just brought my new 5.28i and the next day I drive it the damn car overheated .
The next day I ended up pulling out the whole cooling system out . The water pump was shot to shit , Thermostat seized , The radiator switch burned out , and the axuillary fan in pieces . Thank god I work for a car dealership and at least I get a 25% discount on all original BMW parts . I only ended up spending like 280 bucks to get them . The car only has 50K miles on it . Did anyone have this problem ?
Next week Mods .
Pioneer Premier MVIC Flip out touchscreen with Navi , DVD and Diagostics sysytem .
Fuel Management system with new injectors .
3 W7-13.5 JL Audio Subs and Precision Power Amps .
All new Pioneer 4 way Interiors with a 4 channel amp .
Xenon HiD Conversion Kit with Angeleyes .
Street Glow Under Cariage Neon Kit .
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I don't claim to be an expert mechanic, but once i helped a friend with similar problem- Overheating on 1996 5 series. The dealer decided on the thermostat, other mechanics said clutch for the fan, then auxeliary fan $300 plus, water pump. To make it short local BMW mechanic (not the dealer) claimed the green antifreez builds up residues in the system and clogs the engine lines (beats me) compared with the orange/redish BMW antifreeze. For final solution? All of the above turned out to be FALSE claims when one smart mechanic did a compression test on the ENGINE ITSELF and found a small crack in the head, so it was replaced for about $1800 solved the overheating problems. Unfortunately a month later the car overheated again. Took it back to the same smart mechanic but this time it was the little black hose tucked-in behind the engine and the firewall ( part of the heating system and the best sign for its failure was A FOGGY but OILY windshield very similar to failing heating core when antifreeze hits the winshield and carpet ) anyway they did not tighten the clams on the hose when they replaced the head.
Let us know how u make out, the best of lucks
Originally posted by billB@Aug 24 2004, 02:00 AM All of the above turned out to be FALSE claims when one smart mechanic did a compression test on the ENGINE ITSELF and found a small crack in the head, so it was replaced for about $1800 solved the overheating problems.
Is this a ripoff??? I replaced my radiator and updated hoses (hoses were a recall but I paid for it coz' it was independent BMW shop) for about $200plus
Todays mechanics troubleshoot cars with a process which we call " a process of elimination" they take a first guess then they escalate with troubleshooting and so your bill goes up with it. With the current computer gadgets and technology they can minimize the number of guesses in diagnosis (so we hope). The best example of this is the thread I and you plus dirty tools dealing with tonight (O2 sensors thread; they are $125 a pop plus labor at the dealer X 4. I let you do the math). To some mechanics it is an opportunity to make more money; as you put and rightly so it is rip off. Since you mention it I forgot to mention the radiator; the second mechanic said the upper neck was broken when he pulled the hose out (to use his exact words he said it is a well know problem with BMW to be weakest link because; it is plastic)
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